Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Certain words for a certain book

I generally stay away from using certain words. Not because I'm legalistic or afraid of turning people off or because I'm better than people who use words that I don't.

I stay away from some certain words because when I use them I want them to mean something.

With that said, I HATE What to Expect When You're Expecting. I HATE it.

Just typing its name makes my blood boil. I get really hot and sweaty and I start fidgeting when I hear women talking about using this book during pregnancy.
Don't do it. Just don't do it. Don't read it. Don't look at it. And don't bother telling me it has useful information in it.

This book has boldly helped perpetuate the lie that babies stop moving when labor is impending. This book has led so many women into complacency at a time when there should never be complacency.
This book led me to believe that it was normal for my baby's movements to slow down and be few and far between because I was nearing my due date.

I heard about another woman delivering her 39 week baby stillborn today. She had read that it was normal for babies to stop moving as much near their due dates. I can't say for sure that she read this lie in the book that shall not be named. But the fact remains I still HATE that book.
And I hate that she is burying her baby. I hate it.


Jen said...

I read the same thing. Hate that book now too.

Open Air said...

I couldn't agree with you more! I have long hated that book for making me complacent about some other symptoms I had prior to losing the twins. I read that book and felt comforted. I have long felt this way about that book, but I've never heard someone come out and say it. Thanks, Ebe!

Freya said...

wow, I never even read that in the book & I dislike it. I'm so sorry, Ebe. I'm so sorry for your loss.

sjefferson said...

I hate that book too!! I think it's such a downer book in the beginning.