Things I Love: Pregnancy Books

I am an avid reader, and as soon as I found out I was pregnant I bought pretty much every book on the shelf at Barnes & Noble.  Some of them turned out to be so ugh that I gave them away as soon as I finished them.  These are the ones I found most useful and am keeping in case we decide to go for Baby #2.

A friend gave me Great Expectations: Your All-in-One Resource for Pregnancy and Childbirth
and it was my favorite. It has a page or so dedicated to each week of pregnancy, plus lots of chapters with what to do to alleviate any imaginable pregnancy symptom.  It also has a pretty comprehensive baby care guide and detailed information about childbirth options.  If you are only going to buy one book, I would buy this one.

David and I read Your Pregnancy Week by Week every week to see how the baby was growing and developing.  I especially liked the pictures that showed the growing baby in the tummy.  The only thing that I didn't like about the book is that sometimes things were presented a little late.  For example, certain tests that are done during pregnancy were regularly a couple of weeks behind the schedule my doctor followed.  It also didn't give a lot of details on complications, it simply mentioned them.  For example, I am Rh-negative and anemic; I wanted to know how these conditions could impact my pregnancy, baby and my health.  The book basically said talk to your doctor.  Otherwise, this was a great guide and we looked forward to reading it together each week.

I really liked What to Expect When You're Expecting.  It is set up in a Q&A format by trimester, so I just read it at the beginning of each trimester.  I did refer back to this book many, many times.  It did a thorough job of explaining the things that Your Pregnancy Week by Week didn't, and it was worth buying for the pregnancy and breastfeeding diet checklists.