Post # 1
I just found a fried of ours is expecting and thought it might be fun to get her some pregnancy books. Which are your favorites?
Also, is there any value in starting to read them myself even though I’m about two years away from TTC?
Post # 3
so far i’ve read a girlfriend’s guide to pregnancy, belly laughs, and what to expect. i really liked girlfriends guide b/c it was a fun book, and what to expect is very informative. i thought belly laughs was funny, but not very helpful.
i think it’s fine to read some books if you’re interested. my friend started reading one when her friend got pregnant so she’d have a better understanding of what she’s going through.
Post # 4
I too recommend Belly Laughs by Jenny McCarthy. I bought it for my 1st expecting friend and she (and her husband especially) thought it was hysterical. Some of the other books tend to freak people out in advance…depends on your friend. So exciting, congrats to your friend!
Post # 5
One of my fav authors is Louis Erdrich. She wrote a book/essay about her first pregnancy called “The Blue Jay’s Dance.” I haven’t read it, but it has positive reviews on amazon as far as not freaking out the expectant mothers and handling pregnancy as a natural, organic thing.
Post # 6
I found a lot of the pregnancy reading to be cheesy. I liked the Mayo Clinic guide, bc it was more scientific w/o going over my head. I find when I want to look up something specific, I go to it before What to Expect.
If you are 2 years you, you could just skim the first few pages of her book before you give it to her. 😉 Then, buy a couple books about preparing your body (finances, etc.) for pregnancy. This was one I read:
Before Your Pregnancy: A 90 Day Guide for Couples on How to Prepare for a Healthy Conception
Unfortunately, I can’t remember the other one that was more about laws/finance.
Post # 7
These were all really helpful – thanks!
Post # 8
Touchpoints Birth to 3 by Brazelton, Mothering the New Mother by Sally Placksin and Breastfeeding Made Simple byMohrbacher are all on my shelf right now. Great books. Not cheesy, more scientific. I’d try to stay away from those “What to expect” type books, they might make her more paranoid. I’m sure they have good info, but it doesn’t make sense to put expectations into someone’s mind if they probably won’t apply to them.
Post # 9
Touchpoints is a great, great book! I’d also recommend “Wonder Weeks”. It talks about the mental leaps in your baby’s development, and makes any phases she goes through more understandable.
The Wonder Weeks
Oh, and of course “Happiest Baby on the Block” is an absolute must read for any new parent. Think of it as a very basic survival guide! The tips in it really work.
Post # 10
I need to second the “Happiest Baby on the Block” rec. When our little guy was around two weeks old he started getting really, really, really fussy… tears were shed all around and it wasn’t pretty. My friend had given me the movie and we watched it and like DG said, the tips really do work. Luckily, he has totally calmed down and hardly ever cries anymore (well atleast like he was), but when he does I know what to do… it’s like magic!
Post # 11
Another great pregnancy book is Baby Bargains – has everything you need to know about all the “gear” you need to buy -what you need, don’t need, review of all the brands, etc. It was very helpful for me. I also got the book Baby 411 by the same authors which I also found very informative and a good read.
What to Expect is a good standard – I didn’t find it freaked me out at all, although people told me it would. Girlfriend’s Guide was ok – it is a bit dated and it felt like it to me when I read it. Happiest Baby was a book highly recommended to me by a friend so I am just starting that now…and Healthy Sleep Habits, Healthy Child also came highly recommended but I am not there yet! Still cooking this kid 🙂
Personally I don’t think there is much you need to read now. Enjoy the next two years, move towards better nutrition and exercise if you need to, and see your OB at some point before you start!
Oh and my husband likes this one book for Dad’s called the survival guide or something…although he didn’t learn as much as I did from my books 🙂