(Closed) yay! it’s official…anyone have any good books you suggest?

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
801 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

A lot of people have been recommending “Taking Charge of Your Fertility” as a fantastic book.

Best of luck!

Post # 4
738 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

When you do get pregnant, check out: Your Pregnancy Week-by-Week. In my opinion, its much better than the “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” book!

Post # 6
1220 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

Not to hijack, but is anyone like me and NOT want to read pregnancy books?

Post # 7
2538 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

@Miss Sapphire: When I was pregnant, I tried reading What to Expect. It was REALLY boring my my husband told me I was making myself have symptoms subconciously, so he read and I baked a baby. However, I did read The Business of Birth or whatever it’s called and took Bradley Classes (highly recommended).

Post # 8
1645 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

@ChantelleyLace: i totally agree that Pregnancy Week by Week is better than What to Expect.

I didn’t do any of the fertility or charting stuff, so I can’t recommend books for that topic.

One book that I HIGHLY recommend is the The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth by Heci Goyer. I pulled a few other similar books of the library shelves, and they were lacking in information and boring to read. The Thinking Woman’s Guide is hard for me to put down. It’s very informative about how childbirth has changed in the medical world in the last 40-50 years. It has great information on medical procedures too. I’m only part way through it, but I think everyone should read it.

Some other books about pregnancy and childbirth that were recommended and are on my shelf are:

  • The Birth Partner by Penny Simkin
  • Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn by Penny Simkin, Janet Whalley and Ann Keppler
  • New Active Birth by Janet Balaskas
  • Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin


Post # 9
439 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

My favorite book is a Canadian one, but I’ll suggest it anyway: The Mother of All Baby Books by Ann Douglas.


I also read + enjoyed/found usefeul:

Bonding with Your Bump by Marian Stoppard

Fearless Pregnancy by Victoria Clayton et. al.

Bear With Me: What They Don’t Tell You About Pregnancy and New Motherhood by Diane Flacks

And my husband quite enjoyed: The Guy’s Guide to Surviving Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the First Years of Fatherhood by Michael Crider

I have to say, if you’re a worrier I don’t recommend What to Expect When You’re Expecting… it covers everything that could go wrong. I’d pick it up only if you have a tough pregnancy or run into issues.

Good luck!

Post # 11
5153 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

The Baby Bump: 100’s of secrets for surviving those long nine months is a really fun book with good info and it also is easy to read and makes me laugh! ๐Ÿ™‚

What to Expect is long and has a lot of info but I’ve enjoyed having it as a resourse

Post # 12
86 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Let me just add that I just read–well skimmed–What to Expect BEFORE You Are Expecting….


Soooo just one more vote from me for….ummm just about any other book.

(Im sure SOMEONE found it helpful. Just not me. Or all the above posters…ha.)

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