Big 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 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!
- 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.
- 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:
- 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!).
- Choose books with short sections or chapters. This allows you to stop often and not lose the storyline.
- Try choosing books that are not too emotional. Pregnancy hormones are running rampant and this could cause unnecessary tears… trust me.
- Read in small doses – don’t try to sit down and read for 3 hours straight.
- 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.
- 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 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!