April 16, 2010 (6:07 am)

Pregnancy and Baby Books

by Kristen Suzanne

A few of the books I've read.

I get asked all the time about what books I recommend for pregnancy and baby information. I thought I’d list them here. They are not necessarily vegan, but most are friendly toward that, as well as natural childbirth. Some of the books I’ve read entirely and some I have only flipped through because I haven’t needed to use them yet (I glossed through them to become familiar with the topics in the event I need to use them in the future). Some of the books I love and find very useful and some of them were pretty good. In truth, they were all great, it’s just that by the time I read some of them, I’d already exhausted the topic.

Rainbow Live-Food Cuisine by Dr. Gabriel Cousens – this book has information about nutrition and food options for babies. I’m a big fan of Dr. Cousens.

Conscious Eating by Dr. Gabriel Cousens – this big book has a nice section about pregnancy and nutrition (as well as covering so much more about health in general).

Your Best Birth by Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein – I can’t stress how important it is to read this book if you’re trying to conceive or already pregnant. There is so much useful information about the different birthing scenarios (home birth, hospital, or birth center). Read why I’m having a home birth here.

Evie’s Kitchen by Shazzie – I really like this book for pregnancy and children nutrition information. This is the one book that is filled with lots of info about raw foods. She covers many natural alternatives and health food options that you won’t find in other books.

Baby Greens by Michaela Lynn and Michael Chrisemer – This book gives information about living foods for children of all ages.

Skinny Bitch Bun in the Oven by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin – I’m a huge fan of the Skinny Bitch books (they’re my style – total sass and fun). This energizing book details the vegan diet and pregnancy.

The Natural Pregnancy Book by Aviva Jill Romm – This book was useful for learning about the women’s journey from baby’s conception to birth. Romm is a midwife and herbalist which is what turned me on to this book.

Naturally Healthy Babies and Children by Aviva Jill Romm – This is one of those books that I haven’t read yet, but I’m looking forward to it because, again, I like the idea of learning from someone who is a midwife and herbalist. The book covers herbal remedies, nutrition, hygiene, etc.

Baby Matters by Linda F. Palmer – This book supports natural parenting practices… “rebuts cry-it-out parenting and the frequent usage of various drugs and vaccinations in children, reveals incredibly common, yet seldom diagnosed food intolerance symptoms—even from foods in mom’s diet—and how to treat them, and discloses the real causes of ear infections, colic, reflux, ADHD and SIDS.”

Wise Woman Herbal Childbearing Year by Susan S. Weed – I didn’t use this book much because I didn’t need to, but still glad to have it in my library. It offers simple remedies for pregnancy, childbirth, lactation, and newborns (including herbs for fertility and birth control).

Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding by Ina May – By the time I read this book, I’d already read some others on breastfeeding, but it was still enjoyable. I’m a huge fan of Ina May and recommend this book.

Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May – One of the best books ever. I read it before we conceived and I’m reading it again now in preparation for birth. I bought copies for my mom and mom-in-law to read. Highly recommended.

Permission to Mother by Dr. Denise Punger – A nice book by a doctor with expertise in breastfeeding.

Natural Health after Birth by Aviva Jill Romm – This is a guide to postpartum wellness that I haven’t read yet, but I’m a fan of Romm’s so I suspect I’ll really like it.

Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering by Dr. Sarah J. Buckley – I really liked this book. I enjoy reading books by medical doctors who support natural childbirth. Buckley covers birth choices with sections interwoven about her own four home births. It also includes information about attachment, breastfeeding, and baby sleep.

HypnoBirthing by Marie F. Mongan – My husband and I took hypnobirthing classes in preparation for our home birth and this book was a part of the course. I think it would be of great use whether you took the classes or not. I wrote a blog post about our experience after a HypnoBirthing class here.

The Diaper Free Baby by Christine Gross-Loh – As many of you know, we’ll be trying our hand at Elimination Communication (blog post here). This book was very helpful in teaching us about it.

Good Nights by Dr. Jay Gordon – This is a great book with information about cosleeping and having a family bed. (I can’t wait to cosleep with our baby!)

