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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful
on May 5, 2011
I hate to leave a negative review of anything Dr. Oz does, but this book was a huge disappointment. I have an arsenal of pregnancy, baby and child-related books and was so excited for this new one that I pre-ordered it and checked the mailbox daily. The book is not what you would expect if you're used to reading the "What to Expect" series. It actually reads like a middle school health text book with endless, useless illustrations that are just not of value for even the most moderately educated woman. If you have a pretty good awareness of your body, health and your reproductive system, this book is pretty dumbed-down...kind of a "Pregnancy for Dummmies." There was hardly any information that actually answered my "run for the bookshelf" questions like the What to Expect books. I rarely want to return a book, but this one is truly useless to me.

If you want a complete pregnancy book, I would highly recommend the What to Expect When You're Expecting, but even more so, the Dr. Sears "Pregnancy Book", which surprised me by becoming my favorite. I love the Dr. Sears books, but am not a huge fan of co-sleeping and attachment parenting...just returned their "Baby Sleep Book"...but their Pregnancy Book is really comprehensive, especially for all those neurotic questions we come up with as pregnant mothers! I also LOVE the Dr. Sears "Breastfeeding Book" and "The Nursing Mother's Companion". Once baby arrives, I cannot recommend highly enough "The Baby Whisperer Solves All Your Problems" by Tracey Hogg. By far, the most helpful, wonderful, effective book for all things infant ever created!!! This book was/is my Baby Bible! Kind, loving methods to solve every baby question/problem from eating to sleeping to breaking bad habits - amazing!!!
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40 of 48 people found the following review helpful
on January 1, 2010
I purchased this book based on a recommendation in a magazine. The excerpt provided there talked about epigenetics. I was very intrigued and expected there to be a wealth of information on this topic -- there was just a very short section :( The rest of the information is quite good, and I picked up several valuable pointers (despite the fact that I've read about a gazillion books on pregnancy before). However, I agree with reviewers that said this book is not essential if you have others laying around the house already. The epigenetics section certainly isn't enough to set it apart like I hoped it would.

I also found the book to be very disorganized (jumping from what to eat while you're pregnant, to what to buy for your newborn, to how to choose an OB, to what to do if you are having trouble getting pregnant, and back to what to do while you're pregnant, and so on). I found myself wondering who in the world organized the content for the book, because it didn't make sense to me!

All in all, I was very disappointed by this title, which I have for the Kindle. As a note, the Kindle version's formatting is VERY off and many sentences are completely missing and certain tables completely unreadable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 24, 2010
I am a fan of the YOU books, this is my third one. It does feel a little disjointed at times. I found myself skipping or skimming over certain parts and then later in pregnancy going back when the information became more relevant. It feels like someone's rambelings - which though highly knowledable - it felt like someone just didn't know what to do w/ it once it was all written down so they just shuffled it together.

But other than that, the book has a lot of great information. I have a few other books that I read a chapter from in every week of my pregnancy. My fave weekly is Your Pregnancy Week by Week, 6th Edition (Your Pregnancy Series).

But this book has the humor and dumbs down some parts of it and has the wonderful drawing that you come to expect from the YOU series. I do enjoy the fun that the put into it and I truly have learned a lot.

Quite happy with this book and their You: Having a Baby Workout (DVD): The Owner's Manual to a Happy and Healthy Pregnancy. I didn't expect to love the two workouts in here in this bookas much as I have, but I do and the DVD is awesome.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I read at least eight pregnancy books when we became pregnant with our first child last April. Out of all of them, this was in my top three. If you're a visual learner, like me, the drawings in this book will help a lot with understanding what's happening with your baby. The information provided is really informative, and quite different, in some ways, from what you'd get with, say, What to Expect When You're Expecting, 4th Edition. They talk a lot about epigenetics (how the way your pregnancy goes can affect the ways genes are turned on or off), which is interesting and informative. The section on vaccines is especially well done and balanced, as the two doctors found themselves on opposite sides of the fence. They provide some really good information, options for those in either camp (to vaccinate or not), and good resources to follow up and learn more. I also felt that the section about labor does a great job of emphasizing that there are many, many paths to delivery. They helped show the aspects of all of them, which is good. However, the book is incredibly long; for those who chose to read it cover to cover like me, it might be overwhelming. In addition, the organization feels a bit wonky to me. I felt like there were things I needed to know early in my pregnancy that didn't show up until much later in the book. Sometimes it felt like we were going backwards, as if we'd already discussed labor, but then we were talking about things to do in the first trimester. Overall, though, I think this book is quite useful and deserves a place in each new parent's reading list.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on August 18, 2010
I received this book as a gift during my current pregnancy. It has been ten years since my previous child. Where this book really shines is that it explains a lot of medical and science information in hip, fun ways. I earned a bachelor's degree in a biological science, so often I feel that books that are meant for the general public on medically related topics are dumbed down or so simplified they miss the point. Roizen and Oz have kept the why's and how's of what is happening in your body, and made a few very complicated ideas comprehensible to the general reader.
So why am I giving this book only three stars? To be fair, there are so many books available on pregnancy already it is hard to come up with something full of enough new and original information to get a book up to that five star status for this topic. The other reason is how the book is organized.
The authors decided to move away from the pregnancy week-by-week structure used in so many other pregnancy books. The book itself reads very well, if you are just sitting down to read all about pregnancy. I ran into trouble when I went back later looking for specific information that I knew I had read. I tried the index, but wasn't always able to find what I was looking for easily, leaving me to flip through pages until I happened across what I was looking for. The book does include information about common disorders, birthing and prenatal care options, nutrition and recipes, and exercise plans.
This book shined in getting me to really understand what was going inside my pregnant body. I am glad I own this book. What I would recommend is get a good classic week by week guide for your reference (often given for free at the OB's office nowadays) AND buy this book to sit down and read and understand what is happening with you and your baby.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on July 31, 2010
I just moved to a small town for work, and the second I found out I was pregnant I went to Walmart (no bookstore here) and bought every pregnancy book they had- "What to Expect" and this one. I am used to the "You" series and the strange cartoons, so the format wasn't as disappointing to me as it was to some other reviewers. Also, I should mention at this point I'm a medical doctor, so I can appreciate the You docs being up on current research (pushing resveratrol in 'You- Staying Young' and now DHA in 'You- Having a Baby'). However, it seems like half the book is spent trying to convince pregnant women to take DHA. One constant in medicine is that things change, and sometimes today's truth becomes tomorrow's embarrassment, so it seems less wise to me to push new, exciting supplements than to stress the things we've known for years. To that end, the You docs do tell you how to make your own Bendectin for morning sickness. That's why I give the book 2 stars instead of one.

