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The Best Pregnancy Book out there!,
This review is from: The Pregnancy Countdown Book (Paperback)
Susan Magee lives in my neighborhood. She's the nicest and funniest person, always cracking us up. I was pregnant while she was working on her book and she made me laugh and gave me so much good advice. She was the only person who told me that we should take an experienced mom to Babies R Us to register and not to feel bad if we had to go back three times to figure it all out. She was the only person who told me that I should prepare for a C-section, just in case. I'm glad I listened to her. Despite my intention to deliver my daughter with a midwife, Maya was breech and I needed a C-section. If I hadn't read up about the procedure (Susan gave me the pages
of her manuscript), I would have been terrified. She also warned me not to freak out if I didn't bond with the baby instantly. She said for many women, the experience of childbirth (plus surgery) is so overwhelming that it's
hard to focus on the baby right away. Finally, she's the only one who prepared me for how hard it was going to be to breastfeed in the beginning. I remember she said, "You think that because the baby's life depends upon getting this food, that it would be easy. But it's not. So don't worry too
much if it takes you and the baby a few weeks, or even a month, to get into the groove. You're not doing it wrong, it's just a huge adjustment for both of you and it's painful in the beginning."
After Maya was born, I read Susan's book anyway. It's so funny and so true. It is really saying something if you aren't even pregnant and got a lot out of a pregnancy book. Plus she talks a lot about keeping your expectations low, how your recovery is going to be, and asking for help when you first bring a baby home. Do yourself a favor and get this book. It's really