The Continuum Concept by Jean Liedloff – This is a book about attachment parenting. It was recommended by many people… call me crazy, but I did not think this was a page turner (although I’m very interested in attachment parenting). I recently listened to a current interview with the author that I enjoyed very much. (Thanks, Deb, for reminding me to add it to my list here… oops, I forgot about it – lol)

Smart Medicine for a Healthier Child by Janet Zand, N.D., Robert Rountree, M.D., and Rachel Walton, MSN, CRNP – I haven’t read this book yet, but I suspect I will put it to good use over the years. It offers “safe and effective relief of common childhood disorders, using nutritional supplements, herbs, homeopathy, acupressure, diet, and conventional medicine.”

UPDATE (5/2/10) The Complete Idiot’s Guide To Vegan Eating For Kids by Dana Villamagna and Dr. Andrew Villamagna – I just purchased this book for my Kindle2 and started reading it tonight. I’m only part way into it and it’s a page turner. I grabbed this from the product description on Amazon: “The guide presents all the nutritional needs for children up to 12 years old, outlining what they need at what stage in their lives, and what vegan foods can provide those nutrients.
•The only book to present a complete plan for raising a vegan child
•Includes delicious vegan recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and snacks
•Includes complete nutritional lists of fruits, vegetables, and nuts
•Features tips for teaching children how to cope in a non-vegan world”

Whew! There were some others I read, but this is a good list to help get you started. I also read about 5 books on vaccinations, as well as plenty of research online. Mothering.com is a great resource (both the magazine and the forum).

Update: (1/25/11) Disease-Proof Your Child by Dr. Joel Fuhrman is another great book that helps answer many questions on how to ensure you’re feeding your children the healthiest diet possible. Disease-Proof Your Child is filled with references to study after study showcasing the extreme importance of how your child’s long term health is connected to the foundation you establish in the first 10 years of life via food.

Are there any books that you loved?

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  • http://gingeristhenewpink.blogspot.com/ Lauren519

    Great suggestions, I just loaded my wish list with a few of these! I already have a few too! Right now I am reading Dr. Oz's book: You: having a baby. Pretty good, I love the science behind everything, he goes into details about genes and other cool things! I love being pregnant (minus all the nausea)!!!! :)

  • http://debbiedoesraw.blogspot.com debbiedoesraw

    Continuum Concept and Dr. Sears books!
    Beware on co sleeping our nearly nine year old “baby” still wants to sleep in our bed!
    xoxo deb

  • http://GreenMommyBlog.com/ Kristen Suzanne

    I did read continuum concept and I have a vaccine book from dr sears.

  • http://debbiedoesraw.blogspot.com debbiedoesraw

    He does books on all subjects!  I think I gave mine all away.. let me see what I have and I will bring them to AZ!xoxo hope to hug you soon!deb xo

  • http://GreenMommyBlog.com/ Kristen Suzanne

    Yes, I know. ;) I have seen his list of books on amazon. I always
    found myself getting other authors instead.

  • http://wildveganchild.blogspot.com Brenna

    I love Ina May! I also loved The Thinking Woman's Guide To A Better Birth by Henci Goer. It's extremely well researched. I had a planned home birth, but I wanted to know everything about every hospital intervention just in case I ended up there. It's a good book for anyone who wants to know all of their options for prenatal care & childbirth.

  • Cristina

    I love Naturally Healthy First Foods for Baby by Jacqueline Rubin. She has a lot of information on raising your baby vegan and a ton of wonderful recipes. She is a real advocate of whole foods as close to nature as possible. One tip I learned from her book is to give my son nori. He has been eating nori since he was about 8 months old. I would never have thought of giving him seaweed, but he really does love it.

  • http://GreenMommyBlog.com/ Kristen Suzanne

    Thanks Cristina! Nori… ugh! I can't stand it, but would love if my
    baby liked it :) I'll get that book!

  • http://GreenMommyBlog.com/ Kristen Suzanne

    Sounds good Brenna. I've heard great things about that book, too.

  • http://www.peacekaleandyoga.com rachael

    I loved the Ina May books (I also read Spiritual MIdwifery)! I also loved Dr. Sears The Baby Book and New Vegetarian Baby.

  • http://robertsonofmumbai.blogspot.com The Robertsons of Mumbai

    Thanks so much, Kristen! I know you have mentioned some of the books in the past on your blog, but it is nice to have them all in one place here!

