What to Read When You're Pregnant


Its hard to think of anything else other than what in the world to wear wear, when you're pregnant. So read some fun books about being pregnant--What to Expect When You're Expecting--is not fun.

I'm talking funny like The Girlfriend's Guide to Pregnancy or Jenny McCarthy's Belly Laughs. And, speaking of what to wear this is a fun blog: Ain't No Mom Jeans.

You also might want to do some reading that will help prepare you for labor and birth--Ina May's Guide to Childbirth--is inspiring. I could have read the birth stories over and over. They really helped me not fear labor.

And if you want to watch something, watch Ricky Lake's the Business of Being Born. The original and follow up documentaries are on Netflix  streaming. I made my husband watch it within a week of finding out!

In regards to baby rearing--oh yea--what you do once you get the screaming slimy little person on your chest--the two books that were most recommended to me were: Happiest Baby on the Block  and Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child.

Happiest Baby is definitely an important one, and if you're not a reader watch the movie (can download that one on amazon)-- Dr.Karp is great and practical and I wouldn't have made it through the first six weeks without him!

But I have a love/hate relationship with Dr. Weissbluth & his "Healthy Sleep Habbits..." Even if he is a Chicagoan. First of all its a very disorganized book--new edition please or cliff notes would be even better. And, trying to follow his rules might make you crazy. But, he is knowledgeable.

But, I wish someone also would have suggested I read The Baby Book and The Vaccine Book by Dr. Sears. But then again, I might not have listened. I thought Dr.Sears was this extremist Attachment Parenting guru. And well, he is the Attachment Parenting guru, but he's decent and and I learned a lot from him.

Someone said to me while I was pregnant not to read to many books, but just to follow my instincts. Well, I didn't listen. I read these books and more.

I felt like I had such limited experience with babies that I needed to learn more. But, I do think it is important to read from a variety of perspectives (if you're a reader) and then do what works for you.


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  • Great list! Enjoy your pregnancy.

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