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Robin Elise Weiss is a childbirth and postpartum educator, certified doula, and lactation counselor as well as the pregnancy/birth expert for About.com. She is the author of seven books on pregnancy and childbirth and she and her work has been featured in Newsweek, Working Mother, and American Baby. You can find more information about Robin at: http://pregnancy.about.com, http://robineliseweiss.com, and http://birthactivist.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Fair Winds Press (February 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592333583
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592333585
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 1 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
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By Rhianna Walker VINE VOICE on August 14, 2009
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I'm nearing the end of my second pregnancy and since it's been nearly a decade since my first a lot has changed. Because of that I wanted a new book to look to that might contain some useful information I didn't have my first time.

THE COMPLETE ILLUSTRATED PREGNANCY COMPANION is a very good resource. I very much like that it is divided into the week format. Yet, by far, what pleased me most about this one is that unlike the majority of pregnancy related material out there this one is very second (and beyond) pregnancy friendly. There's nothing I've found more frustrating with this second time than everything catering to first-timers. That said this would be an excellent one to pick up whether this is your first or not.

So what does this book focus on each week?

Each week has its own section which is broken down into parts. A checklist for the week begins each chapter. The checklist is essentially an overview of what you will learn about and want to likely focus on. For example, I am on week 30 and my checklist includes ordering a home birth kit (if I were choosing to have a home birth) and purchasing a breast pump (if I am choosing to breastfeed). As I have gone through the book I have found that some of the checklist items aren't relevent to me but those that are tend to be well timed and useful reminders.

From there the chapter moves on to what to watch for each week. These generally include physical changes in your body such as nausea, back aches, swelling, fetal movement and bleeding. Some weeks these will be the same as the previous and I found that most were a bit more timed toward a first timer but weren't that far off for me with this second pregnancy.
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I was gifted this book and found that it has just the right amount of information presented in a clear, friendly and visually appealing way. A pleasure to pick up compared to some more clinical texts that feel like homework. I love that there is a quick summary of what to look out for each week that does not give you the constant feeling that the sky is going to fall. There are also lots of lovely little reassuring bits tucked in to constantly remind you to enjoy the experience and take care of yourself. Highly recommended!
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When the cover of the book stated "Over 200 color photos show you what to expect in each of your 40 weeks." I was expecting lots of photos on what the baby will look like each week. Instead, you get tons of color photos of women pregnant and maybe one picture of what your baby looks like inside the womb that certain week. The information provided in the book is limited, which can be a good thing if you are paranoid (and I am). It gives basic updates as to how baby is growing each week and things you may be experiencing that week. I wouldn't call it The Complete Illustrated Pregnancy Companion.
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This author does a fantastic job of giving you the information that you need about the week-to-week physical, mental and emotional changes that you will probably be experiencing in a way that feels like it's coming from a sister or a girlfriend. What she doesn't do it try to scare the beans out of you with horror stories about "what COULD go wrong..."--I get enough of that from strangers who then try to touch my tummy. Robin does covers that information but in a clinical manner with a great deal of tact. There are great ultrasound pictures for every week as well as super tips on keeping fit and keeping sane and tons of websites and organizations listed in the index for further research!

Now, if only Robin could get the fashion industry to understand that hormonal women who are already carrying around 25 extra pounds DO NOT want to wear butt-ugly maternity tops with huge flowers on them....
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My wife and I have a baby and a toddler at home so we've been through a few pregnancy books over the past few years. Most of this review comes from my wife but as a husband I would recommend this as one of the more accessible pregnancy books I've seen. My wife rates this book very well: it covers pretty much everything you need to know in a reasonable amount of detail. You may still want another book such as What to Expect When You're Expecting for when you want to research something in deeper detail but this one is much better organized than "What To Expect". As the title suggest it is well illustrated with excellent photography and images of the developing baby.

Aside from the usual medical doctor the other author is a doula and child birth educator and it really reflects in the tone of the book which more like a calm, reassuring birth coach than a doctor popping in to dump the facts on you. Still there is always a little sidebar, courtesy the perinatologist/author on things to watch for with a brief description. We had one scary child birth and this book had well placed exactly what we would have needed to watch for exactly when we would have needed to know it. There's also a small post-partum section that while brief has a good primer on what you need to know. My wife recommends Breastfeeding Made Simple as a must have for this time period along with a good "First Year" book such as those by
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