(Closed) Best books for pregnancy?

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
1763 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

A Girlfriend’s guide to Pregnancy is good and definately clues you in on things not usually talked about in a straight forward manner. What To Expect When Your Expecting is good as it breaks down each month on what is “normal”. It is definately a little more politically correct. i liked both of those.

Post # 4
7082 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

I only read Girlfriend’s Guide at first and then I went on information overload.  I read the week by week development sites, just to know what’s going on with the baby…

And I got the AAP baby guide that I’m reading through now before she gets here.  It takes you through the first year of your baby’s life.

Post # 5
413 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I read What to expect when expecting and also registered on babycenter.com for my countdown calendar.

Post # 6
773 posts
Busy bee

I liked What to Expect.  It’s pretty comprehensive.

I also really liked Your Best Birth by Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein.  It’s good information if you are interested in natural childbirth.

I’m currently reading Happiest Baby on the Block.  I’d suggest picking up a few parenting books (What to Expect the First Year and a book on sleep habits) before your baby is born, because I’m struggling to find time to read now that she’s here.

Post # 7
6010 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I read (and recommend) the following books:

The Pregnancy Book: Month-By-Month, Everything You Need to Know by America’s Baby Experts by William and Marth Sears and Linda Holt

Your Pregnancy Week by Week by Glade Curtis and Judith Schuler

Our Bodies, Ourselves: Pregnancy and Birth

The Happiest Baby on the Block by Harvey Karp

I also read The Girlfriend’s Guide to Pregnancy and parts of What to Expect When You’re Expecting, but I didn’t like either of them.  I felt like What to Expect concentrated too much on the scary stuff that could happen during pregnancy/birth, and it felt a little condescending to me.  Also, I know lots of people who RAVE about The Girlfriend’s Guide to Pregnancy, but I didn’t like that one either.  I didn’t find it very funny or relateable, and I felt like the chapters on birth, labor, and choosing a doctor to be condescending and demeaning to woman who aren’t necessarily “mainstream.” 

We also read a couple nursery decorating books, which were fun, and we just ordered The Husband Coached Childbirth by Dr. Bradley.  Omg, we’re kinda baby book nuts, aren’t we?!  🙂

Post # 8
545 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

There are too many books out there! I am glad i will have weddingbee to come to when i put a bun in the oven

Post # 10
14186 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I gave my friend Belly Laughs, which is more of a comical look at pregnancy. So far, she said it is the best book she’s read and far more entertaining/interesting than the other ones

Post # 11
108 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

What to expect is amazing for pregnancy and then what to expect during the 1st year to follow! Belly Laughs by Jenny McCarthy was perfect! She’s so honest and straight forward, it’s great! I couldn’t put it down! 🙂

Post # 12
2856 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I am currently reading, You and a Baby by Dr. Oz. Not too bad so far.

Post # 13
2695 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2008

I know this sounds silly but my doctor recommended The Dummy’s Guide to Pregnancy and Ireally like it! I also got the Mayo guide, which is dry but has a lot of good reference info.   I haven’t gotten What to Expect yet as I have heard that it can really freak you out…might go get it soon though.


Post # 14
553 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

Anyone have any favorite books about breastfeeding? 


Post # 15
5823 posts
Bee Keeper

I have read these books:
What to Expect When You’re Expecting
I really liked all the information in the book.  It reads like an auto manual, but even though it’s very dry, I thought it was very informational.  I prefer to be informed though, and I didn’t think it was scary.  It was a bit disorganized though.  You have to read the whole book end to end since the information is scattered haphazardly throughout the months.  Also not many photos, which would have been nice.

10,000 Baby Names – Bruce Lansky
You don’t need to buy the book with the most names, but I liked to look through it for names, and when we finally picked a name I liked the easy reference to the meaning and origin.

Belly Laughs-Jenny McCarthy
This was a funny book, but I was done reading it in like a day.  Not a lot of info, but still some funny anecdotes.

The Girlfriends Guide to Pregnancy-Vicki Iovine
I liked this much better than What to Expect, and it was more substantial than Belly Laughs.  It’s like a strange mix between the two.  On the one hand she avoids any medical jargon, and on the other hand she’s telling you good info, albeit sometimes completely useless info (but interesting all the same).

She’s Having a Baby and I’m Having a Breakdown-James Douglas Barron
Great book for my husband!  He’s not a reader, but I wanted him to read something about what I am going through.  This book is funny and cute and has some sweet suggestions for how to handle your pregnant wife.  He may not know the ins and outs of pregnancy from this book, but he knows how to keep me happy, which I think is more important for now.

Here are some books on my Amazon wishlist.  I’m not sure if they’re good but they look like they’re up my alley.

Conception, Pregnancy, and Birth-Dr. Miriam Stoppard
I’m Pregnant!-Lesley Regan
Easy Labor: Every Woman’s Guide to Choosing Less Pain and More Joy During Childbirth-Kathryn Alexander William Camann

Post # 16
548 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

For an interesting perspective on parenting infants, check out “Our Babies, Ourselves” (not Our Bodies) – I read it for a class I took on women’s biology, it’s a book about parenting practices in different cultures. There’s some really interesting food for thought, and fascinating little facts, like when a mother and baby fall asleep together, their heartbeats & breathing patterns synchronize!

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