Would-be mothers looking for precise, accurate information from a reputable source will appreciate this mammoth pregnancy guide from the celebrated Mayo Clinic. The volume actually provides much more information than most parents will need: week by week accounts of the babys development, entries on how pregnancy can be affected by dozens of previous health conditions (such as HIV and diabetes), self-care tips for side effects like nausea and back pain, sidebars that explain the difference between identical and fraternal twins, etc. But the book contains at least one feature that most pregnant women will find indispensable: charts that indicate how to handle "troublesome signs and symptoms" during each three week period. For example, if a woman has slight spotting during the first four weeks of pregnancy, the chart tells her to notify a doctor during her next hospital visit. But if she has any bleeding at all during weeks 29 to 32, the chart indicates that she should tell her doctor immediately. Another stellar feature is the books even-handed series of "decision guides," which help parents make those hard (and even guilt-inducing) choices about breastfeeding, circumcision and whether or not to go back to work. Some parents may find the books cool, no-nonsense tone intimidating, or even scary, but when deciding what to do about mid-term cramps or pain, most readers will find great reassurance this volumes carefully vetted facts.
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...clear and compassionate answers to many of the questions and decisions that parents often encounter. (Total Health) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
A comprehensive, informative book that doesn't talk down to the reader. I bought this after first reading the Sears pregnancy book and gagging from the saccharine, gushy writing. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Lauren B
Easy to read, great reference book.
Bought the Mayo Clinic's The First Year and it's just as good.
Much better than what to expect when your expecting. Very informative.Published 6 days ago by emmel
This is a great and informative book for parents to be. I love it.Published 7 days ago by KCReviews1
I am pregnant with my third child and this book has been with me through all three pregnancies, and I am so grateful for it! Read morePublished 9 days ago by S&RH
Good advice, provides a good guide on what to expect as the pregnancy progresses with details on a lot of topics. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Daniel G.