Between books I’ve bought and books friends have given me/loaned me I am drowning in baby related books. Here are the ones I’ve read so far and would recommend. What to Expect is NOT on my list for a variety or reasons. From what I’ve read/heard it devotes way too much to the “what ifs” and rare complications of pregnancy, not something I really want to focus on. So many better books out there these days.
I chose this as my main reference book and started reading right after we learned we were expecting. Great answers to what to expect every step of the way, what changes baby is undergoing each week, and information regarding the genetic testing offered to pregnant women. Tips for diet/exercise, what medications are safe for pregnancy, information about childbirth and infant care, etc. etc. All the potential but rare complications of pregnancy are confined to one chapter near the end, easy to avoid so you don’t freak yourself out.
Please please please pass this book on to all the first time moms you know that are freaking out about “soft cheeses”, the occasional caffeinated beverage, and especially the ones asking questions like: “will an orgasm hurt my fetus?” and “will wearing a belly band make my belly too hot and cook my baby?” (yes the last 2 questions are serious ones I’ve encountered recently, WTF why does pregnancy make so many lose their common sense?)
This book is damn funny, haven’t finished it yet but I appreciate the levity and it reminds me not to take things too seriously.
I picked this book up at Half Price Books a long time ago, great book of baby names including how they’ve trended over time, sister and brother names that fall in the same category, and lots of great lists at the end that are really helpful once you’ve identified the “types” of names you like, such as: “last names as first names” or “nickname proof names”.
Fit Pregnancy (love reading magazines on my Nook Color!)
This magazine only comes out once every couple of months, but I’ve enjoyed the 2 issues I’ve read so far.
and for Tyler I picked this book up at Half Price Books and stuck it in his stocking. He found it helpful/humorous. I thought it was fitting as he’s an Eagle Scout.