The Pregnancy Reading List
The Pregnancy Reading List
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The Pregnancy Reading List

Last updated on 2019-10-04

About the Book

Congratulations! If you just found out that you’re pregnant, you’re probably overwhelmed by all there is to suddenly read, learn, and figure out. There are wayyyy too many books to read on pregnancy and parenting—and the challenge is that when you’re pregnant, you have no time and what feels like negative amounts of energy. Where should you start, and what should you read? And why does it seem like each book is a massive textbook that you need to inhale and learn ASAP?

Well, good news: you've got a book nerd in your corner. I love geeking out, reading books, and taking notes on them. If you’re a busy parent, or newly pregnant, I’ve written out short summaries of my favorite books with key highlights and takeaways, so you can read over my shoulder. Rather than reading thirty or forty parenting books, you can just start by reading this one book. I know how busy you are and how much is on your plate. I’ve been there. This book is for you. This book is short—less than half the length of a normal book—and designed to be a quick read, and easy to skim.

Inside this book, you'll get:

  • Our clear point of view on how we approach pregnancy and parenting, and why we need LOTS of styles, not one dogmatic paradigm.
  • 50+ book summaries and snippets and our high-level approach to analyzing which book is for you (and which to skip).
  • Helpful tips on how to pick your parenting philosophy (and why it may evolve over time).
  • The four major things you need to know for the first year with your baby, and how to think about each one.
  • The books that helped me the most in getting it together and going back to work.
  • Bonus book lists for memoirs and novels that will make you laugh when sh*t is crazy hard and you just need a chuckle (otherwise you'll go insane).

This book is great for you if you're starting out on your pregnancy journey, if you feel stressed and overwhelmed, if you wish you had someone to give you a summary of all the books, or if you're a spouse/co-parent/grandparent that wants to catch up on all the books and feel more informed without spinning down a reading list of 60+ books that you don't have time to read.

About the Author

Sarah K Peck
Sarah K Peck

Sarah K Peck is a writer, startup advisor, and yoga teacher based in New York City. She’s the founder and executive director of Startup Pregnant, a media company telling stories about women in leadership across both work and family. She is the host of the weekly Startup Pregnant podcast, a show that does in-depth interviews with female founders and entrepreneurs. Previously, she worked at Y Combinator backed One Month, Inc, a company that teaches people to code in 30 days, and prior, as a writing and communications consultant. She’s a 20-time All-American swimmer who successfully swam the Escape from Alcatraz nine separate times, once wearing only a swim cap and goggles to raise $33k for charity: water. To date, she’s written for more than 75 different web publications and and has delivered speeches and workshops at Penn, UVA, Berkeley, Harvard, Year of the X, Craft & Commerce, WDS, and more. One recent viral essay, The Art of Asking, has been used across tech companies and product teams to train teams in clear communications. She’s currently writing a memoir of her experience working in the tech startup world while she was pregnant with her first kid.

Table of Contents

  • WHAT BOOK SHOULD YOU READ FIRST?
    • Now you have a book nerd in your corner
    • What’s in this book and how it’s organized
  • CHAPTER 1: OUR POINT OF VIEW
    • Finding your approach
    • Our philosophy, mission, and core values
  • CHAPTER 2: WOMEN’S HEALTH BOOKS
    • #1 Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom
    • #2 Taking Charge of Your Fertility
    • #3 The Fifth Vital Sign
  • CHAPTER 3: PREGNANCY AND FERTILITY BOOKS
    • #4 What to Expect
    • #5 Expecting Better
    • #6 Real Food For Pregnancy
    • #7 Pregnancy Brain
    • #8 Expecting: The Inner Life of Pregnancy
  • CHAPTER 4: CHILDBIRTH BOOKS
    • #9 Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth
    • #10 Hypnobirthing (The Mongan Method)
    • #11 The Birth Partner
    • #12 Birthing From Within
    • #13 Childbirth Without Fear
    • Other books worth considering
  • CHAPTER 5: MEMOIRS
    • #14 Like A Mother
    • #15 And Now We Have Everything
    • #16 Body Full of Stars
    • #17 Kid Gloves
    • #18 We’re Going To Need More Wine
    • #19 The Rules Do Not Apply
    • #20 When Breath Becomes Air
    • #21 A Life’s Work
    • #22 Year of Yes
    • #23 Mom & Me & Mom
    • #24 Guidebook to Relative Strangers
    • #25 Operating Instructions
    • #26 Drunk Mom
    • #27 Are You My Mother?
    • #28 Home Game: An Accidental Guide to Fatherhood
    • #29 Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions
    • #30 Black Milk
    • More (My Future Reading List)
  • CHAPTER 6: POSTPARTUM BOOKS
    • #31 The Fourth Trimester
    • #32 The First 40 Days
    • #33 What No One Tells You
    • #34 Nobody Told Me That: The First Six Weeks
    • #35 This Isn’t What I Expected (about PPD)
    • #36 Things That Helped (On Postpartum Depression)
    • #37 The Wise Mama Guide To Maternity Leave
  • CHAPTER 7: NEWBORNS AND BABIES
  • Your Baby Manual: Picking One
    • #38 What To Expect
    • #39 Bringing Up Bebe
    • #40 Parent Hacks
    • #41 The Baby Owner’s Manual
    • #42 The New Basics: A to Z
    • #43 The Baby Book
  • Figuring out Newborns: Sleep, Soothing & Food
    • #44 The Happiest Baby on The Block
    • #45 The Wonder Weeks
    • #46 Baby Wise
    • #47 Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child
    • #48 The N.A.P.S. Solution
    • #49 Go The F* To Sleep
    • #50 The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding
    • #51 So That’s What They’re For!
    • #52 Latch
    • #53 Baby Led Weaning
  • Figuring Out Who You Are As A Parent
  • CHAPTER 8: BOOKS ABOUT RETURNING TO WORK
    • #54 The Fifth Trimester
    • #55 Work, Pump, Repeat
    • #56 Drop The Ball
    • #57 Do Less, Kate Northrup
  • THANK YOU
  • Learn More About Startup Pregnant
  • INDEX
    • Alphabetical list of books

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