You’d think that by the fifth baby (and the more than fifth pregnancy) I’d have this pregnant thing all figured out. I should, in fact, be an expert on pregnancy. I kind of am, but that doesn’t stop me from dragging out all of my pregnancy books every single time. It’s like a ritual. It’s probably also connected to the amount of time I spend lying down during early pregnancy, and the fact that my brain can’t focus on more sophisticated reading material. Interestingly, I’m too cheap to buy any new books (three pregnancy books should be enough for a family, don’t you think?) so I trot these same ones out every single time. At the ten-year mark, they are all kind of falling apart, but none are out of print, so they must not be 100% outdated. With that, I recommend:
I really wish I could find a picture of the cover of my book, which is an older edition. The woman is in silhouette with a gauzy dress and a seventies haircut. It’s pretty darn hilarious. I don’t think the writing in this book is as good as some others — it’s the writing of someone who is trained to deliver babies, not to write books — but, I love the week by week format. If you’ve never been pregnant, you should know that pregnant women keep track of what week they’re on religiously. In this book, you can see a sketch of what the baby may look like, and read what is developing that week. So, I know that right now, since I’m about 13 weeks, my baby looks almost human (last week it was more like an alien) and is about 3 inches long “crown to rump” (that term is so funny). It is about the size of a small peach. Isn’t this just the type of information you would want if you were pregnant?
I’m sure everyone has heard about this book, and it’s popular for a reason. It’s thorough and easy to read — the pregnancy bible, if you will. I also have What to Expect the First Year, and the Toddler Years. They are all good reference books, and I think every young family should own them.
This book is hilarious and fun. It’s no medical guide, just one very witty woman’s take on the whole experience, based on herself and her friends, but if you want some light reading, I think it’s great. It’s my favorite of the three to read again and again. One warning, she’s pretty frank and a little crass in spots — if you are sensitive about body talk and/or sex talk, this may not be for you. (You could try just skipping the sex chapter, if you’re concerned.)
And you? Any other great pregnancy books I should be checking out?