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Our Favorite Fourth Trimester Books

Fourth Trimester books aka parenting books are everywhere. For every bit of advice saying one thing, you’ll be able to find another book saying exactly the opposite.

We’re often asked about our favorite parenting books. There are MANY parenting and baby books out there, but there are only a few we actually endorse, so we’ll keep it quick.

The writing we appreciate centers around 1) empowerment of parents, and 2) frameworks for curating the family experience that you want.

Here are a few of our favorites that we recommend for new and expecting parents. We only recommend books that we ourselves have found to be genuinely influential during our own parenting journey.

Book List

The First Forty Days: The Essential Art of Nourishing the New Mother(related podcast episodes featuring the authors of this book are Seven Factors That Influence The First Forty Days and Four Relationship-Saving Questions To Ask Before Baby Arrives)

Becoming the Parent You Want to Be: A Sourcebook of Strategies for the First Five Years

The Big Letdown: How Medicine, Big Business, and Feminism Undermine Breastfeeding (related podcast episode featuring the author of this book is The Real Story Behind Breastfeeding)

Lessons of Labor: One Woman’s Self-Discovery through Birth and Motherhood (related podcast episode featuring the author of this book is Lessons of Labor)


Of course, there are additional books we love that are not listed on this page – you’ll find some of them referenced elsewhere on our site. Our goal is to not overwhelm you with a huge list. Start simple and go from here!

Also, be wary of any silver bullet or guaranteed solutions in any parenting books. In our experience, those are typically a waste of your time and money.

We are excited to share this list with you. Enjoy!

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