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#1 sweetpea8

Posted 13 October 2018 - 04:51 PM

Hi all,

Just wondering what books people are getting into about pregnancy/birth/newborns? I like reading and find that constantly scrolling through internet articles isn’t that relaxing a way to get info.

Any tips? Books you’ve read before? Books you’ve been recommended? Anything particularly targeted to partners?


#2 Jingleflea

Posted 13 October 2018 - 05:41 PM

I liked the Kaz Cooke one.

And EB, EB has the best advice lol.

#3 Baby_Clicks

Posted 13 October 2018 - 05:41 PM

Not directed at partners,  but I have read Real Food for Pregnancy by Lily Nichols twice already. It has great nutritional advice for pregnancy and breastfeeding, really backed up with research and facts. I love it 😊

#4 MissTR

Posted 14 October 2018 - 02:31 AM

The only one I found helpful was birth skillz by juju sundin, it's really helpful if you're going for a natural delivery

#5 Amelie_

Posted 14 October 2018 - 08:03 AM

I also found JuJu Sundin's Birth Skills really helpful. When I had my son, birthing him was quite quick and I felt like I didn't even have time to think about pain relief until it was all happening. So her strategies were absolutely invaluable to me.

She's also very realistic and supportive of taking pain relief if you need it, and shares positive birth stories from women who tried her strategies but in the end decided the did need the pain relief. And she gives strategies for birthing with pain relief on board (e.g. how to visualise pushing when you are numb from your epidural).

She also gives tips for what partners can do to help, so they don't feel so helpless.

#6 sweetpea8

Posted 14 October 2018 - 08:52 AM

Thanks, this is really helpful. Think I'll get Sundin and Cooke and start with those.


#7 LuckyStar2015

Posted 15 October 2018 - 05:22 PM

I really enjoyed 'What to Expect When You're Expecting" the first time around sweetpea - it has week by week stages, it's so lovely reading about what's happening and literally what to expect (although seriously nothing prepares you for birth he he he!)

Hope you're going well!

#8 just roses

Posted 15 October 2018 - 05:27 PM

Avoid anything by Tizzie Hall and beware anything that is too rigid (Babywise another to avoid).

I quite liked the Baby Whisperer books because they offered routine and structure without rigidity and recognised that all babies - like adults - are different.

#9 Lou-bags

Posted 15 October 2018 - 10:10 PM

Agree with just roses re tizzy and other one size fits all rigid approaches to babyhood and beyond.

I liked juju's book too, and it helped a lot, especially for my second birth.

I haven't read her book, but I do like (most) of the blogs and articles etc by Janet Lansbury. I like her mindful and respectful approach to parenting. (But think her stuff regarding breastfeeding stinks).

On breastfeeding, if you join the ABA, you'll get there book on breastfeeding sent out to your home for free. It's very good.

EB is a marvelous resource too- for information, entertainment and support. The women on here are incredibly generous with their time, experience and encouragement.

#10 sweetpea8

Posted 16 October 2018 - 05:23 AM

Thanks again. This is so helpful. Especially things to avoid and reference to the ABA. Really appreciate it.


#11 LuckyStar2015

Posted 16 October 2018 - 12:00 PM

View Postjust roses, on 15 October 2018 - 05:27 PM, said:

Avoid anything by Tizzie Hall and beware anything that is too rigid (Babywise another to avoid).

Oh my gosh - yes - this!!

#12 LuckyStar2015

Posted 16 October 2018 - 12:04 PM

Oh yes, the ABA is great. And don't get hung up on that either. With my first bubba I had a hell of a time with BF - I had pretty severe PND and it was all related to BF. I BF fine in the end, but there was just so much pressure and I had so many problems and all the reading I did and all the professionals (lactation consultants etc) did nothing but cost me money. Same goes for baby sleep... my daughter is nearly 2 and still wakes 3-6 times a night. My biggest recommendation is to take everything you read and hear with a massive grain of salt, because no one will know your baby and you will go mad with all the different advice. I expected so much and nothing turned out the way it was 'supposed to'. I really hope that doesn't sound depressing he he he! I just mean, try to enjoy the pregnancy as much as you can and remember that all babies are different and everything you read may not work out quite the way you want / read and just enjoy the ride - that's what helped me in the end. I just gave up on all the advice and went with the flow!

#13 LuckyStar2015

Posted 16 October 2018 - 12:14 PM

Oh and I've found I really like this as a resource - https://raisingchild...ASAAEgJLJvD_BwE

#14 sweetpea8

Posted 16 October 2018 - 03:36 PM

Thanks lucky, great advice! I’m all about the grain of salt, but important to be reminded to enjoy as opposed to obsess. xx

#15 Miss Purple

Posted 18 October 2018 - 09:38 AM

One of my sisters swore by “What to expect when you’re expecting”. Wasn’t really my thing, personally. A fantastic resource to prepare for and to refer to in baby’s first year is “Baby Love”. I found it invaluable when I encountered issues with breastfeeding, newborn not napping, feeding or doing anything “right”. It was very reassuring and taught me to follow my gut instincts with my son, which eventually, with much persistence, meant we got a diagnosis and treatment for him.

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