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Fearless Pregnancy: Wisdom and Reassurance From a Doctor, a Midwife and a Mom Paperback – November 1, 2004


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Fair Winds Press (November 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592330797
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592330799
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #179,205 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Victoria Clayton is a well-known health freelance writer who has contributed to the L.A. Times magazine, Health, Self, Shape, Fitness, Allure, and Fit Pregnancy.

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The book is well-organized and easy to read.
NJFamily
So many of the other books frightened me with all the things that could go wrong, even though those things are very rare.
Sara Reid
I would recommend this book to anyone experiencing their first pregnancy.
Jessica R. Smith

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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Gordon D. Adams on April 21, 2006
Format: Paperback
When it comes to my wife and her health, the words "neurotic" and "obsessive" come to mind. She gets on WebMD every time she has so much as a sniffle, and has convinced herself that she has everything from cancer to SARS to a brain tumor.

My wife and I found out we were pregnant for the first time just a few days ago. So, as soon as we were prepared to deal with it, we headed to the bookstore and found this title. Within the first three chapters, the authors had addressed fears ranging from the biggest general health issues, to the tests which are available and why you may or may not want them (answering the question for her, "I'm 34 years old, why won't they give me an amniocentesis?"), to how to tell a close friend who has been trying (hard) to get pregnant for some time that this "just sorta happened" for us. It's like the authors were inside her head.

Every parent should be fully aware of the risks involved in pregnancy. Bad things do happen, and we all know someone (or know someone who knows someone) to whom the worst possible things have happened. But many of us need the encouragement of someone authoritative who can remind us that these things are rare exceptions, and that there are some things you can control and some things you can't. "Instead of obsessing about your pregnancy," the authors remind us, "consider obsessing over parenting. That situation lasts longer, and the payoff for being prepared will likely be greater."

Many of the critics of this book seem to be response to the premise of the title.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Jessica R. Smith on August 19, 2005
Format: Paperback
I would recommend this book to anyone experiencing their first pregnancy. I don't believe in one book for all purposes, but this book filled a void left by so many of the books I've been reading. I am fortunate to be in the early stages of a relatively easy pregnancy. However, no pregnancy is "easy" as there are so many issues that a woman faces as she undergoes the transition to mother. I hesitated to read this book because I thought "fear" sounded so silly...what's there to be afraid of? Then I realized as I read the first few chapters that I have been afraid of so many of the emotional changes I'm undergoing. This is the first book I've read that addresses a pregnant woman's emotions in a thoughtful, mature way.

So much of the advice we are given while pregnant is "fear-based" and you start to operate with this sense that all things that are potential dangers rate a 10 on the risk scale. They don't. This book lends some sanity to that assumption and reminds us that as intelligent women, with a little care and mindfulness, we will do just fine. I won't waste my time reading the books that spend hours discussing things that probably won't happen and then worrying about them as though they will. I will do my research if and when they arise so I can make informed decisions. I will invest my time instead talking through the emotional changes that I am facing with my husband so that he understands them and me, and we can get through this change together as a team.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Sara Reid on March 31, 2006
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This is my favorite pregnancy book that I've read so far--and I've read quite a few. So many of the other books frightened me with all the things that could go wrong, even though those things are very rare. There's so much fear-mongering in the media these days, and with other pregnancy books, that this book was a delight and a comfort!

Thanks to the authors for a great, comforting pregnancy companion.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Yana Katzap-nackman on October 25, 2004
Format: Paperback
Fearless Pregnancy is such a great source of positive reassuring sound advice. This was a very easy read. it takes out the mystery out of pregnancy and going to the Ob's office. Finally a book that calls pregnancy by it's name...a natural process..It lacked the "fear" factor and provided many options. I loved the summaries at the end of each chapter - so I can get to the point whenever I just wanted to review a topic. I wish I read this book before I was pregnant with my son. This book helped me get over the lingering guilt I had about my lifestyle before I foundout I was pregnant (sushi and sake dinners galore, coloring my hair and nails...). It even had fashion and vanity advice...something every pregnant woman thinks about (alot). This book is somewhere between a medical journal and the girlfriend's guide (Only better). I finished this book in a couple of days (which is fast for a busy working mom) and felt like I gained so much wisdom and positivity.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Brooke DeYoung on February 20, 2006
Format: Paperback
Even though my husband and I had been trying to get pregnant for two years, as soon as we got a positive pregnancy test, I was surprised to not feel ecstatic. Instead, I was up from 2am to 4am each night filled with fears of pregnancy and delivery. My sister loaned me this book and I read it in one day. It answered so many of my questions and dispelled so many myths that I was able to look at pregnancy from a more logical place, rather than viewing it as a medical emergency that creates 9 months of fear. I am so thankful for this book and for the peace it has brought me. I highly recommend it; especially if you are one of those people who has listened to the many negative stories about pregnancy that can rob you of the joy during this special time in your life.
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