Pregnancy Related Reads

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You may recall me saying in my second trimester recap that reading anything about pregnancy had not been my cup of tea but once we started prenatal classes I felt much more inspired to read up on everything I could. Here is what I’ve read so far and my thoughts on each selection:

Books:

What to Expect When You’re Expecting

My mom got me a copy of this book soon after we announced and in the early stages of my pregnancy I found it very alarming to read. There were too many extra possible problems that it alerted me to and as a notorious over thinker I didn’t need extra reason to worry. Later in my pregnancy I’ve found it much less upsetting to read. I also like that there is detailed information about labour and delivery, breastfeeding and postpartum care that will be nice to have on hand.

Ina May’s Guide to Breastfeeding

This book is amazing and so helpful. I truly felt like it taught me a lot. I understand the importance of breastfeeding and wasn’t needing to be sold on that, but I did find a lot of practical advice and troubleshooting tips that I hope will be helpful after I deliver should we run into any issues with breastfeeding.

Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth

I struggled with this one, especially after loving Ina May’s breastfeeding book so much. The first half of the book is full of all natural birth stories, none of which happened in a traditional hospital setting and so I found that hard to relate to. The second half of the book has some good, encouraging info, particularly about the ability for us to birth naturally but some of the chapters were just weird. An entire chapter dedicated to “sphincter law” and another on “orgasmic birth” left me skeptical. I also found the information on medical interventions such as C-section, episiotomy and epidural VERY biased and as my personal goal is to go into my delivery with an open mind, I found her strong opinions discouraging. I didn’t end up finishing this one.

The Mindful Mom-to-Be

This is the best book I’ve read during my pregnancy and I wish I’d found it right at the beginning, as it is broken down into chapters month by month. I loved the voice of the author, and found that she gave advice in a gentle, nonjudgmental way. The book includes exercises, meditations, DIY’s, recipes and some great tips I plan to use during my labour and delivery.

The Honest Life

This book isn’t a pregnancy or motherhood read specifically but it includes chapters on pregnancy and lots of helpful information regarding chemicals in the home and healthier alternatives. I started to pay much more attention to these things once I became pregnant and I wish I had found this book sooner when I started to eliminate these things in our home.

Articles:

Baby on a Budget: What Do You Really Need?

This helped me from going crazy when shopping for baby. So. Many. Options.

The Joy of Having Boys

The comments on this one are great, too.

10 Tips for a Mindful Birth

I LOVED this article and found it very encouraging and enlightening.

That One Time I Made Ten Million Freezer Meals, Part One and Two

I’ve read Jessica’s blog forever and found these tips helpful for planning some freezer meals.

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Something else that helped me was reading the manual for our hospital’s labour and delivery unit specifically. As lovely as it is to read about home births and birthing centers, I need to be realistic about what my birth experience will look like in the specific hospital I plan to deliver in. In addition to prenatal classes and a hospital tour, I’ve thoroughly read up on my hospital’s policies and procedures and found that very comforting just to have a better idea of what to expect.

What was your favourite pregnancy related read? I still have some time for more!

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Good Reads Lately #2

BOOKS

 

The Girls from Corona Del Mar by Rufi Thorpe

I adored this book and blew through it in no time. I’m really into stories that delve into the complexities of lifelong friendships. The story is about a young girl who totally idolizes her best friend and thinks she is perfect but after a series of unfortunate incidents her “perfect” friend begins to unravel. The book follows them into adulthood and it was funny, shocking and sad. Highly recommend it.

 

Last Night at the Blue Angel by Rebecca Rotert

This book was beautiful and heartbreaking. It alternates between the perspectives of a young girl in 1960’s Chicago and her mother from her childhood onwards. The mother is an aspiring jazz singer with a difficult upbringing which has led her to be a reckless adult. Unfortunately, those who love her are often affected negatively by her behavior. There are so many memorable characters in this book that really help you to get immersed in the story.

 

The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeanette Walls

I loved this book so much. It focuses on the author’s eccentric, nomadic parents. She starts right from her first memory and goes up to the present day, detailing her family’s struggle with poverty, crime, addiction and homelessness. The book grabs you right from the first page and you can’t help but admire the author’s ability to tell the truth about her difficult past and relationship with her parents so openly.

 

#GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso

I know this one is super trendy and everyone’s talked about it but I totally understand why now that I’ve read it. It’s the super interesting account of how Sophia Amoruso started Nasty Gal and her story is crazy impressive, especially considering her humble roots. Any girl interested in fashion or business will love this book. It’s very “girl power” and gives lots of helpful advice on how to put yourself out there and go for what you want.

 

I Didn’t Come Here to Make Friends: Confessions of a Reality Show Villain by Courtney Robertson

This is a totally trashy read and I’m half embarrassed to be blogging about it. I don’t normally follow the Bachelor but I happened to get hooked on Courtney and Ben’s season by my old roommate. I loved to hate Courtney but I heard this book was juicy so I gave it a shot. It’s a really funny, interesting and in depth account of her experience with Ben and the Bachelor and it’s also speckled with tidbits from other seasons and contestants. It’s a light read but really fun. If you like the Bachelor and especially if you saw this season, you’ll enjoy it.

 

Two Kisses for Maddy by Matt Logelin

Several years ago I recalled seeing the author of this book being interviewed by Oprah and I knew it would be a great read. This man’s wife gave birth to their first child and a day later, before even seeing the baby, she suffered a pulmonary embolism and died. The book is the father’s story of being a single new parent to his baby daughter while also grieving the loss of his wife. This book is very well written and as you can imagine, a total tear jerker.

 

 Not that Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham

I really, really like Lena Dunham. I love Girls and although I can find her a little pretentious at times, I always find her interviews interesting to read. I had no idea what to expect from her book because I’d heard that much like her show, the book was either a love it or hate it type of read. I loved it! There were a lot of things about the book that were definitely shock worthy or could make one squeamish but there is no denying that she is a great writer. As a woman her age, I appreciated her stories, related to some of them and found them entertaining.

 

What are you reading lately?

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