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The Pregnancy Journal: A Day-to-Day Guide to a Healthy and Happy Pregnancy Spiral-bound – September 30, 2009


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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 206 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; 3 edition (September 30, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081186989X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811869898
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 7.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (223 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,620 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dr. A. Christine Harris is a professor of psychology and child development at Consumnes River College in Sacramento, California.

Greg Stadler is a design consultant and an illustrator. He lives and works in New York.

Customer Reviews

I loved that I could read about the growth and development of my baby every day during the pregnancy.
kdob
It's a great journal because you don't have to write in it everyday, but there's plenty of room for entries and notes in the margin.
Cekimon
I highly recommend this book/journal for every pregnant woman, especially if it is your first pregnancy.
M. Salazar

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Mandy Michaels on January 7, 2010
Format: Spiral-bound
I bought this book before I knew that there were other journals out there, I looked at the first few pages which had questions about my pregnancy... which I liked I want to document my pregnancy the best I can. Before I started writing in it however, I didn't look through the rest of the book. There is more information in it day to day than there is space to write about your own pregnancy. I was at Barnes and Noble yesterday and I saw "The Belly Book" and I WISH I would've gotten that one, and I probably still will since this "journal" isn't really a journal. If you want the information and a journal I would just get "What to expect when you're expecting" and "The Belly Book". Then you get the best of both worlds. Hopefully that is helpful to some of you other preggo ladies out there, I just totally wouldn't recommend it unless you look through the book first and decide that's what you want.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Rochelle on September 14, 2012
Format: Spiral-bound Verified Purchase
I was incredibly disappointed with this journal. The author is overbearing in her advice, especially her dietary recommendations, for which she seems unqualified to give as a Ph.D. and not an MD or dietitian, and she lists no co-authors or resources that would qualify her to be so incredibly repetitive and specific. Especially early on in the journal, I amused myself by counting how many times she emphasizes the word 'organic' per sentence. I'm eating organic, I get it! It doesn't need to be every other word! Additionally, she fixates on weight in a very negative and frustrating way. If my doctor says I'm on track, I don't need a psychologist telling me otherwise and her overemphasis on the subject only highlighted for me that she was not a credible or knowledgeable source.
Space for reflection is inconsistent--I would prefer space for notes, weight, and thoughts to be regularly paced instead of sporadic as it is here. As many others have pointed out, her dates are completely off from any other resource you will find, which is annoying. The only thing I enjoyed are the things that she didn't write, the quotes at the bottom of most pages that relate to children and families. Otherwise, I genuinely dislike this journal.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By B's Mama on April 7, 2006
Format: Spiral-bound
I heard about a pregnancy journal from a Baby show. I wasn't sure which one it was but checking the reviews I decided to get this one. My only regret was that I didn't have it earlier. I got it around my 8th week. It's a great way for my husband to be involved as well. Each night before sleeping, we get into bed and catch up on the past few days entries. I like how you can log your feelings/mood/appetite/waist/weight every few weeks so you can keep track of how much you grow. It wasn't hard for me to enter my dates, I took a calender and worked backwards from my expected due date. It would help if they included a chart to help everyone figure it out though, but it wasn't a problem.

I totally plan on getting the Baby's first year journal and the toddler's first year. As you can tell, this is my first so I'm going all out. =)

I recommend this book to all my friends and plan on getting it as a gift for my sister in law whenever she gets pregnant.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ms. T on May 22, 2006
Format: Spiral-bound
I purchase this journal in 2002 after I found out I was pregnant with my daugther. After looking at many different journals I decided on this one due to the information given for each day, the questions for each day and the space to make notes. The questions helped to prompt me as to what to make notes of. At first I also had a hard time figuring out the correct dates to enter. Once I got that part figured I was good to go. I liked the size of the book too. I pasted in all the ultrasound pictures, cards I received, pictures of my growing belly and of Daddy hard at work painting the baby's room and putting together the crib. I pressed in flowers from congratulation bouquets and a copy of her foot prints at the very end. It is the only record of her life that we have as she passed away the day before she was due. I am truly grateful for this journal and all the happy memories it holds for us now. I strongly urge all expectant moms to use this journal, it is such a joy to look back on how far you've come and everything you experienced while pregnant. It's easy to forget the small stuff! Your child will also appreciate reading and learning about themsleves before they came into the world!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JW on August 25, 2012
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This book might be great for some, but it just wasn't for me. It was a little too "earthy". As a nurse, I needed something more clinical. The book layout is nice, a day by day account of your pregnancy. It mainly focuses on the changes occurring with your baby, but not self-care or symptom management tips. It doesn't offer any additional information that I don't already get from a free pregnancy app on my phone. At best, it could be used as a supplement to a more thorough pregnancy book. (I recommend the Mayo Clinic book.)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Melissa on May 20, 2006
Format: Spiral-bound
This book was phenominal! My favorite thing about this book, was that I was a bit concerned about my husband as a father. Not that he would't be a good father, but that he would be inhibited because he didn't know how to be a father. This book quickly became a daily ritual for the 2 of us. Together we sat down each evening after he got home from work, and read that' day's growth, what was happening with our baby and what was happening with me! It really helped him to connect with our baby and also to sympathize with what I was going through...It made him feel like HE was going through the same changes! WONDERFUL! A MUST HAVE!
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