As much as I love the idea of reading, I wouldn’t call myself a reader. I find it kind of hard to sit still and focus for more than 20 minutes or so at a time. I’d much rather read a fiction book with a great plot, watch a documentary or listen to a pregnancy podcast than devote a few hours (days?) to reading a non-fiction book from cover to cover.
However, I also want to sponge it up with information before the baby comes, as I’ve heard that once he is here I won’t have time for reading! Many moms have told me to read the books now – even the ones about the months beyond newbornhood.
I don’t believe that parenting is entirely intuitive. Some parts definitely are, but others require having a strategy and being informed. I’ve heard over and over that breastfeeding isn’t as natural as one might think, for example. I asked a child development counselor if she thought parenting is more intuitive or learned and she said absolutely learned. That it takes practice and education. So I want to read up as much as possible. The problem is finding the will to do so before a situation arises so I feel prepared and not overwhelmed at the time. It was always hard in college to do the reading before attending the lectures…
The following are books that I have in my possession that were recommended to me to read. Honestly, I’ve only read half of Ina May – and I haven’t touched the rest! I only have one trimester left, so I better get going. I’d love to hear your thoughts on these books and others you found invaluable during your parenthood education (or lack there of!) There are SO many books to choose from out there, and so many different views on the subject. What should I read and what is better to brush up on but not pour into?
LOVE this book. Ina May totally boosted my confidence in my body. Every pregnant woman should read it. So much good mental stuff plus lots of great physical information too in the second half. I’m packing this in my hospital bag for some read-aloud motivation!
I have heard this is the best of the best when it comes to understanding breastfeeding.
I listened to this podcast and this book was recommended. The information in the podcast was incredibly informative, and I imagine the book will be too.
I wanted to read a book on natural childbirth, so this was the one I chose (in addition to Ina May). I haven’t even cracked it open, and I’m not sure how it will apply to our situation since we haven’t taken Bradley classes. I imagine I’ll focus on the techniques and skim the rest.
I’ve heard tons of women recommend this. I also have the DVD to watch!
A friend recommended this to me. It’s written by a doctor and she said it was a great middle-of-the-road, informative read.
This was recommended by the same child development counselor as the ultimate “food rules” book for parenting. What I know about its contents makes a lot of sense to me [see this post for more info]. I should read it now…but will probably save it for solid food introduction era.
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