Thursday, February 10, 2011

What Not To Read During Pregnancy

So you're pregnant, or planning on pregnancy.


Do you plan on doing any reading? (you should!)
Are you at a loss of where to start?

Well have no fear!  A very smart and informed woman has put together her list of 'what not to read' and then 3 alternatives for each book. 
She has also broken down her recommendations into 3 categories: those who are just the average person possibly looking for information, those who are looking into their options, but don't know what they want yet, and then those who have done their research, know what they want and are looking for more information.

I feel this is a great list that i feel comfortable sharing (i have either heard great things about her recommendations, or i have read them myself).

Do you have any book recommendations for those who are pregnant?  Have you read any on this list and if so, what did you think?

Would You Rather....

....Have a procedure that has a higher risk of muscle damage, can lead to urinary incontinence, has higher rates of infection, always requires stitching, higher rates of sexual dysfunction, cause more extensive scar tissue, more pain and many other issues...


let nature happen and possibly have no negative effects?

Would you rather have an episiotomy or tear naturally (or possibly not even tear at all)?

I found this VERY informative article about episiotomies and tearing and ways to prevent tearing in the first place.

This is one of the parts i found very interesting (even *i* learned something new!)

"In addition, tears heal faster, with less pain, and less scar tissue. This is because tissue cells look like little bricks. When a woman's perineum does tear, it tears through the 'cement' holding those bricks (cells) together - there is little to no cellular damage."

For those who have given birth, what has your experience been with episiotomy VS. tearing naturally?