(Closed) Which books did you read?

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
7295 posts
Busy Beekeeper

as soon as i got my (unexpected) BFP, i ran out and got What to Expect When your Expecting.  It’s okay, i like the monthly breakdown and the food chapter in the beginning.  Lately i have been reading the YOU book by Dr. Oz and I am enjoying that as well, actually, i like the Dr. Oz book more than the What to Expect book. It’s written in a more engaging style and they explain things better i find.

Post # 5
7295 posts
Busy Beekeeper

@ladybird:  ya i got it initially because it was the only book i had heard about and assumed it was THE pregnancy book.  I know lots of people say it scares them, but I don’t find it did for me.  It just lists all the potential risks and complications – but also how to handle and prevent them as well. It also gives a lot of other info, like what sympoms you can expect each month, how your baby’s development is each month.  I found it informative and useful, just a dry read compared to the one I am reading now.  There are a couple of chapters at the end that I chose not to read because i think those might scare me – and they are only relevant topics IF you have one of those things happen to you.  Until it happens, I decided I don’t need to read about how horrible it is. Well, i did read section on pre-eclampsia because i DO  have high blood pressure and therefore am at greater risk for it, so i wanted to read about it.  I am not worried about the rest of the major potential complications.

I don’t have much else to compare with except for those two books though…

Post # 6
241 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

I highly recommend “The Girlfriends Guide to Pregnancy.”  It is written as if your best friend is telling you everything you need to know about being pregnant and what to do.  It’s a fun read and doesn’t try to scare you while being very informative.  Frankly, I also really enjoyed Jenny McCarthy’s “Belly Laughs.”  It’s like 89 pages of laughing about everything your body is about to go through.  I also read WTE, and was put off by all of the warnings/dangers around every corner.  

Post # 7
6473 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011 - Sydney, Australia

I like the more light-hearted ones.

The Girlfriend’s Guide
Up the Duff by Kaz Cooke
Pregnancy for Dummies 🙂 

Post # 9
2775 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

We were not TTC, so when I got pregnant unexpectedly I had not done any research about pregnancy and wanted a book that discussed the basics without being alarmist.  I bought the Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy and have been enjoying it.  It’s kind of dry, but it has lots of good info about the baby’s week-by-week development and how the mother’s body changes.

Lots of the stuff in the book is available for free on the Mayo Clinic web site, but I like being able to page through the book.

I thought everyone read “What to Expect” and assumed that was THE book to get, but I read online that a lot of people found it alarmist and written in a condescending or dumbed down manner.  So I skipped that one.

I read some of “The Girlfriend’s Guide” at a bookstore and it seemed like a quick, light and fun read, but I wanted Just The Facts so found it a bit chatty for me.

Post # 10
1243 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I’m a big fan of the Ann Douglas books (The Mother of All Pregnancy Books and The Mother of All Baby Books).  Both are written with a Canadian perspective.

I have “What to Expect” and I use it for the symptoms or experiences at the beginning of each chapter and then stop reading.  I honestly found it alarmist and well….scary.  I’m a worrier anyway, so it might just be me…however, I will say that after I spoke with a lot of my friends, they agreed with me.  

Post # 11
7777 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

I read:

The Girlfriend’s Guide to Pregnancy

Belly Laughs by Jenny McCarthy

Your Pregnancy Week by Week

Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn

Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth


The Baby Bump


I think Pregnancy Week by Week and P, C and the N are both very informative. They have tons and tons of information in them. Girlfriend’s Guide is humorous but still informational also. Ina May is WONDERFUL, but more if you are trying for a natural birth. Pushed will make you scared to give birth in a hospital. :/ 

Post # 12
1423 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Normally I’d be too embarrassed to give recommendations (not even TTC yet and then sometimes I second guess whether I even want kids).  But, like you I like to read up well in advance of things.  The best book I’ve read by FAR is Breastfeeding Made Simple.  I’d heard from so many people that it is surprisingly hard, so I read up on it.  Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth is pretty good, too (her new one is probably good as well).

Post # 13
1652 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

The Pregnancy Bible and the Baby Bible are good, so is Dr Karp’s book Happiest Baby on the Block.

Post # 15
1423 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I prefer books to the web.  There’s a lot of inaccurate information on the web.  The same can be said for books, but at least they have to pass the muster of the publishers (still, check out the credentials of the authors). It’s a big pet peeve of mine how many “dos” and “don’ts” of pregnancy/childrearing (and even pet training) aren’t based on scientific evidence.  For instance, read Taking Charge of Your Fertility before hitting the web.  Once you read it you can see how misinformed many people are.  You do NOT want to rely on them for advice.  

Edit: By “them” I mean the misinformed — not just anyone on the internet.


Post # 16
1934 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

So far I’m reading:

What to Expect (it scares me)

You: Hving a baby (I like it)

Girlfriend’s Guide to having a baby (LOVE it! It’s hysterical)

Happiest baby on the block (Love it, as well)

Baby Bargains (cause who doesn’t love saving money??? HIGHLY recommend if you’re a planner, OCD, research buff)

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