As a personal trainer and birth doula, I was pleased to come across Bonnie Berk’s Motherwell Maternity Fitness Plan. Human Kinetics uses it as the text for their “Exercise and Pregnancy” course. (http://www.hkeducationcenter.com/)
Chapters include “Shaping Up Before Pregnancy,” “Eating for Fitness and Baby’s Health,” “Staying Motivated Through the Second Trimester,” “Fitness for the New Mom,” and eight others.
The text is rich with information, but is written in an understandable, approachable style. I also appreciate the line drawings and clear explanations of each exercise.
Motherwell… is a good read whether expectant moms are exercise enthusiasts or simply want to make healthier choices for themselves and their unborn babies.
One of the things I appreciate most is the author’s balanced approach to the information she offers. Without judgment, she shares what is, in most cases here in the West, standard practice. However, Berk offers clear insight on what would be considered “natural childbirth practices.”
If you want to do all you can to prepare for a natural birth or if you simply want to be as healthy as possible throughout your pregnancy and beyond, I recommend Motherwell Maternity Fitness Plan. I also recommend it to professionals who will be working with pregnant women.
As a Christian, I disagree with some of the information in the chapter about meditation, but would recommend this book regardless.
You can order it here.