Like most expecting moms, finding out I was pregnant sparked a spectrum of emotions. The weight of the responsibility for developing a new life was heavy on my shoulders. I would like to think I’m pretty together, but it’s hard to feel in control when you’re treading in new waters and absolutely everyone you meet is giving you conflicting advice! When I asked questions there were times when my doc and my midwife would give differing opinions; my yoga teacher had another stance; my mother and my friends even more variations of thought. When I didn’t ask questions, these same people and many many others (several of whom were strangers essentially) piped in with endless unsolicited advice. “You should never eat deli meat but the instances of listeria aren’t that common and the chances are low that anything would happen so I would go ahead and eat a deli sandwich if you’re craving one.” Gee, thanks.
There are a *lot* of pregnancy guides out there, but the one I went out and bought was What to Expect When You’re Expecting. I was glad I did. The book wasn’t super preachy or judgmental; it gave the facts on the more tangible elements of pregnancy (what to expect at a given check up, milestones that my developing baby was reaching week to week) and tips on what foods to avoid or how to approach planning and preparing safe meals. Food and nutrition, for me, were topics of particular interest. I suffer from irritable bowel syndrome and have to avoid most dairy and wheat products. I bought What to Expect: Eating Well When You’re Expecting; in discussions with my doc, drawing on the overview of how to tailor your diet for certain needs in the main book and the specific guidance in the Eating Well guide, I felt confident I was meeting the needs of my growing little one and myself.
That is only one area in which the book provide guidance. So of course, right before my due date, I bought What to Expect the First Year. Now that my little peanut is 9 months old, I am gearing up for the terrible twos by reading What to Expect the Second Year.
I’m excited that WhattoExpect.com has partnered up with me to host a give away some great resources! Over the next few weeks you can enter to win a copy of:
- What to Expect When You’re Expecting
- What to Expect the First Year
- What to Expect the Second Year
To enter, you must follow Domesticurious on facebook or twitter and leave a comment here saying which book you (or someone you know) would like. Please include your email so I can get in touch.
You can cross post on your own blog, or share a brief story in your comment about how any of the books in this series were useful for you!
I’ll be in touch with the lucky winners Friday July 13th!