  • http://rawkinwithtrish.blogspot.com Tricia

    Thanks so much for posting this! I'm starting to think about how to start solids with my little guy and now I know where to read about it!

  • Mary

    Oooh, so many good ones here!! Have you read Birthing From Within? I so highly recommend it. My husband and I took a BFW class when we were pregnant with our first, and it was fantastic and very helpful for both of us. Cannot recommend it enough! :) Cheers, Mary

  • gina (fitnessista)

    thank you so much for posting this list! looks like a lot of good stuff :)
    right now i'm reading you: having a baby. it's very interesting and i like how they also go into a more holistic approach to childbirth and both sides of the vaccine debates, and also how you can bring out certain genes in your child.
    thanks again for all of the info you're giving me before we start our own little family
    i'm so excited for you!!

  • http://GreenMommyBlog.com/ Kristen Suzanne

    Thx Gina :)

  • amyskretta

    I coslept with our baby for the first few months… until he started kicking! =) Then it was off to the crib ALL THE WAY across the bedroom! =) He and I BOTH slept better then! I never got to the point where I could breastfeed without waking up, but it was enjoyable to lie down to feed him.

  • http://GreenMommyBlog.com/ Kristen Suzanne

    I only started the book, but I'm enjoying it!

  • MelindaE

    I am currently reading the Continuum Concept and am having a really hard time following much of the language and long sentences. I know the information is invaluable, but I am happy to know that I am not alone with my lack of excitement for the book. Thanks for all the other recommendations!!!

  • http://GreenMommyBlog.com/ Kristen Suzanne

    lol! I hear ya :)

  • K&M

    I recommend “Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way”.
    Some of it is 'outdated' but it is still a very good book. It touches on the importance of exercises for labor, the stages of labor, and the emotional stages of labor. A few people I know have tried this method… and the stories I read and hear about are 'text book labor'. I recommend this book. I had no idea how important relaxation is for labor. It is the key!

  • http://GreenMommyBlog.com/ Kristen Suzanne

    Thank you :)

  • http://www.loveveggiesandyoga.com/ Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)

    The Compleat Mother Magazine…totally alternative and supports extended (normative biological age of weaning, i.e. 4-5 yrs+) nursing, unschooling, unassisted childbirth, vaccinating choices, etc. LOVE IT.

    And of course, Mothering Magazine.

    The moment after you deliver and nursing is going well…you need to tackle vaccines. Then schooling. Ha! So for those I love Bob Sears on Vaccines b/c he is balanced and not fanatical and also Aviva Romm. Also love Jay Gordon.

    I know Linda Palmer of Baby Matters, a fellow awesome San Diegan!

    And for schooling..the Natural Child Project, the unschooling unmaual is awesome!

  • http://GreenMommyBlog.com/ Kristen Suzanne

    I've been reading both those magazines for awhile. :) and, I already
    tackled vaccines. It was my project before getting pregnant. Thx for

  • Angie

    The Complete Organic Pregnancy: http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Organic-Pregnanc

    This book was my best friend during my pregnancy, enjoy! :)

  • Claire

    The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding by La Leche League was HUGELY helpful to me, as well as attending LLL meetings. My kids are 14 and 15 now, but I still recommend the book to expectant moms.

  • http://autumnwindcreation.blogspot.com/ Kate

    Thanks for sharing this list, we have a lot of these…I am going to check out the ones I haven't heard of.

  • http://GreenMommyBlog.com/ Kristen Suzanne


  • http://GreenMommyBlog.com/ Kristen Suzanne

    Glad you found this post useful :)

  • http://GreenMommyBlog.com/ Kristen Suzanne

    :) So happy for you!

  • Faith

    One book that is so old and “outdated” by most standards is called How To Raise A Healthy Child In Spite of Your Doctor by Robert S. Mendelsohn, ironically a doctor, here is a link on Amazon:
    This book gave me such insight and faith in myself as a mother and my instincts. A lot of his “outdated” material is very relevant. I love this book.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1677879113 Eranah Laura Davies

    Hi Kristen,Thanks for sharing! Which book specifically discusses birth plans?

  • http://GreenMommyBlog.com/ Kristen Suzanne

    “Your Best Birth” has one and you can google for other ideas.

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