Mama Natural Pregnancy Book Table of Contents

Here’s the table of contents for my new book, The Mama Natural Week-By-Week Guide to Pregnancy & Childbirth!

For generations, pregnancy and birth have been treated as medical “conditions” as opposed to normal biological processes. 

But change is underway. A groundswell of women are taking back their pregnancies and births and embracing a more natural approach. Now Genevieve Howland, the woman behind the popular Mama Natural blog and YouTube channel, brings you a fresh, empowering, and evidence-based guide for this precious time in your life. Featuring insights from midwife Cynthia Mason and nurse/doula Maura Winkler, this book marries cutting edge research with the intuitive wisdom of women’s bodies.

Whether you want a water birth in your living room or just want to eat healthier, The Mama Natural Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth is for you!

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We’ve packed a ton of information in the book, as you’ll see. The Table of Contents alone is over 1800 words!

INTRODUCTION—The Birth of “Mama Natural”

  • Why Go Natural?
  • Calling All Mamas
  • The Surprising Benefits of Natural Childbirth

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Part One: The First Trimester

Week 1—A Little Bit Pregnant

  • Mama Fertility Tip: Ditch Fat-Free Dairy!
  • Papa Fertility Tip: Go Organic!
  • How Accurate Are Home Pregnancy Tests?
  • Could It Be Twins?
  • I’m Already Pregnant. When Should I Call My Doctor?
  • The First Step to a Natural Childbirth
  • What’s Your Why?

WEEK 2—Baby Steps: Preparing Your Body and Home for Your Little Bambino

  • Give Up Your Vices
  • Clean Up Your Medicine Cabinet
  • Do a Chemical Sweep of Your Home
  • Survive Mosquito Season
  • Check Your Personal  Care Products
  • Toss Your Toxic Household Cleaning Products
  • Beware the Litter Box
  • Just Say No to GMOs
  • The Most Important Nutrients for Mama and Baby
  • Get On a Prenatal

WEEK 3 – What’s on the Menu

  • Should I Really Be Eating for Two?
  • Eat for Two? I’m So Nauseous I Can Barely Eat for One.
  • The Big Three: Carbohydrates, Fats, and Proteins
  • Are You a Paleo Mama?
  • A Healthy Fat Throwback: Cod Liver Oil
  • Do Your Grains and Beans Need a Bath?
  • Skip the Deli Section
  • Safe Seafood During Pregnancy
  • Protein and the Brewer Diet
  • Healthy Beverages
  • A Word About Weird Pregnancy Cravings
  • Tips for Vegetarians and Vegans

WEEK 4 – Work That Body

  • When Not to Exercise During Pregnancy
  • Which Workout Is Right for You?
  • Exercise May Boost Baby’s Brain Power

WEEK 5 – Location, Location, Location

  • So, What’s a Birth Center Anyway?
  • Is a Birth Center Right for You?
  • How to Find a Birth Center in Your Hometown
  • Want to Deliver at a Hospital?
  • Home Birth: Is It Safe?
  • What About Water Birth?

WEEK 6 – Meet Your Midwife

  • How Are Midwives Different From Doctors?
  • Finding a Midwife Who’s Right for You
  • Safe Essential Oil Use
  • Finding a Natural-Minded Physician or Ob-gyn
  • Tips on Finding the Right Provider

WEEK 7 –  Natural Remedies for Morning Sickness

  • What Causes Morning Sickness? Three Working Theories
  • When Morning Sickness Seems Too Extreme to Be Normal
  • Could Morning Sickness Be a Clue to Baby’s Sex?
  • Why Is My Throat on Fire?
  • Take the Queasy Way Out

WEEK 8 – Feeling Testy? part I: First Trimester Checkups and Screenings

  • Building a Relationship
  • Eating Disorders and Your Pregnancy
  • Assessing Your Health
  • Getting a Physical Exam
  • Wading Through a Million Routine Tests and Genetic Screenings
  • Prepping for Your First Prenatal Visit
  • When Will I Hear Baby’s Heartbeat?
  • What’s Up with the Flu Shot?
  • Can I Continue Breastfeeding My Toddler?

