Pregnant Chick Reading

Monday, March 12, 2012

I've always been a big reader! Magazines, books, blogs, you name it and I'll read it. So since it's recommended that when you're pregnant, you need to read up on some of the books out on the market, I picked up a few to get me started.  Obviously, they're not the biggest page-turners you'll ever read, but I wasn't really expecting them to be.
"What to Expect When You're Expecting" by Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel is pretty much the straightforward, information laden book every pregnant lady is looking for. My sister brought me a copy the DAY I told my family about the baby. It has a lot of useful information, like breakdowns of what to expect each week, how the baby is developing, monthly and trimester-by-trimester information like what to eat, exercise suggestions, commonly asked questions and more. I'm just reading this one as I come to the weeks in my pregnancy. Some of it, I just skipped and some of it I read. Like I said, not really a page-turner, but informative with the things you'll want to know with new and revised edition available.

"The Girlfriends Guide to Pregnancy" by Vicki Iovine is a much more lighthearted, but still informative book for all the pregnant chicks out there. I got mine off of and am about halfway through it. It gives a mother-of-four's humorous take on everything from childbirth to stretchmarks to falling in love with your doctor and everything in between. As I read it, I take it all with a grain of salt, however, parts of the book are a little extreme and I think this woman experienced the extremes of pregnancy. She talks about throwing something at her husband one day early in her pregnancy and how it was a direct result of the pregnancy hormones. I don't know about all pregnant women, but I have yet to feel the urge to hurl things across the room at my husband with no provocation. She also discusses how vehemently she feels that pregnant women should not exercise, which as a personal trainer, I couldn't disagree with more. Even if exercising during your pregnancy doesn't directly benefit your labor process as the author claims, which I'm not sure I agree with, it will nonetheless make you feel better and help you get back to your pre-baby body that much quicker. I still have quite a bit left to read, but the author never claims to be the ultimate authority on all things pregnant, just that she's sharing her experience to better enlighten those reading it, and that's how I take it. The advice I find useful, I'll heed and the advice I find ridiculous, I'll ignore.

This magazine is great! Lots of good information, exercises and more. Unfortunately, it's only a bi-monthly publication, but still worth picking up at your local grocery or newsstand. I don't intend to subscribe as I don't want a full year of it with only about 5 months of pregnancy to go, but I would definately recommend picking up the current issue if you see it out. The website can be found here.
Happy reading!


  1. What To Expect is definitely a standard, and a great resource! I found that it glosses over some of the side effects and possible drawbacks of most common birth procedures, however. You might look at Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn by Simkin et al. to help fill in those details.

    Also, when I was pregnant, I did so much reading on pregnancy and birth that I wasn't very prepared for when the baby actually came home! The Happiest Baby on the Block is my *favorite* - it was extremely helpful. I just borrowed a copy from the library.

    Have fun!

  2. Thank you so much for the suggestions! I'll have to order them this week!