When you have successfully conceived there is a mountain of questions surrounding pregnancy that mounts up in your head, yes the internet is a great source of information but after some time you get bored trawling through the pages to find the necessary answers to your questions. You won’t really get to see you midwife properly until after you first ultrasound, usually around 16 weeks so you miss out on all the little milestones that your baby goes through on a daily and weekly basis. You can sign up to receive weekly emails from places such as Bounty, Emma’s Diary, Huggies, and Pampers and so on but they will only repeat what you already know. The best thing to do is to invest in an up to date pregnancy book that tells you everything from start to finish.
When I first found out I was pregnant I had so many questions and little niggles that I wanted answering but trawling the internet got boring after a while so I decided to research the best pregnancy book around. Nearly every forum advised ‘What to expect when you’re expecting’ so I thought I’d take a look when I went to the bookstore. I found it but it was rather small and crammed full of text, others are more reader friendly and have little illustrations and so on. I did read ‘what to expect when you’re expecting’ but found it to be too boring. After reading a few other pregnancy books I stumbled upon the day-by-day pregnancy book by Maggie Blott a well known obstetrician from the University College London Hospital.
What I liked about this book is it has many real 2D and 3D pictures of the growing baby so it was fascinating to see how the changes occur the further along you go. It is a daily book with around a page of text and images for each day of pregnancy; I got too excited and always read on a little further. There are also lots of tips and advice as you progress from nausea and morning sickness to travelling abroad. I thoroughly enjoy reading this book as it makes me feel closer to my little bean as I can see how much he is developing and all the stages are explained thoroughly. I loved this book so much that when my sister in law announced she was also expecting I bought her one too!
The book is very large and heavy and costs around £25 but WHsmith and Amazon regularly give discounts so I got mine for around £16 including delivery. It also has some valuable information for after the birth and coping with a newborn baby so there is no need to buy another book after the baby is born. The information is as up to date as possible but look out for the newest revisions as things like benefits and NICE guidelines can change.