WEEK 9 – From iPhones to Ultrasounds: Smart Technology Use

  • The Potential Dangers of EMF Exposure
  • So . . . Do I Need a Tinfoil Hat Now or What?
  • Just Say No to At-Home Fetal Heart Monitors
  • To Ultrasound or Not to Ultrasound? That Is the Question

WEEK 10 – Let the Cat Out of the Bag

  • Is Your Job High-Risk?
  • Know Your Rights
  • Stay-At-Home Mamas Have Risky Jobs, Too
  • State and Local Laws
  • Making the Announcement
  • Get Familiar with Company Policy

WEEK 11 – Take Care of You

  • Listen to Some Live Music
  • Get Your Hair Done
  • . . . But Hold Off on the Hair Dye
  • Visit a Pregnancy Massage Therapist
  • Sleep
  • See All the Good Movies
  • Treat Yourself to a Mani-Pedi
  • Go Out to Eat . . . A Lot
  • Make Time for Your Girlfriends
  • Read for Pleasure
  • Finish Up Those Home Improvements
  • Go Shopping—and Not on
  • Block Out Some Me Time

WEEK 12 – Under the Weather? Natural Remedies for the Cold, Cough, and Flu

  • If I’m Sick, Is My Baby Sick, Too?
  • Antihistamines, Cough Syrups, Decongestants: Which Can I Take?
  • TDAP Vaccine: What Say You?
  • More Than Just Chicken Soup: Natural Remedies for Colds and the Flu
  • Is It a Cold, the Flu—or Something Else?
  • An Ounce of Prevention

WEEK 13 – Baby Brain and the Absentminded Mama

  • How the Brain Changes During Pregnancy
  • If Baby Brain Makes Us Smarter, Why Can’t I Find My Car Keys?
  • Don’t Forget to Stay Hydrated, Mama!

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Part Two: The Second Trimester

WEEK 14 – Feeling Testy? Part II: Second Trimester Checkups and Screenings

  • Second Trimester Screen
  • Amniocentesis
  • Anatomy Ultrasound
  • Measuring Small? Could It Be IUGR?
  • Basic Blood Work
  • Glucose Tolerance Test
  • Help for Hormonal Headaches

WEEK 15 – Dress for Two

  • Navigating the Maternity Department
  • What to Buy—and What Not To: A Crash Course in Maternity Basics
  • Maternity Clothes That Won’t Break the Bank
  • What About My Piercings and Tattoos?

WEEK 16 – Doulas: Meeting Your Birth Angel

  • Doulas for High-Risk Pregnancies?
  • So What Exactly Is a Doula?
  • Finding Your Birth Angel
  • Dads and Doulas: A Labor and Delivery Dream Team

WEEK 17 – Fly Me to the (Baby) Moon

  • Flying While Pregnant: How Late Is Too Late?
  • The Top 4 Reasons to Get Away
  • Going Tropical? Eh, Maybe Not

WEEK 18 – Your Baby Registry Checklist

  • Start Here: Big-Ticket Items
  • How to Find Top-Notch Baby Gear
  • Bottles, Bibs, and Burp Cloths—Oh, My!
  • Your Baby Registry Checklist

WEEK 19 – Catch Some zzzs

  • Assume the Position: Safe Sleeping in the Second Half of Pregnancy
  • Battling Pregnancy Insomnia
  • Sweet Dreams—or Baby-Related Nightmares?

WEEK 20 – Let’s Get It On

  • But What If We Hurt the Baby? And Other Lovemaking Myths
  • Is Oral Sex Safe?
  • Feeling Yeasty? Natural Remedies for Vaginal Infections
  • Sex for the Win!
  • Is It a Yeast Infection . . . or a UTI?
  • What About Sex After Baby?

WEEK 21 – Get Schooled

  • Why a Birth Course?
  • Which Natural Birth Course Is Right for You?
  • Pfft! I’m a Second-Time Mama— I Don’t Need to Take a Class

WEEK 22 – High-Risk Pregnancies

  • What Makes a Pregnancy “High-Risk”?
  • When Should You See a Specialist?
  • Okay, I’m High-Risk. Now What?
  • Tips for High-Risk Mamas

WEEK 23 – Work That . . . Pelvis? preparing your body and Baby for birth

  • What’s the Best Position for Baby?
  • Sitting
  • Exercise
  • Leaning
  • Puppy Pose
  • Pigeon Pose
  • Butterflies
  • Pelvic Rocks
  • Try This Pelvic Power Pose!

