As soon as I found out I was pregnant, I like millions of others, rushed out to buy What to Expect When You’re Expecting. And proceeded to read it cover to cover in order to figure out what was happening to me and what would be happening to me. And it was fine. It is really filled with what if situations hopefully none of which will ever apply. I actually think the email service that goes along with their website is better than the book. You enter your due date and every day they send you an email or two with what is happening to you or to the baby that day. And it is uncanny how similar most pregnancies must be because I would wake up with a bit of a stuffy nose and then later in the day get an email saying that most pregnant women suffer from stuffy noses! Babycenter.com also has a comparable email service. And both What to Expect and Babycenter have iphone applications as well. I had the Babycenter weekly update application and it was always a little treat on Tuesday when my week would progress to check it out and see what was in store for the next seven days. Anyway, back to the book…while I don’t think it is the best resource out there it is like Sophie the Giraffe…just buy it otherwise you will feel like a bad mother.
The book that I loved was The Best Friends’ Guide to Pregnancy: Or Everything Your Doctor Won’t Tell You. I actually didn’t come across this book until I was 37 weeks so really only a few chapters still applied to me but I read the entire thing anyway because it was so funny. Maybe it was because I had experienced the beginning stages of pregnancy and could relate but there were quite a few moments where I was laughing out loud because it was so amusing and so true. If I hadn’t lent it to a friend I think I would actually reread it…and I bet I would still chuckle.
Depending on your need for information, two pregnancy books is probably plenty…plus the Internet, plus your doctor, plus family and friends and strangers who want to give their two cents…you get plenty of pregnancy information.
I also got two books for after pregnancy…The Happiest Baby on the Block and Baby Love.
I have already written about The Happiest Baby on the Block in another post…it is a must have.
Baby Love is another must have. A friend recommended this book so I bought it. At first, preferring the Internet, I didn’t turn to it very often. But I have found myself using the Internet less and less and using this book more and more. I suppose at the start you are a bit bewildered and just want to know that other people are going through the same thing you are and so chat boards have an advantage. But once things settle down and you become more sure of yourself and you just want facts about routines or starting solids then this book provides reliable, nonjudgemental parenting advice. I found her suggestions to be a perfect mix of some of the more extreme theories…for example she proposes loose routines that are a combination of baby led schedules and parent led schedules…resulting in flexible guidelines that are based on good old fashioned common sense. She has another book, The Mighty Toddler, that will be on my Christmas list!