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Fearless Pregnancy: Wisdom and Reassurance From a Doctor, a Midwife and a Mom Paperback – November 1, 2004
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My wife and I found out we were pregnant for the first time just a few days ago. So, as soon as we were prepared to deal with it, we headed to the bookstore and found this title. Within the first three chapters, the authors had addressed fears ranging from the biggest general health issues, to the tests which are available and why you may or may not want them (answering the question for her, "I'm 34 years old, why won't they give me an amniocentesis?"), to how to tell a close friend who has been trying (hard) to get pregnant for some time that this "just sorta happened" for us. It's like the authors were inside her head.
Every parent should be fully aware of the risks involved in pregnancy. Bad things do happen, and we all know someone (or know someone who knows someone) to whom the worst possible things have happened. But many of us need the encouragement of someone authoritative who can remind us that these things are rare exceptions, and that there are some things you can control and some things you can't. "Instead of obsessing about your pregnancy," the authors remind us, "consider obsessing over parenting. That situation lasts longer, and the payoff for being prepared will likely be greater."
Many of the critics of this book seem to be response to the premise of the title.Read more ›
So much of the advice we are given while pregnant is "fear-based" and you start to operate with this sense that all things that are potential dangers rate a 10 on the risk scale. They don't. This book lends some sanity to that assumption and reminds us that as intelligent women, with a little care and mindfulness, we will do just fine. I won't waste my time reading the books that spend hours discussing things that probably won't happen and then worrying about them as though they will. I will do my research if and when they arise so I can make informed decisions. I will invest my time instead talking through the emotional changes that I am facing with my husband so that he understands them and me, and we can get through this change together as a team.
Thanks to the authors for a great, comforting pregnancy companion.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great alternative to the "What to freak out about when your expecting" book!Published 22 months ago by Brandy
For women who have experienced loss in previous pregnancies, this book will not be for you. But for women who are pregnant for the first time and are not experiencing any risks or... Read morePublished on June 15, 2014 by Nicole
This is definitely one of the better books out there, when you're looking for some moral support. I'm one of those people that has to research EVERYTHING before making a decision. Read morePublished on July 3, 2013 by Waterspin
Although many of the subjects addressed in this book are available on the web, it's very helpful to have them in a book, close by, for quick reference. Read morePublished on January 30, 2012 by Jamie W. Saphow
Though I think this book included a little too much on "fear myths" about stupid, unnecessary things, for the most part it was very reassuring and I think it is exactly what... Read morePublished on October 12, 2010 by FourLeaf
I bought this book and the Girlfriend's Guide To Pregnancy as my two baby books. I also watched the Pregnancy for Dummies video. That was all I feel I needed. Read morePublished on September 6, 2010 by Amazon Customer
Great book! Very education but not boring. I find the tips very practical and easy to follow.Published on May 1, 2010 by pys
I bought this book because I am prone to anxiety and thought it might help alleviate some of my pregnancy fears. Read morePublished on May 9, 2007 by WriteMind