+ Reply to Thread
Results 1 to 10 of 10
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2015
    Posts
    86
    Thanks
    37
    Thanked
    60
    Reviews
    0

    Default Recommended reads for a first time mum

    Hi All,

    I am currently 15weeks pregnant, and although still early days I am keen to start reading up about all things pregnancy related. There are so many options available so I would really like some recommendations from other members.

    Thank you!!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Sep 2015
    Posts
    111
    Thanks
    26
    Thanked
    44
    Reviews
    0
    Anything and everything.. I'm a FTM too.. 27 weeks... I have a small library of pregnancy/labour/breastfeeding etc books... I still find that I'm mostly looking up specific questions I have on the Internet... 😊 enjoy your pregnancy..

  3. The Following User Says Thank You to BitsHead For This Useful Post:

    Aqua85  (05-02-2016)

  4. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2015
    Posts
    4,618
    Thanks
    915
    Thanked
    2,874
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 posts
    Hmmm.. I think I read too much with my first and was overwhelmed. What kind of books are you looking for? Birth books? Baby books?

  5. #4
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Posts
    2,877
    Thanks
    1,658
    Thanked
    2,124
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 posts
    Everyone's different, but my suggestions would be:
    Juju Sundin's book 'birth skills'. I found it so helpful in reducing stress surrounding the birth of my first bub. Helped me to feel a lot more confident.
    A bit of info on how infant sleep works (their sleep cycles, how little time it can be before they're overtired etc.), and lots of info about how breastfeeding works (takes a while for supply and demand to match, constant feeding is normal, feeling 'empty' doesn't mean you're not making milk) etc. if you're planning to breastfeed.
    That's it for me. Useful information to help you understand how babies/your body works, so that you can make informed decisions that you're comfortable with. Personally I'd avoid any reading material with advice, or ideas of what you 'should' do, as it can often add to anxiety about whether you're doing things 'right' (spoiler: there is no right in parenting!).

    Congrats on your pregnancy, and good luck

  6. The Following User Says Thank You to Renn For This Useful Post:

    Aqua85  (05-02-2016)

  7. #5
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Australia
    Posts
    11,402
    Thanks
    7,426
    Thanked
    6,091
    Reviews
    11
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 postsAmethyst Star - 5,000 postsEmerald Star - 10,000 posts
    Awards:
    Busiest Member of the Week - week ended 29/5/15Busiest Member of the WeekBusiest Member of the Week100 Posts in a week
    I didn't read last time as I wanted to go with my instincts. This time I'm reading birth skills.

  8. The Following User Says Thank You to Mamasupial For This Useful Post:

    Aqua85  (05-02-2016)

  9. #6
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Posts
    70
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked
    17
    Reviews
    0
    I bought a book Your Babycare Bible that I wish I had bought before the birth because it was so good. It is organised by the age of your baby from the second of birth onwards. It is very down to earth and practical. It has a matching book Your Pregnancy Bible but I never bought it so I can't say what it is like. I bought the baby care book from big w when my baby was a few weeks old.

  10. The Following User Says Thank You to tb2 For This Useful Post:

    Aqua85  (05-02-2016)

  11. #7
    Join Date
    Jul 2015
    Posts
    6,901
    Thanks
    4,791
    Thanked
    4,233
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 postsAmethyst Star - 5,000 posts
    Awards:
    100 Posts in a week
    I've just bought the discontented little baby by dr Pamela Douglas.

    I've also got Penelope leach's your baby and child. it's an old staple my mum's era used but it's been updated many times over the years.

    that's about it so far. not wanting to get overwhelmed.

  12. The Following User Says Thank You to turquoisecoast For This Useful Post:

    Aqua85  (05-02-2016)

  13. #8
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Melbourne
    Posts
    4,377
    Thanks
    1,581
    Thanked
    2,604
    Reviews
    10
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 posts
    Awards:
    100 Posts in a week
    Birth skills by juju and one good book on breastfeeding.

    Other than that I just use the raising children network website which is a gold mine of evidence based articles.
    Everything you need to know from trying to conceive to being a parent of a 18yo is on there.
    I usually send the link to their "baby cues" video to my pregnant friends. All you need to know is how to read your baby and you'll be right 😁

  14. The Following User Says Thank You to ExcuseMyFrench For This Useful Post:

    Aqua85  (05-02-2016)

  15. #9
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Posts
    4,002
    Thanks
    583
    Thanked
    1,154
    Reviews
    0
    Achievements:Topaz Star - 500 postsAmber Star - 2,000 posts
    Up the Duff by Kaz Cooke and also Kid Wrangling by her, light hearted read.

    Birth by Robin Barker was my bible in the first year then I moved to her Mighty Toddler book. She has a cookbook too and I still use it and my kids are 6 and 9, great quick easy family friendly recipes.

  16. The Following User Says Thank You to ICanDream For This Useful Post:

    Aqua85  (05-02-2016)

  17. #10
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Posts
    371
    Thanks
    298
    Thanked
    188
    Reviews
    5
    I read Birth Skills and Up The Duff, which were both great.
    I do wish I had also read books that dealt with taking care of the baby post birth though. I think I fell into the trap of focusing so much on the pregnancy and birth that I forgot about the whole caring for a baby bit which I found quite overwhelming.

  18. The Following User Says Thank You to calicocat For This Useful Post:

    Aqua85  (05-02-2016)


 

Similar Threads

  1. Recommended a baby backpack
    By Nica80 in forum Product Recommendations & Questions
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 18-10-2015, 15:18
  2. Hey newbies and reads but hardly post people.
    By LoveLivesHere in forum General Chat
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 02-09-2015, 18:11
  3. Recommended me lunch boxes
    By monnie24 in forum General Parenting Tips, Advice & Chat
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 11-03-2015, 13:08

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
free weekly newsletters | sign up now!
who are these people who write great posts? meet our hubbub authors!
Learn how you can contribute to the hubbub!

reviews
learn how you can become a reviewer!

competitions

forum - chatting now
sales & new stuffsee all
Bub Hub Sales Listing
HAVING A SALE? Let parents know about it with a Bub Hub Sales listing. Listings are featured on our well trafficked Sales Page + selected randomly to appear on EVERY page
featured supporter
Billington Street
For stationery as unique as you are! ♥ Handmade, custom designed stationery for all of life's celebrations
gotcha
X

Pregnant for the first-time?

Not sure where to start? We can help!

Our Insider Programs for pregnancy first-timers will lead you step-by-step through the 14 Pregnancy Must Dos!