After about a year and a half or so of participating in the discussion board for my review of WTEWYE (3rd edition), I'm definitely noticing that people are asking for recommendations for books to read as an alternative. The problem is that, collectively, we don't seem to be coming up with a heck of a lot. So my goal here is to try and start a more positive discussion of what other books everyone found that DOES work, so we can finally put this book back to work lining someone's bird-cage ...
this is a long time coming from your post, but have you read From the Hips? I found the 'real mom' thought bubbles to be a bit negative, but the overall tone was very helpful and calming. Stayed fairly non-judgemental as well, which is always nice.
I recommend "The Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy" and "Great Expectations." The Mayo guide is my top choice because, well, it's from Mayo and includes research-based information from top doctors and scientists. When the authors mention a risk or something else negative, they actually tell you how prevalent or rare it is. I feel very comfortable NOT worrying about xyz because the occurence is 1 in 1,000,000,000 births, for example. The information is comprehensive and presented in a calm, clinical manner that does not encourage paranoia. Probably the best part of it is the "Call your Dr. when. . ." page. There's a chart of symptoms that, based on how far along the pregnancy is and the severity of the symptom, indicates if you should go to the ER, call your Dr. within 24 hours, or tell your Dr. next visit. Basically, there are few symptoms that necessitate an immediate trip to the ER. I found these charts to be reassuring and helpful.
"Great Expectations" is also a helpful resource, but I give it 4/5 stars because there is still some fear-mongering and preaching in there that get on my nerves. Also, it's written by a mother-daughter team who are both nurses and I personally prefer to take advice from doctors or scientists. Its conversational tone will appeal to people who are turned off by the clinical tone of the Mayo guide.
Dirty hippies like me might also enjoy "Raising Baby Green: The Earth-Friendly Guide to Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Baby Care." I haven't gotten through the whole thing yet, but I like the detailed information on how to have a greener house and family-- like how to make your own household cleaners, how to wash cloth diapers (and why they're a good choice over disposables), etc.
So let's remember, everyone: Most pregnancies are healthy and uncomplicated and most babies are born healthy!
"I'm Pregnant" by Lindsey Regan is my favorite so far, she is an Ob/Gyn professor and the book is extremely informative, and well laid out with great pictures. As a first timer in the pregnancy circle I give it an A+
My husband and I were both pretty disgusted by What to Expect. We read about 2 chapters and put the thing down for good. We went to the local bookstore and found a copy of The Pregnancy Bible. It has a lot of the same information, but the problems are stowed away in a reference section and not in the day-to-day "normal" sections. I don't have an exact count, but the list of contributing authors included many medical professionals from OBs to CNMs. It's colorful, well organized and very informative. Best of all, it steers clear of the rampant condescension and cutsie-ness of What to Expect. It treats expecting parents like adults, which we should be if we're in this positon, right?