I'm 7 weeks along with my first and am looking for some good recommendations for books about pregnancy and birth that will help me learn about my options, and also tell me what to expect without completely freaking me out. :) Any good ones you've read or are reading?
June 2014 Due Date Club
I've read a ton..Here are my favs...I've been reading books/articles for 2 years now obsessively lol.
I'll star the most critical..
This one has an interesting, at times opposing, other times supporting position: (I disagree with some of it but I still found it interesting)
More for toddlerhood and beyond: (I figure who has the time to read books when you have a toddler running around..so why not read now)
This book is not pro or anti vaccine... it's pretty good. It has alternative schedules and your choices if you want to split them
Here are some on my list I haven't bought/read yet so dont have an opinion on:
Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids
Ina May's Guide to Childbirth http://www.amazon.com/Ina-Mays-Guide-Childbirth-Gaskin/dp/0553381156
The Pregnancy Book http://www.amazon.com/The-Pregnancy-Book-Month-Month/dp/0316779148
In my opinion, The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding is the most useful breastfeeding book out there. http://www.amazon.com/The-Womanly-Breastfeeding-Diane-Wiessinger/dp/0345518446
I don't really have a good source for pregnancy. I have two kids, but since I don't really get many symptoms, I sort of just wing the pregnancy part. I'm really curious about this Ina May book though. I'll have to check it out.
However, once you have a baby, I highly recommend The Vital Touch by Sharon Heller (http://researchparent.com/the-vital-touch/ ). If you're on the more analytical side, I also recommend The New First Three Years by Burton White (http://researchparent.com/the-new-first-three-years-of-life/ ).
I like a lot of the ones mentioned above.
For laughs I enjoyed Jenny McCartney's Belly Laughs :).....my husband got a kick out of it too!
Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way - http://www.amazon.com/Natural-Childbirth-Bradley-Way-Revised/dp/0452276594/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1383016309&sr=8-1&keywords=birth+the+bradley+way
For babies I like:
Baby Led Weaning (about introducing solids, no mush!) http://www.amazon.com/Baby-Led-Weaning-Essential-Introducing-Confident/dp/161519021X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1383016127&sr=8-1&keywords=baby+led+weaning
Hi! I'm right behind you with my first as well at 6 weeks! As soon as I found out I was pregnant I got this book:
Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom Is Wrong-and What YouReally Need to Know by Emily Oster
She is an economist that went through a lot of the pregnancy myths you may hear and then presents the facts and leaves it up to you to decide what you want to do. There are a lot of negative reviews since she doesn't say outright not to drink alcohol, but I know I really appreciated learning more about the studies and why things like sushi and soft cheese are considered dangerous. If you have a cat and thought you could get out of changing the litter for the next 9 months, make sure you hide that chapter from your partner ;)
That's all I've read so far, I've made a deal with myself not to get too far ahead into the reading about child rearing until after my first trimester, but I'm interested to see other book recs as well!
I'm glad I hunted back a bit to find this thread. Today the midwife (new one, fill-in, but liked her a lot!) recommended the following and agreed that "What to Expect . . . " was junk.
One is mentioned above: Ina May's Guide to Childbirth
and Birthing From Within by England
Just ordered them on Amazon - used, but almost full price (I just like used a little more most times).
Any thoughts? Opinions on these?
I wanted to say thank you to @mease8 for the Expecting Better recommendation. That was the best pregnancy/birth book I have read in a very long time and made me feel way better about not avoiding everything you're "supposed to" (I was on quite the sushi kick about a month ago!).
Glad this thread got bumped because I wanted to recommend The Essential Homebirth Guide: For Families Planning or Considering Birthing at Home by Jane Drichta and Jodilyn Owen to all the home birthers here. It answers a ton of questions that I had with #1 and even has some suggested questions for interviewing midwives in one of the Appendices.