WEEK 24 – Love the Skin You’re In

  • Acne
  • The Mask of Pregnancy, a.k.a. Chloasma
  • PUPPS, a.k.a. Weird Belly Rash
  • Where Does All of This Pregnancy Weight . . . Go?
  • Mama Natural’s Boob and Belly Butter
  • What to Do About Hemorrhoids
  • Stretch Marks

WEEK 25 – Decorating a Natural Nursery

  • Paint the Town, Er, Nursery Red! (Or Blue? Or Pink? Or Maybe Yellow . . . )
  • Is the “Nesting Instinct” Real?
  • Are Changing Tables Really Necessary?
  • Rocking Chairs and Gliders
  • Is Co-Sleeping Safe?
  • Baby-Proofing 101
  • Decorations and Toys

WEEK 26 – VBAC: the odds are with you

  • A Brief History of the VBAC
  • About those Risks . . .
  • More About VBACS
  • Given the Risks, Why Would Anyone Ever Even Attempt a VBAC?
  • Are You a Good Candidate for VBAC?
  • Preparing for a VBAC

WEEK 27 – Should You Really Write a Birth Plan?

  • Understanding What a Birth Plan Is—And What It’s Not
  • A Birth Plan Reality Check
  • Should I Invite My Older Kids to Witness the Birth?
  • Putting It All Together: The Visual One-Pager

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Part Three: The Third Trimester

Week 28 – Feeling Testy? part iii: Third Trimester Checkups and Screenings

  • Third-Trimester Ultrasound(s)
  • Non-Stress Test
  • Should I Bank My Baby’s Cord Blood?
  • Biophysical Profile
  • Group B Strep
  • Basic Blood Work

WEEK 29 – Beware the Cascade of Interventions

  • Intervention #1: The Routine IV
  • Induction: The Pre-Intervention Intervention
  • Intervention #2: Continuous Electronic Fetal Monitoring
  • Run It Through Your B. R. A. I. N.
  • Intervention #3: Labor Augmentation
  • Intervention #4: Epidural
  • Intervention #5: Cesarean

WEEK 30 – The Rise of Birth Photography and Other Ways to Document Your Birth

  • Why Hire a Birth Photographer?
  • Not into Birth Photography? Think About Documenting Your Pregnancy Instead
  • So How Does Birth Photography Work?
  • Finding a Birth Photographer in Your Hometown

WEEK 31 – How Would You Like Your Placenta Served?

  • Why Would Any Woman Eat Her Placenta?
  • Okay, But How Does it Taste?
  • The Process of Placenta Encapsulation
  • Placenta Encapsulation Tips
  • Okay, So It Tastes Fine—But Are the Benefits Real or Just Placebo Effect?
  • Okay, I’d Like to Give Placentophagy a Try—What’s My First Step?

WEEK 32 – Turning a Breech Baby

  • Butt First (Sorry, Couldn’t Help Myself) Why Is My Baby Breech?
  • Natural Techniques to Flip a Breech (or Posterior) Baby
  • Jockeying for Position: Different Poses Baby May Strike in Utero
  • Can’t Make Heads or Tails of Baby’s Position? Leo Can Help!
  • Should I Be Worried About Baby’s Umbilical Cord?

WEEK 33 – I Make Milk— What’s Your Superpower?

  • The Benefits of Breastfeeding You Haven’t Heard
  • If Breastfeeding Is So Great, Why is It So Freaking Hard?
  • What If I Really Can’t Breastfeed?

WEEK 34 – A Little Something for the Pain

  • The Epidural Dilemma
  • Blissed-Out Birth?
  • When an Epidural Might Be Exactly What You Need
  • Alternative Pain Relief That Won’t Disrupt Your Labor
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Breathing, Unicorns, and Finding Your Happy Place
  • Massage
  • Acupressure
  • Homeopathic Remedies

WEEK 35 – Are You Positive? GBS-Positive, That Is

  • What Is Group B Strep?
  • Okay, I’ve Tested Positive for GBS: Now What?
  • Thoughts on GBS Testing
  • How to Perform Perineal Massage—And Why You’d Want To
  • Do I Really Need Antibiotics?

WEEK 36 – Wait—Am I in Labor?!

