Post # 1
I want a good book with information on pregnancy, childbirth, and newborns. However, I DO NOT want a book that will just stress me out with lots of unnecessary info about unlikely complications and an alarmist, guilt-inducing tone. That’s what I’ve heard that the “classic” What To Expect When You’re Expecting is, and I don’t want to deal with that. Please tell me this book exists.
Post # 3
@marjojo: I read WTEWYE, and didn’t find it too alarmist. There’s I think one chapter on complicated pregnancies, but just don’t read that one. The rest I found fairly levelheaded.
Post # 4
Then do NOT read “your pregnancy week by week”. The entire chapter on week 5 is about various ways and reasons you could miscarry. I’ve found Great Expectations to be really informative without freaking me out.
Post # 5
The Pregnancy Bible and The Babycare Bible are really good.
Post # 6
I’m coming at it from two directions. One book is more clinical, though not alarmist (The Mayo Clinic’s Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy) and the other is more practical, wise and funny at times (From the Hips). Both of these books just give me a touchstone to understanding what’s going on and fill in the gaps between doctor’s visits. Because in the end, What to Expect is WAYYYY better than Dr. Google.
That said, if you’re going for natural childbirth and if you’re planning to breastfeed, then you likely want to get more in-depth books down the road.
Oh, and because I ADORE this: alphamom.com has a pregnancy calendar that is laugh out loud funny (and completely spot on for me anyway).
Post # 7
I have had What to Expect since my fist pregnancy (now on my 4th pregnancy, 3rd child) and I actually think it is pretty good. I don’t think it is too alarmist and follows most doctors recomendations.
I thought The Girlfriend’s Guide to Pregnancy was pretty funny. And have heard good things about the Mayo Clinic’s Guide.
Have you had your first appointment yet? My doctor’s office gives books at the first visit.
Post # 8
I also read the Mayo Clinic’s Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy. It was recommended on Amazon I think higher than What To Expect as people were pretty freaked out after reading What To Expect. I also didn’t want to be scared out of my mind reading it and I found the Mayo book to be informative but not scary.
I did go ahead and buy What to Expect in the First Year though to keep around as a reference for when baby comes.
Post # 9
@Milwaukeebride: I completely second the What to Expect the First Year and the next in the series for The Toddler Years.
Post # 10
Hmmm, I actually found What to Expect pretty neutral and straightforward (if a bit clinical), but not alarmist. Just skip the “When something goes wrong” section if you’re not having a high risk pregnancy.
Post # 11
Totally hated What to Expect…my husband and I still joke that that book included helpful tidbits like – if the sky is blue then your baby will have 6 elbows. My doctor gave us the Mayo Clinic book, and we loved it. I also highly recommend the Girlfriend’s Guide to Pregnancy. It is full of good information, very funny and easy to read. For baby books: I like What to Expect the First Year and the American Academy of Pediatrics book on baby.
Post # 12
I found What to Expect kind of condescending. I recommend Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn for a more clinical approach and Girlfriend’s Guide to Pregnancy for a more laid-back and Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth for a more “crunchy” perspective on natural childbirth.
Post # 13
Thank you for this thread! 🙂