(Closed) “What to Expect..” books: your impression

posted 9 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
260 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

My doctor actually recomment the mother of all pregnancy books becausae it is Canadian.  So far I am liking it.  It does have some things about it that I don’t love but I think it just tells you all the different possibilties and aspects.  I’ve heard “The Girlfriend’s Guide” is supposed to be really funny also.  I may pick that one up a little later!

Post # 4
59 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I am a student midwife and I really, really dislike what to expect when you’re expecting. I find it very negative, very biased and the information downright overwhelming— so many women walk into our office freaking out about what they’re read in WTE when it really has no bearing on a healthy pregnancy. 

Here are my favorite books:

About birth: 
Active Birth

Anything by Peggy Simkin

The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth 

The Birth Partner (for your birth partner!)

About breastfeeding:

The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding

About Babies:

I love the Dr. Sears library.


Post # 5
9816 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

@cvbee:I thought it was ok but it kind of scared me. Avoid the “scary” chapters. 

Are you reading the most recent version? It’s constantly being updated. You have to remember that this book is very clinical, and catering to ALL pregnant women, including the ones with no common sense, who would let a baby sit in a gross diaper all day, or not take the baby to the doctor if sick. I plan to cloth diaper, and though I have had an epidural before, I see the benefits of having one and also not having one. Don’t let anything in there scare you from what you’d like to attempt. I used to hilight certain things in the book and bring them to my OB to ask for clarification.

I actually think the book does a pretty good job of not forcing one particular birth method on women, it’s more of an overall view.

I liked The Girlfriend’s Guide to Pregnancy too, but I was a more laid back open to anything kind of mom. If you’re looking for a very specific birth experience you probably won’t enjoy it, but it’s funny.

Post # 6
410 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

The Mayo Clinic Guide To A Healthy Pregnancy has been my favorite book so far.

Post # 7
5654 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

I read them when I was pregnant with DS b/c I didn’t really know of anhy other pregnancy/birthing books. Since then though I’ve come to dislike the WTE books ALOT.

I don’t find the information to be helpful or encouraging at all, and to me encouraging a pregnant woman in her body’s & minds capability to get through a healthy pregnancy and birth is important. WTE doesn’t do that at all!

I did like the WTE the first year but only b/c of the recipes and first aid/health guide in the back. I stayed away from the rest b/c then it’s easy to go “Oh my kids not doing that yet… are they okay??!” Again, not encouraging or confidence building. =/

This go round I haven’t had any books for my “pregnancy” and the books I’ve decided to go with for preparing for birth are

Ina May’s “Guide to Childbirth”

The Birthing Partner (which is alot bigger than I though so DH may not get around to reading it)

Supernatural Childbrith – because I’ve heard alot of great things from moms that used it

A Christian Woman’s Guide to Childbirth – because it’s relevant to my belief and has ecouraging scripture for each stage of labor. =)

Post # 8
1932 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

@cvbee: I chose to stay away from WTE from the get-go because of all the things I had heard about it. So I don’t have anything positive/negative to say about it because I chose not to read it.

A close friend of mine was a home-birth natural, cloth-diapering mom and when I got pregnant she loaded me up with books!

I have loved The Pregnancy Book and The Baby Book by Dr. Sears. I’ve read a few others, but mostly refer to those. They’re quite thorough. And they do address c-sections, epidurals and methods other than natural birth too and they never make it sound like either way is bad or better than the other, but that different women’s needs are different. Dr. Sears does tend to make a more natural approach though, such as encouraging breastfeeding for 2 years, baby-wearing, attachment parenting, etc. I am very glad I found his book!

Post # 9
6009 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I’m not a huge fan for just random reading, but I did keep them on hand for reference on specific issues/questions.  I actually used the WTE Your First Year book quite a bit more than I did the pregnancy book.

I did like the Dr. Sears books and The Birth Partner.  For pregnancy, I also like Our Bodies, Ourselves: Pregnancy and Birth and Your Pregnancy: Week by Week.

Post # 10
4038 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I read it, but I felt kind of freaked out by it, and I wasn’t even pregnant yet (still TTC). So far, the book I like the most is Your Pregnancy and Childbirth Month to Month, by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. My OB’s office gave it to me when we went in for our first prenatal appointment. It’s clinical and cut and dry, but so far hasn’t scared me any.

Post # 11
2195 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I am currently ready WTE before your Expecting. Obviously having no experience it seems fairly educational so far. Although, what do I know! 😉 A little on the scary side i guess, lots of “don’t do’s” and wondering how realistic they are.

Anyone else read this one and think it was a poor read? After reading this i think i’ll avoid the WTE when you’re Expecting book! :S

Post # 12
1550 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

i have heard that the what to expect books make you scared,

but i have “what to expect whhen you’re expecting” and it has been an amazing resource for me. it has helped so much…it explains almost every little symptom i am having and gives tips on how to avoid discomfort.

when i had questions about my stuffy nose, my acid reflux, and why the heck my boobs were leaking, it was th best resource in the hosue!

what are the “scary chapters?” I have not found anything scary in the whole book…

Post # 13
2201 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I’m reading WTEWYE right now and haven’t gotten a negative impression at all! I like how it gives a week-by-week summary of what’s going on with the baby, what I can expect to feel and common questions that pregnant ladies have at the various stages of pregnancy. When I first got pregnant, I did start to read it all the way through, but stopped when I got to the L&D part because, well, that’s scary no matter where you read it, and it wasn’t relevant at the time. So now I’m sticking with reading each chapter as I get to that month in my pregnancy.

I also read What to Expect Before You’re Expecting and thought it gave a nice overview of the process, what you can do to prepare your body, how to eat better and how to chart (if you want to chart). With any book, I think it’s important to ignore the things that don’t apply/what you don’t agree with. And ask your OB/midwife if you have questions so you can tailor the information to your specific situation.

Post # 14
6892 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

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@MissDareDevil: I have to agree I like the WTE books and found no parts “scary” WTF on that.  They tell you WTE in all types of situations. I have WTE, WTE the first year and toddler years.  I have read other preganacy books also. I fond WTE the most informative

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