I’ve been doing a ton of reading on pregnancy and childbirth, but haven’t blogged about any of it, mainly because I only blog when I finish a book, and I’m not going to be finished with any of these until the baby arrives. Since blogging will not be a postpartum priority, I’ll let you see the list of what I’m reading.
The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth by Sheila Kitzinger — this is a beautiful book, though not terribly helpful.
The Pregnancy Book (Sears) — my favorite so far.
What to Expect When You’re Expecting — only I’m not really reading this book, because I’ve been warned by several people to avoid it like the plague. I’ve skimmed the chapters on each month but am not reading it in any great detail.
Your Pregnancy Week by Week — this one is fun, and I’ve been forcing myself not to skip ahead too far. The cover of mine has a woman in a straw hat relaxing in a field, which is so NOT me.
Active Birth — am loving their yoga sequence.
A Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth by Henci Goer — We were very influenced by this book when deciding where we want to have the baby.
Birth at Home by Sheila Kitzinger. This is a well-researched examination of the benefits and risk factors of home birth. It’s more of a manual for midwives than a book for mothers-to-be, but I found it very helpful. (Connect the dots if you like.)
The Birth Book (Sears) — my husband had to cover some of the pictures in here with tape. Don’t need to see that twice! But I really love this book, and feel like it’s doing a good job of preparing me for what may happen without scaring the crap out of me.
The Big Book of Birth by Erica Lyon — my dear friend who is a doula gave me this book, which is written by the woman who runs the center where we’re taking our childbirth classes. It’s quite massive and packed with information. I can only read a little bit at a time.