This book was wonderful while I was expecting my first child. It went into much more detail than what to expect so it was nice to read both and really see and read about what was going on. I reccommend it to any expecting mother.
A very interesting week-by-week guide to fetal development as well as changes in mom's body. Full of helpful tips and other information. I often found myself reading ahead! I liked that it was broken down by week, so I didn't have to wait so long between chapters!
I loved this book when I was pregnant with my first child. I found it to be much easier to read and more helpful than What to Expect When You're Expecting. Now I'm pregnant with my second child, and I still find it very useful. My 6-year-old daughter enjoys looking at the pictures of the developing baby, and asks me to read bits to her. I was given a duplicate copy of this book, otherwise I would not be posting it here.
I loved being able to follow along during my pregnancy to learn how my unborn baby was changing and developing! It was fun to sit down with my husband each week and find out what our little bean was doing!
In the category of pregnancy reads, I would say this is one of my favorites and most useful books. In the category of weekly updates of what is most likely happening in your pregnancy, this is by far the best book of it's kind. I had so many recommendations to read a different book that has been around, but I am so glad that I found this one, in comparison the "other" book has nothing on this one. When curious about this book in it's republication, I found several negative reviews that talked about how it could cause a person to become neurotic knowing all the possible things that can go wrong. Really, what I can tell you from reading this cover to cover, is that it definitely has information on a bit of everything, most plausible diseases and complications. When I was reading this, if I came to a section on smoking mothers, it obviously did not apply to me, so I skipped over it. Same with other categories such as ethnic specific diseases and so on.
I find that this book is a wealth of information. Reading through can tell you plausible things to go wrong, but it also tells you all the miracles that are occurring step by step along the way. There are drawings that show about what the development looks like for your babies stage. There are fabulous exercise suggestions for each week and I would easily say that this is medically current and a comprehensive guide. With my background in nursing I would suggest this book highly.
I did not wind up using this book during my pregnancy. I do have one complaint about the book. It covers "itching" by saying that a lot of women get it and it's caused by your skin stretching. They then go on to say that it may only occur when you are pregnant and then also when you take oral contraceptives. Well, taking oral contraceptives wouldn't cause your skin to stretch, would it? That means there must be some other reason you are itching - something related to pregnancy hormones. Well, there is. It's called ICP - intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy. It's a real condition and if you itch while pregnant, you should be tested for it. Check www.itchymoms.com. By no means does every itchy pregnant woman have ICP, but don't allow your doctor to dismiss you cavalierly.
Matilda T. reviewed Your Pregnancy Week by Week, Fifth Edition on
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This book is great. I was able to read weekly about the changes I would go through and how my baby was developing. It was great to know what to expect during my pregnancy because the doctor's visits are far between till the last trimester, and those visits are brief and you don't have a lot of time to ask all your questions.
I would never have gotten through my prenancies without this book!
Each week you will learn about:
Your baby's growth and development
How your activities and actions affect your baby
Medicines and medical tests
Health precautions and illnesses
I found this book to be very comprehensive and informative. I enjoyed the week by week format as well. It was pretty good about thoroughly explaining any medical terms used, and I did find it to be quite helpful in understanding what was going on with my pregnancy. I would recommend it to any pregnant woman, but definitely to a first timer like myself.
I loved this book. It tells you the size your baby is for that week. I carried around a bean when my baby was that size. It was really neat. I didn't feel like my moodiness or tiredness was just me. I knew that is was normalk to feel this way in pregnancy.
MUST have for every woman pregnant for the first time!!
Kelli R. reviewed Your Pregnancy Week by Week, Fifth Edition on
I loved these Week by Week books - both the pregnancy book and the Baby's First Year book. The weeks don't always exactly correspond with where you or your child are at, but it is still very helpful to have a general idea of developmental stages. I especially enjoyed the pictures in actual size that depict typical fetus growth. It really makes it all seem very real!
this is actually a hardcover 4th edition not the 5th. No jacket cover. Good condition.
It really helped me watch how my baby was growing every week. I thought it was really cool to see what/how a baby develops over time. Loved this book.
This book is chock-full of information... maybe TOO MUCH of it. On the one hand, it gives a detailed description of the developing baby week by week, as the title implies. This I loved. But every week the authors include fairly detailed information about a new possible negative development that could end with your pregnancy or with the chance of having a healthy baby. The first trimester I looked forward to each new chapter to know what was going on with my baby. However, reading week after week every conceivable thing that COULD go wrong but in the majority of cases NEVER do was kind of paralyzing. To make it worse, they don't include statistics about the frequency with which these abnormalities occur in real life, which leaves the mother-to-be with the impression that doom is lurking just around the corner. I stopped reading the book at the 29th week.
On another note, the authors give a dire warning to women who are planning of having a home birth. They say that it's an extremely unsafe and dangerous practice, and should not be done under any circumstances. Although I did give birth in a hospital (and dreading every minute of the experience) I plan on giving birth to my second child (whenever that happens!) at home. I've met quite a few women who have done it, under proper medical care, and everything turned out wonderfully --including VBACs. My advice is: IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO HAVE A NATURAL CHILDBIRTH, WITHOUT THE COMPLETE HOSPITAL PROTOCOL (that includes pitucin, IV, epidural, episiotomy, no eating, etc.) DO NOT READ THIS BOOK. Better read "Ina May Gaskin's Guide to Natural Childbirth".
This book is a great information source for what to expect week by week during your pregnancy. It has pictures, measurements and gives you a very good idea about what your baby looks like each week - from the time you find out you may be pregnant! I used this book with both of my pregnancies and found it helpful each time.
Amber D. reviewed Your Pregnancy Week by Week, Fifth Edition on
This is a book that details events and concerns, week by week, throughout an average pregnancy. I liked this book--I found it much easier to read and less fear inspiring than the "What to expect" series.
The back cover of my copy has a bend in the cover. It's not bad, and it won't impair the reading, but there is a crease there. It's not mint condition, but it's not excessively worn, either.
I loved the week-by-week format. Since I was only reading about what to expect for the current week, I didn't have any "spoilers", and I was able to stay informed while still experiencing everything as it happened, instead of anticipating the next development. This book was surprisingly detailed and full of immediately useful information (how to get a good night's sleep once it starts getting difficult), larger issues to consider as your pregnancy progresses (like how much a baby is going to cost), and surprising information (How is pregnancy weight distributed? only 7-1/2 lbs is baby!). This book focuses on the positive aspects of pregnancy and how to intelligently manage everything that comes up, so I found that it reassured me (as opposed to worrying me by emphasizing everything that can go wrong). I found it comforting and greatly helpful.