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About the Author

LINDA MURRAY, BabyCenter's executive editor, has been a senior editor at Child magazine and has also worked at Redbook, Self, and Cosmopolitan. She lives in Oakland, California.

LEAH HENNEN is a senior editor at BabyCenter and the mother of two young children. She lives in Oakland, California.

JIM SCOTT, editor-in-chief of BabyCenter, has been managing editor of the online site Thrive and senior editor of Health magazine. He is also a coauthor of Six Months Off. He currently resides in Northern California.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 610 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books (June 22, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594862117
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594862113
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,214,771 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book covers everything you could ever need to decide during your pregnancy. You can either read through week by week, or look for information on specific issues. There is a great reference section in the back of "is it safe" questions that help you know the risks of various foods and activities - now you don't have to wonder if sushi is safe, you can still color your hair, etc.

Other things I like:

* they have "babycenter buzz" with comments from real parents - they tell it like it really is. (even things you don't want to know)

* there is a lot of information for dads in this book. My dh and I can read the same information and decide on things together.

* cool pictures that show what your baby looks like during each month of growth and "revealing" pictures of a pregnant mom throughout her pregnancy - watch her grow with you.

Since i love the babycenter.com website and already get their weekly pregnancy newsletter, the quality of the book matched my expectations since everything they do is great. I like that I can take this with me and look things up easily without having to get on the computer all the time.
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This is not my first pregnancy so I honestly felt that I knew it all and wouldn't benefit from a book about pregnancy--wrong! This is an informative and well-organized book that holds the interest of even this veteran preggo. I passed it along to one of my girlfriends who is pregnant with her first and she loves the book. It is a much better read than the old girlfriends guide or what to expect series--out with the old and in with the new!
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Even dads-to-be can get a lot out of this book! Very well written with great information that can be shared between mom and dad!

With everything from checklists of things to know to what is safe for mothers and forming children and what to ask the doctor this book is loaded with great information and insights into what is going on!

Make sure you visit babycenter.com as well to get the full experience of this one!
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This book is so easy to understand and I can't think of a topic it doesn't cover! The authors have done a wonderful job using real women's testimony for each viewpoint on everything from birth attendants to birthing choices, fear of needles to pregnant vegetarians. Because of this, they come off as completely unbiased. There are pros and cons discussed for each position on each topic, and quotes from women who have been there back up the message.

While reading, I found myself gravitating to the "babycenter buzz" boxes because I could really relate to the quotes! My personal favorite: "I wasn't that 'I could really use a carrot..' kind of hungry, I was the 'get out of my way and show me some REAL food' hungry!" lol!

Also, a small point, the first thing I said when I got my book was "it's a great size!" It seems very compact compared to most floppy pregnancy books out there and I appreciate that. It fits into my big ol' mom purse easily. ;)

I love the pictures of the beautiful woman at each stage of pregnancy. She is a wonderful example of an average woman's shape, and gives good basic reference for first time moms-to-be on how their body will be changing at each stage. Most of all, I like this feature because it shows the beauty of the female form in a tasteful and unashamed manner, from conception to full bloom.

The combination of facts from the "experts" and input from the other experts (the mamas) makes this book a valuable resource for women who are pregnant for the first time, or mothers of many. I think it will appeal to mothers of all ages. I wish I had this book during my first pregnancy, I would have been so well informed! Thank you for this wonderful book!
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Although I typically don't purchase many books, I bought this one used from Amazon.com because I couldn't find it at our library.

I've read numerous other books on pregnancy, and was starting to tire of the subject. However, I had a few outstanding questions that I noticed the description mentioned.

When the book arrived I knew I had made a good choice. It is extremely well-organized, so that you don't have to read the whole thing cover-to-cover, but rather can just check the index for whatever you're interested in (nausea, doulas, specific diagnostic tests, etc.) and flip go straight to your pages. I thought the info. on testing was particularly clear and straightforward.

The week-by-week information is the same as you will see on BabyCenter.com, but it is really helpful to have the additional information surrounding specific topics in book form.

This is a nice, easy to understand book to pass on to a friend once you are done with it (unless you can find it in YOUR library! :).
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As a huge fan of BabyCenter, I highly recommend this book. Many is the time that the editors at BabyCenter helped me and my wife as we struggled with new challenges in our baby's development. Their timely advice made two neurotic parents a little less so.
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This is a great book for anyone who is pregnant or is planning to become pregnant. The information is up-to-date and easy to find in this large data jammed book. Even though my 'babies' are now teenagers, I still had questions about my pregnancies that had never been answered, but the answers were easy to find in this book. I had not had success in finding the answers before I read this guide. I wish this book had been around 17 years ago.
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