Personally, I think there is no better reference for a woman who is pregnant. Granted, they are a little paranoid about some things (such as taking medications and what you eat, etc.) but overall the information is very helpful, particularly with its question & answer format. I highly recommend this book.
I think that this book is one of the worst pregnancy books that I have ever read! Every chapter is full of what can go wrong with your baby, the pregnancy and birth. Yes it does have lots of pregnancy info. But it represented so negatively, and doesn't even come close to representing the wonder, joy, beauty, and anticipation that should be felt by expectant moms.
My favorite pregnancy book is the Mayo Clinic Guide to Pregnancy. I read this book during my first pregnancy, and I though it was great, answering all my questions, but it also made me depressed and scared. It wasn't until my next child that I got other books to compare to it. There are many other books that are far, far better than this one.
As a natural childbirth educator in training and a normal birth advocate, I cannot endorse this book. While there is some very good information, there is a definite bent toward extremely "medical" childbirth.
I hated this book. I tell everyone I know who's pregnant never to read it. It focuses so much on every little thing being a sign of disaster, almost all of which are the mother's fault for not eating the right thing/sleeping the right way/whatever. There is no joy in this book, only gloom. Try the Sears & Sears Baby Book instead!
A good basic book about the first months. It does, however, minimize the "discomforts" of pregnancy (especially in that third trimester) and provides an unrealistic view of the options available to birthing mothers during labor and delivery (take note if you live in a small town). A good book, but not the definitive resource on pregnancy.
VERY good sound reading. Every new mother needs this book. Better then calling your mother! Or mother in law! Everything a new mom might think to ask is covered. Even the new dad will find it to be interesting. Plus whenever you have a questions you can find an answer here. I received 2 copies and have put 1 away for my daughter!
All the standard medical advice in one place, and many details about what is happening to you and your baby. For that, it is good. However, I would recommend looking into more natural ways of dealing with pregnancy and childbirth. Pregnancy is not an illness--it's a natural process for most women, and doesn't need the medical interventions most of us come to expect with any pregnancy in America.
I didn't really like the way this book emphasizes the mother's weight so much. There are many more important issues to focus on that would give the book a more positive bent. There was plenty of good information, but none that cannot be gleaned from surfing the internet or looking at other childbirth books. I also wish it had more information and guidance about unmedicated birth, which is best for the baby.
This book was helpful in giving a general idea of what to expect. But please know that it is not going to contain everything to be expected. Everyone is individual and can experience more or less, or none of what is mentioned. The book also briefly discusses what is happening in the womb, which is really neat! Congratulations, if you are expecting a miracle!
This is a MUST have book for new Moms to use for reference. It answers questions that cause concern and worry, so you don't have to wait until your next appointment, make special calls to your DR office or ask family or friends (and POSSIBLY getting a load of 'helpful' advice you DON'T need LOL)
Congratulations and may GOD Bless You!
You can't have a baby without this book. Although the internet makes it easier to know what to expect, this book and the first year one are must haves! And not only that, you need to read them! Lots of common sense and wisdom, and although I didn't have this until my 4th child (when my oldest was 28 and I was 48!), I learned a lot and was reassured when I had questions.
I also recommend the website and daily e-mail Heidi runs. More good stuff.
My pic is different and it is a revisted and expanded second edition. THIS book was a God send. It was like a Bible to me while I was pregnant the first time and a great asset still during my second pregnancy. I believe this is still the most saut after book for new mothers today. It has sound advice, great medical advice, month by month things to watch for and to be aware of. It was so valueable to me that I read it daily. If you are expecting, you will want to have this book on hand for a variety of reasons... but first and foremost you will want it because it is reliable and a wealth of information!
This book is so helpful for reference and answering questions - I used it in all four of my pregnancies for basic information and reassurance. While it isn't a perfect fit for everyone's vision of pregnancy and childbirth, I don't know anyone who didn't find it helpful.
This book was most informative during my pregnancy with my first child. I learned questions to ask my OB/GYN that might have been skipped otherwise and it also helped me to not bug the doctor 24/7 with common situations that new mothers would totally "freak out" over. This was undoubtedly the best book I read during my pregnancy and I would certainly recommend it to new mothers.
While the format is friendly, this book is not my favorite book for pregnant mamas to read. Some of the information is presented in a rather alarmist way and complementary therapies are either not discussed or discouraged. Try "The Pregnancy Book" by William & Martha Sears, or "Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn" by Penny Simkin for a more balanced read. Pregnancy is not a disease, don't read books that promote fear!
This book was a god send. If I wasn't done having babies I wouldn't sell it! But I want to pass it on. It has to be a classic for pregrant women. It answers questions with warmth and humor. You know you will be alright!
Very informative, covering many topics I had not previously considered. Includes recipes that "help insure a healthy baby and mother", plus month by month anylsis of development of baby and changes the mother can expect. Also, common tests performed during pregnancy and the issues of the first 6 weeks postpartum. Perfect for a first time mom-to-be or as a new, detailed view for repeat moms.
At this point, this book is pretty much required reading for pregnancy. Seriously... they should just issue you a copy as you walk into the OB's office! But they don't so I'm lising it here. The book is arranged by months of pregnancy, so you know... "what to expect"... and also has a very good index for looking up particular symptoms. It will not, however, tell you when the baby is coming. I know this because I keep looking for a book that will do that. Apparently, it is still up to God. LOL But in the meantime, take it from a mom of 7... you DO need a good pregnancy book as a guide so that you and your OB can be friends (as opposed to the enemy who keeps clogging his phone lines). This is the book for you.
