From: littlefield on
Hello - Is there a way to get rid of all the spam in this group? It's
hard to read through the posts because so many people have posted
crazy things. Anyone have thoughts?

Also, I am a married woman who is thinking about becoming pregnant.
We are currently reading and learning, and possibly might try to get
pregnant in a few months. Any recommendations for books pre-
pregnancy?

Esther
www.littlefield.advancingwithus.com
From: Ericka Kammerer on
littlefield(a)wedeliverwellness.com wrote:
> Hello - Is there a way to get rid of all the spam in this group?

Nope. It's an unmoderated Usenet group. There isn't
any practical way to do it. Use a good threaded newsreader
and a killfile and that will help you ignore most of the
irrelevant posts.

> Also, I am a married woman who is thinking about becoming pregnant.
> We are currently reading and learning, and possibly might try to get
> pregnant in a few months. Any recommendations for books pre-
> pregnancy?

Avoid the "What to Expect..." books. I think at
the pre-pregnancy stage, the best things you can read are
the hard-core research oriented books, because they will
have the most impact on your choices about care providers
and birth locations. No one likes to change care providers,
so it's a bummer to read something that makes you feel like
you should have made a different choice after you're well
into the pregnancy. I like Henci Goer's books (_The Thinking
Woman's Guide to a Better Birth_ and _Obstetric Myths vs.
Research Realities_). I also like the book based on the
evidence-based research of the Cochrane Collaboation, which
is now available for free online at:

http://www.childbirthconnection.org/article.asp?ClickedLink=194&ck=10218&area=2

(The other information at this site is well worth investigating
as well, particularly the information on c-sections at
http://www.childbirthconnection.org/article.asp?ck=10164
and the information from the Listening to Mothers surveys at
http://www.childbirthconnection.org/article.asp?ClickedLink=334&ck=10068&area=27

As always, it's a great idea to be in good shape and
at a good weight prior to getting pregnant. It's good to have
a healthy, well-balanced diet. (I think Bridget Swinney's
book _Eating Expectantly_ is a good one on pregnancy nutrition.)
It's good to make sure you're getting plenty of folic acid even
prior to getting pregnant to minimize the risk of neural tube
defects. Take care of any dental issues ahead of time.

Best wishes,
Ericka