(Closed) Pregnancy: What books are you reading?

posted 7 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
614 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

I started with Birthing from Within at my midwife’s recommendation when we were “pre conception.” It’s pretty granola, but there are some really good nuggets of info about the psychology of pregnancy and especially birthing. It’s solidly skewed toward more natural birthing, which did appeal to me because the book is all about empowering the woman. However, once i got pregnant, I had loads of questions and wouldn’t see my midwife for like a month, so I started reading What to Expect. A midwife friend said she didn’t reccomend it because it tends to scare moms, but I actually found it comforting to read so far. I’m only into it as far as I’m pregnant… so the first few weeks, but so far it’s helped me re-formulate my diet somewhat and get a handle on being pregnant.

I’ve got some other pregnancy books–one from Dr. Sears, one about female hormones and a couple about breastfeeding, but I haven’t read them yet. I also got an amazing packet of information from my midwife that has helped a lot. I may transition over to baby books soon, now that I’m not so overwhelmed with actually being pregnant! 🙂 I’m thinking that if I listen to the midwife and keep doing what I’m doing… in 7 months I’ll be holycrapaMOMwithaBABY and so I better start reading parenting books. 🙂 But I’m a total Hermione. Good luck!

Post # 4
2195 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I am reading What to Expect right now, but have heard wonderful things about the Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy, which i may order for a good read. I will be following this thread!

I don’t mind the WTE book so far, it covers a lot. It’s hard to get into some of the chapters because I’m just not there yet. It covers lots of symptoms and even lack of symtoms, lists for your prenatal visits and what to ask and when to call a doctor.

Post # 5
4581 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth

Post # 7
7900 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

I read Bringing Up Bebe, the Mayo Clinic Guide to Pregnancy, and The Happiest Baby on the Block. I recommend them all.

Post # 8
1577 posts
Bumble bee

@NJmeetsBX:  Haha I liked WTE – they do cover just about EVERYTHING that could possibly go wrong, but they do give fair warnings to not read those sections unless it is affecting/possibly affecting you. 🙂

Post # 9
256 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012 - Motor museum

Oooh I feel bad, I haven’t read any! Should I?

Post # 10
2250 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I just purchased the Mayo Clinic Guide to Pregnancy…. despite the fact that I am not pregnant or TTC. I’ve got a serious case of baby fever!! The book is full of really great information though, sticks to the facts, and comes from a very reputable source.

Post # 11
369 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Reading Mayo Clinic and really like it.

Although, there are more typos in that book than I would expect from the Mayo Clinic… but hey, they’re doctors, not english majors!

Post # 12
2183 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium

Commenting to follow… just found out I’m pregnant, so I guess I need to start reading!


Post # 13
1949 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I read a girlfriend’s guide to pregnancy, and now am reading happiest baby on the block. That will probably get me through until delivery, when I’ll need the techniques.

I also have how to behave so your children will too on DH’s night stand. It’s for a little later, but it’ll be good to have. All about appropriate discipline, etc.

Post # 14
4581 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@keranos:  I didn’t plan to read any pregnancy books at all until just recently (I’m in my third trimester) when I figured I’d pick up Ina May’s Guide in an attempt to learn more about natural childbirth.

Post # 15
19 posts

Our Bodies, Ourselves Guide to Pregnancy and Birth – hands down. 

Not SUPER granola, but doesn’t try to scare the crap out of you like WTE. Respect for different birth plans and pain relief techniques, without assuming that every woman needs every drug to manage birth. 

Also, if you haven’t read it already, the original general Our Bodies, Ourselves is the most useful reference guide EVERRRR. Sometimes when you are pregnant I feel like you realize you need to go back to basics and relearn what happens in your non pregnant body!


Post # 16
5474 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I read Girlfriend’s Guide to Pregnancy- it was a very down to earth, non-medical, real life advice type of book.

I also read Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth- LOVE this book.  It was very empowering and informative.  I learned so much and I feel more prepared for my upcoming birth.

A friend of mine took the Bradley birthing classes so I borrowed her book.  It was also quite informative and gave a lot of tips & suggestions regarding things your partner can do to support you during labor.

I know it’s not a book, but I also really enjoy reading the blog Birth Without Fear.  Oh, and I read every birth story I can find on here too!

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