Filed under: thoughts — by Lauren on February 28th, 2006 @ 10:24 pm

As so many first time parents-to-be are wont to do, Lex and I have been buying and reading several of the billions of pregnancy books currently on the shelves.  We actually bought What to Expect When You’re Expecting a long time ago, just to find out what we were getting into ahead of time.

What to Expect scared me a bit.  It’s got a lot of technical medical info, and tons of passages about all the things can go wrong.  In fact, when I first started reading, I found it hard to believe that any babies were ever brought to term successfully.  Eventually the book acknowledges that its facts and figures may seem scary and reassures the reader that most babies are born without incident, but even so…

My new favorite book is The Girlfriends’ Guide to Pregnancy (subtitled “or everything your doctor won’t tell you).  It’s written in such a fun, converstational tone, and after reading just the first few pages I was laughing out loud and thinking that this book could have been written just for me.  It doesn’t have scientific explanations for everything that is happening, which is okay – I can look in the other books for that – and it is filled with funny anecdotes about the author’s and her friends’ pregnancies.  Lex is not excited about this one, even though he hasn’t read it (I think he really didn’t like the story about how the author threw a book at her husband’s head during one of her pregnancies, nor did he like that I found that story amusing!).  However, I definitely recommend it.

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