Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Everything you Need to know about Pregnancy



I remember when I found out I was pregnant with my oldest daughter.  I was definitely excited, and probably a lot more nervous than I would admit at the time.  I knew that an exciting journey was ahead of me.  And knowing how much control like to have over my life, I went out to find books about being pregnant and what I could expect during that journey and beyond.  The first book that I bought was What to Expect When You’re ExpectingIt was, and still is, America’s Pregnancy Bible.


While pregnant with my first child, I wanted to go the natural route.  I wanted hypnobirthing classes, no intervention, definitely no c-section.


I remember going to my hypnobirthing classes and being surprised that they didn’t want you to talk about anything besides hypnobirthing techniques.  It seemed that some of my classmates thought that if you talked about the possibility of having a c-section, it was inevitable.


I like information though, and I wanted to know as much as possible about any and all that could happen during pregnancy and childbirth. 

Come to find out, it was a good thing that I had done my research.  After 46 hours of labor, I did have to have a caesarean section.  Due to a car accident when I was in high school, all of the bones that are supposed to open in order to birth a child had been fused together when they were broken so many years before.  Not something I knew going into the labor – I would have suggested the c-section had I known!


Every pregnancy and birth is different, even from child to child, and having the ability to make your own decisions, without judgement from others, is important.  I think that hearing the stories of others, as well as getting as much information from your Dr. and resources like What to Expect When You’re Expecting is a great way to make a decision on what is right for you and your baby.


I was excited to see that they have come out with a 5th Edition of this wonderful reference book.  It is chalk full of great information.  Every bit of anything you could want to know from pre-pregnancy all the way through the delivery and beyond.

In this brand new edition, there is up to the minute information and advice.  All the medical coverage has been completely updated, and it even addresses your concerns about the Zika Virus.


I love that it brings Dad right into the conversation as well.

There is a lot of great information on gentle c-sections, which is what I tried to work out my second and third pregnancies.  Times have definitely changed between my first delivery, and my last.  I was able to have Lucy and Matt stay right with me during the entire surgery, and Lucy laid on my chest after she was born for most of the remainder of the time I was in the OR.  It was definitely a calming influence on my nerves.

There are updated sections on postpartum depression and anxiety.  I think this is a topic that does not get addressed nearly enough, but it seems to be coming to the forefront now, which is incredibly important.  Knowing that there is help available, and knowing when it is OK to ask for help is significant and necessary.


Entirely new chapters and sections on cord blood banking, coping with miscarriage, birth control choices and decisions postpartum as well as medications during pregnancy are all included.

It is such a wonderful resource to have, and gives you a feeling of peace when you wake up in the middle of the night with one more question (am I the only one?!). 

Did you utilize this amazing resource during your pregnancy?  Are you currently pregnant and looking for information?


I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

40 comments:

  1. I remember reading this book and then thinking i was weird when my pregnancy and birth did not follow it. This is a great resource to give you some thought.

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  2. This book was a lifesaver to me during my pregnancies. I loved having something to go to so I didn't have to bother my doctor with every question I had.

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  3. I did read this book when I was pregnant with my first child. I really liked learning about everything that was going on. I can't believe in your hypnobirthing classes that they didn't allow you to talk about anything else. So weird!

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  4. Loved this book when I was pregnant it really answers all the questions that you have.

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  5. This is a great resource for new parents. I just found out my cousin is expecting. I will share this with her.

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  6. This book has been my bible for both pregnancies! I love the reference and easy of use. 9 more weeks for me!

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  7. I loved this book when I was preggo!!!!! I was so clueless on everything and all I had to do was grab my book when I had a question about something and the answer was always there!

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  8. This book is the pregnancy bible indeed. It has everything you need to know and it's really a helpful book especially if it's your first time. I love how informative and detailed it is.

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  9. I don't have kids, but if I'm ever lucky enough to have my own, I know this book will be part of my reading. It's amazing to see just how long it has remained a helpful resource.

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  10. I still don't get why people in the states go soon long labors! In my country I think the mean is like 6 hours. I hope when I have kids they get out fast! Because I'm not friends with pain.

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  11. This book was my go-to book during my first two pregnancies. I highly recommend it to any expecting mother!

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  12. What a great book; I'm glad it's still around, I still have a copy going back 24+ years.

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    1. that's what I was thinking! Never gave birth but 46 hours seems like an eternity.

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  14. Thank you for this! My favorite line: Every pregnancy and birth is different, even from child to child, and having the ability to make your own decisions, without judgement from others, is important. thesocialbeing721

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  15. This sounds like a great book! It seems like everyone I know who's had a baby has read this one

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  16. This is a must share, read, have book for all expectant parents!

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  17. I did read that book while pregnant. It helped a lot.

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  18. Nice informative post, sending to a friend :)

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  19. This book is such a great resource for expecting moms! I know many women go into pregnancy thinking about one ideal to give birth and this book provides such a great explanations and things to think about

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  20. I have it, just haven't read it yet. About to start on it. Excited now.

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  21. It's been alot of years since pregnancy for me but I loved that book and honestly their whole series of books are amazing.

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  22. It looks like a great book for expecting couples!

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  23. Omg yes when I got pregnant the 1st time this was my #1 go to

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  24. This fantastic book was such a help to us during our pregnancies and for the immediate weeks postpartum, too. My wife also had a c-section after 33 hours of labor and the info in the book helped us navigate everything that followed: difficulty with breastfeeding, infection, etc. All expectant parents should put this book at the top of their reading lists. It's a terrific resource.

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  25. I definitely used this book as a go-to for information during my pregnancies! I actually just bought a copy (again) for my DIL! lol

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  26. We are trying to get pregnant now so I am glad that I know which resources are good ones when we do get our good news! Thanks!

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  27. I think everyone read this when they were pregnant. I know that I did and it does help a lot.

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  28. This book gave me so much advice when I was sitting there stressing with my first child. It then helped me during their first year too.

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  29. If you find someone who has not heard of this book, they are living under a rock. Truly. This is the bible of pregnancy.

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  30. This is such a helpful resource for anyone pregnant! It provides so much information during a new phase of life!

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  31. I remember reading this book and referring to it often when I was pregnant. Then I think I read What to Expect the First Year. Now my son and daughter are teenagers. Hard to believe how much time has passed.

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  32. I read that book almost daily when I was pregnant!

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  33. pretty much the only part of my pregnancies that were in the book were the birth part and nausea. i had very very high risk pregnancies. i still read the book each time tho.

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  34. Thanks for sharing! I am not pregnant nor do I plan on being any time soon but I am sure it will be a help one day.

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  35. Thanks for sharing this helpful information! I am family planning and found your post very useful to prepare.

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  36. I read this book while expecting my first. It has awesome advice and I learned about so much!

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  37. I'll have to remember this book in the future!

    Sondra Barker
    PrettyFitFoodie
    prettyfitfoodie.com

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