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The Babycenter Essential Guide to Pregnancy and Birth: Expert Advice and Real-World Wisdom from the Top Pregnancy and Parenting Resource Paperback – June 16, 2005
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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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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.
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!
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!
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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This book has since been donated to the local thrift store. I kinda hope no one buys it, just because it's right in line with most of the medical industry birth/child bearing... Read morePublished on August 18, 2011 by Shana Cobb
This is a must have for expecting mothers, especially for first time moms! It's so informative and thorough on every espect of pregnancy and birth. Read morePublished on April 12, 2010 by Angela Cheng
I researched many pregnancy books before finally deciding on this one. The information is written in an easy-to-understand way, and is also easy to find. Read morePublished on November 17, 2009 by Catherine
This book has great information. It is easy to understand and does not try to scare you. It has answered all of the questions I have had up to this point. Read morePublished on February 5, 2009 by A. Goss
I really like the fact that they have information week by week about what you and the baby are going through. In addtion they have comments from mother's for each week. Read morePublished on February 25, 2008 by D. Wise
I flipped through a bunch of books (and someone gave me What to Expect When You're Expecting). But The Baby Center's Guide had the most meat of those I looked at. Read morePublished on February 15, 2008 by April Williams
This book was well-thout out, put together clearly, and features input from mothers at each stage (week) of pregnancy, which really helped me understand that everything I was going... Read morePublished on October 4, 2007 by Hollee Saville
Great week by week guide of what is going on. Good tips and things too look out for.Published on April 8, 2007 by Joshua Fox