Post # 1
I’d like to get a book that will help me understand the various stages of my pregnancy. I was thinking of getting “What to Expect when you’re Expecting” but thought I’d see if there were other books you ladies found more helpful?
Post # 3
Commenting to follow – I hope you get some responses, I’m curious about people’s pregnancy reading suggestions as well!
Post # 4
I have two books so far. I have the What to Expect one which I think it’s good for both pre-conception and during the pregnancy. It’s not a classic for no reason.
I also impulsively purchased Your Pregnancy Week by Week which is pretty good. It has nice graphics of the baby each week and indicates the size. It does have a lot of information and some may be excessive. For example, there’s a huge chart of the way different drugs (prescription and street) affect your baby. While it’s interesting to read about the effects of caffeine, for example, it seemed a little much to also worry about cocaine. (http://www.amazon.com/Your-Pregnancy-Week-7th/dp/0738214647/ref=sr_sp-atf_title_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1362678787&sr=1-1&keywords=your+pregnancy+week+by+week)
Post # 5
I heard some complaints on here from other bees saying What To Expect was a bit too negative and may stress out new mothers-to-be with all of the details about what could go wrong. I opted instead for Mayo Clinic’s Gide to A Healthy Pregnancy. It has information on TTC and the different weeks of pregnancy, as well as information about different birthing options and what to do with baby when you leave the hospital. I am only partway through right now but I really like it. It has good images and a question and answer section with most of the things I have wondered. Seems to have a more relaxed approach as well, doesn’t dwell on the negatives.
Post # 6
Babycenter.com. You can sign up for weekly email s detailing what to expect for that week. The site has a ton of information.
Post # 7
I read ‘What to Expect’ up until labour, lol. As a matter of fact, I was reading it to see if my ‘symptoms’ were actually contractions… and Dirty Delete was born 13 hours later. 😛
Post # 8
I have What to Expect but I find the Babycenter weekly updates more helpful and haven’t really kept up with WTE except the monthly summaries at the beginning of each chapter to get a general overview. There are definitely a lot of things that don’t apply to every pregnancy in WTE so it got old for me after a while. Also, honestly, now that I am halfway through, I feel like I sort of know what is going on and the short weekly updates are enough to keep me up to date on how LO is developing, so I have moved on to baby-prep reading. Tons of friends told me they felt like they waited to long to read about the actual babies bc they were so focused on pregnancy reading so I am trying to get a jump on that! Obviously once the baby comes, there is less free time for reading so I hope to get a lot of this done now.
Post # 9
I second the Mayo Clinic’s Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy. My Mother-In-Law got it for me and I love everything about it!!
Post # 10
I got Mayo Clinic’s guide to a Healthy Pregnancy, precisely because I heard mixed reviews about WTEWYE. I really like the book, although during the month by month, week by week chapters, some data gets repetitive – but it does help me to really understand what type of discharge is OK and what’s not.
It is organized very logically and easy to read. The book does not talk down to you, and has really helpful tips. Definitely recommend!