It is a book that trains you, prepares you to know what the Dr. is going to do. It does not give you alternatives that are very common now, and it does not account to why you must have certain tests done.
It is very hospital friendly, meaning it will make all hospitals happy if all their patients would just comply with their impositions.
It is better to read a book that has the benefit of the mother and child in mind rather than the comfort of the Doctor and his/her staff.
I recommend to read Bradley Method of Child birth.
In general I thought this was a good reference book. Not that it was entirely accurate, but it helped identify things that came up in my pregnancy that worry a first time mother (and calm a first time mother). Also, it actually helped me identify a condition that even my doctor wasn't aware of and I was suffering from (PUPPS)!
I have had 3 children, and this book is never far from my bedside when I am pregnant!! It includes details about everything, from how the baby is progressing, to what things I will be feeling and experiencing! I could not recommend a book more highly than this one!
I found this book to be immensely helpful to me during my first pregnancy, and I'd recommend it to anyone. I read a little of it every night as I went to bed. I found it fascinating to learn about the developmental stages of my son during each week and month.
I loved this book, I read it faithfully while I was expecting, it was very helpful and wriiten in an easy to read format. It was divided into sections that were easy to follow along with during different stages of pregnancy.
This is a must-have for anyone that wants to know what's going on during all the different stages of pregnancy. It's got TONS of information, advice, and tips - helpful to ANYONE who's new (or new again!) to having a baby.
This book has become a "must have" for every expecting mother. The book gives basic information on almost everything related to your pregnancy. Divded by months it serves as a quick and informative reference.
Most moms have heard of this book so it practically needs no review! If you haven't though, it is sort of a pregnancy "bible"! It proceeds by month of your pregnancy and continues with information on postpartum period, fathers and your next baby, for example. It is a very useful book, particularly for your first pregnancy (when there are no kids to distract you from reading it cover to cover!). I don't remember encountering anything in my own pregnancies that this book didn't cover to some degree. EXCELLENT book!
Easy to use and read book about pregnancy. Covers almost everything you can think of happening and tells lots of stories about possible scenarios. Great book for first time moms, goes month by month with possible issues.
This was the usual first purchase when you found out you were pregnant before this market totally expanded. It has pretty good information for a basic introduction, but is very in keeping with mainstream medical thinking.
This is the definitive pregnancy guidebook, written in easy-to-read format. It delivers on what its title promises, giving information on what you can expect throughout your pregnancy. It is a very helpful book.
Month by month information on pregnancy. It's good if you have the typical problems at the typical time. If your pregnancy isn't "textbook" you may have to dig for information. For example, I have severe all day nausea during my 2nd trimester. Not the typical first trimester morning sickness. So I had to go look in the earlier months to get advice on morning sickness.
I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone who is expecting. I loved it and for my first pregnancy (he's 12 now) and my 2nd (the baby just turned 4!!!) And they just keep revising it! Can it get any better??
American's pregnancy bible. Complete info on choosing a caregiver, prenatal diagnosis, exercise, childbirth options, second pregnancies, twins, have a c-section and practical tips for coping with common pregnancy symptoms.
Absolutely one of the best expectant mother books out there and continuously updated so you're not back in the stone ages with information. I have given this book many times to expectant moms only to later be thanked over and over!!!
This book is really great for all the first time moms. If you aren't sure what is going on with you, and are too shy to ask anyone. It has an easy to fallow month-to-month guide so that you can know what you can expect for the up coming months. This information can help ease your anxieties of what you are going through and let you know what you might need to see your doctor about or what might just be "normal".
This book is very slanted toward the medical industry and leaves moms to worry about all the things that can go wrong in a pregnancy instead of just allowing them to enjoy the pregnancy. I wish this was no longer the standard that moms read. I would suggest any of the books by Dr. Sears.
I'm one of those Moms who had to know about the baby inside while I was pregnant for the first time. It helped my calm my anxiety and really gave good advise and guidance. I loved this book! I even was gifted the next one as my first grew older. This book was a great tool and I'm happy to pass it on to the next new mommy.
This is a really out dated book. The book has useless knowledge and can even scare and worry expected parents. I would not recommend this book. If you have any questions, talk with your Dr. They are the best resource for up to date information.
this was one of the most helpful books i had when i was pregnant: it detailed each month including how you might feel emotionally, look physically, as well as what your baby was doing developmentally. It also includes a fair amount of things to watch out for, red flags etc, but it wasn't terrifing like some pregnancy books tend to be. Worth a read.
Way too fear based...very conservative. Most people like it for the format which is easy to read...but then it scares the crap out of them for no reason! The pregnancy/birth books by Dr. Sears or Sheila Kitzinger are much, much better!
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Never finished reading - horrible format, too clinical, fear based, focuses on negative, "diet" is unreasonable - definately NOT lite-reading. Thought it was a "must-have"... definately NOT (for me, anyway). I wanted a natural birth (in a hospital, though) - this book was NOT helpful for my mindset or spiritual needs. Try Ina May Gaskin "Guide to Childbirth", Henci Goer "Thinking Woman's Guide...", and England/Horowitz "Birthing from Within" - those became my MUST-HAVES!!!
Be very careful with the eating recommendations in this book. They recommend almost no fat for the mother while pregnant. This results in an extremely thin baby. My child is a teen and is still thin, whereas my other child, who I ate normally while pregnant with, is normal weight. Just my opinion, of course, but take this book with a grain of salt.