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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
"Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress"
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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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Trust me, you won't be disappointed! I had 7 other pregnancy books given to me by friends/garage sales, and they all were terrible, common sense type books. Even the "What to Expect" series is so incredibly overrated...I have no idea why! Buy this book and you won't regret it. Oh, and you're welcome to check out my wish list on Amazon that I share with my expectant friends and family. I researched forever before deciding on each item and have nothing but terrific things to say about each one!
The advice is quite practical since so much of it comes from real been-there-been-sick-with-that moms. The writing style and layout of the book are very accessible, even when you're tired and sick and your brain just isn't functioning all that well.
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!