Post # 1
Hi ladies –
So I just found out I’m pregnant and I’ve very overwhelmed. I would love to get some good resources (books, websites etc) that have reliable info. Like what to eat, exercise recommendations, what is happened when, when you get what done (like when/how often are sonograms?) etc. Like is there a Prego for Dummies book? Probably.
I know a doc is the best resource but since mine doesn’t do OB, I won’t be seeing an OB specific person for another month or so and I have lots of questions now! Obviously I’m planning to ask my regular GYN some questions when I see her tomorrow, but I’d still like some additional resources. What were your favorite books/websites??
Post # 3
I have What to Expect When You’re Expecting, and I find it pretty useful for answering a lot of my questions. I also read A Girlfriend’s Guide to pregnancy, I thought it was very entertaining while giving you some good info. I read the Jenny McCarthy book too, and while it made me laugh, I don’t think the info was really good for helping you understand pregnancy.
Post # 4
I forgot to say congrats!
Post # 5
For basic info on pregnancy, I would agree with What to Expect, or The Pregnancy Book. The Baby Center website is a good resource as well.
Post # 6
My doctor suggested that I NOT read what to expect when youre expecting. He said it was a CF of information, but more importantly, it focuses more on what COULD go wrong, which loses the focus of what likely wont go wrong during the pregnancy. I havent read it, so take that with a grain of salt, but I didnt want to be focusing on potential problems stressing me out. He suggested teh Girfriends Guide to Pregnancy. Ive decded to not read any though. I figure they managed for thousands of years without them =o)
Join babycenter.com and get the weekly updates. There is a ton of info on there as well. But steer clear of the boards. They can be a little snarkly sometimes
Post # 7
You might just want to head over to barnes and noble or borders this weekend and take an hour or two to get a snack and peruse their baby books. There were some that really turned me off. My mom ended up getting me what to expect when you’re expecting, and it does have a lot of info and every book has some hint of bias but I’ve found it somewhat helpful, though I like what to expect the first year a bit better (but that’s not really about pregnancy).
I also signed up for babycenter.com month club and look at their forums once in awhile since the girls are at the same stage of pregnancy as you are so often have the same questions.
There’s only so much you can take away from a forum or a website or anyone really, so I always cross check and cross check to see how accepted the advice being doled out is.
Post # 8
The girlfriend’s guide to pregnancy.
Post # 9
I have only gotten one book so far, “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” and it’s great. They also have a website that I think you should check out. It is user friendly and informative. I think you’ll find that a lot of the questions you have are going to be answered there. Babycenter.com is also another helpful site. These are the 2 sites my doctor said were reputable enough to check out.
Any questions you have and can’t find reliable info on, write them down. So when you do meet with the OBGYN you’ll be prepared.
Congrats again. I know how overwhelmed you are, TRUST me!
Post # 10
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@SoontobeMrsA: AMEN! Best book ever. I loved it. Waaaay better than the boring What to Expect.
As far as foods, I’d suggest going to a couple of websites (like BabyCenter and the Bump) to read the Is It Safe sections. That’s a great place to start. You’ll learn the stuff that’s not so well known, like no eating cold lunch meats (always heat them up to steaming) and no messing with kitty litter (their mess can infect the baby).
Also, a few of things I wasn’t prepared for:
1) the cramping! you can cramp like you’re on your period (the uterus growing and contracting), and also have sudden sharp pains on the sides (it’s the ligaments that attach your expanding uterus to your abdomen stretching). These will hurt worse right after sex, too, and will scare the living daylights out of you if you’re not prepared for it (like I wasn’t!).
2) Nosebleeds. Why? I’ve no idea. But I haven’t suffered one since childhood, and now I get several gushers per week.
3) Fatigue. Take naps when you can, because you’ll no longer get a good night’s sleep this trimester. It will feel like somebody is constantly dosing you with Ambien and caffeine at the same time.
Post # 11
Congrats! I also liked Girlfriend’s Guide and always throw in Pregnancy Day By Day.
@sand dollar: It’s because we have all this extra blood now! The first gusher I had (and there have just been a few, thank goodness) really freaked me out!
Post # 12
I am also not reading What to expect… since my doc is of the same frame as KellyV’s it seems like. I also stay away from The Bump since I don’t like their cheekiness in getting info to you. I also find The Bump’s info a little off base and/or leaning towards alarmingness. Baby Center is way better.
The uterus stretching is weird. The peeing is weird. But I’ve been sleeping just fine and no throwing up or anything. I sleep like a rock anyways.
Post # 13
I tried not to do a lot of reading (I am a hypochondriac and I scare easily) but I really like What to Expect When You’re Expecting and the corresponding website, whattoexpect.com, as well as The Girlfriend’s Guide to Pregnancy which was a good book.
Post # 14
You can read most of the What to Expect book on their website. Save the money and just read on there.
Did you figure out how to calculate your estimed due date based on your Last Missed Period (LMP)? Thats the first easy step to do by yourself (baby center has a good calculator) and will help you guide what you should be doing/researching.
Feel free to read lots of the old threads on here (go back a couple of pages) because most everything has been asked before!
Post # 15
I have What to Expect and it is ok. Has some good info but not all that reassuring. My midwife told me to give it to someone I don’t like! I also have a book called Fearless Pregnancy which is a little better. It does a very good job explaining all the testing that goes on and what it is for. It is written by a mom with additional info from a OB/GYN and a Midwife. So far it has been helpful.
Post # 16
We liked the Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy. It’s concise and well-organized — and you only have to read a few pages each month to get all the info you need.