Post # 1
so we’ve officially decided to TTC!!! 🙂 we were talking about it last night – mainly due to the fact that I am on a new medication that should not be taken while pregnant – and knowing that we haven’t been “TTC” but more just not doing anything to ‘stop’ it from happening – obviously i want to make sure that i’m not on anything that could have adverse affects. I’m currently NOT pregnant as someone finally decided to “show up”…and my next doc’s appointment is in 4 weeks – so I’ll talk with my doc about the medication i’m on and how it could affect conception…
but I bought some Ovulation Predictor strips and I’m really starting to chart and know what’s going on with my body and my cycles (tmi? lol) – but yeah! I know it could be a few months or even longer – but I’m just so excited that we’ve decided to concentrate on actually TTC!
it’s a little wierd for me, though, just because it seems that for SOOOO long my life has been about doing everything I could to make sure I did NOT get pregnant and all those “scary” moments in the past when AF didn’t show up and I’d get all stressed…and yet now it’s like, BRING IT ON! lol
so i’m also a HUGE reader…does anyone have any good books for me to check out?
Post # 3
A lot of people have been recommending “Taking Charge of Your Fertility” as a fantastic book.
Best of luck!
Post # 4
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 # 5
@Pelikila: thanks!! i just went on amazon and – after reading all of the AWESOME reviews, I ordered this! it seems like a book that every woman should read regardless of TTC or not! i think – just from the reviews and what i read on amazon, this’ll help answer a lot of questions i have in general, too!!!
Post # 6
Not to hijack, but is anyone like me and NOT want to read pregnancy books?
Post # 7
@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
@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
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.
Post # 10
@NixLapi: i’ve heard that, about “what to expect”…so yeah – i probably shouldn’t read that one just yet! lol
Post # 11
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! 🙂
What to Expect is long and has a lot of info but I’ve enjoyed having it as a resourse
Post # 12
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.)