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The Complete Illustrated Pregnancy Companion: A Week-by-Week Guide to Everything You Need To Do for a Healthy Pregnancy Paperback – February 15, 2009
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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.Read more ›
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....
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 ...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Found at least one typo on every page. Couldn't trust the information.Published 12 months ago by King Brian the Lion
My daughter-in-law loved this book for her first pregnancy.Published 13 months ago by Jillian E. Yuhas
It's a nice book, but it's pretty basic information. If you're looking for specific information or suggestions on nutrition, exercise, beauty etc. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Jennifer Simoni
Excellent book. I read cover to cover. Very informative and easy to follow focusing on all the things you should know and plan for instead of unnecessarily scaring you with all the... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Anna8918
This guide is very positive focused with affirmations, things to start thinking about and talking about how the baby is growing. Read morePublished on August 17, 2013 by Vanessa Gatelein
I purchased this book for my daughter, who is having my first grand baby! After she received this book she called me to tell me she read the first few chapters and loves all the... Read morePublished on July 9, 2013 by Diamond1000
The Pregnancy Companion is not only a great go to guide for all of those pregnancy questions. It also has a faith filled look at pregnancy, loss, adoption and parenting in general. Read morePublished on March 26, 2013 by Lexie M
Easy to read and it is broken up where you can read about each upcoming week at your own pace. This is a far better, more complete, and visually stimulating book than the what to... Read morePublished on January 29, 2012 by Daniel Forest