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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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It's been more than four years since I've been pregnant, and yet, Martha's book brought it all back to me. "It Could Happen to You" is a sweet, funny book about pregnancy and the first year of motherhood. I laughed out loud when I read it. I recommend it for anyone thinking about getting pregnant. In fact, I sent a copy to a friend who had asked me "What is it really like?" I'll let Martha tell her.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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If the hormonal swings of pregnancy are getting you down, a dose of Martha Brockenbrough could be just what the doctor (or midwife) ordered. It Could Happen to You: Diary of a Pregnancy and Beyond makes the perfect companion to some of the more serious pregnancy reference books - the kind that may be causing you to toss and turn at night. Brockenbrough has the gift of being able to see the humor in everything from morning sickness to labor to mother guilt - and, trust me, that really is a gift. A lot of mamas-to-be lose their sense of humor long before delivery day....
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on October 29, 2002
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During both of my pregnanices, I read several books on parenting and pregnancy, and this is the only one that made me laugh so hard I ran the risk of snorting pop up my nose.
Most of the books pregnant women read contain about seventeen thousand facts. None of these facts are funny, unless you count sentences such as "You need four servings of dairy and an extra serving of protein every day, along with plenty of fruits and vegetables." This is VERY funny when you can't keep anything down besides Idaho Spuds brand mashed potatoes. Martha Brockenbrough gets the joke, and it's that brand of rueful humor that makes this book so delightful.
Martha has captured the vernacular of pregnancy, sounding more like a very funny best friend than like your 10th-grade health teacher (the usual tone of pregnancy reference books). The humor is beautifully balanced with touching reminders that parenting is wonderful, mysterious, and a wildly unpredictable experience that will change you forever.
Buy this one, but keep a Kleenex handy--you don't want to get diet Coke all over your nice new book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on February 22, 2003
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In a world where boring advice books are a dime a dozen, "It Could Happen to You!" is a lovely reprieve. The author's hilarious perspective of in-the-trenches pregnancy and parenthood shows the real side of having a baby. Her witty and sometimes irreverent observations on this eye-opening stage of life provide endless laughs -- and sometimes tears. This book is a must-have for all new moms and those soon-to-be!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on October 23, 2002
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Martha's book is hilarious. I read her chapters on line when I was pregnant. Now as we are attempting to have a second child I am reading the entire book.
It is funny, makes you laugh so hard you cry and other times just cry because it is so sweet. I always leave her chapters with a happy feeling because similar things happen to all of us that have children. It is nice to know others go through the same trials and happy times.
I recommend this to anyone who is prengant, trying for another baby or had little ones and just needs a good laugh.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on October 3, 2002
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It did happen to me (well, my wife and me) and Martha does an excellent job of expressing the feelings and experiences that I went through while my wife was pregnant with our daughter. It's like she was there.

While other pregnancy books treat pregnancy as an exercise in project management, Martha - and, in a few cameo sections, her husband, Adam - describe the human element of going through those 9 months. This book captures the fun, anxiety, amplified emotions and personal change that takes place during pregnancy.

I'm fortunate to have spent time at work with Martha and Adam and I'm happy to say that these people are really as they are described in the book. They're nice, smart, funny and insightful - no embellishment is applied.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 18, 2004
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Loved the column (I've read it when I was pregnant), love the book! Any future mom (or woman having second thoughts about motherhood) should read this book.
I cried, I laughed (my husband, my daughter and our pet looked at me suspiciously) I translated favourite parts to anyone who would listen..
Martha, please keep writing.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on October 6, 2002
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This book is unique. My wife and I are expecting our first child in a couple of months. She got this book from a friend and insisted that I read it. Boy am I glad that I did. Not only is it hilarious, but its the first pregnancy book I have read with a chapter just for Dad's to be that actually contains useful advice. Martha's husband writes a chapter that had me rolling! This book talks about all the things surrounding pregnancy that other books gloss over. It's the perfect, light, funny companion to the pregnancy instruction books we all know about (i.e. What to expect when you're expecting). Martha has a unique style that really sets her apart. I can't wait to see what she comes up with next!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 17, 2007
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I bought this book looking for something truly "different" than the typical pregnancy books on the market - and perhaps to maybe reveal a little more than my friends' censored trips down memory lane. Although I found the diary-like style of this memoir to make for an easy read, I have to admit that I was getting rather annoyed and impatient with the author. As another reviewer stated, my life does not compare with the author's seemingly perfect life. In fact, I enjoyed the sections her husband contributed much more than the rest of the book! Honestly, I ended up skimming through the last portion of the book because I simply had enough of Brockenbrough's whinning and obsession with matching blankets with clothes. I mean...really?!@#! Maybe if I have a little girl my feelings might be different - for now I'm hoping that Jane Symons' "How to have a baby and still live in the real world", is a better read. I would pass on adding this one to your collection - consider getting it from the library!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 30, 2002
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I have had the experience of reading this book with a nineteen month old in the midst of toddlerhood underfoot. I laughed out loud and wished many times as I was reading that this book was around when I was pregnant!! I could so totally relate to many of the situations that Martha encountered while pregnant and a new mom! This is a must read for any newly pregnant women or any even thinking about getting pregnant! This is going to be my baby shower gift to give at many showers to come!
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