A blog is a great place to answer questions that I get asked a lot. So here’s a biggy- Here’s my recommended reading for all stages of the childbearing journey.

I love books. I buy too many. I don’t read at nearly the rate at which they stack up. But nonetheless, I’m asking you to feed the habit: If your favorite book isn’t on this list, would you do me a favor and head over to my Contact Page and put it on my radar??

In the mean time, here’s my list:

General Pregnancy

Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn by Penny Simkin, Janet Whalley RN, Ann Kepler RN, Janelle Durham and April Bolding. If you read just one general pregnancy book, this should be it.

Your Best Pregnancy Ever: 9 Healthy Habits to Empower You in Pregnancy, Birth, and Recovery by Jen Torborg


Latch: A Handbook for Breastfeeding with Confidence at Every Stage by Robin Kaplan M.Ed. IBCLC

Pregnancy Nutrition

Real Food for Pregnancy: The Science and Wisdom of Optimal Prenatal Nutrition by Lily Nichols (caveat: I personally take the chapter on vegetarian nutrition with a grain of salt. 1) I produced two grassfed delightfully chubby, extraordinarily charming, smart-as-whip children. 2) Lots of other people have. 3) I’ve never had an OB, midwife, or pediatrician of which I’ve cycled through many throughout my pregnancy journeys, ever suggest my diet was problematic. If you are a vegetarian, I recommend seeking additional advice from your medical provider or a registered dietician familiar with prenatal nutrition)

Real Food for Gestational Diabetes: An Effective Alternative to the Conventional Nutrition Approach by Lily Nichols

Pelvic Health

Your Pelvic Health Book: A Guide to Pelvic Floor Awareness, Bladder Health, Bowel Health, Sexual Health, and Changes throughout Your Lifetime for People With a Vagina and/or Uterus by Jen Torborg

The Female Pelvis Anatomy & Exercises by Blandine Calais-Germain

Pregnancy and Postpartum Fitness

Pregnancy Fitness by Julia Di Paolo, Samantha Montpetit-Huynh and Kim Vopni

Go Ahead, Stop and Pee: Running During Pregnancy and Postpartum by Kate Mihevc Edwards and Blair Green

Exercising Through Your Pregnancy by James F. Clapp III MD and Catherine Cram MS

Postpartum Experience

The First Forty Days: The Essential Art of Nourishing the New Mother by Heng Ou

The Fourth Trimester: A Postpartum Guide to Healing Your Body, Balancing Your Emotions, and Restoring Your Vitality by Kimberly Ann Johnson

Your Best Body after Baby: A Postpartum Guide to Exercise, Sex, and Pelvic Floor Recovery by Jen Torborg

Women’s health, general

The Vagina Bible: The Vulva and the Vagina: Separating the Myth from the Medicine by Jennifer Gunter


,Like a Mother by Angela Garbes

Disclaimer: Please note that some of the links in this post are affiliate links, and at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you decide to follow the link and make a purchase. Please understand that I recommend these books because they are helpful and useful, not because of the small commissions I make if you decide to purchase one. The commission is just a perk of sharing good information with people who appreciate that information. Please do not spend any money on these books unless you feel that they will enrich your perinatal experience.

My mission is to make sure that having a baby is not a reason why you can’t do all the things. Contact me if you have questions about exercise or pelvic health pertaining to pregnancy or postpartum, if you’re local (Seattle’s Eastside: Redmond, Bellevue, Kirkland and surrounding areas) and interested in working with me on a custom personal training plan, or if you’d like help finding a qualified pregnancy or postpartum personal trainer near you.