Published: Tuesday, May 7, 2013

READING BITES

For mums-to-be

Page 401Maternity is a complex experience. Thus, getting a heads-up through books about what you are facing is one of the best ways to prepare yourself. Of course they are all coloured by the authors’ own opinions, but the variety of the writer’s backgrounds should provide you a comprehensive background reading.

Belly Laughs
Jenna McCarthy writes a heart-lightening read on all the crazy changes that follow pregnancy. Stepping away from the medical jargon that pregnancy books usually provide amply, the author is a no-nonsense person that tells you like it is.  However, if you’re looking to find an in-depth exploration of the various relevant topics, then you won’t find it here. This book is more of a supportive voice that spills all the dark beans that the rest won’t tell you of.

Pregnancy Book: A Month-by-Month Guide
Written by some of America’s foremost baby and childcare experts, here they tell you what to expect step-by-step, month-by-month. The book is comprehensive and authoritative and is very informative during pregnancy.

Page 402Topics include how your baby is growing, as well as how you may be changing, both physically and emotionally; concerns and questions you may have about tests and technology, genetic counselling, childbirth options, and bonding with your pre-born baby; essential information on eating right for two; how to protect the womb environment and recognise potential household hazards are all included.

The book also contains relevant topics such as advice on working while pregnant — from informing your boss to dressing for the job; exercising and keeping fit during your pregnancy; selecting a childbirth class; helpful tips on everything from travelling while pregnant to overcoming morning sickness; and much more with a detailed special section on labour and delivery, a glossary of obstetrical terms and a chapter covering “the tenth month” postpartum. The Pregnancy Book is an unrivalled source of information, counsel, and comfort for every prospective parent.

Secrets of the Baby Whisperer
Tracy Hogg writes a book that deals with routine and not a schedule. If you take anything away from this book it should be the E.A.S.Y — her name for creating a structured daily routine for you and your baby that makes the most of your baby’s waking up times and also leaves time just for you.

While most of the book relies on anecdotes to get the points across, Hogg does find room to back up some of her statements with quotes from various researchers and institutions.

The style in which the book is written is also refreshingly down-to-earth. She speaks to the reader in a very friendly, sympathetic voice.