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Book Description

April 13, 2004

This new Mayo Clinic book on pregnancy provides you with practical information and reassurance on pregnancy and childbirth. Compiled by Mayo Clinic experts in obstetrics, it offers a clear, thorough and reliable reference for this exciting and sometimes unpredictable journey. This comprehensive book includes:

  • A month-by-month look at mom and baby
  • In-depth "Decision Guides" to help you make informed decisions on topics such as how to select a health care provider, prenatal testing options, pain relief for childbirth, and many others
  • An easy-to-use reference guide that covers topics such as morning sickness, heartburn, back pain, headaches and yeast infections, among others
  • Information on pregnancy health concerns, including preterm labor, gestational diabetes and preeclampsia, along with an overview on being pregnant when you have pre-existing health conditions such as asthma, diabetes or hyperthyroidism

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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

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 baby’s 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 book’s 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 book’s 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 volume’s carefully vetted facts.
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...clear and compassionate answers to many of the questions and decisions that parents often encounter. (Total Health)

Product Details

  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1 edition (April 13, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060746378
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060746377
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (690 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #238,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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894 of 906 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superior to "What to Expect..." August 14, 2005
By Julia
Back when babies were just daydreams, I recieved "What to Expect When You're Expecting" (3rd ed.) from a pregnant friend who had an extra copy. Not knowing any better, I was quite pleased. Once I became pregnant and actually needed a guide, however, that changed. I found the book to be poorly organized, overly conversational and condescending in tone (especially given my plans to be a stay-at-home mom), and generally useless for anything other than instilling fear and paranoia. Most exasperating, though, was the "organization." Symptoms that can arise during varying parts of pregnancy are scattered haphazardly amongst the monthly chapters. This means that the book must be read cover to cover and all material retained in memory if hunting through the index and flipping back and forth between sections doesn't sound appealing.

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.
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302 of 320 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best pregnancy book ever May 6, 2005
When we started trying, I bought a lot of pregnancy books. I am now towards the end of my first trimester and this book has been by far the best book I own on this topic.

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.
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409 of 438 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Saved my Baby October 10, 2005
By Rebeca
This is the best book out there by far. I had 3 other pregnancy books in addition to this one. This book answered every question I had during pregancy. And I had lots of them. At the week 38, I wasn't feeling great but I wasn't dying either. Just not feeling too well. I was having some minor chills, and NO fever. No other symptom. I opened the book and it said to call my OBGYN right away. I did so and my OBGYN wasn't too sure that it was urgent. My OBGYN then changed her mind 5 min later called me back and told me to go to the hospital for a quick checkup. My babies heartrate was over 200/min. They managed to stabilize him and 15 min his heartrate dropped to 80/min. Needless to say, my OBGYN did and emergency C-section. Had I not had this book and been so persistent with my doctor, my baby might be not be alive. Well worth every penny it costs.
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83 of 87 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The ONLY book you need January 21, 2006
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I had bought several pregnancy books, including the Mother of All Pregnancy books and a couple of others, shortly after finding out I was pregnant. I kept getting disappointed by them - either the tone of the book would be off, or the information wouldn't be complete enough, or the book would be too cutesy for me to stomach. I got a recommendation from someone for this book, and after I read it I was sorry that I had wasted any money on other books. This is the only pregnancy book I need.

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.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great content, electronic version could be better.
Great to have this book electronically (Kindle). It's too long to read cover-to-cover, but searching for stuff has always delivered useful info. Read more
Published 23 hours ago by Prof
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Have!!!!
I love it!!!! I found all answers to my questions!!!!!!!
Published 2 days ago by Kris
4.0 out of 5 stars There are others that are better, but this is helpful and good to get...
Decent book. There are others that are better, but this is helpful and good to get along with other books like we did.
Published 4 days ago by Kojones
5.0 out of 5 stars Great info, good presentation, easy to read, helpful.
Liked the way information was presented here. Good stuff
Published 5 days ago by LainX20
5.0 out of 5 stars Important information...FYI
7/4/14- This is a very nice book that explains everything very clearly. Probably the BEST one.

I just want to warn some on here that may be thinking about getting this... Read more
Published 7 days ago by jetplane
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book but internet serves same purpose
I am a reader and love books, don't get me wrong. This book has great information and is wonderfully organized and helpful. Read more
Published 14 days ago by AShields
5.0 out of 5 stars love it!
Love this book. I am not currently planning to get pregnant, maybe in a year or two...just wanted to inform myself on what goes on during pregnancy and what to expect. Read more
Published 16 days ago by cynthia
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative
When I first became pregnant, I started reading the same book everyone reads...What to Expect When Expecting. Read more
Published 18 days ago by paige...
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful pregnancy book!
This is a great book! It gives you the do's and don'ts right at the beginning. Then, goes into what happens week by week. Great layout and wonderful information!
Published 21 days ago by Sam
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written
Clear and evidence based. Highly recommend. It does not cause you to worry unnecessary and targets usual questions you will have.
Published 23 days ago by Anu
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Superior to "What to Expect...", August 15, 2005
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