good pregnancy books

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good pregnancy books
Mon, 01-08-2007 - 1:49pm

i'm sure this topic has been brought up already, but can anyone recommend any good books to read during pregnancy? a friend has already loaned me "What To Expect When You're Expecting" but i don't think i like it that much.
I've been all over Amazon, and was thinking of buying:
"The Mother of All Pregnancy Books" by Ann Douglas
"The Mother of all Pregnancy Organizers"
"The Expectant Father" by Armin Brott (yes, i'm forcing my husband to read too ;)

is "The Girlfriend's Guide to Pregnancy" too cynical and silly?


Lilypie - (7Bun)


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Mon, 01-08-2007 - 3:33pm
I lived by What to Expect.

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Wed, 01-10-2007 - 6:30pm

My favorite book for pregnancy and the early months after birth was "Great Expectations".


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Thu, 01-11-2007 - 5:22pm

I do read What to Expect, but only because it was a gift. But I really like "Your pregnancy Week by Week" It tells you what to expect for each week not month. I have also been reading "First-Time Mom" by Dr. Kevin Leman. He is a christian man and has raised 5 children. He makes things sound so simple. I laugh, cry and at times I'm like Oh, DUHH Lacey!! Its kinda like the hand book for the first year of your child's life. (The title is first time moms, but it gives great points with all children). I also read alot on the internet and am interested in ANYTHING to do with pregnancy and young children.

HTH- Lacey
edd 2/13/07

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Fri, 01-12-2007 - 7:39pm
The book I have is "The Pregnancy Book" by William and Martha Sears. They've had 7 children and the book is very informative. I've also started reading "The Birth Book" by the same authors. One is an obstetrician and the other is an RN.
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Sat, 01-20-2007 - 3:19am

well for me i relied on ivillage but for my SO i bought "so your going to be a dad"

its very cute, i read the whole thing too, they explain things in a very fun way, i definatly recommend it, its great to get a guys perspective on this whole thing sometimes.

FTM to Evan

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Thu, 03-29-2007 - 11:39am
I, too, read Great Expectations. I have What to Expect, too, but didn't like it either. Great Expectations has a week by week guide which my husband and I love to read together each and every week to see what's happening with our baby. It also has a lot of different sections like your body, labor and delivery, and baby gear. We have read different books, but this was the only one to inform us that I should not be flying in unpressurized air cabins with my husband. (he's a pilot and we like to fly our small plane to visit family) My midwife agreed. We never would have thought to bring that up if it wasn't for this book. Good Luck!

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Thu, 03-29-2007 - 12:04pm
The best pregnancy book that i have read do far, is Belly Laughs by Jenny McCarthy. She describes pregnancy to a T for me. You all should pick up a copy of this wonderful book. It has helped me through a lot.
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Sun, 04-08-2007 - 6:10pm

I have The Pregnancy Journal. I really like it. It tells you what's happening each day (with you, with the baby, etc), and it has lots of spots for you to add your own thoughts / memories about what's happening. Its a very positive book, and doesn't have any of the "worst case scenario" stuff that I understand the "what to expect when you're expecting" book has....

I also got Excercising Through Your Pregnancy its a scientific book that talks about the benefits /risks of exercising while pregnant, and how to do it safely.

 - Jess
Proud mom to Amiya - born at home 12.10.2007
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Sat, 04-21-2007 - 10:23pm

I have the Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy. I don't like it that's pretty similar to What to Expect in that it's very good at telling you what will happen to you once you get to the hospital. It doesn't really give very much information about non medicated pain management/alternative birth practices and certainly doesn't give midwives their due.
To the book's credit, the week by week development combined with how it affects your body is very helpful, as are many of the decision guides (breast vs. bottle, genetic testing, and so on). The section on various signs and symptoms of pregnancy, how to deal with them, and when to report them to your Dr. is invaluable.
I have the Mayo Clinic book because my sister in law (who is a med student at Mayo) recommended to me and I didn't know better at the time. I'm in the hunt for a good book about natural birth now.

~~ Meri

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Sat, 05-05-2007 - 5:26pm
I read "Belly Laughs" in one night. It was such a quick, easy, lighthearted read; good for a few laughs and advice from someone with first hand experience. Throughout my pregnancy I have stuck to "Great Expectations" (DH's favorite) by Sandie Jones and Marcie Jones, a mother and daughter team, as well as "The Pregnancy Bible" by Joanne Stone and Keith Eddleman. The latter has lots of great colorful pictures and advice on everything from conception, to nutrition, sex during pregnancy, even the first year of baby's life and dad's role in all of it.