Please suggest pregnancy resources for a scientific, geeky, intellectual, academic woman.
I'm newly pregnant (4 weeks since fertilization - yay!). I'm also an academic and a scientist. Most of what I've found to read about pregnancy so far lacks intellectual rigor, is bathed in pink, and has a condescending tone. I had to go to the medical library and get some textbooks on human embryology and fetal development for a technical explanation of what the hell is going on in my abdomen. I'm also looking at the scientific literature, but that can mean wading through a lot of papers to find the answer to a specific question.
I've read previous pregnancy questions to learn what I can; these two
questions have been helpful. Because my pregnancy is very new and I'm old enough to have a significant risk of miscarriage, I'm not talking about being pregnant with a lot of friends at the moment. But it's pretty consuming to be going through all these physical changes, and I want to learn more. I'm particularly interested in books and online resources. Things I would love suggestions for:
- pregnancy/parenting online communities where the participants are literate and don't use acronyms and emoticons in every sentence. (Is there by any chance a pregnancy.metafilter.com that I don't know about?)
- websites/books with good explanations of the science and physiology of pregnancy and embryonic development
- websites/books with good, scientifically based recommendations for a healthy pregnancy
- websites/books with advice on how to figure out what kind of birth experience you want (in case I get that far)
- geeky pregnant women or moms willing to trade email with me
- advice on how to deal with pregnancy culture that seems intent on treating me like a complete moron
What do you suggest?