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Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy Paperback – April 13, 2004
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Enter the "Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy." Hallelujah! Not wanting to suffer through another mediocre guide to pregnancy, I looked through every book I could get my hands on, and this was the only one that satisfied my criteria. It is written by trustworthy professionals in clear yet -professional- language, it provides information on "pregnancy, childbirth and your newborn" in chronological order, and best of all, it contains separate sections entitled, appropriately, "decision guides for pregnancy, childbirth and parenthood," "pregnancy reference guide," and "complications of pregnancy and childbirth," each with a table of contents at the beginning of the section. Instead of having to take a wild guess at which chapter (or, more likely, chapters) cramping might have landed in in "What to Expect" or searching the entire index, I could find it, along with all the other things I might be wondering about, in the reference guide. Blessed simplicity!
The "Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy" was the only book I needed. Once I found it, "What to Expect When You're Expecting" went back on the shelf and stayed there.
This book is extremely well organized, very informative and objective, and covers a wide range of topics from pregnancy to birth to breastfeeding.
It is very easy to find what you are looking for. For each week, it explains what your body is going through, how your baby is growing and what emotional changes you could expect. In each month, there is a summary page that lists the problems you may have in that period and tells you when you should call your doctor. There are very nice drawings that show what your baby looks like and how big it is. (Some pictures are real size, for others the book tells what percentage of the real thing the picture is.)
This book had answers to all my questions so far - and I should say, being a very curious first time mom, I had a lot of questions.
Thanks and congratulations to Mayo Clinic.
It's hard to describe just how comprehensive the information is. If you, as a pregnant woman, need to know about something, it's discussed in this book. There's a large section on pregnancy discomforts and problems, but it's written in such a way that it's not depressing at all. The book is very straightforward about common pregnancy symptoms - if something hurts, they don't pussyfoot around, they say "this hurts" - but yet not negative about the experience of pregnancy either. The tone of the book is very straightforward, but yet upbeat at the same time. There are great week-by-week descriptions of what's happening with your baby, complete with illustrations, and in the week-by-week chapters there are also discussions of issues relevant to your pregnancy and suggestions about things you might want to think about or make some decisions about at that stage. There is VERY extensive information about prenatal testing, complete with great diagrams (this was the first book that showed me what really happens during CVS testing) and the information is presented in a neutral, nonbiased way that really aids decision-making when it comes to prenatal tests.
One of the most helpful features of this book are the "decision-making guides" in the middle.Read more ›
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This is probably the only pregnancy book that an educated woman needs. It's very well researched, balanced, informative and written in a calm, reassuring manner. Read morePublished 13 hours ago by Basia
I saw this being touted as THE book on pregnancy from lots of reviews, but it's actually pretty sparse and kind of pretentious sounding. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
Love this book so far!!! It's well organized and has such a positive tone. For most of the topics (i.e. What type of doctor to use) it gives you both pros and cons. Read morePublished 1 day ago by jaclyn
This is a great book if you're interested in getting a high-level sense of what to expect at every stage of pregnancy and afterward. Read morePublished 2 days ago by belledonne33
I just received the book today and I really like it, it's in very good condition just a small barely there I'm guessing coffee stain. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
good week by week guide. answers a lot of questions before you know to ask them.Published 11 days ago by Amber and Bill Kuehler
This book is very well written and informative. I have been reading a little each week as my pregnancy progresses and it has kept me question free with the dr so far. Read morePublished 12 days ago by libgrl7