Best pregnancy books?

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2012

Congrats on your decision to TTC!

I recommend the Mayo Guide to Pregnancy over What to Expect When Your Expecting, personally.

Also, it’s a little hippie dippie, but “Sacred Pregnancy” is a favorite of mine. It has some nice info every week, and then space for you to journal on a specific topic each week as well. I think it will be a nice keepsake.

 

 

Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

pinkcrush:  I agree that the Mayo clinic book is WAY better than WTE. Honestly, books do nothing but scare you though. They bring up everything that COULD go wrong and believe me, being pregnant is stressful enough. You don’t need help with that. <br /><br />I’ve gotten way more help out of my mommies group on Facebook. The girls I have in that group are due the same month as me, and a lot of them are second (or more) time mom’s. It helps to just ask them to kind of guage what to expect or what’s going on. <br /><br />My midwife has also been a wealth of information and comfort as well. 

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2012

I just want to add (to back up PacificMrs:  statement above) that pregnancy books only get you so far…I am SO into research. I probably have 20 books on pregnancy and child rearing right now.

However, I agree with PP that it’s better to give only a certain amount of stock in the books, and balance that out with being involved in a community of pregnant women, along with having a doctor or midwife that you really trust and who gives you time for you to discuss at length all of your questions and concerns.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I really like Body, Soul, Baby (bought on the recommendation of another Bee!).  It is written from an integrative medicine perspective, so there is a lot of emphasis on the mental and emotional aspects of pregnancy, and deciding to become pregnant. There aren’t many books I’ve found that focus on these — really important– aspects of pregnancy.  There’s also a good section on preconcption stuff — although some of the recommendations get a bit ridiculous.  I think she recommends working out 6 days a week (maybe she includes fairly low intensity activity?  6 days a week on a regular basis with my workouts can result in me not ovulating), and includes tons of lists of what to eat to get these nutrients and what not to eat, with some of the same things appearing on both lists.  Apparently, you both should and should not eat bacon, for instance.  Still, great book overall. 

I also really liked Breastfeeding Made Simple.  It was fascinating.  It was also  very reassuring about what is normal for breastfed (vs. bottlefed) infants regarding weight gain, how to tell if they are eating enough, positions to try so you can sleep while you nurse etc.  I know so many new moms find breastfeeding really hard and worry a lot.  And you don’t have much time to read about this when you have a little rugrat. 

And of course, Ina May Gaskin’s Guide to Childbirth is awesome.  And Taking Charge of Your Fertility.

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2013

I just read the Impatient Women’s Guide to Getting Pregnant by Jean Twenge and it was exactly what I was looking for. It’s a quick read – gives you all the basics about TTC and it pretty funny too. I’m a planner too so I liked how she laid out all the options for tracking, etc. without it getting too boring or repetitive. It was a great starting point and then gives recommendations for other books if you want to get into more detail. 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I loved “From the hips”. http://www.fromthehips.com/ It’s very a educational, easy read. And entertaining. It includes quotes from moms and dad on nearly every page.

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Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY

pinkcrush:  I plan on staying pretty active when I am pregnant so I got Kristina Pinto’s “Fit and Healthy Pregnancy”.

It debunks the dangerous myth that you can’t exercise vigorously while pregnant. I love it. 

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY

Evie19:  agreed thast I have learned almost more here then I have from books. Though it’s good to have knowledge of research to back it up!!!

Post # 10
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

I liked What to Expect: The First Year

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

If you want a laugh, adn to ease the tension, get the Girlfriends Guide to Pregnancy.  I also used the old standby, What to Expect.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

If you plan to breastfeed, I would also read a book about that.  It’s been so long, I don’t remember what I used.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Side rant: WB, why did you decide to display huge icons below a post whenever it is edited? Who cares? There’s limited space for viewing WB on a phone and you chose to add that feature? Rant over 🙂

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2012

lealorali:  I completely agree! I love reading and I love dishing with other bees. 🙂

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

I don’t have any book recommendations, but I was thinking that you might want to try charting (If you haven’t started already). I never actually charted as I didnt want to get too caught up in the TTC process, but it might give you something to focus on and work towards while you wait to start trying. It can also help you know when for sure if you are ovulating, and when.

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