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Motherhood Book Round-up

Updated: Jun 29, 2023

I share a lot about what I'm reading in regards to motherhood over on my Instagram (@motherhoodgrace) 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

Fertility, Pregnancy, Childbirth, Labor | Motherhood Grace Book Roundup


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!

Postpartum, Fourth Trimester | Motherhood Grace Book Roundup

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

Parenting, Toddler, Newborn | Motherhood Grace Book Roundup

All books can be found HERE in my Amazon Shop.

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