Online, the chat-room at BabyCenter.com has been really helpful.
(Though I will say, the images of other women at 15 weeks like me look soooooo different than I do … some look 6 months pregnant already; some have pretty flat stomachs. It’s amazing how varying these tummies are — further proof that no two pregnancies are the same–even for the same woman).
I also get a weekly update (such as this one for anyone interested) from BabyCenter.com, which helps explain what’s going at X week of pregnancy. And Google, FitPregnancy.com, and Parents.com have also been great resources.
Prior to getting pregnant, I’d read (and reviewed) Does This Pregnancy Make Me Look Fat? . I loved it then and remember thinking: I will need to re-read this when the time comes. And you can bet I will be pulling it out again!
My best friend sent me an amazing book, Great Expectations, which a friend of ours gave her when she was pregnant. It’s been an amazing resource over the past few months. I love how it explains every step of your pregnancy (week-by-week), how big the baby is, changes in your body, etc. … it’s like the pregnancy Bible and I’m loving it. We can read it chronologically or skip ahead; it’s the perfect book!
I also like how it explains the X lbs that are attributed to the following: blood volume, uterus, breasts, placenta, the baby, extra fat, etc. — hence the recommendation of gaining X lbs in pregnancy. When you see it spelled out that way, it paints a really good description of what’s happening inside your body, which is especially good to know in the beginning when you just look (and feel!) pudgy but don’t really have anything to “show” (i.e., now!) – your blood volume is doubling, your uterus is growing, etc. It’s absolutely fascinating!
Another good friend gave me The Girlfriends Guide to Pregnancy, which was another phenomenal read. Hilarious, straight-forward, and awesome. I totally recommend it to anyone even thinking of starting a family. The author is a hoot and when I say she keeps it real, I mean she keeps it REAL! This is the stuff your doctor won’t tell you about but your girlfriends will — for better or worse 😉
The ONLY thing I didn’t like about it was what the author basically says she knows she’ll get flamed for (and she’s fine with it, thankyouverymuch) : she recommends NOT exercising throughout pregnancy and not putting any “extra stress”on your baby. I’m sorry but I (and my OB) whole-heartedly disagree with this.
As I said yesterday, in the beginning I had zero energy for exercise–and who knows how I’ll feel when I am carrying around extra weight and more tired in the third trimester–but for me, keeping up with my fitness (as best I can, for as long as I can) is going to be an integral part in keeping my sanity while I’m not in control of my body. I’m not over-exerting myself; I’m not training for a marathon (though some women do, which I personally think it’s nutso!) and if a little cardio, walking, and/or biking make me feel good and energized when I’m otherwise feeling blah … and aren’t harming my baby … why wouldn’t I?!
Obviously, if I get to the point where I’m struggling, I’ll cut back even more … but for now, keeping my heart in good shape is very important to me. And from what I read/hear, being fit during pregnancy is good for your body, as well as after the baby is born.
Anyway, the bottom line is, there is TONS of information to read out there, and I think what I’m learning (so far) is that what’s right for one person isn’t necessarily right for someone else … and that is OK!!
How about you? Do you tend to dive into Websites and books when in a new life stage, or work through it on your own?