3rd Trimester Book Suggestions: What I’m reading now

books3rdtrimesterIf you’ve been following this blog or me on Instagram, etc. you’ll probably know that I have become a total pregnancy nerd (term lovingly coined by my husband, the MD.PHD Oculoplastic surgeon/scientist….ya honey it takes one to know one umkaaay)….  😉 I have totally embraced being a nerd. First of all- I think nerds are hot (see above mention of who I chose to have a life and a baby with) and also I think being informed is powerful and calming.. The more I know going into anything important, the better. Nothing is more important to me in life than being a mom…the job I am about to take on, for life. So with that said….let’s get our sexy-hot-nerdy read on!!!

In the 3rd trimester these have been my favorite go-to books. Take them or leave them but in my opinion, these are some really wonderful, helpful reads to help prepare you for the first few months of motherhood. Here’s my list in no particular order (in fact I will be honest I am usually reading 2-4 books at the same time these days)….

The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding– By, Diana West, Diane Wiessinger and Teresa Pitman

This book is enormous and I don’t think you need to read every single word but it’s extremely helpful if you plan to breastfeed your baby. I am certain it’s also a good book to have on hand while breastfeeding so that if you need some support you can look things up directly in the book to answer your questions, give you suggestions on how you may do things differently and calm your nerves. So all in all I say read up on how to start out but also keep this book next to your nursing chair just in case!

The New Jewish Baby Book: Names, Ceremonies & Customs- A Guide for Today’s Families- By, Anita Diamant

This book is obviously not for everyone nor is it really necessary for anyone unless you’re like me: Jewish and wanting to create a Jewish home for your family but in a modern way that works for you. My husband and I love traditions that our religion has brought to our life and both have a very strong Jewish identity. We have and will continue to have a Jewish home, but, we often find things to be outdated and not always on par with either how we live/think or how life is in today’s times. There are a lot of wonderful things in this book that help the modern Jewish mom and dad to be think about how to celebrate your baby’s birth, bring new life into your home and start to create a path for your baby’s Jewish life in a way that is loving, spiritual, special and right for you. It’s not a how to kind of book but it’s full of ideas- some that I have found truly lovely and will probably take from in our home/life as new parents. I haven’t finished this book yet but I enjoy opening it up to break up my other reads now and then.

The Happiest Baby on the Block– By, Harvey Karp

You may have heard about this book as it’s quite popular and for good reason! I absolutely loved reading this book! If you read only one book from this list- let this be it! This is the how to calm your crying baby book that above anything else I have ready, breaks it down, teaches you WHY they are crying, how to figure out what to do about it and most important- teaches you about the 4th trimester. That’s right- the 4th trimester. Our baby’s first few months of life is just that. They aren’t fully ready to be on the outside yet, they really need a fourth trimester and something our bodies just can’t give them. To make the transition easy for life outside the womb, we must understand how to re-create what it was like for them in the womb as much as we can. This will make our baby’s first few months of life (and ours as parents) much easier and less stressful. I love this book, can’t recommend it enough and will keep it close by for reference in case we need it after our baby is born.

Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child– By, Marc Weissbluth, M.D.

This is another great book to help teach you how to prevent and deal with your baby’s good sleeping habits. I’m not finished reading it yet but I am loving what I’m learning and I feel like the more you know about how to prevent things, the better you are prepared to start off on the right foot with your baby’s sleeping (which of course also means your sleeping) for the first few months. This is a great book and I think, a very worthy read.

Secrets of the Baby Whisperer: How to Calm, Connect, and Communicate with Your Baby- By, Tracy Hogg with Melinda Blau

Last but not least one of my favorites from this list! I LOVE this book. There’s so much in here that just resinated with me about how to communicate with our baby. There are many things that are on par with Harvey Karp’s book as well. Only reinforcing for me how important understanding what your baby really needs you to do for it in the “4th trimester” is. This is also a good book to hang on to for after you have the baby and need help with certain situations. I think it’ll be a good go-to book to have on hand for any new mommy.

Enjoy getting your nerd on! Knowledge is power mama!!!

 

 

 

 

Getting Ready Mentally: great books to read and more!

Nerds are cool but PREGNANCY NERDS ARE HOT!

My husband calls me a “pregnancy nerd.” He says this with a look of pride and admiration. He’s an MD-PhD (and the coolest nerd on the planet). He says this not because it takes one to know one, but because it’s awesome to take this seriously and educate yourself before you start.

It’s totally true, I have become a complete nerd about our pregnancy and that started BEFORE we even conceived! I got my nerdy-on months before we “went for it.” Let me explain why; this (making a baby/being a mom) is in my world, the MOST important thing I have ever done and will ever do in life. So, I decided to learn as much about doing it as possible. This included what I needed to do before we “went for it”. It may come as a surprise to you that in fact there is a lot you can do before you start trying to conceive (TTC).

It’s my hope that I can make your journey a little easier by sharing what I learned, what I did and what I geeked out on along the way.

Picking your OB:

This is a very important relationship and you want to feel totally comfortable with this doctor, with the practice they are in and the hospital they deliver at.

If you have family or friends to ask for referrals then you’re lucky. For us, we’d just moved to a new city and didn’t know anyone so I had to do it on my own. The way I went about this was to start with my insurance and get a list of OB-gyn’s in my area. Then I googled the hospitals near us in Seattle that have Neonatal care. I personally do not want to give birth at a hospital that doesn’t have this. Here’s what you’re looking for.

So then I took the names of the OB-gyn’s that deliver at Swedish from my list and started looking them up online (this included yelp reviews). I spent hours and hours on this. I finally narrowed it down and realized that the top rated people covered by my insurance, in my area, that deliver at Swedish are ALL in the same practice! So, I called and started to try to get into someone there. Then, I asked the owner of my pilates studio who’s lived in Seattle forever and seems to know everything if she knew of anyone great. She then gave me a name of the OB-gyn that I now go to that was a part of this fabulous practice. Once you choose, I suggest you go make an appointment and start seeing this person right away for your pap and a little chat about TTC.

Let’s geek out:

I’m listing the books I loved and the order in which I suggest reading them. The first two I suggest reading before you TTC as there’s a lot of helpful information in there. Keep these books to go back to once you’re pregnant.

“Getting Ready to Get Pregnant: Your Complete Pregnancy guide to Making a Smart and Healthy Baby” by Michael C. LU, MD

“The Mother of all Pregnancy Books” by Ann Douglas

“Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy” From Doctors who are parents too

“The Girlfriends Guide To Pregnancy” by Vicki Iovine

“From The hips” by Rebecca Odes and Ceridwen Morris


Note: I will add to this list as I read more great books!