I have read a different pregnancy book with each one of my children. I like to read about what’s happening to my body, and how the baby is growing. I get them all over the place: second hand stores, garage sales, and paperbackswap.com.
With James I read the popular and standard “What to Expect When you Are Expecting”.
This book is pretty cut and dry about pregnancy. It has good info, and isn’t hard to read. It has a once a month reading lay out. There’s a reason it’s been a favorite for years and years.
With Gideon I read Dr. Sears, “The Pregnancy Book”.
I really liked this book, it’s the best one I’ve read so far. This is a read month by month book. It has ok info, but a lot of the info is how you are feeling emotionally (pregnancy is very emotional, so I liked that part of the book a lot!). He calls the baby a baby right from the start (many other pregnancy books call the baby a fetus at the beginning) and has quite a bit on family and getting dads involved. You can tell he and his wife have had a lot of children. The only problem with this book is that it’s terribly outdated (written in the 90’s), some of the info isn’t relevant anymore and they need to write an updated version!
With Faith I read (or tried to read) “Your Pregnancy Week by Week”.
I’m sure you can tell by the name of the book that this is one you read weekly. I hated this book. I’m not trying to be mean, but it’s dreadful. So bad that I never actually finished it, I only made it about half way through the book. I’m not terribly excited about the week by week reading, it’s kinda hard to keep track of. If it’s your first baby you probably keep track of your weeks better than you do on your third, so it might be better that way. BUT, if you are a person that worries a lot then don’t read this book. The book is full, I mean FULL, of obscure pregnancy infections and diseases that just MIGHT go wrong. We are talking really low chances of getting any of these but she writes about every single one of them. If you worry then this book will just make you worry even more. She also writes about tons of different tests that you can do while pregnant. Pretty boring stuff in my opinion, your doctor or midwife can cover all this, I don’t want to read about it in a book too. I’m also pretty sure the author talks about aborting your baby about a third of the way through the book:
“If a pregnancy will be terminated, it can be done earlier and may carry fewer risks to the woman.” (top of the page on page 169)
Are you even kidding me? Who puts that in a pregnancy book? I did stick with the book for a few more chapters and then gave up all together. I did like how she put exercises at the end of each chapter (even though I didn’t do any of them, ha ha). It was something different that the other books I read didn’t put in.
None of the books I’ve read so far have been home birth friendly. I’d just love to write my own book, geared for home birth mommies and daddies. I’m just too busy with my kidos and behind on sleep to ever get it done. Hopefully someone else will write one and get rich off it (since home birth is on the rise in America this is the perfect time to write one!)
I also would like to see some books coming out geared for not first time pregnancies. Each pregnancy is different, and gets different as you have older kids to take care of. I’d like to see books called, “Your 2nd (or 3rd or 4th) Pregnancy”. One book I read recommended that when you give your kids a bath to stick your feet in the hot water for a bit. I probably wouldn’t have thought of doing that had I not read it, but it sure did feel good on my feet when they hurt. That kind of info would be great in not first time mom pregnancy books.
I’ll keep reading and update this blog post with each book I read. I already found a new one I haven’t read yet for the next pregnancy around. 😉 Gotta get them cheap when you see them! ha ha