I sent an email out to our NCT group today about books that I’d read throughout the pregnancy so far and I thought it might be nice to stick it up on the web too for anyone else to read.
Just thought I’d share the books that I’d been reading. They’ve been pretty helpful to me. Some are a little American centric with the exception of the last one but it doesn’t really make that much of a difference. I’m definitely of the scattergun approach to advice, I like to listen to a lot of ideas and we’ll pick which bits we like the best (or think we have a chance with!).
Do Chocolate Lovers Have Sweeter Babies?: The Surprising Science of Pregnancy by Jena Pincott
This has been my favourite book. You can read an excerpt online here: http://boingboing.net/2012/01/03/cells.html#more-136905 – read that? Pretty amazing!!
Jena Pincott is a Science writer and wrote the book whilst she was pregnant. It’s got all sorts of interesting information in it that you might not have heard about anywhere else but had been bugging you. This is the book I’m constantly thinking back to and remembering bits from later and explains a lot. I think I will read it again once Kate has.
Rad Dad by Tomas Moniz
This book is a collection of short accounts an interviews from various Dads. It has a very wide range of people (be forewarned) contained within and it’s a nice inspiring book about how great it is to be a Dad, but also the troubles you might go through and ways these Dads overcame them.
If Your Kid Eats This Book, Everything Will Still Be Okay: How to Know If Your Child’s Injury or Illness Is Really an Emergency by Lara Zibners
I didn’t actually finish this one yet. But from what I have read it’s an invaluable guide to common illnesses in babies and I’m sure will be a good reference. It’s friendly and honest and gives clear advice on what to do and what not to worry about. It’s pretty comprehensive.
My Mother Wears Combat Boots: A Parenting Guide for the Rest of Us by Jessica Mills
I haven’t read this one yet as Kate got to it before I could ?. But she says she’s been really enjoying it. Jessica Mills might be better known to you as the former Saxophonist in Less Than Jake. If you don’t know them don’t worry about it but it will help explain somewhat her outlook on life. It has a what is happening with the baby / what she’s up to sort of structure. So the what’s happening with baby bits you might get elsewhere too.
Pregnancy For Men: The whole nine months by Mark Woods
This is the first book I bought when we found out Kate was pregnant. It’s written obviously for us blokes and it keeps it fairly light but interesting. It goes through pregnancy month by month. Mark Woods is one of the Comic Relief organisers.