Post # 1
So this isn’t really my first post as i use to post last year when I was planning my wedding, but cannot remember my old log in details!
Okay – so I found out two weeks ago that I am pregnant!! Yay!! A little surprise, but we are both thrilled! I have had a blood test to confirm, and my levels put me in my 8th week roughly. I cannot wait for our first scan at 12 weeks to know that everything is okay.
I’ve had horrible morning “all day” sickness and fatigue, no vomiting but terrible nausea. I am heading off with my Mum tomorrow to pick up a few things and was hoping for some suggestions on pregnancy books? We live in Australia, so it would need to be available here.
I feel so dumb when it comes to pregnancy, I know a few things, but really want to understand more and especially what I should be avoiding.
Any help/suggestions are very much appreciated!
Thanks in advance bees!
Post # 3
- Wedding: September 2010 - Angel Orensanz Foundation
Check TheBump.com! They have a lot of helpful info as well as iVillage.com, they have an entire section on pregnancy. They would prolly have great suggestions on books.
Post # 4
Congratulations how exciting. It’s such a special time
What to expect when expecting is a great read.
Anything with ginger in it helped my nausea-
Post # 5
I don’t have any book suggestions as I haven’t read any, myself. But try to eat small, frequent meals & snacks to help with the nausea. Saltines tend to work well.
A quick google search will give you lists of things to avoid during pregnancy, but don’t be too strict. Many of the suggestions these days are kind of ridiculous because the risk is so small.
Congratulations on your pregnancy!
Post # 6
@Eden Di Bianco: Okay great, will do – thanks 🙂
@Holly77: Ooh I will have a look for that one, I’ve heard about Ginger from 3 people now so I will give it a go! Thanks 🙂
@iheartnerds: Thank you! Yes, I definitey don’t want to go overboard, but I just want to know the main things to avoid. I’ve heard there are some ridiculous things!
Post # 7
Congrats! In Australia for the first and last book you need to read on pregnancy (IMHO) is “Up the Duff” by Kaz Cooke. It is content heavy in a week by week format but is very funny at the same time. Most important of all it puts things into perspective and doesn’t have you freaking out unduly which is What to Expect did to me). There is also a sequel called “Kidwrangling” for raising bub from newborn to school which I have on my dresser all the time. Very non-biased as well. She gives you all the options and you make up your mind what suits you. GL! 🙂
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@almajele: ooooh I am tossing up between Up The Duff and What to Expect When You’re Expecting… I unfortunately can’t find reviews on UTD. I wanted to get it because of its name and it looked more like my style but I wasnt sure if it was good 🙂 Glad to see a recommendation 🙂
Post # 9
@MrsSmokey: When I was at the chemist the other day in the vitamin section they had a Blackmores morning sickness tablet (pink bottle) that had ginger and vitamin B6 in it. Link is here: http://www.blackmores.com.au/products/morning-sickness-formula Haven’t tried it as i’m not pregnant yet but thought it was worth mentioning.
@almajele: My SIL had both but always had UTD on the table in easy reach and What to Expect in a pile of other stuff. That leads me to believe that she prefered UTD though I never asked.
Post # 10
- Wedding: July 2012 - Catholic Church
@MrsSmokey: I’ve heard that too much ginger can be bad for the baby (I’m not sure at what point it becomes “too much” though). Just tossing that warning out there! Congratulations on your pregnancy!
Post # 11
Do: Drink lots of water…stay hydrated! (I had no idea how important this was until I got admitted to LDR at 32 weeks for contractions and they put me on fluids….so trust me…water is your best friend)
Don’t: Stress, especially about things you should avoid during pregnancy…. stress is bad for you and the baby.
I have read a few pregnancy books and I can tell you that a lot of them are pretty “alarmist”. If you want the straight up facts on pregnancy, I found tips from Babycenter.com to be pretty helpful. I liked getting the email updates that talked about each week. This depends on what specifically you are interested in too (natural childbirth, breastfeeding, nutrition)…they have books for everything. Also, your hospital is going to dump a pile of information on your lap and will give you contact information for any questions you might have I am sure… be very proactive on any questions or concerns you have with your doctor.
Shitty Mom is a pretty good book if you are in need of a laugh btw….
I just gave birth a little over 3 weeks ago…so if you have any specific questions, I will try to answer them the best I can if you want to PM me.
Post # 12
Thanks so much everyone for all your advice and suggestions. I ended up buying one called “Your Pregnancy Bible”. It seems pretty good but I am struggling to read it as pregnancy is making me feel awful and is the last thingI want to read about at the moment.
I’ve found if I eat small amounts throughout the day and don’t let myself get too hungry that the nausea stays away – yay! 🙂 Except fatigue, that is getting worse, so I just sleep pretty much whenever I’m not at work.
Post # 13
Congrats on your pregnancy. I’m in aus too and some things to recommend:
I researched the pregnancy vitamins and the best seems to the BLACKMORES one because it has a few extra things- the dha I think it was. I was found the best price at the chemist warehouse shop.
For books I’ve read the what to expect book (not scary at all, very factual and helpful), belly laughs and girlfriends guide to pregnancy. The last two are a laugh but good fun reads.
Id also strongly suggest you sign up at aN online pregnancy site which sends you info. I like babycenter but there’s a tonne. They also have apps for youR snartphones. These apps are great! Others are baby bump, I pregnant.
For all the dos and don’t just follow the mayo guide. Look for it online. Don’t have the link with me but it’s easy to find.
And my tip for nausea- banana. Eat often small meals and take it easy.