Non-Gushy Reading Material

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Maryc279 Wed 28-Oct-20 12:39:27

Hello! I am pregnant for the first time (about 6 weeks). I don't know very much about what is going on inside my body and keen to learn. So far I have read "Expecting Better" by Emily Oster. I liked this because its not gushy - she is an economist and there is a lot of data in there. I am not interested in reading about how magical the whole thing is - I want science! Any recommendations? TIA

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Charlotte2020 Wed 28-Oct-20 12:47:31

'How to grow a baby and push it out' by Clemmie Hooper is good. It has case studies and she's a midwife. Goes week by week and into detail on painkillers etc.
The positive birth book by milli hill was recommended to me, but I found it a bit hippy-ish. Some facts but a lot of "I am woman hear me roar" type stuff. Wasn't for me!

Turtleturtle81 Wed 28-Oct-20 13:17:16

I personally hated “how to grow a baby and push it out” - I don’t need tips on how to wear red lipstick and leather jackets during pregnancy, or reminders to drop hints for my partner to buy me a “push present”. The language is a bit infantile as well, I prefer to refer to my breasts as breasts, not “puppies” or any other twee euphemisms.
In comparison, “the modern Midwife’s guide to pregnancy, birth and beyond” by Marie Louise is straight to the point, factual and science based. It goes into detail about exactly what is happening in your body and why without being patronising or dumbing things down for the reader.

Lola871 Wed 28-Oct-20 13:46:45

Definitely the midwife's guide to pregnancy, birth and beyond that PP has recommended. Very factual, evidence based, none of the patronising stuff a lot of pregnancy books have, and pretty balanced views on things too.

Nimsay1 Wed 28-Oct-20 15:52:40

I was recommended "keep calm, you're having a baby" and it was the worst, fluffy, gushy book I've ever read. I gave up quickly but found the following brilliant...

- Your baby, week by week
- French children don't throw food (I credit this book with having a baby who slept through the night!)
- The expectant dads handbook (my husband was better informed through stages of the pregnancy than I was!)

Nimsay1 Wed 28-Oct-20 15:53:22

*i meant to say having a baby who slept through the night from 9 weeks old.

Maryc279 Wed 28-Oct-20 17:22:21

Thank you everyone! That's really helpful xx

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Semele5069 Wed 28-Oct-20 19:28:11

Don't go near the "What to expect..." books! I've never been so annoyed by anything. Lots of cute-sy language and stupid puns in basically every sentence, plus horrible gender stereotyping that was just offensive to everyone.

I am liking "Give birth like a feminist" much better.

SanFrancisco49er Wed 28-Oct-20 21:18:48

I like my 'Pregnancy Day by Day' book. I wanted to avoid anything gushy or anything "theories" and just wanted medical information. It's been great and very informative without patronising or assuming we all need to feel empowered etc.

Turtleturtle81 Wed 28-Oct-20 22:02:18

Semele5069

Don't go near the "What to expect..." books! I've never been so annoyed by anything. Lots of cute-sy language and stupid puns in basically every sentence, plus horrible gender stereotyping that was just offensive to everyone.

I am liking "Give birth like a feminist" much better.

“Give birth like a feminist” was a real eye opener for me. I definitely also recommend this.

PlanBea Wed 28-Oct-20 22:23:16

@Turtleturtle81 thanks to your post I have swerved the Clemmie Hooper book I had been eyeing and bought your suggestion instead. Thank you! smile

Oneandabean Wed 28-Oct-20 23:24:45

The day by day pregnancy book.
Got loads of information in it and I love reading it every day. Got loads of information about what’s going on without any gushy wording

Maryc279 Thu 29-Oct-20 07:17:07

I’ve gone for the modern midwife and day by day pregnancy book to be getting on with.

I’ve also had 2 rave reviews for the positive birth company digital pack from two friends who are recent first time mums.

Thanks again smile

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Turtleturtle81 Thu 29-Oct-20 10:37:30

PlanBea

*@Turtleturtle81* thanks to your post I have swerved the Clemmie Hooper book I had been eyeing and bought your suggestion instead. Thank you! smile

Haha smile glad to have helped!
If I remember correctly, there was a part in the book that talked about getting your husband to help by doing some of the cooking for you occasionally to give you a break. I felt like I had fallen into some kind of 1950s time travel wormhole.

Amelia891 Thu 29-Oct-20 13:47:28

Bumpology! Really interesting book, very scientific and study based but still an easy read.

bleachblondemom Thu 29-Oct-20 17:16:48

I got ‘Pregnancy- The Naked Truth’ and read the whole thing in one day

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