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I’ve been avidly reading about pregnancy and babies since I found out I was expecting last year and bought many books and dvds. Some I’ve found really useful, some ok, but a few were pretty useless.

Here I’ve rounded up my favorites.Image

Baby names now. This one has some useful commentaries on names, is modern but not ridiculously over the top.

Element: Prenatal And Postnatal Yoga dvd. I liked this yoga routine and the way it made me feel so much I did it almost every morning-and never got bored with it.

The Pregnancy Book. I read about 95% of this while I was pregnant. I felt like it was sympathetic and well-connected emotionally.

The Wonder Weeks. This one I have just discovered and is pretty spot on. Basically it helps you understand your baby’s fussy phases as a prelude to a developmental spurt. Very helpful and insightful and its advice is easy to follow.

Then there were the “meh” ones.Image

Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy. Health oriented, which was slightly more useful during the third trimester, but not really worth having.

The Birth Partner. Most books don’t really give you the breakdown on what to expect about labor, and I thought this one would. But it focuses entirely on unmedicated birth, which I was not in the market for. Also, they should rename this book “We’re trying to sell you a Doula”

10 Minute Solution – Prenatal Pilates dvd. I used this a few times, but it was a little too fast paced for my taste and had a less holistic approach than the yoga dvds.

BuddhaBellies – Yoga for Pregnancy dvd. Again I liked this well enough, just kept returning to my other, favorite yoga routine.

And the “never again”s.Image

An Oxford Dictionary of First Names. Basically a list of names and meanings. You can find it all online.

The Penguin Book of Baby Names. Ditto.

What to Expect the 1st Year. Do yourself a favor and just peruse the Babycenter website instead.

The Tracy Anderson Method Presents Post-Pregnancy Workout dvd. Can’t say I ever even tried this one. Taking care of a baby is enough of a workout for me these days!

And to top it all off,  the most useful websites related to baby stuff have been Babycenter and HelloBee.