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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Fair Winds Press (February 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592333583
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592333585
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7.9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #320,357 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Robin Elise Weiss is a childbirth and postpartum educator, certified doula, and lactation counselor as well as the pregnancy/birth expert for About.com. She is the author of seven books on pregnancy and childbirth and she and her work has been featured in Newsweek, Working Mother, and American Baby. You can find more information about Robin at: http://pregnancy.about.com, http://robineliseweiss.com, and http://birthactivist.com.

More About the Author

As a busy mother of eight and author of many pregnancy and parenting books, it's easy to see why I say that pregnancy is my life! Professionally and personally, and I've got the stretch marks to prove it. I love to share my passion for normal birth with others, both in the classroom and on the web. My goal is to use my knowledge and experience to teach in a fun and exciting manner. After all if you can't laugh about being pregnant, what can you laugh at?


Writing for the web is another passion of mine. You can find lots of great pregnancy information at my sites:

* http://pregnancy.about.com
* http://robineliseweiss.com
* http://birthactivist.com
* http://twitter.com/RobinPregnancy

You can also find me on FaceBook at: http://www.facebook.com/robineliseweiss!

Customer Reviews

I would highly recommend this book for first time mothers.
Anna8918
Overall an excellent book: well organized, well written, and just enough detail to make it informative but not too much to make it unreadable.
Dave
Excellent book for those who are curious about what a general pregnancy looks like and also what occurs during a pregnancy week by week.
F. Ramos

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Rhianna Walker VINE VOICE on August 14, 2009
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I'm nearing the end of my second pregnancy and since it's been nearly a decade since my first a lot has changed. Because of that I wanted a new book to look to that might contain some useful information I didn't have my first time.

THE COMPLETE ILLUSTRATED PREGNANCY COMPANION is a very good resource. I very much like that it is divided into the week format. Yet, by far, what pleased me most about this one is that unlike the majority of pregnancy related material out there this one is very second (and beyond) pregnancy friendly. There's nothing I've found more frustrating with this second time than everything catering to first-timers. That said this would be an excellent one to pick up whether this is your first or not.

So what does this book focus on each week?

Each week has its own section which is broken down into parts. A checklist for the week begins each chapter. The checklist is essentially an overview of what you will learn about and want to likely focus on. For example, I am on week 30 and my checklist includes ordering a home birth kit (if I were choosing to have a home birth) and purchasing a breast pump (if I am choosing to breastfeed). As I have gone through the book I have found that some of the checklist items aren't relevent to me but those that are tend to be well timed and useful reminders.

From there the chapter moves on to what to watch for each week. These generally include physical changes in your body such as nausea, back aches, swelling, fetal movement and bleeding. Some weeks these will be the same as the previous and I found that most were a bit more timed toward a first timer but weren't that far off for me with this second pregnancy.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J Gedeon on April 16, 2009
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I was gifted this book and found that it has just the right amount of information presented in a clear, friendly and visually appealing way. A pleasure to pick up compared to some more clinical texts that feel like homework. I love that there is a quick summary of what to look out for each week that does not give you the constant feeling that the sky is going to fall. There are also lots of lovely little reassuring bits tucked in to constantly remind you to enjoy the experience and take care of yourself. Highly recommended!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Laura Reaves on April 6, 2009
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This author does a fantastic job of giving you the information that you need about the week-to-week physical, mental and emotional changes that you will probably be experiencing in a way that feels like it's coming from a sister or a girlfriend. What she doesn't do it try to scare the beans out of you with horror stories about "what COULD go wrong..."--I get enough of that from strangers who then try to touch my tummy. Robin does covers that information but in a clinical manner with a great deal of tact. There are great ultrasound pictures for every week as well as super tips on keeping fit and keeping sane and tons of websites and organizations listed in the index for further research!

Now, if only Robin could get the fashion industry to understand that hormonal women who are already carrying around 25 extra pounds DO NOT want to wear butt-ugly maternity tops with huge flowers on them....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dave TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 28, 2009
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My wife and I have a baby and a toddler at home so we've been through a few pregnancy books over the past few years. Most of this review comes from my wife but as a husband I would recommend this as one of the more accessible pregnancy books I've seen. My wife rates this book very well: it covers pretty much everything you need to know in a reasonable amount of detail. You may still want another book such as What to Expect When You're Expecting for when you want to research something in deeper detail but this one is much better organized than "What To Expect". As the title suggest it is well illustrated with excellent photography and images of the developing baby.

Aside from the usual medical doctor the other author is a doula and child birth educator and it really reflects in the tone of the book which more like a calm, reassuring birth coach than a doctor popping in to dump the facts on you. Still there is always a little sidebar, courtesy the perinatologist/author on things to watch for with a brief description. We had one scary child birth and this book had well placed exactly what we would have needed to watch for exactly when we would have needed to know it. There's also a small post-partum section that while brief has a good primer on what you need to know. My wife recommends Breastfeeding Made Simple as a must have for this time period along with a good "First Year" book such as those by
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By fatmav VINE VOICE on April 22, 2010
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By the time we got this book through the Amazon Vine program last May, we were already at the end of the first trimester of our first baby. Unfortunately, that also means our expectation on the content of this book was already set very high. Why? Because we have already bought/been gifted at least ten books on the subject and read at least five of them in detail. And indeed, the often mentioned "What to Expect When You're Expecting" was gifted to us, as well as our eventual favorite "Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy", which we actually pick up at the bookstore buy ourselves.

It is easy to pick on this book's somewhat unfortunate title. We really don't know in which sense this book is "complete" when compared to the two books mentioned above. At best I would say this one is an illustrated guide and you definitely don't want this to be your only book on the subject unless you are already on your second or future pregnancy when you know what's normal and merely need a book to remind you what to do each week. (So it's accurate to say this book is a "companion".) This book, however, does have its very own strength: it's tone is very positive and reassuring, the organization is generally very clear, and the graphics are all nicely done (although a bit too commercial/glamorous for our taste). This cannot be said about the tone in What-to-Expect book, which at times reads more like a disaster preparation textbook, except it is written in a conversational tone. The Mayo guide is a lot more balanced in this regard and its professional tone has won our approval. In the end, we do recommend getting this book or a similar weekly guide and keep it in a visible place so you will be reminded to flip it from time to time. The Mayo guide is long and you may not like the paperback quality.
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