Hello! It’s Tuesday, which means another post about pregnancy. I hope these are interesting to some of you. There’s a lot to think about and learn for me!
This week, I thought I’d share a few books I’m reading on rotation.
First up is the most famous pregnancy book I knew of–What to Expect When You’re Expecting. I bought this for myself immediately and started reading. While some people don’t like this book because it groups weeks by months, I read a few weeks at a time and then put it down for a while. I think it’s a good reference for pregnancy, but not something I look at everyday.
I mentioned this book last week. I just started reading it and have only read about three chapters. I have heard good things about it, but also heard good things about some other books for sleeping. I think this book is very educational, and it has some review questions at the end of each chapter. I should start writing down the answers, because I find myself already not knowing the answer, even after I read the chapter! Reminds me of middle school.
This book is kind of funny. I am borrowing from a friend. I hope we can find one girl and one boy name in this book that we like. What I actually like about it are the lists of popular names. They have categories by year, ethnicity, geographical area, traditional names, Hollywood names, etc. It’s also nice how they show one name, what it means, and different ways to spell it.
I bought this book as a reference to help me understand what I need to buy. First, I was hesitant about buying it because I thought it would be very overwhelming and I can just ask my friends. But it has been very helpful, and I try to read chapters as I’m interested in buying them.
I have found their advice to be a good supplement to what friends say, people in stores tell me, and safety ratings. I think the authors have done their homework and it’s nice to see a very overall look at products and the reviews. So far, it’s been helpful with cribs, strollers, car seats, maternity clothes, and also just helping me understand what things are. While I haven’t bought much at all, it is coming in handy with teaching me brand reputations and comparing apples to apples.
I mentioned before that I read Jenny McCarthy’s book, Belly Laughs, which was really very, very funny. I decided between that, the What to Expect book, and some good websites, I am not going to read other pregnancy books like Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth, which I have heard a lot about. Instead, I’ve been reading more about infant care and gear.
Some great websites are BabyCenter, Babble, Kveller (for Jewish pregnant people and young moms), Alphamom (she has a hilarious calendar of pregnancy by the week), and other pregnant blogs. If you’re interested, happy to share the websites!
I also watched The Business of Being Born, a documentary by Ricki Lake, which was VERY educational, eye opening, and made me understand more about this “business.” However, I realized it is very one-sided to an alternative way of childbirth. I was glad I watched it to be exposed to other sides (really, it’s fascinating!), but that’s about all I’m going to talk about that!