The list author says: "You will find that you get a LOT of advice once you become pregnant. But I often found that the things that made my pregnancy easier and more enjoyable were not complicated and didn't cost a lot of money. Some of these items I used early on in the pregnancy and some later on. Hopefully this list is helpful to you!"
"Yoga is great for staying in shape while pregnant as well as practicing visualization and meditation techniques (which will help out during labor!). Also, most prenatal yoga DVDs focus on strengthening the pelvic floor muscles (which will also help out during labor!) I didn't use this particular DVD, but it has good ratings and is a bestseller on amazon."
"Keeping this journal has been really fun. You can document different milestones during your pregnancy like the first time you hear the baby's heartbeat, the first ultrasound and the first time you feel the baby kick! I also love the idea of taking belly pictures every week or every month. I kept my own journal, but a friend of mine had this particular one and enjoyed using it."
"This might seem kind of silly, but while all of your friends are enjoying a nice pint of your favorite microbrew or a tall glass of your favorite wine, it helps if you can have a fun festive drink in a fancy glass too. I made sure to bring this to all special occasions so I could still feel like I was part of the party!"
"This pillow has been great in the later stages of my pregnancy. It gets more and more uncomfortable to sleep because you have to sleep on your side (preferably your left side) starting around week 16 of your pregnancy. The snoogle helps to align your hips and give you extra back support while you are sleeping. I borrowed one from a friend that was recently pregnant."
"This is a collection of very positive stories from women about their birth experiences. So often, the story that we all tell ourselves about childbirth is that it is scary and painful. But it is not that way for a lot of women. And the more you educate yourself before you go into labor, the more confident you will be and, I believe, the better experience you will have."
"I found that there are 2 general types of childbirth philosophies: natural and interventionalist (hospital-centered). This book does a pretty good job of providing all of the information in a well-rounded way with the goal of empowering you in preparation for labor and delivery, but it is definitely biased towards the natural childbirth option. Very informative book."
"This documentary is REALLY eye opening and explains why a lot of the decisions that hospitals make about interventions are not what is best for mom and baby. I'll leave it up to you to decide what to believe and if the information is valuable, but I think every pregnant couple should watch this prior to making any final arrangements for their babyÂs birth."
"This is an excellent book that synthesizes all of the scientific research that has been replicated relating to what you can do to raise a smart and happy child. The book includes things that you can do while you are pregnant to encourage healthy brain development in your baby. Very well written and fun to read."