(Closed) Pregnancy books

posted 5 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

The only pregnancy books I really liked were Belly Laughs and Girlfriends Guide to Pregnancy. What to Expect was okay but I don’t think it displays the true picture of pregnancy at all. Someday someone needs to make a book about what actually happens lol. 

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’m curious what others will suggest – I’ve decided not to read any pregnancy books, that’s what the interwebz are for!

While I haven’t read Fit Pregnancy magazine, I’ve been to their website and it seems like it could be worth subscribing to. I just didn’t bother because I was already into my second tri when I heard about it.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I actually like What to Expect, but I enjoy reading all the peripheral stuff that isn’t related to me. I find the whole process fascinating! 

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

i liked Belly Laughs as well πŸ™‚ and i am reading Ina Mays Guide to Natural Childbirth right now and i like that so far as well. i did read What To Expect When You’re Expecting and i didnt think it was bad at all… well not how some of the reviews described it anyways. i like the week by week stuff in there best πŸ™‚

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I love Ina Mays Guide to Natural Childbirth.

I also read What To Expect When You’re Expecting. Its true that goes a lot into what can go wrong and then what the doctors do in response of that. It did freak me out at times, but I also got a lot of good information out of it. I think if you do read that one you need a nice contrasting read like Ina Mays book.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011 - Vandiver Inn

I really liked the Girlfriends Guide! It was easy to read and I felt like I got a good bit of information from it. As with anything, you have to take it with a grain of salt, but I found it to be an entertaining read along with giving some info. I do like having What to Expect and the Mayo Clinic guide just to get the weekly updates on what’s going on with my baby though. πŸ™‚

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I liked Our Bodies, Ourselves: Pregnancy and Birth. My midwife gave it to me. It might have a bias toward “natural” birthing practices. I objected to some things in the Girlfriend’s Guide, but I’m super picky. 

It’s not a pregnancy guide, but of all the books I’ve read about parenting, Jessica Valenti’s Why Have Kids? has been the most important for me. It doesn’t give any information about changes in your body in pregnancy, or anything like that, but it’s about dealing with the social pressures and judgement that we all will face as mothers.

I reviewed both all 3 of these books on my blog. (I hope this doesn’t count as self-promotion, it’s certainly relevant info.)

The Girlfriend’s Guide to Pregnancy

Our Bodies, Ourselves: Pregnancy and Birth

Why Have Kids?

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I am reading Girlfriend’s Guide now, and it is pretty funny, but not a super detailed book.  I recommend smart phone apps or just visiting websites for information.  I downloaded the BabyCenter app on my phone, and it gives me lots of good information as well as keeps track of my progress well (something that the Girlfriend’s Guide doesn’t really do, it is more like a few chapters on her experiences with pregnancy and how she and/or her girlfriends dealt with them).  Today, the app popped up on my phone, “Your baby is 5 weeks today.”  Yaaaaay! πŸ™‚ 

Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I loved “Girlfriends Guide to Pregnancy”, even bought the 2nd book 

It was funny / informative and just a really good read  

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

@sam2412- What is the second book?

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@roxy821:  girlfriends guide to surviving the first year of motherhood 

i’m 37 weeks now so changed over to reading more about when peanut will be here Smile

Post # 14
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Bumble bee

I read What to Expect, and while they do go through just about everything that could go wrong, they also give plenty of warning not to read those sections unless it actually applies to you or else it can make you paranoid, haha. I haven’t read any other pregnancy books but my husband was reading one called New Father: A Dad’s Guide to the First Year by Armin Brott and he likes it so far πŸ™‚

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