My real beef is that for some reason the You Docs veer off course from the book's supposed focus of antenatal and postpartum issues to talk about vaccination of your child. While many pregnant women may have this on their minds, I do not believe this book is an appropriate place for the debate. The section claims to look at all sides (and then gives you the 'You Docs Take,' which is shamefully absent of any evidence). The reader is left wondering whether it wouldn't be better to avoid vaccinations. Much of the population still believes there is a cause and effect relationship between vaccines and autism, despite the discrediting of research that indicated a link. This is not the public's fault; however, I expect that two wealthy doctors who have access to any medical journal in the world could do the research FOR the layperson shelling out bucks for this book and at least paint an accurate picture of the current debate. The truth is, no link between vaccines and autism has been found, the Institute of Medicine has laid it to rest, and children are dying again from diseases which were supposed to be eradicated by vaccines, like whooping cough. Do you want your three month old to die because your neighbor refused to vaccinate her child?

Overall, the You Docs are just kind of 'out there' and it's obvious they can do whatever they want because they have a lot of money and notoriety. Dr. Oz tells you that he chose to vaccinate his kids the way they do in Europe, which involves less vaccines spaced farther apart. Good luck convincing your doctor to go along with that! Even though I could vaccinate my child personally in the office, I guess, I won't follow some European vaccination scheme because as soon as my maternity leave is up, I go back to work, and my kid gets to go to a child care center where, you guessed it, they require vaccinations. According to the U.S. schedule. And I'm ok with that.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 23, 2010
I'm pregnant for the third time, and most pregnancy books put me to sleep- no offense to any of them, but I have heard so much of the same info over and over. I enjoyed reading this book because it was so different than other pregnancy books. I found the descriptions of some of the biological processes at work to be pretty interesting (although the whole "epigenetics" phenomenon is greatly over-hyped: basically, all you need to do is eat healthy, avoid stress and quit smokin' and drinkin'.) The fact that the doctors are men and write from a male, medical perspective didn't bother me particularly either- I think I've read enough holistic earth-mama pregnancy books that I don't mind hearing a different take on pregnancy. Some of the puns and lame jokes and euphemisms for sex are annoying, but I'm kind of used to those in pregnancy books, and some of the jokes are actually funny. I agree that the pictures are weird but I think that's the style of this whole series. This wouldn't be a bad read to get some additional medical background on what's going on during your pregnancy, but I wouldn't use it as your primary reference book throughout the nine months.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on December 19, 2009
My wife is 8 months pregnant so we both read this. Was really accessible and for me really refreshing. Avoided a lot of the alarmism that other books in this genre fall into. We're big fans of the entire You series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 26, 2012
I'm a big fan of Dr. Oz after reading this book. It is a great resource for your pregnancy and beyond. I found myself using it long after my son was born as a reference. I love the way it is layed out, it is not in chronilogical order like most pregnancy books, it is written more like a book you can actually read. It is very truthful but not scary. I found "What to Expect" books to be very scary and not at all uplifting and very negative. I want the facts but I don't want to be terrified my entire pregnancy! This was the best book I found out of several pregnancy books I was given or purchased. I would definately recommend this and also the follow up from Dr. Oz : YOU Raising a Child.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 12, 2011
As a soon-to-be father for the first time, I was very curious about the pregnancy process and the baby development. This book provides a very comprehensive (I would say in some cases too comprehensive) description about the pregnancy: how it happens, risks, what to avoid, what to do, what to consider & how to plan and prepare. The book is written in a very easy to understand language complemented with several good drawings. I must say that the last chapters of the book were somewhat boring to read (specially the section about vaccination). All in all, a good book.
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