• Kate Markovitz

Motherhood Book Round-up

Updated: Aug 2

I share a lot about what I'm reading in regards to motherhood over on my Instagram (@holistickate) and inevitably, there are DM's "What was that book that had activities for toddlers?" or "What was the name of that book you posted yesterday?"

Hence, a big motherhood book round-up. I'm going to comment & color-code the ones that I have thoroughly loved and enjoyed most, but all books are suggested BY other moms FOR moms.


All books can be found HERE in my Amazon Shop.

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Enjoy... and add your recommendations too!


Fertility / Pregnancy / Labor


Mama Natural Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy & Childbirth by Genevieve Howland

  • Really love the format of this book and all of it's content. I took Genevieve's birth course and was able to be induced at a hospital and give birth with no pain medication!

Awakening Fertility: The Essential At of Preparing for Pregnancy by Heng Ou, Amely Greeven, Marisa Belger


Taking Charge of Your Fertility: The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control, Pregnancy Achievement and Reproductive Health by Toni Weschler

  • This book comes highly recommended for fertility education!

How to Conceive Naturally: And Have a Healthy Pregnancy after 30 by Christa Orecchio and Willow Buckley


Real Food for Pregnancy: The Science and Wisdom of Optimal Prenatal Nutrition by Lily Nichols


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


Ina May's Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin


Birth without Fear: The Judgement-Free Guide to Taking Care of Your Pregnancy, Birth and Postpartum by January Harshe


Nurture: A Modern Guide to Pregnancy, Birth, Early Motherhood and Trusting Yourself and Your Body by Erica Chili Cohen and Jillian Ditner


Mothering from Your Center: Tapping Your Body's Natural Energy for Pregnancy, Birth, and Parenting by Tami Lynn Kent


My Sisters the Saints: A Spiritual Memoir by Colleen Carroll Campbell



Postpartum


The First Forty Days: The Essential Art of Nourishing the New Mother by Heng Ou, Amely Greeven, Marisa Belger

  • Love the honor this book gives to ancient practices of postpartum.

The Postnatal Depletion Cure: A Complete Guide to Rebuilding Your Health and Reclaiming Your Energy for Mothers of Newborns, Toddlers, and Young Children by Dr. Oscar Serrallach

  • Highly recommended book for mothers who are healing


Good Moms have Scary Thoughts: A Healing Guide to the Secret Fears of New Mothers by Karen Kleinman

  • An amazing accessible book full of activities, colorful "cartoons" - not necessarily a textbook style which makes it very easy to pick up and browse in the early postpartum days.

Ina May's Guide to Breastfeeding by Ina May Gaskin


The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding by Diane Wiessinger


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


Healing Your Body Naturally After Childbirth: The New Mom's Guide to Navigating the Fourth Trimester by Dr. Jolene Brighten


This Isn't What I Expected: Overcoming Postpartum Depression by Karen Kleiman and Valerie Davis Raskin


Breathe Mama Breathe: 5-Minute Mindfulness for Busy Moms by Shonda Moralis


Great with Child: Letters to a Young Mother by Beth Ann Fennelly


Cherish the First Six Weeks: A Plan that Creates Calm, Confident Parents and a Happy, Secure Baby by Helen Moon


The Aware Baby by Aletha Jauch Solter


Postpartum Grace Guide: A Day-by-Day Message + Journal for the First Six Weeks of Motherhood by Kate Markovitz ;) -- c'mon I had to sneak this in right?! Not on amazon, purchase here!



Newborn / Toddler / Parenting


The Awakened Family: How to Raise Empowered, Resilient and Conscious Children by Sefali Tsabary

  • This book was life-changing for me... in my relationships, myself, the way I view parenthood. Cannot recommend it enough.


Elevating Child Care: A Guide to Respectful Parenting by Janet Lansbury


No Bad Kids: Toddler Discipline Without Shame by Janet Lansbury


  • The two books above by Janet Lansbury are must-reads. I love everything she has put out about parenting, it has impacted my approach tenfold!


The Montessori Toddler: A Parent's Guide to Raising a Curious and Responsible Human Being by Simone Davies

  • LOVE this book for activities and approaching the toddler years.


The Wonder Weeks: How to Stimulate Your Baby's Mental Development and Help Him Turn His 10 Predictable, Great, Fussy Phases into Magical Leaps Forward by Rans X Plooij and Hetty van de Rijt

  • This book has an accompanying app - I actually found the app to be useful enough!


The Vaccine-Friendly Plan: Dr. Paul's Safe and Effective Approach to Immunity and Health from Pregnancy Through Your Child's Teen Years by Dr. Paul Thomas and Jennifer Margulis


The Gardener and the Carpenter by Alison Gopnik


The Magic of Motherhood: The Good Stuff, the Hard Stuff, and Everything in Between by Ashlee Gadd


A Life's Work: On Becoming a Mother by Rachel Cusk


Risen Motherhood: Gospel Hope for Everyday Moments by Emily Jensen and Laura Wifler


The Whole-Brain Child by Daniel Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson


Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living by Shauna Niequist

  • Not motherhood related necessarily, I have read this many times to help with mindset!


Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids by Kim John Payne and Lisa M Ross


Motherhood So White: A Memoir of Race, Gender, and Parenting in America by Nefertiti Austin


Raising Your Spirited Child by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka


The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin


The 5 Love Languages for Kids by Gary Chapman


Body Belief: How to Heal Autoimmune Diseases, Radically Shift Your Health, and Love Your Body More by Aimee E Raupp


Carry On, Warrior: The Power of Embracing Your Messy, Beautiful Life by Glennon Doyle




All books can be found HERE in my Amazon Shop.


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