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The Pregnancy Bible: Your Complete Guide to Pregnancy and Early Parenthood Paperback – September 30, 2008

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This sourcebook for expectant parents combines advice from gynecologists, obstetricians, fetal medicine physicians, midwives, psychologists, dieticians, geneticists, pediatricians, and teachers from North America and the UK. It covers what happens during pregnancy and labor, prenatal care, healthy eating and exercise, managing emotions and intimacy, fatherhood, and childbirth classes and labor choices. Stone and Eddleman (obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive science, Mount Sinai School of Medicine) then provide chapters on the newborn, taking care of the baby and oneself, and overcoming problems. Reference pages on genetic counseling, pregnancy, complications, emergencies, miscarriage, newborn medical problems, birth abnormalities, and other topics are included. Many color illustrations are incorporated throughout. There is no bibliography. (Book News)

[Review of earlier edition:] Easy-to-read, full color sourcebook. (Parents Express)

[Review of earlier edition:] Complete guide... well-organized and inviting-to-read book, crammed with color photographs, does a wonderful job of informing expectant parent(s). (Georgia Family)

[Review of earlier edition:] Offers everything both parents will ever need to know, presented clearly and with keen up-to-the-minute information. (Susan Brooke Day Nashville Parent Magazine)

[Review of earlier edition:] An excellent resource for expecting parents... practical information in an easy to follow format... comprehensive, well written, informative, and timely. (Lise L. Hackett E-Streams)

[Review of earlier edition:] A comprehensive guide that addresses both the medical and emotional aspects of pregnancy... aesthetically pleasing layout and design allow readers easy access to a wealth of information... the new have-to-have pregnancy book. (Sue Fast Island Parent)

[Review of earlier edition:] Well-designed and the text is easy to understand... enhanced by color photography... lots of good practical advice. (Linda Hutchinson San Gabriel Valley Tribune 2003-10-20)

[Review of earlier edition:] Walks moms- and dads-to-be through all aspects of having a baby... detailed medical information and has two doctors serving as consulting editors. (Mariko Thompson Los Angeles Daily News 2003-10-28)

[Review of earlier edition:] Written in an easy-to-understand style that will especially appeal to first-time parents... Throughout the well-written text are sidebars with relevant information, charts and diagrams, and color photographs... highly recommended for public and consumer health library collections. (Shannon Hysell American Reference Books Annual, Volume 35)

About the Author

Joanne Stone, MD, and Keith Eddleman, MD, are associate professors of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Firefly Books; 2nd edition (September 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554073804
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554073801
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.1 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #419,175 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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99 of 104 people found the following review helpful By Relentless on October 15, 2004
Format: Paperback
As an expecting father, I needed some guidance (beyond the obvious) about my wife's pregnancy and about fetal development. I tried a famous book in this subject, but was utterly disappointed by its lack of organization and depth. After browsing through several pregnancy books at my local bookstore, me and my wife decided to get this great book.
1. The graphics and illustrations are superb.
2. The organization is very intuitive.
3. The information is explained in a coherent manner.
4. The authors are not condescending or patronizing at all.
5. The index is excellent when trying to find a specific topic.

I highly recommend this book to both fathers- and mothers-to-be.
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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Tamara L. on February 9, 2006
Format: Paperback
I have purchased many pregnancy books and this is my favorite of them all. The book is thorough and informative. I like the sections on what is healthy to eat and what to stay away from. I also like the exercise section that has pictures, not diagrams, of pregnant women doing the exercises.

My husband likes this book because it shows him pictures of what I am supposed to look like as well as what the developing embryo is supposed to look like each week. He is disinterested in all the other pregnancy books.

I would recommend this book to anyone who is pregnant or who is planning to become pregnant.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Jamie in Washington on July 14, 2005
Format: Paperback
I found this book to be very educational. Not only is it well put together, but the graphics are excellent.

One word of advice, however. My husband had a hard time with the book because of the graphic nature of some of the photos. The photos are not descrete, but none the less, done in a tasteful, educational manner. If you have a queasy stomach, some of the material may be too much. I still highly recommend this to you wimps out there simply for the terrific content. If you can't handle the pictures, go to the next page/chapter.

The book has both a week-by-week pull-out description for your changing body and a week-by-week description for the baby's development. Again, great photos and excerpts that will help you understand what is going on. There is even a chapter dedicated to fatherhood, which many books neglect to consider.

It doesn't stop there! There is even chapters on common and not so common newborn medical problems and a postpardum reference.

Get this book, you won't regret it!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By BazoDee on April 19, 2007
Format: Paperback
It took us a little while to get pregnant. While we were trying I gathered a collection of pregnancy books -all the ones you hear about all the time. When we finally did get pregnant -I picked up all those other books and found that none of them were helpful. Many were biased, scary, difficult to read and not well organized.

So I went in search of a book that would be a resource for information, without telling me how to do things or scaring me. This is that book! I love it -it is so well organized, with references for the statements that are made and additional resources for more information.

It's easy to read and presents the information that I want - there is a separate section for complications, so I don't need to get freaked out unless I go looking.

I also loved the actual photographs - real photos of real women with all the symptoms and changes during pregnancy. That was so much better than a drawing. Some people may not like the actual full color photos, but I do.

So far it is the only book that I go back to when I need information.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 26, 2003
Format: Paperback
This is my first pregnancy (33yrs.) and my first and ONLY book. I spent hours online reading the various reviews of the more popular older books and I had three that I thought I would review in the store before purchasing. Yes, the others were there, and I spent about 3mins. browsing however this book was the last on my lap, the newest of the rest and it is the one I left with. Clear, concise and calming, even dad-to-be thinks so. Extremely informative, and VERY to update, covering all the important topics from -0 to after 9mths. I was particularly interested in the exercise and the nutrition section. It did not down play labour or the pros/cons of the pain relief. I feel along with the information online, this book, is all I really need but then that just me!!
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Fari on October 24, 2005
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This is an excellent reference book to use during pregnancy. I am pregnant for the first time and I use this book very regularly. It covers each week of pregnancy, follows the weekly development of the baby and provides practical information about anything I have needed to find out about during my pregnancy. While there are other good pregnancy books in the market and many provide similar information, the format of The Pregnancy Bible sets it apart. The pictures are worth much more than the legnthy descriptions provided in other books. Tables and fold-in pages are used to provide important information making it much easier to find what you are looking for. If you are pregnant - get this book! I am using two others (by Ann Douglas) but refer to this one far more than any other.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By L. Pearson on July 30, 2007
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This book is actually informative for both the Mom and Dad to be. I'm a dad to be and I've bought several of books for me and the wife, of course. I've bought the obvious ones, but this one actually has things in it that will give you information rather than trying to make a horrible joke or wasting your time with nonsense (Just give me the info, I don't want to waste brain cells on bad writing and horrible jokes). In my opinion this is the best book out there for expecting parents. Of course it isn't "the manual" that we all want, but it is helpful and better than most.
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