Apr 27 2010

Pregnant lady books

First, I need to rescind a book recommendation I may or may not have made on this blog. I can’t find it through any search, but in case I’ve mentioned it to you or told you to get “The Girlfriends’ Guide to Pregnancy” by Vicki Iovine — don’t.

I read the 2nd edition while pregnant in my first trimester with Johnny. I thought it was hilarious! The author’s descriptions of things just struck me as so funny and I thought she really knew what she was talking about. After all, she had birthed 4 children.

I reread it — this time, the 1st edition (so who knows what the differences are). First, the book is not nearly as funny as I remember. Second, the author takes a markedly anti-natural birth stance. She apparently knew no one who made that choice and she just went on and on about how fabulous the epidural can be.

You’re left with the impression that you would be so foolish to even attempt an unmedicated birth. WHATEVER!

She’s also pretty anti-breastfeeding past like the newborn phase or something.

So whatever.

I viewed that book as just some extra perspective on what it’s like to be pregnant, from a non-medical source, and it is that. But I think readers would be better served to at least hear why natural births are good.

So yeah, skip that book.


Next, I picked up “Birthing from Within” from the library. It had good reviews on Amazon, so I figured, why not?

It’s a strange book. I read most of it and flipped through the rest.

Rather than offering real laboring coping techniques, the book seemed to focus on some bizarre spirituality to get in tune with. It encourages creating artwork to express yourself on how you feel about different aspects of birth.


Not exactly helpful to me. Maybe it’s a good book for some, but I can’t recommend it either. Check out the 1-star reviews on Amazon to see more of how I feel.


Next, I’m rereading “The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth.” This book truly is a gem. It’s really helpful to teach more of what you can expect from hospital births especially.

My first read (when pregnant with Johnny) was useful, and now that I’m reading it again with an even better understanding of how it all works, I think I’m gaining even more insight.

I do wish it went into a little more detail on some subjects, but overall the book is a good starting point for you to continue your own research.


Also from the library once again, I’m rereading “Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth.” It was a good read the first time and I’m looking forward to reading it again.

I requested “HypnoBirthing: The Mongan Method” from my PaperBackSwap list just to see what that’s all about. Expect some sort of comment on it soon.

Any suggestions for other books I should read? I’ve read “Husband-Coached Childbirth” and I have “Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way” and I’ll reread that one as well.

6 Responses to “Pregnant lady books”

  1. This isn’t exactly a book about birthing but I found this pamphlet for pain management really helpful. My chiropractor gave it to me and I used several of the pressure points during labor. I think it helped my contractions become regular after they had started and helped with pain management and to move the baby down. I was able to have a natural birth with no drugs. I will definitely use them again with our next baby(whenever that is!).

  2. I love “The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth”!

    Have you heard of “Real Food for Mother and Baby”? It’s the only book on nutrition that I can recommend for pregnancy. The author is great! She believes in full fat dairy, lots of butter, good quality meat, whole grains, etc. But she’s realistic and honest. See if your library has it!

  3. Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way was really really helpful for me!

  4. Shocking, but true: I did not read a single pregnancy book. None. Zero. Zilch. Zip. I’m one of those “better off not knowing” sort of people. At the end of it all, it seems our bodies tell us what to do anyway, I guess.

  5. Hmmm- I liked Birthing from Within- not so much the activities, but more the viewpoint, if that makes sense. But I ended up being more about “embracing” the sensation- like Bradley- than focusing on something else.

    If you like Ina May, you should read Spiritual Midwifery. Love, love, love it, mainly for the awesome birth stories.

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    I liked Birthing from Within, more for the viewpoint than the activities, if that makes sense. I ended up being more about “embracing” the sensation than looking for distractions/focal points, though- much more “Bradley.”

    If you like Ina May, check out Spiritual Midwifery. Love, love, love it- amazing birth stories and wonderful message. A little in left field for some, but if you like her other works, you understand.

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