part 1: before the baby is born
- Tracy Hotchner: Pregnancy and Childbirth [sources incl. amazon]
- I also have and like [this book]. It also has before you get pregnant
stuff, including information on infertility, and even a blunt section
on *should* you get pregnant.
- Carolyn Pape Cowan and Philip A. Cowan:
"When Partners Become Parents : the big life change for couples"
(BasicBooks, c1992) [OOP; poss. sources incl. amazon]
- My wife and I are reading [this]. This is a really good book for those
people contemplating getting pregnant. In fact, it is the only one we
found that doesn't start off with 'So, now you're pregnant...'
- Josleem Wilson: The Pre-Pregnancy Planner [OOP; poss. sources incl. amazon]
- diet, exercise, medical issues
- John Sussman and Blake Levitt: Before You Conceive [sources incl. amazon]
- mostly medical issues; I think this is the one with a
good discussion of what medications are ok or not ok
- Neils Laverson & Colette Bouchez: Getting Pregnant: What Couples Need
to Know Right Now. [sources incl. amazon]
- IMHO paranoia-inducing; tone is - Don't do this, always do
that, don't go out, don't stay in, don't eat, don't breathe,
but above all RELAX! Also, a "gee whiz" attitude -
More Super Ovulation Drugs!!!
_Getting Pregnant_ *was* a little paranoid, IMHO,
but it also gave me some information I didn't know before. Hopefully
those nice little tidbits could be found in another book, though,
because the book did take it a little too far (no one on the net
needs to be told to stay away from computers while trying to
conceive!) [Ed's note: there is no evidence that computers or
monitors are a bad idea during pregnancy.]
...a book entitled Getting Pregnant. Which I read,
and I am happy to say I am almost 10 weeks pregnant!!!
- Sherman J. Silber: How to Get Pregnant. ISBN 0-446-38642-1. (Warner
[sources incl. amazon]
- If you get *really* anxious, try "How to Get Pregnant," it's really
good. [Ed's note--I liked this a lot. Also helpful when you DON'T
want to get pregnant! Includes information on how the cycle
works--basic, but in-depth.]
For getting pregnant, there is a book entitled _How to Get Pregnant_
(pretty straightforward) that covers the high-tech options as well as
the low-tech. I would also recommend _The Well Pregnancy Book_ . And
again, see what your library has to offer and read as much as
possible. Buy the books that you might see reading and re-reading or
using as a reference for future pregnancies too.
- What to Expect When You're Expecting
[sources incl. amazon]
[see large section at the end of Pregnancy, below]
- ....has a pre-pregnancy section at the back and that
threw me. I never knew it was there until someone told me and I went
looking for it.
- Toni Weschler: Taking Charge of Your Fertility: The Definitive
Guide to Natural Birth Control and Pregnancy Achievement.
1995. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. 384 pp.
ISBN: 0-06-095053-6, trade paperback. (My copy was
$19.95 list, as of Oct. 1995.) [sources incl. amazon]
- I'd recommend either book [referring to this one and
to Merryl Winstein's Your Fertility Signals]; overall,
I think Toni Weschler's is better, since it goes into
more detail and covers less-common situations such as
anovulatory cycles. Also, since Weschler is copyright
1995, it's more up-to-date on some information.
- Merryl Winstein: Your Fertility Signals. 1989.
[sources incl. amazon]
- The book I would highly recommend is _Your Fertility Signals_
by Merryl Winstein, Copyright 1989. The book is very easy to
read and understand. Temperature and mucous charting is
described in detail, with example charts analyzed. A blank
chart is provided, which you just copy lots of times and use
for your own charting. Using the method in this book my
husband and I succeeded in getting pregnant in the 2nd month
of trying. It's important not to "over do it" when trying,
because it can take a few days for the sperm count to
reestablish itself. That's why knowing when you're fertile
is so important because you can maximize your chances.
- Landrum B. Shettles, M.D., Ph.D., and David M. Rorvik:
How to Choose the Sex of Your Baby. Doubleday. 1989.
ISBN 0-385-24442-8 (pbk.)
- Claims to allow you to shift the odds to at least a 75 to 80%
chance of having a girl, or at least a 80 to 90% chance of
having a boy. Warns that you should not attempt this unless
you're ready to welcome a baby of the opposite sex to that
which you're trying for. Mostly based on timing. Lots of
research is quoted to support it; however, the best and most
recent research shows no relationship between the timing of
intercourse relative to ovulation and which sex is
conceived. --Paula Burch