How early did you start reading about pregnancy?

posted 2 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

MrsCallalily:  The day I found out I was pregnant lol.  My husband and I weren’t TTC, so as soon as we knew, we started researching.  Fortunately, my insurance has a “future moms” program and sent us lots of information including books, articles, magazines, and a maternal nurse hotline that we can call at anytime to ask questions.  The pregnancy and babies board here has also been pretty helpful (thanks ladies!), but I wish that I could’ve started reading up before I was pregnant because now I feel like I’m “behind.”

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

MrsCallalily:  I’m with you.. I read everything I can get my hands on when it comes to babies, pregnancy, anything therein. 

And we’re not even married yet 😉 the wedding is in little more than a year (+9 days!) and the plan is to hopefully TTC shortly after. Like you, we have way to much on our current plate to make a baby (not to mention not enough space!) but we talk about it, a lot, and it’s in the works. 

Its never to soon to get educated about such a huge change that you will go through.. Both your body and your life! I firmly believe that this is one of those things that you can’t possibly be over prepared for. Keep on reading! (And share any thing good that you find! 😉 )

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2014 - Italian Villa

MrsCallalily:  I’m a planner just like you, and I always need something to research. I was reading about weddings and wedding planning about 3 years before we got married (2 years before he popped the question), and now I’ve moved on to researching pregnancy and things about babies.

I think we will probably wait at least 2-3 years before we TTC, but I figure if I absorb as much information as possible now, by the time I need it the info should be easy to recall and my pregnancy will hopefully be less stressfull because I’ll know what to do, what not to do, and what I’m getting into. 

So really, for me researching ahead is a way to pre-manage future stress. 

It’s freaking DH out, though, because the other day he asked what I was reading (one of my Facebook friends had linked an article with scary pregnancy stuff) and he was concerned about me wanting kids NOW. I think he lives in the moment a lot more than I do (heck, he bought my ring and proposed the same day- not really a planner!). So, I’m now trying to keep it on the DL!

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

MrsCallalily:  I agree, epidurals are super scary lol!!  I’m pregnant with twins, so I’m probably going to be getting a C-section.  My “genius” solution was to watch a plethora of C-section surgery videos (not smart lol), so while I feel somewhat prepared, I’m still totally scared.  I’ve found the most reassuring thing is to talk to friends and family that have been through it already; the first-hand experience really makes a difference.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island

I started researching pregnancy and birth a couple years before we started TTC.  I am a planner too.  I had my whole college education planned out (exactly what classes I would take and when) by the first month of my freshman year.  I may be a bit extreme but at least I’m prepared!  Information is power!

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I started reading up on it as soon as it didn’t sound like such a terrible, horrible, thing to me anymore, and when I started thinking that maybe, someday I might do it.  How else can you decide whether to get pregnant and have kids if you don’t know anything about it?  You also might have a million things going on when you do get pregnant, and might not have time then.  It never hurts to become informed about anything!

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

MrsCallalily:  I started reading books when I found out I was pregnant. And nothing prepared me for actual childbirth or caring for a child until I had the baby here. It’s when I learned how to do everything.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I started researching information when my husband and I set a time when we would start TTC. I didn’t get any books until I was pregnant. I enjoy reading about what to expect and what not, it made me more prepared for the TTC process and the first couple weeks of pregnancy. It never hurts to learn about pregnancy.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I am also a planner and started reading books and lurking around Due Date Clubs a couple of years before we got pregnant. I was really happy that I did. Nothing came as a huge surprise during my pregnancy (well, except my kidney complications, which I never had heard of in all my reasearch). I read lots of birth stories so I was aware of all sorts of things that *could* happen and what to expect.

I just found pregnancy and birth in general to be super interesting, so that’s why I think I spent so much time reading. I also wasn’t sure if I wanted kids, so getting myself as much information as possible really helped me to bring clarity to what was best for DH and I.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Another big planner here!  I started reading and researching when we first started talking about/planning for TTC – that was a year and a half ago, and we’ll start TTC next month 🙂 I have bought a couple books for more information on fertility and the TTC process, but no baby books yet – that is one line that for some reason I haven’t wanted to cross until I’m actually pregnant.  But I’ve read toooooons of stuff online, and have a private Pinterest board with links to all kind of articles about pregnancy and taking care of a baby.  I know there’s tons that you really can’t prepare for, but I want to do all I can do to feel educated and ready for such a big step.

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