Pregnant! … and reading?

Pregnancy-test-1aBig news in the “Unputdownable” Book Club: there is at least one pregnancy – MINE! (…and there may be more! But those are not my secrets to tell!).  I am 14 weeks pregnant, due March 21, 2014. So why, you might be wondering, is this the focus of my blog post this week? Although I am VERY excited, the purpose of this post is not just to share this news. I might be the only pregnant woman out there with this problem, but I have found it VERY difficult to read since becoming pregnant.

I think there are a number of reasons for this.puking

  1. I have been nauseous since week 4 and, despite claims to the contrary, I have found morning sickness does not always go away after week 12!
  2. YAAAAWWWWWWWWWWNNNN – I have been sooooo sleepy I cannot read at night and sometimes I fall asleep on the bus, at work, when I get home on the couch… you get the picture.
  3. I am finding it difficult to concentrate on anything. Maybe in part due to #1 and #2, but it also may be hormonal.

The outcome of all this is I am further behind on my reading challenge than I should be and I am starting to doubt my ability to reach my goal by December. Especially considering Anna Karenina is on my challenge list – not an easy read!

I have found a few tricks that have helped me keep reading through my first trimester and perhaps could help any of you who are experiencing the same issue:

Trying to read Lolita while 4 weeks pregnant

Trying to read Lolita while 4 weeks pregnant

  1. Don’t read anything too difficult or “intellectual”. I am not saying resort to slushy romances, but try to avoid War and Peace maybe (or Anna Karenina!).
  2. Choose books with short sections or chapters. This allows you to stop often and not lose the storyline.
  3. Try choosing books that are not too emotional. Pregnancy hormones are running rampant and this could cause unnecessary tears… trust me.
  4. Read in small doses – don’t try to sit down and read for 3 hours straight.
  5. If you are tired just don’t bother trying to read: go to sleep. Chances are you will have to re-read any pages you got through anyway.
  6. Read something you are interested in – not that classic you have been meaning to read and (sorry girls!) not the book club choice you just are not that into right now – you can always go back to those (like me and Lolita – I did finish it in the end!).

orange_new_black-216x326So what am I currently reading?

Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman

Many of you may recognize this title from the TV show, but as always I have insisted on reading the novel before watching any TV/movie versions. So far, and I am only about halfway in, the book is great. For those that don’t know, it is the author’s memoir of her year in a federal women’s prison for flying with a suitcase of drug money. It is honest and hilarious and at moments emotional (no tears yet though), but most importantly for me right now – it is an easy and engaging read!

Did you or someone you know find it hard to read while pregnant? Leave us a comment!


About Erin Hopkin

I am a graduate of Carleton University with a Bachelor of Public Affairs and Policy Management, with a specialization in International Studies (yes that may be the longest undergraduate degree title ever). Essentially it means I was trained to work in international policy making for the government – but that is not where I ended up. I actually work writing proposals and winning lots of business for a facility project management firm. I have always been a reader; however, my book choices have changed over the years. In university I read a lot of fantasy or books with happy endings because I was studying political science and international relations – often there are no happy resolutions to those conflicts. I now read more contemporary fiction novels with some classics, non-fiction, political and YA (a guilty pleasure) thrown in. I was drawn to the Unputdownable Book Club by my love of reading, wine and food and I am never disappointed!
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7 Responses to Pregnant! … and reading?

  1. My mom, who is a big time reader, says when she was pregnant she could never remember what was going on in books and who the characters were. Even in like romance novels. Luckily, it didn’t last. I just finished Orange is the New Black and loved it . The TV series on netflix is pretty good too if you’re interested!


    • Erin Hopkin says:

      Hi Alison, thanks for your comment! I have found that reading is getting a bit easier now I am through my first trimester thankfully. I just finished Orange is the New Black and loved it too. I am going to write a review in a week or so. I will definitely check out the show!


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