  • Labor and Delivery in Three Acts
  • Recognizing the Signs of Pre-Labor
  • Is This Amniotic Fluid . . . or Urine?
  • What If My Contractions Kick in Before 37 Weeks?
  • Ouch! These Aren’t Practice Contractions: When Should I Head to the Birth Center?

WEEK 37 – What to Pack for the Big Day

  • Your Paperwork
  • Clothes (for You and Your Baby)
  • Drinks and Snacks
  • Gadgets, Gizmos, and Boredom Busters
  • Labor Tools, Aftercare Products, and Homeopathic Remedies

WEEK 38 – The Gentle Cesarean

  • Naturalizing a Surgical Birth
  • Restoring Baby’s Microbiome with a Vaginal Swab
  • The Standard Cesarean
  • The Gentle Cesarean
  • Requesting a Gentle Cesarean

WEEK 39 – the What-If Game: Dispelling Common Fears About Birth

  • Will I Poop in the Delivery Room?
  • What If We Don’t Make It to the Birth Center in Time?
  • What If My Baby Is Breech?
  • What If I Have Back Labor?
  • What If My Labor Stalls?
  • What If My Vagina Tears?!
  • What If I Need a Forceps Delivery or Vacuum Extraction?
  • What If I Don’t Love My Baby?

WEEKS 40–42 (and Beyond) . . . Still No Baby?

  • A Brief History of Induction
  • The Process of Modern Medical Induction
  • Calculating Your Bishop Score
  • Natural Alternatives to Medical Induction

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Part Four: Special Delivery


  • Stage One: Labor
  • Stage Two: Time to Push
  • Stage Three: Meeting Your Baby

POST-BIRTH INTERVENTIONS – Newborn Tests and Screenings

  • The APGAR
  • Antibiotic Eye Ointment
  • The Vitamin K Shot
  • Baby’s First Bath
  • The Hepatitis B Vaccine
  • Newborn Screening Part I: The Heel Prick
  • Newborn Screening Part II: The Hearing Test
  • Critical Congenital Heart Disease
  • What If I’m Having a Home Birth?
  • Jaundice
  • Circumcision

BONDING AND RECOVERY – The First 48 Hours with Baby . . . and Beyond!

  • Breastfeeding and Kangaroo Care
  • The Stages of Breast Milk
  • You Gotta Know When How to Hold ’Em
  • Babywearing 101
  • The Mighty Swaddle
  • Rest and Recovery
  • What You Need to Know About Postpartum Depression
  • Natural Remedies for the Baby Blues and Postpartum Depression

The Last Word

  • When Birth Doesn’t Go According to Plan

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Part Five: What to Ask Your Prospective Midwife or Doula, Plus Questions to Ask When Touring Hospitals and Birth Centers

  • What to Ask When Interviewing a Midwife
  • What to Ask When Interviewing a Doula
  • What to Ask When Touring a Birth Center
  • What to Ask When Touring a Hospital

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Part Six: Pregnancy Loss


  • When the Unthinkable Happens: Coping with Miscarriage and Stillbirth
  • How Can I Find Out What Caused My Miscarriage?
  • How Can I Prevent This From Happening Again?
  • Natural Miscarriage
  • Grieving the Loss of Your Pregnancy
  • After the Storm

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  1. Hi!
    I just saw on your Facebook page that you’re going to expand the part about circumcision in your book. My newborn son is intact and this subject is important to me. I just ordered your book yesterday and I’m kinda disappointed that I didn’t see the video before then because I would like a copy that includes more on this important subject. When is the updated version going to be sold? I may buy two copies.

  2. FINALLY got the book! And it’s Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Thank you Mama Natural for your hard work on this project.
    worth every penny!
    Very informative , interesting , humorous way to explain important nuances about the whole journey.

  3. Hello Genevieve,
    I have been following you for awhile now and I am very excited for you in the new book. I have a question about your book, I know the subject is sensitive, but before I purchase I wanted to know if your book is catered for mommy and daddy families or does it include other variations of partnered relationships ( clearly I don’t know how to categorize properly). My family and I have certain beliefs and I wouldn’t want a book on my shelf that doesn’t support our beliefs. I hope you receive this in respect. My intention is only to ask the questions before I purchase. Thank you!

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