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Books to read about pregnancy and newborns

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Elkalv Thu 19-Jan-17 21:49:45

Hello , can you recommend any good books to read about pregnancy and newborns? Ideally with a bit of fun , I have one " what to expect..." and there are also lots of apps I know, but maybe some books you particularly liked?

Lunalovepud Fri 20-Jan-17 10:12:27

Expecting better - Emily Oster

It's about pregnancy guidelines for what women should and should not do during pregnancy and I found it really helpful when I was expecting DC1 - it basically gives more info about the guidelines, why they are so strict and whether they need to be. Definitely made me feel more relaxed.

Your baby - week by week - Caroline Fertleman

This was really useful when DC turned up - week by week things to look for and little milestones in short chapters that you can read and remember even when you are sleep deprived! There is a bit in it about Controlled Crying that got a few attachment parents worked up (you can see in the Amazon reviews) but overall, whether you agree with CC or not, it is a really helpful book.

annlee3817 Fri 20-Jan-17 12:09:11

Kaz Cooke - Rough Guide to Pregnancy and Birth

also has early days information - a weekly blog which I found really funny and a ruler measuring guide for each week smile

annlee3817 Fri 20-Jan-17 12:09:17

Kaz Cooke - Rough Guide to Pregnancy and Birth

also has early days information - a weekly blog which I found really funny and a ruler measuring guide for each week smile

LondonGirl83 Fri 20-Jan-17 12:50:05

Expecting Better and Bumpology were the two best ones I read.

Having read both of them before doing ante natal classes I can say the cover everything (and more) that you'll need to know about pregnancy, birth etc.

SofiePendragon Fri 20-Jan-17 12:57:58

I liked expecting better and found it helpful from the early stages of my pregnancy.

If you're planning to breastfeed, I'd also recommend Food of Love which has a lot of useful information including drawings of how the child should look from the mother's viewpoint which I found helpful.

Elkalv Fri 20-Jan-17 19:23:33

Thank you everyone I will go check them out) it's so much information on the web it's sometimes hard to find and filter it!

Frazzled2207 Fri 20-Jan-17 19:56:26

Second the week by week book. Found it invaluable in the early weeks.
Written with both parents in mind - my dh enjoyed reading it and telling me what we should be doing!

LondonGirl83 Fri 20-Jan-17 21:24:16

I've only partially read it so far but I also really like Week by Week so far. A friend of a friend recommended it and so far its very practical

NameChange30 Fri 20-Jan-17 21:29:12

"Bump" by Kate Evans. Excellent, informative and witty book about pregnancy. She also wrote "Food of Love" (about breastfeeding) which a PP mentioned.

I have "Expecting Better" and it was quite useful when TTC and in the early stages of pregnancy, when I wanted to understand the research about alcohol and other things to avoid, but I wouldn't say it's a comprehensive guide to pregnancy and birth in the way that some of the other books are.

I also bought "Pregnancy for Men" for DH and both of us enjoyed reading it!

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