recommended books?

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I like 1. The Impatient Woman’s Guide to Getting Pregnant 2. Expecting 411 3. Be Prepared–the dad’s guide to having a baby (or something along those lines)

Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

SaugaBride:  The Mother of All Pregnancy Books (it’s Canadian).  There’s a new edition coming out next year, so I’m just waiting for that.  But so many people have recommended that to me. 

Everyone has told me not to get What to expect.  

I also read TCYOF and The Impatient Woman’s Guide… I liked them both. 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I DON’T recommend What to Expect When You’re Expecting, because my experience is the following: 

“If you notice XYZ, it’s very common and considered normal. In .009% of cases, however, it may indicate that your child is growing two heads and no genitals, so you should immediately make an appointment with your doctor to make sure.” 

Tellingly, I liked “The Panic Free Pregnancy” because it was an antidote to hysteria. I also liked “The Girlfriend’s Guide to Pregnancy.” 

I think parenting books are bullshit. Really. 

ETA: that’s not an actual quote from WTEWYE; that’s just the sort of tone I felt the book had 😉

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 7 months ago by  BothCoasts.
Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Your Pregnancy Week by Week.  Something to read every week and a picture of the baby.  Just keep in mind that the averages pregnancy books talk about vary.  According to the book, I’m supposed to have gained 8-10 lbs by now and I’ve only gained 1 lb.  My dr. says that’s totally normal.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I really loved “Expecting Better” by Emily Oster.

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

TTC – the impatient girls guide to getting pregnant. Taking charge of your fertility. 

Pregnancy – expecting 411, baby bargains (not about pregnancy but SO helpful in figuring out what to buy

1st year – baby 411

i agree with PP. DO NOT get what to expect while expecting. Everyone I know who’s read it freaks out. 

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Must haves: The Belly Book is a journal for moms starting with the 1st week of pregnancy. Great to just have on hand if trying to conceive. And take a weekly picture to post in the book. The great book for men , daddy, is Be Prepared. It is witty and funny. It has 5 stars on Amazon!

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

BothCoasts:  Totally agree most parenting books are s÷$t! 

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I really liked the Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy.  There was a lot of useful info in there. 

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

SaugaBride:  I read Mayo Guide to Pregnancy and Mayo Guide to Your Baby’s First Year. My favorite book, though, was called Do Chocolate Lovers have Sweeter Babies the Surprising Science of Pregnancy. It’s not a “how- to” book on being pregnant (which I loved, because you really don’t HAVE to do anything while pregnant except stay alive….) it’s just super interesting sciency stuff about pregnancy! I also liked the sound of Expecting Better by Emily Oster but didn’t get it since I felt that one or two books was plenty.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

The Mayo Clinic Guide to Pregnancy is great.  Currently reading Expecting Better (examining studies on what to do/avoid during pregnancy and debunking some of their results) and it’s great.  I’ve heard great things about Baby Bargains and the Happiest Baby on the Block, though I have not read either.  

For TTC I’d recommend Taking Charge of Your Fertility!

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

MrsAKSkier:  Just saw that you mentioned Expecting Better– I am reading it now and it’s great!  I would definitely recommend if you’re interested for a future pregnancy, or just because.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I’m currently reading the Mayo Guide to Pregnancy and so far I really like it. 

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