Quick book shelf review

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After rearranging all my pregnancy books to please Husband (on a shelf rather than “aesthetically positioned” on and around the bedside table), I thought you might like to hear my views on some of the books I am reading/have read (and if you don’t, you can always read some of my other posts…)

Birth and Beyond – Dr Yehudi Gordon: This is a great all-rounder. Dr Yehudi Gordon is a top obstetrician and the book covers a whole range of topics from pre-pregnancy to the first year after your baby is born. I think it sits pretty well with the approach by midwives here in Sweden as it recommends both medical and complementary healthcare – there are sections on baby massage and homeopathy as well as a great A-Z health section for both mother and baby. The downsides are that it is more pricey (£25) and is quite a large tome, weighing in at a couple of kilos. However, I think I’ll be consulting this from time to time in the future. *****

Natural Nursery Knits – Erika Knight: A beautiful book to peruse, but I would recommend it only to those intermediate or advanced knitters; the patterns are not for beginners. But for those who can, it is full of wonderful items to create, including a cellular blanket, sweater an trousers, hat and boots and a bird mobile. The book costs £16.99. *****

The Baby Whisperer – Tracy Hogg: This one I have only read a little bit of so far, but I really like her approach. The book is very down to earth and seems to accept that you cannot use one routine to fit all babies. I really need to get further with this one as the due date approaches, since she starts right at the beginning from when you bring the little one home. This book costs £12.99. ***** (based on the little I have read so far)

Gravid- och mammayoga – Estela Mathlein: I received this one as part of the pregnancy yoga course I’ve attended (run by Estela). The book runs through the yoga positions that we have covered in class as well as giving tips for yoga breathing and positions to use during the birth. Although I have struggled a little with the yoga itself, I would recommend the course to others (as I wrote before, I just think now that yoga and I are not destined to be best friends…) as I think it could be very helpful for some. I am not sure how much the book costs to buy but you can find out more information about Estela’s course here. *****

The Best Friends’ Guide to Pregnancy – Vicki Iovine: I love the style of this book – she tells it like it is (headings in the book include “General P*ssed-offness”, “The Titty Fairy” and “I Am Getting So Big That I Might Explode”). I read this very early in pregnancy and was glad I had as it lets you know about all the weird and wonderful things that are likely to happen to your body and in a very down-to-earth manner. In fact, I read it at the same time as flicking through Birth and Beyond and they make a good pairing, one written from a professional’s point of view and the other from someone who has been through exactly what you’re now experiencing. You can pick this one up for £10.99. *****

Juju Sundin’s Birth Skills – with Sarah Murdoch: I am reading this book in conjunction with the lamaze/active childbirth class that we’re attending (which I highly recommend) and the two go well together as the class really teaches you the power of the lamaze breathing technique, while this book cover topics like movement, visualisation and vocalising. I’m about a third of the way through this book now (and I guess I really need to hurry up reading it with the due date just three weeks away – eek!) and it is another that i very down-to-earth. Juju Sundin is an obstetrician in Australia who teaches birth preparation classes, so the book is a solid combination of the science and nature of birth and good techniques for pain management. I am enjoying reading (some of!) the different birth stories each chapter in which women say how these methods worked for them, although I think techniques I could struggle with – visualisation, anyone? The book costs £14.99. *****

How She Really Does It – Wendy Sachs: Not really much to say about this book – subtitled “Secrets of Successful Stay-at-Work Mums” – just yet as I have not even opened it. I saw it on offer and thought it might be interesting, but it’s for some months further down the line. At the moment, I just want to concentrate on birth, baby and breastfeeding!