This article showcases our top picks for the Best Feminist Pregnancy Books To Read. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below).
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Operating Instructions by Anne Lamott
This product was recommended by Sally Gibson from Someone Sent You A Greeting
It made me feel less pressure about being a perfect mother and doing things the ‘right way. It was funny, real, and didn’t shy away from the challenges of being a (single) mom. Basically summed up what an awful lot of moms go through but aren’t actually allowed or supposed to say and talk about. A must read for all soon-to-be moms.
Prepare To Push™ by Kim Vopni
This product was recommended by Kim Vopni from The Vagina Coach
This book is designed to inform and empower women with an honest look at how pregnancy and birth change the body and how women can best support their body through these changes. Written by Kim Vopni – The Vagina Coach, Prepare To Push™ highlights the need to prepare the body for birth and recovery. As a mother of two, Kim used many of the techniques in the book to prepare for and recover from her own pregnancies and births. It is a truly unique book that blends the fitness principle of specificity with the support aspect of a doula to provide women with information and body awareness that will help them achieve a more comfortable pregnancy, a fabulous birth and a body they feel confident in throughout motherhood. Prepare To Push™ is a mind-body approach to pregnancy, birth and postpartum healing. Women will learn about their bodies in a whole new light with information that is too often overlooked in typical prenatal education when it should be foundational knowledge even before conception. This book will ensure women are not left asking ‘why didn’t anyone tell me about this before?’
Like a Mother by Angela Garbes
This product was recommended by Yuuna Morishita from The Japanese Way
This book is a mix of the information and memoir book. It talks about the reality of the pregnancy and the questions that have been discussed since the beginning of life. Also, the way of writing is really empowering and passionate for pregnant women. I need to say here it’s also a lovable and great book for pregnant women, women who are planning to be pregnant, or even when they have a friend who is pregnant. It reveals a lot of good information about this period.
You’ve got this by Dorota Pawlak
This product was recommended by Dorota Pawlak from DP Translation Services
You’ve got this: How to continue your freelance career when you become a mother by Dorota Pawlak is not a typical feminist pregnancy book, but it’s aimed at feminist female entrepreneurs who want to combine their career with motherhood. It features 15 interviews with women from around the world who are small business owners or self-employed. The author shares her tips and strategies as well. The main purpose is to help pregnant entrepreneurs to prepare for the transition into the life of a mother and business owner.
Expecting Better by Emily Oster
This product was recommended by Geninna Ariton from Trendhim
What to Expect When You’re Expecting meets Freakonomics: an award-winning economist disproves standard recommendations about pregnancy to empower women while they’re expecting. From the author of Cribsheet, a data-driven decision-making guide to the early years of parenting Pregnancy—unquestionably one of the most profound, meaningful experiences of adulthood—can reduce otherwise intelligent women to, well, babies. Pregnant women are told to avoid cold cuts, sushi, alcohol, and coffee without ever being told why these are forbidden. Rules for prenatal testing are similarly unexplained. Moms-to-be desperately want a resource that empowers them to make their own right choices. When award-winning economist Emily Oster was a mom-to-be herself, she evaluated the data behind the accepted rules of pregnancy and discovered that most are often misguided and some are just flat-out wrong. Debunking myths and explaining everything from the real effects of caffeine to the surprising dangers of gardening, Expecting Better is the book for every pregnant woman who wants to enjoy a healthy and relaxed pregnancy—and the occasional glass of wine.