I’ve been eagerly anticipating the arrival of my pre-ordered copy of “Beautiful Babies” by Kristen Michaelis, and this morning I found a notification from Amazon in my inbox, letting me know that my book was on it’s way and should be on my doorstep today!
I ordered this book weeks ago, so I got very excited, and went to look at it again and see if there were any kind of reviews yet. The top rated review concludes with the following:
“This book is a must for every couple who plans to have children. Get it BEFORE you plan to conceive. If you want to get it for a friend or family member, don’t wait to give this as a baby shower gift — give it as a wedding gift.”
My first thought was, “That’s brilliant! Of course, a book on fertility and pregnancy is really needed before you’re pregnant! Why haven’t I thought of this?!”
I would have eaten up a book like this, even before I got married, but then I thought over the different people who I’ve given wedding gifts to in the past few years, and I wasn’t so sure how they would take it. (Um…thanks? *awkward*)
So, I asked you how it would make you feel to get a gift like this as a wedding present…
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The general opinion was:
“NO WAY. Do not give this as a wedding present.
Way too presumptuousness, not to mention awkward.”
I am leaning towards agreeing with y’all, especially as regards this book in particular, since it is super “crunchy” and sometimes even a little far out there for my own hippie soul. Even if I knew a couple well enough for a gift like this to be welcome, I honestly can only think of a few young, as-yet unmarried people who would even be all that interested in the contents of the book even if they were already married and/or pregnant.
But this has certainly got me thinking. Infertility is becoming extremely common. We pretty much all know someone who is, or has, struggled with it in some way or another (even if you’re not aware of it, I’d almost bet money that someone you know is suffering through some type infertility right now.)
However, many couples don’t even know about their fertility problems, (let alone what might be causing them,) until months or years into their hopeful journey towards parenthood. Wouldn’t it be helpful to educate ourselves on fertility and how to have a healthy pregnancy before we find out there are issues? I realize there are infertility issues of all kinds, and several of them can’t really be addressed until you are actually trying to get pregnant, but being prepared could still be very beneficial.
Beyond the issue of infertility, shouldn’t we be learning everything we can to make our bodies the safest, healthiest incubator for our precious little ones? Things we do and eat even years before actually getting pregnant can affect both the pregnancy and the long-term health of your child, even into adulthood! Learn about it now, don’t just wait until you’re already pregnant!
“…most Americans spend around 4,000 hours in college; 240 hours researching and buying a house; and 20 hours buying a car… while most of us invest very little to no time learning how to conceive a beautifully healthy child. Considering what is at stake, our modern values are backwards.” - Roy Dittmann, OMD, MH (Mercola.com)
So, while I do think the Beautiful Babies book, (or one like it) could be a great baby shower gift, it would be so useful to be educating ourselves on fertility and pregnancy before we’re already there!
Don’t worry. I’m not going to be handing out books on “how to have babies” to all my acquaintances at their weddings now. Maybe just my sisters at their bachelorette parties. *heh heh*
But here’s my Public Service Announcement:
Don’t wait until you’re “ready” to have a baby to start learning about it!
If you ever plan or hope to have children, educate yourself now!
Here are a few places to get started!
(please note that I probably don’t 100% agree with everything in the following books and websites – but I’ve picked up a lot of very helpful information through these resources!)
Taking Charge of Your Fertility - by Toni Weschler
Beautiful Babies - by Kristen Michaelis
I would love to hear of any other resources that you have enjoyed and learned from on this topic!