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Restless legs and racing mind? 10 audiobooks to calm you down

Pregnancy has many gifts but restful sleep isn’t usually one of them.

When you can’t switch off and drift off to nod – thanks to heartburn, aches, pains, restless legs, wind, stress, you name it – try these soothing audiobooks, all available to download from Audible on Amazon.

How Not to Worry: The Remarkable Truth of How a Small Change Can Help You Stress Less and Enjoy Life More by Paul McGee

(Free with your Audible trial, amazon.co.uk) 

How Not to Worry: The Remarkable Truth of How a Small Change Can Help You Stress Less and Enjoy Life More by Paul McGee

Worry, stress, anxiety… they’re all such exhausting emotions but so hard to avoid when you’re expecting a baby. This clever book is full of practical and calming advice, plus tips you can use every day to keep a handle on anxiety and maybe even turn it into positive action.

Beautiful Birth: Hypnobirthing Meditations for Childbirth by Samantha Redgrave-Hogg and Nicola Haslett

(Free with your Audible trial, amazon.co.uk)

Beautiful Birth: Hypnobirthing Meditations for Childbirth by Samantha Redgrave-Hogg and Nicola Haslett

Audiobooks are perfect for hypnotherapy and here the authors narrate their own book in super-calming voices. They believe that pregnancy and birth are positive, magical experiences and they use hypnotic suggestions, visualisations and music to help you feel calm and confident.

Always with Love by Giovanna Fletcher

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Always with Love by Giovanna Fletcher

If you’ve been following the love story of rock star Billy and Sophie, you’ll like this latest update from bestselling author Giovanna Fletcher. The couple head to Hollywood where the madness of LA brings a whole new set of challenges. As Giovanna is married to McFly’s Tom, she knows a thing or two about this world…

The Shepherd's Life by James Rebanks

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The Shepherd's Life by James Rebanks

This is a soothing and unusual book about life in the beautiful Lake District. The author’s family has farmed sheep there for centuries and, like a comforting Sunday night TV drama, the book’s full of tales of countryside life, from hard winters to the new baby lambs of spring.

Betjeman's Cornwall by John Betjeman

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Betjeman's Cornwall by John Betjeman

You don’t have to be an English Lit graduate to find this lovely collection of Betjeman’s poems uplifting. Read by awardwinning veteran actors including Kenneth Cranham and Simon Russell Beale you’ll be instantly transported to Cornwall’s windswept beaches, dramatic clifftops and secret coves (Poldark, anyone?).

Get Some Headspace by Andy Puddicombe

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Get Some Headspace by Andy Puddicombe

Meditation doesn’t have to mean chanting and mindfulness isn’t about colouring books: it’s easier than that. Andy Puddicombe’s mission is to get people to take 10 minutes out of their day to enjoy the here and now, something that’s vital when you’re pregnant. Following these simple steps can help you find real stillness and silence.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Narrated by Gone Girl actress Rosamund Pike, Jane Austen's classic novel about the Bennett sisters is guaranteed to wrap you in a cosy shawl of comfort in seconds. Like a delicious cup of hot chocolate (hmm, now that sounds like a good idea…)

Love from Boy: Roald Dahl's Letters to His Mother by Donald Sturrock

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Love from Boy: Roald Dahl's Letters to His Mother by Donald Sturrock

Roald Dahl began writing weekly letters to his mum when he was sent to boarding school as a small boy, and continued throughout her life… and she kept every one. These touching letters are where he learned to tell stories – including about his time as a World War II fighter pilot and diplomat and spy in Washington – and this collection, showing the love between a mother and child, will warm your heart.

Sit Like a Buddha: A Pocket Guide to Meditation by Lodro Rinzler

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Sit Like a Buddha: A Pocket Guide to Meditation by Lodro Rinzler

Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about meditation but didn’t know who to ask. This is a no-nonsense introduction, free of spiritual whatnot and faffy terminology. The author starts by asking you to think about why you want to meditate and that sets the tone for the book: it’s relaxing, smart, and will help you cope better with all the changes your body is going through.

The Year of Living Danishly: Uncovering the Secrets of the World's Happiest Country by Helen Russell

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The Year of Living Danishly: Uncovering the Secrets of the World's Happiest Country by Helen Russell

Ever wondered why Denmark always rates on those lists of best place in the world to live? Journalist Helen Russell decided to find out why a land of long dark winters could make its inhabitants so happy. The book chronicles the year Helen spent living there, and it’s funny, sweet, absorbing and full of wonderful stories.

The greatest stories, told by the greatest voices – yours to download and enjoy whenever and wherever you want. Pick from 200,000 pulse-racing thrillers, blood-curdling chillers, bestsellers and new sensations hot off the press. Enjoy the very best in fiction and non-fiction, brought to life by the best voices.

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