Post # 1
My husband and I found out yesterday that we’re expecting. We are very excited about being parents, but are feeling overwhelmed. We weren’t planning this, so we haven’t been researching or reading anything. After some initial research online, we bought The Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy. So far I really like what I’ve read, but I’m curious if there is anything else we should check out.
What resources (print or online) were helpful to you during your pregnancy?
Post # 3
I liked the What to Expect when Expecting series and also read “Your Pregnancy after age of 35” since I was over age of 35 for my pregnancy
Post # 4
I did not like “What to Expect”- I felt it was very negative and only wrote about all of the horrible things that could happen. It was too anxiety-provoking for me.
I’ve been reading the Mayo Clinic book you mentioned and I liked it. I also like “Your Pregnancy, Week by Week” as well.
Here’s a thread that I started a few weeks ago that has tons of books and feedback/opinions on each book as well. http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/books-books-books-pregnancy-birthing-child-rearing
Post # 5
@blayne7: First of all…. CONGRATULATIONS! I just bought Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy and I LOVE it. SOOOOO much more than What to Expect.
@HopingToBeaMama: I agree
Post # 6
I have the “Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy”, I like it.
I also read “The Mother of All Pregnancy Books”, which is a bit overwhelming, though she does cover every subject from conception to healthy babies to stillbirths. I think the Mayo book alone would have sufficed though.
And ‘Girlfriend’s Guide to Pregnancy”, which I liked the lighter approach and the stuff that the doctors won’t tell you about.
I also read “Real Food for Mother and Baby” by Nina Planck. I like it, it’s just a healthy-eating approach like what Michael Pollan advocates too.
I haven’t read the “What to Expect” books, my sister warned me against those, she said all they do is make you worry that everything you do will kill your baby.
Other books on my to-buy list, but I can’t comment on yet:
“Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth” by Ina May Gaskin
“HypnoBirthing” by Marie Mongan
“The Happiest Baby on the Block” by Harvey Karp
“The Birth Partner” by Penny Simkin (for my husband)
Post # 7
I also did the Mayo Clinic Book! I thought it was pretty thorough. Our doctor’s office also gave us a book, but to be honest it’s not really worth mentioning. And this isn’t really a “resource” but get a pregnancy journal too! I found mine really helps me monitor my progress and will be fun to show our grown up baby someday 🙂