Preggo book round up: First trimester
I thought it would be helpful to share with you the books that I enjoyed reading throughout my pregnancy.
The first trimester is a funny time. You’re not really sharing news of your pregnancy and you spend an inordinate amount of your day thinking of unsuspicious excuses as to why you aren’t drinking (“I’m on antibiotics”, “I’m on a detox”, or perhaps “I’m trying out a new religion”). I kept forgetting which excuse I’d told which person, giving credence to the Mark Twain quote: “If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.” But of course, the truth isn’t really an option in the first trimester.
So you and your partner are left to sizzle privately in the excitement of conception. I found the best outlet for this was to read books about other women’s pregnancies. It’s too early to start reading about what kind of birth you want to have; that’s months away and, frankly, you’ll be more preoccupied with what meal you’re going to try to keep down that night.
These are the books I bought in my first trimester:
The Secret Diary of a New Mum (aged 43 ¼) - This book is well written and entertaining. Although I’m not quite 43 ¼, I’m also no spring chicken when it comes to giving birth to my first child.
Mylene Klass My Bump and Me – She wrote a book about her pregnancy and I bought it. I actually stopped reading it because I didn’t really like her style. But you can have a go.
What to Expect When You’re Expecting – This isn’t a diary style book, but rather a reference for what’s happening to you on a weekly basis as you go through your pregnancy. Every week, I would look forward to reading about Abdul’s progress and the changes experienced by my body. A great resource.
Gentle Birthing Method - Although this book was recommended to me in my first trimester, I didn’t buy it the end of my second and I wish I had bought it sooner, as it gives you month-by-month advice. It’s good for getting your head around the more spiritual side of birth and has recommendations for diet and relaxation.