This is all about preparation! Get off on a strong foot in those early days. We are so focused on birth as a culture, when it's the beginning of a tough and wonderful journey. You can learn a lot practically and also about mindset before you have your baby so you are able to confidently do what is right for you and your little family in those first weeks. I recommend that you get these in the last days of pregnancy from 37 weeks onwards and start to create a pocket of maternal retreat, support and love for those first 12 weeks.
Sophie Fletcher£14.99 £13.94
There is no other book quite like this. Hypnobirthing for the first year! Meditations, practical tools and visualisation that can help with anything from feeding, through to crying, to those tough days. "What a lovely book! All new mums should be issued this book to help them navigate the overwhelming experience of new motherhood."
Beccy Hands and Alexis Stickland£12.99 £12.08
A lovely little practical book, with hints and tips for self-care in the early weeks.
Sophie Messager£8.99 £8.36
A comprehensive overview of postnatal recovery of why it's important. Interesting as Sophie loves her anthropology! You'll understand a lot about postnatal rituals, support and care from around the world.