This thread came in perfect timing. I just packed up most of my books today to let a girlfriend who is pregnant borrow them. Im kind of a book-a-holic, so this list is huge. One thing about forums- books arent always right. There are women in forums who have researched the things that are written in books and can provide studies and links to show a different side to an authors point. To me, that is an invaluable resource. I personally read books with a bit of skepticisim, and try not to let them overwhelm me and stress me out. I like a wide variety so that I can different viewpoints and opinions:
What to Expect: personally, I use it as a reference for what doctors/nurses are going to tell me about at each appointment. I take pretty much everything else in it with a grain of salt.
From the Hips- Great pregnancy book written by two mamas, but has the opinions of moms of all different classes, races, and backgrounds with different parenting styles
Our Bodies, Ourselves Pregnancy and Childbirth- great book all about what your body is doing
Organic Pregnancy- All about how you cant really eat anything or drink anything because its filling your body up with chemicals. Its good for talking about some toxins that we might not be aware of, but I love my pop tarts :)
The Caveman's Guide to Pregnancy- DHs favorite. He bought about 5 pregnancy books our first time around, and this is the one he held onto. It has smoothie recipes in it.
Ina May's Guide to Childbirth- IMO, great attitude to have going in, but dont expect your birth to be just like the one's of her clients. Also, I hate the word "rushes" being used for "contractions" I like medical terms, and calling them contractions reminds me that actual work is getting done with each one. It's got great stories, and some great tips for pregnancy and labor.
Spiritual Midwifery- Ina May's book from the 70's. Chocked full of more good stories.
The Birth Partner- invaluable resource. DH has taken it to both of our births, and will take it again. It has a medication chart that he has a sticky note in just in case anything happens he can figure out exactly what the drs are talking about and we can make educated decisions based on a great natural childbirth geared book.
The Husband Coached Childbirth- The Bradley Method Book, DH liked it, and says it was useful for him
The Baby Book- I love this one, it's a great reference book.
The Vaccine Book- great reference book.
The No cry sleep solution- pretty good if you can get organized enough to write stuff down.
The Happiest Baby on the block- great newborn book- the dvd is on netflix
The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding- the LLL book for breastfeeding moms.
Ina Mays guide to breastfeeding- I think its a little easier read than the LLL book
Having Twins- my fave. its more geared towards my way of thinking
Mothering Multiples: LLL book for twins
Ready or not here we come- silly, donated it
When youre expecting twins, triplets, and quads- tons of dietary info