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Just wondering if you've read anything that you love.  Maybe something light and funny, or something that's not your typical pregnancy book.  The books I have are SO old and outdated that I just threw them away! 

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Depending on your bent - but, I love The Natural Pregnancy Book by Aviva Jill Romm, who was a homebirth midwife. 

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Thanks, I'll check it out!  I have another book by her, I think it's a vax book.

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Never too late to read Pushed, that's what I'm into right now.

 

I read Your Second Pregnancy, What to Expect by Katie Tamony and it really did help me realize a lot of emotions I was having were normal.  It wasn't groundbreaking or especially informative, but it was good for me personally to read early on when I felt really guilty and scared.

 

I'm also reading Birthing from Within.

 

Hmm, I loved Mommywood by Tori Spelling.

 


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Thanks!  I have a hard time going to the library and getting books....it's so much easier to go to Amazon! lol  I want to read Pushed - I had forgot about that one.

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I'll second both The Natural Pregnancy Book and Birthing from Within.  I didn't get anything out of Birthing from Within during my first pregnancy, but got a whole lot out of it during my second.  I haven't reread it this time.  


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Thanks!  I have a hard time going to the library and getting books....it's so much easier to go to Amazon! lol  I want to read Pushed - I had forgot about that one.


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Ah!  I got Dh a Nook for his birthday last year.  I have never used it!  I tend to order on Amazon because it's easy and I get some stuff within a day or two using Amazon Mom.  Makes it a little too easy to spend money!

 

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One of the first things I did was reread Spiritual Midwifery.  I love the birth stories!  And then Ina May's Guide to Childbirth, again for the birth stories smile.gif

 

Does your library offer anything online?  With mine I can log into my account, reserve the books I want, and then they email me when they're there.  So it's not an issue of browsing a picked over selection of crappy pregnancy books...  I've also been able to get a few movies, like I got Orgasmic Birth on DVD from the library.


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I'll second both The Natural Pregnancy Book and Birthing from Within.  I didn't get anything out of Birthing from Within during my first pregnancy, but got a whole lot out of it during my second.  I haven't reread it this time.  


 

This is my first babe, but I LOVE both of these books and highly recommend them to anyone! I'm drinking a tea blend from the Natural Pregnancy Book right now :)

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I second Ina May's Guide to Childbirth. 


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I loved 'Pushed' but I read it when I wasn't pregnant.  I would give a warning that she does talk about some difficult things, so if you've had a traumatic birth it might be triggering.  Reading about birth trauma when pregnant is always hard for me.

 

I third 'Ina May's Guide to Childbirth.'  The stories in it are very inspiring!   And BFW is great if you have any fears or anxieties from your first birth(s) to work through. 


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For humor- I enjoyed Belly Laughs by Jenny McCartney (spelled?)... it is quite funny.


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I read a few of the "funny" birth books when I was pregnant with DS1, but it seemed like a lot of the funny bits were about things that I get squicky about IRL, like caving in on the epidural, or rushing to the hospital.  I'd LOVE to find a book that is a funny one about a mother's take on natural parenting and homebirth.  There were certainly some parts of my labor that were probably hysterical to anyone other than me winky.gif


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I really liked Baby Catcher: Chronicles of a Modern Midwife. It is chock full of birth stories!


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Thank you guys!  I just reserved a bunch of books from the library.  I will admit, I'm very nervous to read Pushed, though I've been wanting to read it for a while.  I just know that ideally I'd love to give birth in my own home, unmedicated, with a midwife, but that is not going to happen for me for various reasons.  The more I learn, the more anxiety it causes me.  I had a birth plan with my last, but my doctor (who is no longer my doctor) didn't respect much of it.  I know that knowledge is power, but sometimes ignorance truly is bliss - mostly for anxious mamas like me!  I have gotten stronger and more assertive in my old age, so I think that knowing what I know I can avoid the things I want to avoid.  Even SMALL things make L&D nurses look at you like you have three heads. 

 

I'm still going to read it though - it's first on my list! 

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Thank you guys!  I just reserved a bunch of books from the library.  I will admit, I'm very nervous to read Pushed, though I've been wanting to read it for a while.  I just know that ideally I'd love to give birth in my own home, unmedicated, with a midwife, but that is not going to happen for me for various reasons.  The more I learn, the more anxiety it causes me.  I had a birth plan with my last, but my doctor (who is no longer my doctor) didn't respect much of it.  I know that knowledge is power, but sometimes ignorance truly is bliss - mostly for anxious mamas like me!  I have gotten stronger and more assertive in my old age, so I think that knowing what I know I can avoid the things I want to avoid.  Even SMALL things make L&D nurses look at you like you have three heads. 

 

I'm still going to read it though - it's first on my list! 


What I like about Pushed is that it's a history of maternity care.  I learned a lot about how the way things used to be, compared to how they are now and most of the anger I felt was toward these doctors thinking they "knew best" when really they were just micromanaging and making things convenient for them.  I'm a little more than halfway through the book, and there are some things that could potentially be triggering, saddening, or just plain maddening, but for me it's just incredibly eye-opening.


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