New Mom and Research Freak Shares Her Findings
During the long months of my pregnancy, I spent HOURS researching every little thing related to my growing belly and the life within it. This included performing hundreds of Google searches, polling every friend who had children and buying all the popular books. I had to know about everything from what to eat [and NOT eat!], what labor would be like [ack!], which stroller I should get, what diapers I should buy and so on. After all, this was going to be my first baby, and I had SO many questions! I wanted to be a good parent, of course, so I set out to learn and know everything I could. Quite an undertaking!
I must say, my diligent research did [and continues to] pay off. We have been thrilled with almost every purchase, especially the major ones. During those painstaking hours of Google search after Google search, it would have been very helpful to find a thorough list of recommendations, though. Therefore, I have complied all of my findings here -- in case it saves YOU some time, and you find it valuable.
Books I Recommend
The Girlfriends' Guide to Pregnancy: Or everything your doctor won't tell you
For first-time mothers-to-be, this candid, funny and very reassuring guide to pregnancy is just what the doctor ordered - or would if he/she knew about it. This book was GREAT! I would recommend it to every first time mom.....but only if you really want to know what you're in for...the whole truth and nothing but the truth! I like being prepared, and the thought of giving birth was one of my biggest fears...I'm not sure if I was more worried about the pain or humiliation of the entire ordeal! This book answered sooooo many of my questions, and since I read it early in my pregnancy, I had many months to mentally prepare for the "big day."
The Girlfriends' Guide to Toddlers
I haven't read this one yet, but if it's anything like the Guide to Pregnancy, then it will be well worth the read!
What to Expect When You're Expecting, Third Edition
I've heard mixed reviews on this book. I felt it was a worthwhile reference regardless....especially when I started having Sciatic Nerve issues in the seventh month! I think some people feel it causes problems and concerns for the new mother, and maybe it does for some. I only used it as a handy reference and didn't read the entire book.