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Contains inaccurate information,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Miraculous World of Your Unborn Baby : A Week-by-Week Guide to Your Pregnancy (Paperback)
Given that this book is written by a health editor, I expected this book to be far more medically accurate than it is. There are numerous errors in the text, the most glaring of which is the author's statement that you can become pregnant within the couple of days leading up to and following ovulation even though a major study reported in a major medical journal two years ago indicated that you have virtually no chance of conceiving after ovulation.
The entire book seems to be based on heresay rather than medical facts. The author says that you can increase your chances of going into labor by eating spicy foods--an Old Wives' Tale that has never been scientifically proven. The Unofficial Guide to Having A Baby would be a far better choice for parents who are looking for medically accurate information.
The photos are also a disappointment. On one of the spreads that talks about the importance of resting during pregnancy, we get a dripping wet woman sleeping in a wet bathing suit! The photos of the developing baby are not nearly of the quality that you can find in Lennart Nillson's book A Child Is Born, a far better alternative for anyone who wants to see photos of the unborn baby.
I have one final criticism: the book was originally published in Britain and wasn't edited appropriately to meet the needs of an American audience.
There are a lot of far better pregnancy books on the market than this one. I give it a total thumbs down.