One of the most common things that pregnant women go out and buy as soon as they are pregnant is a pregnancy book. So much happens to our body when we are pregnant that we want to know all we can about the changes as they happen. We also want to know everything about the little one growing inside of us. We want to know where they are in their stage of development. When can they hear, when do they start kicking, when do they suck their thumb, we want to know it all.
The moment I became pregnant, I was just like everyone else. I ran to the book store and purchased the “Bible” of pregnancy books. “What to Expect When You’re Expecting.”
The “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” is a relatively inexpensive book and is very complete. I really enjoyed the breakdown of the book and how I could look up the development of my baby. It was nice to know what was going on with my baby.
I had a really rough pregnancy. I was sick for eight months. The smell of anything would have me throwing up. I was not putting weight on for most of the pregnancy because I was throwing up all the time. On top of that, I found out that my daughter was Frank Breech and that I had Placenta Previa. As if that was not enough, I already had three heart conditions that made being pregnant tough.
So I read my pregnancy book trying to get more information on everything. Some friends heard of the troubles I was having and they offered up their pregnancy books as well. Soon I had a library of pregnancy books. It was overwhelming.
We have to talk seriously about these pregnancy books though. A lot of the content in pregnancy books is about everything that can go wrong in a pregnancy and with your baby. Depending on the type of person you are, these pregnancy books can make you worry. They made me worry!
With so much already going on, I worried about all the complications that could occur. So I decided that it was not beneficial for me to read the book from start to finish. I only read the sections applicable to me. I also read the baby development sections so I knew what was going on with my baby. I loved those sections.
My biggest recommendations when it comes to pregnancy books is not to buy a bunch of books. The “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” is a great and affordable book if you decide to buy one. Whatever you do, do not read it from start to finish as you would a normal book. Treat it more like a reference book and read only the sections that apply to you. Your doctor will probably let you know what is going on and what you would benefit reading about.
The last thing you want is a pregnancy full of worries. You could have a smooth sailing pregnancy and nothing to worry about at all. So do not read stuff you do not need to worry about. If there is something going on that you should be more educated about, then take the time to check out that specific section or topic.
Just think of when you are pregnant and everyone that ever had a baby decides they will tell you their horror stories about their deliveries. When you are about to give birth to your child, the last thing you want to hear is the horror someone else went through. No one seems to tell you about their delivery that went well. You seem to only hear the stories about how easy some people had it after you have given birth! So the same theory applies for pregnancy books. Do not subject yourself to the chapters of a book that goes through everything that could possibly go wrong if you do not have to.
I do recommend getting one pregnancy book. I do suggest the “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” book. Most pregnant women seem to read this book so you and your other pregnant friends will likely have a common reference book to talk about. If you find out that you have something going on with your pregnancy or baby, then you can do research and find out what other books are good for the specific concern you have.
Save the money on books for decorating your babies room.
Think positive because baby feels everything. Everything will be just fine. Baby will be healthy and happy. Life will be good.