(Closed) Pregnancy Books

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2000

Babywise was pretty interesting. It’s about how to time your newborn’s feeding, sleeping etc. (correct order according to them: sleep, play, eat).

Even if you don’t believe in the system or have objections, it’s still a good book to teach you how to logically think and make decisions on baby’s cues. I enjoyed it and it was eyeopening. Several friends had recommended it.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper

Please do NOT purchase, read, or follow Babywise!!!  The American Academy of Pediatrics has attributed a death of an infant to that book!!  The author is not a pediatrician, a child behaviorist, or any type of medical or psycho-social professional.  The book was originally written with a bunch a bible quotes in it and was touted as the “spare the rod spoil the child” reference.  The problem is YOU CAN’T SPOIL AN INFANT.  The bible quotes were removed from the book when the publisher determined that it would be marketable without them.  Yes everyone wants their baby to sleep through the night.  But you are essentially starving your baby if you do that when they are too young.  If I could have an old fashioned book burning, that book would be at the TOP of my list!  Horrible advice from a MAN without children who has NO IDEA what the hell he is talking about.

I bought and read a TON of pregnancy books.  Here is my list:

  • What to Expect When You’re Expecting-Technical, comprehensive, but can be a little disorganized and preachy
  • The Girlfriend’s Guide to Pregnancy-great read!
  • Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn-lots of good info
  • Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy-lots of good info, organized
  • Easy Labor-mostly about pain management during labor
  • Belly Laughs-short and anecdotal.  Cute

I wouldn’t get them all, there is a lot of overlapping info.  If I could do it over again, I would buy The Girlfriend’s Guide, the Mayo Clinic’s Guide and Easy Labor.  Those three combined have everything I was looking for in reference to pregnancy.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee

I also had a ton of books, and I liked the Mayo book (above) the best.  I think I am the only person who didn’t like Belly Laughs.  It annoyed me.  Maybe if I had read it while TTC or in early pregnancy, but I read it in my 3rd tri and I sometimes wanted to hit Jenny.

What to expect was also a little too cutesy for me but is a good overall reference if you don’t get Mayo.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper

@cannotwait: LOL about Belly Laughs!  I did read it early in pregnancy, but you’re right, at the end it would have been annoying.  The only part that stuck with me is the “blue twinkies” reference.  I didn’t get what she was saying until after birth, and then I wanted to cry!

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