I was thinking about which book or author I wanted to feature today and it hit me that I haven’t done a post on pregnancy books. That is where it kind of all starts with Wordy Wednesday so, I had to go into my library to backtrack. I remembered the books that I liked right away and I had quite a few! You can never have to many books in my opinion. Ever.
I’ll start off with a singleton pregnancy. One baby. And my first pregnancy. There is the most popular book out there called What To Expect When You’re Expecting by Heidi Murkoff, Arlene Eisenberg, and Sandee Hathaway. This book is really good, because it covers a ton of topics. It goes month by month throughout the entire pregnancy and then continues through to labor, postpartum for the first six weeks and a father section too. I really liked this book and I think that every mama should get it if you’re pregnant. The same authors also made another book, What To Expect The First Year which is also full of information and it likewise goes month by month with additional chapters at the end. Heidi Murkoff has a website with a boatload of information where you can access probably anything that you would need. She did publish a book with Sharon Mazel called Eating Well When You’re Expecting which I found helpful. It even includes over 200 pages full of recipes.
As much as I do like those books that I mentioned, there was another book that I read at the same time as well that I liked more. This was the book that I picked up more and if I had to choose one out of all of the pregnancy books that I read, I would pick this one. It is Your Pregnancy Week By Week by Glade B. Curtis, M.D. and Judith Schuler. The reason why I think I liked this book more is because they divided the information into weeks instead of a month at a time, so I felt like it was more thorough. It was also written by an actual doctor so, there was a lot of medical type information included that wasn’t in a lot of other books. It really did cover everything that I wanted to know and had diagrams and exercises throughout the whole book. Curtis and Schuler continued to publish over 16 books together and we have the Your Pregnancy Father-To-Be book as well. I got it for Lance so he wouldn’t feel left out of all of the reading. (Aren’t I nice?)
Another book that I love is one that my friend Crystal lent me called In The Womb by Peter Tallack. The book originated from a television show that tracked the journey from conception to birth with amazing detail and graphics. It was a documentary that aired on the National Geographic Channel in March 2005. The book has fantastic pictures accompanied by text that reads as if the show were subtitled. After Max was born, I gave the book back to her and then went and bought my own copy. It was one of those things where I couldn’t not own the book. (One is never to ignore those feelings.)
There was a light hearted series that I read inbetween pregnancies that I liked and I was surprised that I did. It was Jenny McCarthy’s Belly Laughs, Baby Laughs and Life Laughs. I was able to understand everything that she talked about and it was funny. They were about different episodes and feelings in her life, she didn’t talk about anything serious like autism in these books. Quick, fun reads. Another easy, fun read was Vicki Iovine’s The Girlfriends’ Guide To Pregnancy. This is a very smart woman, who is a mom four times over, a lawyer, a journalism graduate from Berkeley, a former television producer and radio talk show host, was a Playboy Playmate in 1979, I mean the list goes on. She has The Girlfriends’ Guide series and The Best Friends’ Guide series. I enjoyed her book and I read her blogs sometimes too.
For a twin pregnancy, I had to get some new books. Which by the way, you don’t always have to get books brand new at the store. I utilized used book stores for my books, even finding some of them for free at certain spots I know of. Amazon is a great place to buy books because you can get them used as well. Buying books can get costly especially if you want several like me, so don’t think you have to get them all brand new. And, there’s always the library! Ok, so for the twin books, my sweet friend Debbie sent me a few because she had a set of twins also. She turned me onto Elizabeth Lyons, who writes a couple of Ready Or Not books. I enjoyed her writing style and she speaks from experience and covers a wide range of topics. She has four kids so she has been through it all. My friend Chris gave me a book called Mothering Multiples that I used a lot too by Karen Kerkhoff Gromada. My go to book however, was a book called Having Twins And More by Elizabeth Noble with Leo Sorger, M.D. This book has everything in it under the sun, with that added medical insight from being co-authored by a doctor. I am all about facts and this book is full of them, and after looking through it just now, I see that I could still read some parts of it that are applicable now. Nice!
If you’ve been on the book search already, you will see that there are lots of books on pregnancy and lots of books on parenting. Not every one will be a fit, so take your time and think about what you read to see if you like it or not. You may even like a certain book for one child and it may not work as well with the next. I think that may be experience working its way out, at least that is how it was for us. I remember how excited I was to read any information about my pregnancy and these are the main books that I read. I couldn’t include every single one (because I do need to get off of the computer at some point) and not to mention the millions of internet websites that I checked in on. Oh boy.
No matter what, don’t stop feeding your mind, remember that you still need to take care of yourself as a person. One of my guest bloggers, Claire Mysko, wrote a book to help with that called Does This Pregnancy Make Me Look Fat? The Essential Guide To Loving Your Body Before And After Baby. Be kind and patient with yourself and fit some ‘me’ time in when you can. There is only one you and you are important. Have fun and good luck. It’s a wild ride!