When you think of pregnancy books one book comes to mind: What to Expect® When You're Expecting. It's iconic, and there's good reason why it's been so long-running on the New York Times Bestseller list. When Travis and I were in Pensacola this past weekend I stopped in Barnes & Noble and checked out their parenting section. Clearly it's a popular book! So, does it live up to its hype?
I was sent three of the What to Expect® books a few weeks ago to review. I actually already owned one of them, What To Expect® the First Year, so I was excited to check out the other two.
Here are some thoughts on each of the books:
- What to Expect® When You're Expecting: Absolutely a great resource to have for expecting mothers. It covers everything you could possibly want to know about pregnancy, and I found myself reaching for it numerous times when I had questions and wasn't sure if symptoms I was having were normal or not. It is so easy to get overwhelmed with information when pregnant and I made the mistake of buying about half a dozen pregnancy books when I found out I was pregnant the first time (that ended in a missed miscarriage.) I could have saved a lot of money by just going with this classic!
- Eating Well When You're Expecting: Since I'm such a health nut I already knew a lot of the information this book presents about eating healthy. However, if you don't know a lot about nutrition and how you should be eating while pregnant then this book is perfect. The basics they go over about eating well apply to pre and post-pregnancy as well, so it's a great book to have. About half of the book is recipes which was nice because I found myself feeling 'meh' about eating virtually everything I loved before becoming pregnant, so trying new things helped keep me interested in eating well.
- What To Expect® the First Year: By far my favorite in the series. When I say I don't have a lot of experience with babies, I mean I have literally zero experience with babies. I've only held one once for about 10 seconds. I used to be a nanny for two boys when I was in high school (they were 3 an 5) and changed the younger ones diapers but that was 15 years ago. I've never burped a baby, bathed a baby, tried to soothe a crying baby ... nothing. So, I'm pretty much going to wing a lot of this whole 'parenting' thing. I'm planning to read through this book month-by-month as the baby grows so I have some what an idea what to be expecting, what's normal or not, and safety concerns for each month. Did you know you shouldn't put band-aids on babies? They could come off and choke on them. I had no idea!
In addition to this book I've been watching youtube videos on how to do a lot of the baby care basics. I'm sure most of it will come naturally once he is here, but I'm still trying to educate myself as much as possible. One of the first things I did after reading the book was create a baby registry checklist. I had no idea what I genuinely needed to buy for the baby (versus things that are just 'wants') so I used the books suggestions to come up with this checklist. I must have made this back in February and as Travis and I purchased, or received, items for the baby I've been checking them off.
http://www.ericadhouse.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Baby-Registry-.pdf These books have been a staple on my nightstand for months now, and I'm so excited to finally use the advice and information in when little man arrives!
What were your favorite pregnancy/parenting books?
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