Post # 1
I see on amazon there are about a billion pregnancy and baby related books that are recommended – too many to sort through! Which books did you gals read that you found were really informative for both pregnancy about baby stuff? I’m not even TTC yet but I’m just the obsessive planner/researcher type and I want to know what’s out there… and maybe start reading while I have the time 🙂
Please share your favourites!
Post # 3
as soon as i got my (unexpected) BFP, i ran out and got What to Expect When your Expecting. It’s okay, i like the monthly breakdown and the food chapter in the beginning. Lately i have been reading the YOU book by Dr. Oz and I am enjoying that as well, actually, i like the Dr. Oz book more than the What to Expect book. It’s written in a more engaging style and they explain things better i find.
Post # 4
@dynamic_duo: I’ve seen a lot of people comment that they were disappointed by the “What to Expect” and that it was filled with a few too many warnings that scared people… Not sure I’d want anything that would make me worry any more than I already do – I take care of that on my own! But it does seem like that is still one of THE books that everyone reads…
Post # 5
@ladybird: ya i got it initially because it was the only book i had heard about and assumed it was THE pregnancy book. I know lots of people say it scares them, but I don’t find it did for me. It just lists all the potential risks and complications – but also how to handle and prevent them as well. It also gives a lot of other info, like what sympoms you can expect each month, how your baby’s development is each month. I found it informative and useful, just a dry read compared to the one I am reading now. There are a couple of chapters at the end that I chose not to read because i think those might scare me – and they are only relevant topics IF you have one of those things happen to you. Until it happens, I decided I don’t need to read about how horrible it is. Well, i did read section on pre-eclampsia because i DO have high blood pressure and therefore am at greater risk for it, so i wanted to read about it. I am not worried about the rest of the major potential complications.
I don’t have much else to compare with except for those two books though…
Post # 6
I highly recommend “The Girlfriends Guide to Pregnancy.” It is written as if your best friend is telling you everything you need to know about being pregnant and what to do. It’s a fun read and doesn’t try to scare you while being very informative. Frankly, I also really enjoyed Jenny McCarthy’s “Belly Laughs.” It’s like 89 pages of laughing about everything your body is about to go through. I also read WTE, and was put off by all of the warnings/dangers around every corner.
Post # 7
- Wedding: June 2011 - Sydney, Australia
I like the more light-hearted ones.
The Girlfriend’s Guide
Up the Duff by Kaz Cooke
Pregnancy for Dummies 🙂
Post # 8
The “Girlfriend’s Guide” sounds like my cup of tea… was it just humorous, or are there also all the basic guidelines for napping, breastfeeding, etc.?
I was with a friend of DH’s yesterday who has a 4-month old and she was filled with so much knowledge… “well at 8 months he’ll be doing this, and at 10 months, we’ll probably stop doing this”… And I totally don’t know any of that stuff (yet!), so hoping to find some great books that would make me feel more confident when the time comes. I don’t have any close friends who are moms and I’m pretty sure I will be the first one, so the books will be all I’ve got for advice!
Post # 9
We were not TTC, so when I got pregnant unexpectedly I had not done any research about pregnancy and wanted a book that discussed the basics without being alarmist. I bought the Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy and have been enjoying it. It’s kind of dry, but it has lots of good info about the baby’s week-by-week development and how the mother’s body changes.
Lots of the stuff in the book is available for free on the Mayo Clinic web site, but I like being able to page through the book.
I thought everyone read “What to Expect” and assumed that was THE book to get, but I read online that a lot of people found it alarmist and written in a condescending or dumbed down manner. So I skipped that one.
I read some of “The Girlfriend’s Guide” at a bookstore and it seemed like a quick, light and fun read, but I wanted Just The Facts so found it a bit chatty for me.
Post # 10
I’m a big fan of the Ann Douglas books (The Mother of All Pregnancy Books and The Mother of All Baby Books). Both are written with a Canadian perspective.
I have “What to Expect” and I use it for the symptoms or experiences at the beginning of each chapter and then stop reading. I honestly found it alarmist and well….scary. I’m a worrier anyway, so it might just be me…however, I will say that after I spoke with a lot of my friends, they agreed with me.
Post # 11
The Girlfriend’s Guide to Pregnancy
Belly Laughs by Jenny McCarthy
Your Pregnancy Week by Week
Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn
Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth
The Baby Bump
I think Pregnancy Week by Week and P, C and the N are both very informative. They have tons and tons of information in them. Girlfriend’s Guide is humorous but still informational also. Ina May is WONDERFUL, but more if you are trying for a natural birth. Pushed will make you scared to give birth in a hospital. :/
Post # 12
Normally I’d be too embarrassed to give recommendations (not even TTC yet and then sometimes I second guess whether I even want kids). But, like you I like to read up well in advance of things. The best book I’ve read by FAR is Breastfeeding Made Simple. I’d heard from so many people that it is surprisingly hard, so I read up on it. Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth is pretty good, too (her new one is probably good as well).
Post # 13
The Pregnancy Bible and the Baby Bible are good, so is Dr Karp’s book Happiest Baby on the Block.
Post # 14
@ArwenBride: I had bookmarked The Mother of All.. as well on amazon… and was also happy to see there was a Canadian version!
Sounds like there are lots of good options out there… I’ve saved a few on my “wishlist”… thanks for the rec’s! I also know there’s a ton of info on the web on babycentre, the bump etc… they seem to have the answer to absolutely every question right there and of course it’s always helpful to read the comments from real mothers. I just find sometimes it’s nice to have an actual book to refer back to, instead of bookmarking a zillion random web pages.
Did you all tend to go to your books or the web more for your general learning about pregnancy and newborns?
And how early did you start doing research and buying books? I feel slightly insane for even taking such an interest when we have no concrete plans to TTC in the immediate future… I just get really excited about all of it, and also overwhelmed with the knowledge I want to get in my brain!
Post # 15
I prefer books to the web. There’s a lot of inaccurate information on the web. The same can be said for books, but at least they have to pass the muster of the publishers (still, check out the credentials of the authors). It’s a big pet peeve of mine how many “dos” and “don’ts” of pregnancy/childrearing (and even pet training) aren’t based on scientific evidence. For instance, read Taking Charge of Your Fertility before hitting the web. Once you read it you can see how misinformed many people are. You do NOT want to rely on them for advice.
Edit: By “them” I mean the misinformed — not just anyone on the internet.
Post # 16
So far I’m reading:
What to Expect (it scares me)
You: Hving a baby (I like it)
Girlfriend’s Guide to having a baby (LOVE it! It’s hysterical)
Happiest baby on the block (Love it, as well)
Baby Bargains (cause who doesn’t love saving money??? HIGHLY recommend if you’re a planner, OCD, research buff)