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The Christian Mama's Guide to Having a Baby: Everything You Need to Know to Survive (and Love) Your Pregnancy Paperback – March 1, 2011
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Laugh-out-loud funny, MacPherson tackles the nitty-gritties of pregnancy in chronological order while providing the much-needed levity every pregnant mama needs to hang in there! Bonus sections include thoughts and advice to husbands from husbands who've been there (I loved this part!) Like many Guideposts titles, the faith emphasis isn't particularly strong in this title, but the author does acknowledge the difficulties pregnant moms face maintaining a godly attitude. She often directs moms towards their Creator as a source of support during the difficulties pregnancy can bring.
I enjoyed the fact that MacPherson does attempt to include some coverage of alternative caregivers such as midwives, birthing locations such as birth centers etc. although she hasn't personally experienced them. Having given birth at home four times I found her take on the medical aspects of pre-natal care and delivery to be fairly traditional and at times unfairly skewed in favor of medicated hospital births (she warns about the risks of preventable injuries that have occurred in home births, but what of all the common, preventable negative outcomes so common in hospital births?)
I'll admit, I'm a rabid natural-birther, so it's hard to please me on that front; I do suggest moms-to-be do some intensive research on the consequences and risks of common interventions (such as epidurals) before plunging into one. Complications following an epidural can too often lead to a c-section.Read more ›
I loved the fact that she covered midwives and birth centers along with hospitals and gave you several different options for birth. She did an excellent job of portraying midwives as they are, instead of how often pregnancy books do.
I was vaguely disappointed she did not mention anything about doulas...I know the education is lacking on doulas and would love to see more pregnancy books talking about them, but that was a minor miss on this books part. The author does a great job taking the topics that you want to know about in pregnancy and bring them into perspective. You suddenly realize you are not the only one who wondered how when you only ate salad all day....and gained two pounds....where it went?
Over all, this book was a fun, happy way of looking at pregnancy and the discomforts of it. In it's fun happy way of writing, it has a down to earth feeling though as well. It is not terribly deep, but it is one I highly recommend for a pregnant mom to read and enjoy. You will find yourself as I did, curled up and giggling through it.
It seems to be very fashionable these days to be a little over-emphasized light-hearded. To throw around with words like boobs, puking, farting and to thematize constipation with an oh-so-funny tone does not make a book better or more funny.
Erin McPherson seems to have a bit of a narrow view on pregnancy. It looks as if HER vision how she was pregnant is the only one. I sympathize that she had a really bad case of all day morning sickness. It must be horrible. But there are actually those "gals" who do not puke around the clock. I am one of those. And i am also one of those who does not bark at her husband constantly to send him to the store after midnight to get a big pineapple and sausage pizza with a side order of fudge-ripple and a gallon of chocolate milk to spill it down with. By the way, reading her eating habits makes me wonder why she should NOT be constipated and throwing up all the time. Erin McPherson seems to view pregnancy as one big great justification and starting shot to finally start eating like a monster because you may finally gain weight and get fat. Which she did. Which I don't intend to.(Quote: "I looked forward to being able to eat whatever i wanted for no reason other than the fact i wanted it.")
This book is stuffed with annoying clichés. Funny to read at times but it gets old very quickly. There are those pregnant gals who don't devour chunky monkey, double-cheeseburgers and fudge ripple 24/7 (and wonder about getting sick and/or constipated. There are those husbands who don't stare on their oh-so-growing boobs of their wifes and begin to slobber.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is hilarious. Much needed entertainment for a difficult phase of life.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Loved how she spoke to me and quieted my fears. It helps know I'm not the only FTM out there and no matter what, God will always be there.Published 4 months ago by Angela L. Petersen
Like talking to a girlfriend with some good insight. Great prayers at the end of each section helped me personally a lot. Read morePublished 5 months ago by foooter
She's funny and Im glad there is a christian book with a God view about it and some encouraging words from the God who created us and knows better than anyone what is going to... Read morePublished 5 months ago by daniella
Funny, good info to help any new mom feel like she's not alone in the greatest scariest journey of her life.Published 10 months ago by Tamika Duley
Easy read and comical at times but overall the author is negative and makes the entire process of labor delivery and well pregnancy as a whole sounds like a dreadful saga.Published 13 months ago by Mallory Johnson
Perfect book...she nails all emotions and feelings. I laughed out loud at parts! This is a great resource for first time moms.Published 13 months ago by KD