When I was pregnant with Grace, I knew I would be hit by tons of advice whether I wanted it or not. To take advantage of that, I created a pregnancy survey that I sent to my friends. I even posted the survey on Craigslist!
Over the next several weeks I’ll be sharing the results of my survey in the Pregnancy Advice Swap series. There is nothing scientific about my results, but during my first pregnancy I found them very interesting and helpful. I had 34 women answer my questions and now I’m asking you to share your experiences.
You can catch up on the entire series here: Part 1 (books & maternity clothes), Part 2 (where to register & buy furniture), Part 3 (diapers), Part 4 (bottles & formula), Part 5 (regrets & raspberry tea), Part 6 (hospital bag & visitors).
Let’s get started! The most popular answers are listed first and include the number of people who responded with that answer.
What is your all time favorite pregnancy book or other resource?
- What to Expect when Expecting – 18
- Your Pregnancy Week by Week – 4
- Dr. Sears Parenting Books – 3
- The Girlfriends’ Guide to Pregnancy by Vicki Iovine – 3
- The Girlfriends Guide to Surviving the 1st Year of Motherhood by Vicki Iovine – 2
- Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way by Susan McCutcheon – 3
- BabyCenter.com – 2
- Belly Laughs by Jenny McCarthy
- I’m Pregnant by Lesley Kegan
- Happiest Baby on the Block by Dr Harvey Karp
- American Baby Magazine
- Be Prepared: A Practical Handbook for New Dads by Hayden & Greenburg
- The Birth Partner: Everything You Need to Know to Help a Woman Through Childbirth by Penny Simkins
- The Moms On Call Guide to Basic Baby Care by Laura Hunter
- Baby Whisperer by Tracy Hogg
- Super Baby Food by Ruth Yaron
- For establishing a feed/sleep schedule, use Baby Wise by Ezzo and Bucknam
Rebekah’s Thoughts: For pregnancy I enjoyed What to Expect When Expecting (just ignore all the scary this-could-be-wrong parts) Belly Laughs (funny!), and Your Pregnancy Week by Week (fun for seeing how your baby is developing each week). I did not care for The Girlfriends Guide to Pregnancy. Parts of it were amusing, but I wasn’t impressed with her thoughts on natural childbirth and breastfeeding. For labor I benefited from Birth Partner and Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way. For after the baby is born I highly recommend The Baby Whisperer.
Where was your favorite place to shop for maternity clothes?
- Motherhood Maternity – 20
- Old Navy – 8
- Kohls -5
- Target – 6
- Gap – 3
- Borrow from friends as much as you can – 2
- JC Penny
Rebekah’s Thoughts: Hands down Motherhood Maternity is the best, but so expensive! I was pretty pleased with Old Navy and Target. The selection at Kohls is pathetically small. Borrowing from friends was the biggest blessing!
Did you shop for maternity clothes at a consignment shop? If so, what was your favorite place?
- No Luck at Consignment Shops – 6
- Yard/Garage Sales – 8
- Goodwill/Salvation Army – 6
- Ebay – 2
Rebekah’s Thoughts: I didn’t end up going to consignment shops for maternity clothes. For both pregnancies, I was able to borrow some from friends and used gift cards. Plus I earned $120 in Target gift cards through online searching with Swagbucks.
How would you answer these questions?
The image in this post was taken by Doriana Jane Photography. I was 32 weeks pregnant with Grace.
This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for supporting Simply Rebekah!