Pregnancy and Beyond: Book Reviews

Recently in a live video (see our facebook page) I poo pood What to Expect When Your Expecting! Yup that amazing multi million best international seller wasn’t for me! I found it sucked all the joy out of being pregnant and was so matter of fact! I was dissappointed reading it especially the first few chapters as it made out having a baby was a monotonous affair. Instead I read books like Pregnancy for Men by Mark Woods and combined it with pregancy apps like Ovia and Pregnancy plus. I did get other apps but these were by far my favourite as well as my NHS issued ready steady baby book.

Pregnancy for Men was such an awesome and informative book to read ad it made sure I was aware of what my oh was going through too. Because its very easy to lose sight of your partners’ emotions as they embark on this huge change too – though i do think they could change the title to pregnancy for partners lol?!

And ofcourse good old – internet is a gem and a disaster for information!

You might be thinking what? This lady has her head in the clouds! But I assure you I was very thorough during my pregnancy including learning when the intestines go into the stomach, how the heart and brain are formed, the three main Chromosome abnormalities that can cause certain conditions in your baby amongst other things. And ofcourse what a good old episotomy is – I was kindly informed by two fathers in the workplace what i could expect during my labour/birthing experience including that! As well as other details their wives wouldn’t want the world to know!

Other books I read in preparation of baby’s arrival included:

Gina Ford – The New Contented Little Baby Book

Steve Biddulph – Raising Boys (very good for emotional development – for both child and parents)

Brain Rules for Baby – also have a facebook page which I liked albeit the book is ok

Alvin Eden – Positive Parenting – my best book yet! Apart from anecdotes it takes you from birth to three years about what your child should be doing. Physical, Motor developments as well as social skills. Theres even a suggestion of toys and games to play with your child. There is parts discussing breastfeeding but I chose to ignore that bit! I am obviously still using this book today.

What books do you use/recommend and why?

I had scans at 6, 8, 12, 18, 20 and 34 weeks due to bleeding, routine, gender reveal and reduced movement.

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