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upanddown83 Sat 20-Oct-12 16:12:32

Hi all need to know what books are the best to read. This is my 1st pregnancy I am 10weeks at the min very happy and excited but recently have had thoughts of 'will I actually know what to do when the baby arrives?' So I would like to do some reading so I feel better about these thoughts. Thank-u in advance for your suggestions.

HoneyMum21 Sat 20-Oct-12 17:39:23

I'm 33 weeks with DC1 so can't comment on how reliable the actual info is but we've found 'First Time Parent' by Lucy Atkins really good

Longtalljosie Sat 20-Oct-12 17:43:29

I was going to recommend First Time Parent! It's fab...

TiAAAAARGHo Sat 20-Oct-12 17:45:32

I like what to expect... Plus the Ian may guide to childbirth (very hippy but full of good, happy, positive birth stories).

TiAAAAARGHo Sat 20-Oct-12 17:46:55

Ina May

TheAngelsHaveTheOod Sat 20-Oct-12 17:49:05

Mumsnet on pregnancy though it made me cry with laughter and then cry because the laughter hurt bloody pregnancy emotion surges

WildRumpus Sat 20-Oct-12 17:57:23

Take a stack out of the library to browse. Some might really irritate you. Others will strike a chord. Buy the one that feels right to you. I liked 'what to expect, the first year' and something about breastfeeding by Clare Byam- something.

cantmakecarrotcake Sat 20-Oct-12 18:02:24

The Rough Guide to Pregnancy and Birth gets my vote. It's a week-by-week diary and it's very 'real'. It's fairly informative although not an encyclopaedia of knowledge like some of the others. It was entertaining though and I enjoyed it hugely.

frazzlerock Sat 20-Oct-12 18:05:09

What carrotcake said. Kaz Cooke is brilliant!

noblegiraffe Sat 20-Oct-12 18:06:57

Have you got any friends/relatives with a baby that you can help out with? Hands on experience is much better than reading in a book!

Marcheline Sun 21-Oct-12 18:43:53

I really loved 'your body, your baby, your birth'. Can't remember author off the top of my head but I will be buying another copy to read before the birth of DD2 (first copy has long been passed on).

Congratulationsnon your pregnancy!

EauRouge Sun 21-Oct-12 18:50:28

The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding (LLL) if you are planning to BF. Anything by Dr Sears is pretty good too. And one of my personal favourites- What Mothers Do (especially when it looks like nothing) by Naomi Stadlen.

Avoid Claire Byam-Cook's breastfeeding book, it's utter crap.

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