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From the Hips: A Comprehensive, Open-Minded, Uncensored, Totally Honest Guide to Pregnancy, Birth, and Becoming a Parent Paperback – May 22, 2007

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Neither Odes nor Morris is a doctor, but as eager authors and recent mothers themselves, they aim, in this chick-friendly guide, to dish out Internet-accessible information and you-go-girl supportive advice. Their approach is to consider the authorities with a mere grain of salt, while seeking a supportive environment in which to nurture one's pregnancy and child-rearing. And while sorting through the opinions along the way, from choosing a health-care provider, coping with loss, birthing strategies, breastfeeding and sex, and baby-care basics, among other topics, the authors provide on most pages plentiful belly-shaped bubbles containing lively quotes from "anonymoms." Hear the mothers from the trenches express what they really feel, from one mom who enthuses, "The belly—I loved everything about it, and it makes people—strangers, even—feel enthralled with you") to the sadly modern refrain of another, "Sometimes I bury myself in work so I don't feel the sadness, fatigue and stress of having the baby waiting for me at home." The authors' are upbeat and well informed, and their useful back-of-the-book references address sensitive specific needs such as adoption and surrogacy, teen and older parents, and breastfeeding controversies. (May)
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“Incredibly important reading for anyone about to have a baby…From the Hips gives you what you need to make informed decisions, shares experiences from other parents that will make you laugh, and reveals many of the secrets our mothers didn't tell us.”

–Rosalind Wiseman, author of Queen Bee Moms and Wannabe Dads

“What every new parent needs–a ton of expert advice, presented with humor and zero negativity, from two moms who instantly feel like your best friends. This is the one pregnancy guide that new parents will actually want to read."
 
Leslie Morgan Steiner, editor of Mommy Wars and The Washington Post's online work/family column, “On Balance”

From The Hips is a deeply refreshing, honest look at the profound changes we undergo during pregnancy and beyond. Ceridwen and Rebecca unabashedly go into areas that other guides shy away from, offering support to every kind of prospective mother. Being pregnant and having a child is alternately the most beautiful, complex, difficult, rewarding experience a woman can imagine. This book gives it straight and from all sides, without judgment, and with irreverent humor and candor from its authors.”

-Gwyneth Paltrow

“Supportive, positive, real, and rarely preachy…Finally a reference guide for parents that treats us like we have brains.”
- Bust Magazine

The honest talk about epidurals and C-sections, including anonymous quotes from moms, is must-read info for anyone planning a hospital birth. In fact, the book is full of frank advice about most of today's biggest hurdles for pregnant women, from going back to work to breastfeeding in public... At every step, it addresses not just what you'll be going through physically, but what you and your partner might be addressing emotionally, too. Cheers to this realistic take on the lifestyle change that is pregnancy and parenthood.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony (May 22, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307237087
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307237088
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,692 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Liz Chalmers on June 29, 2007
I am a childbirth educator and mom of four. I've read almost every pregnancy and childbirth book that's out there. From the Hips is my new favorite. It's easy to read, amusing, and packed with well presented options with none of the preachy, prescriptive tone of so many parenting books. For example, birth options--hospital/birth center/homebirth; midwife/OB--are explained factually and fairly leaving the reader to decide what feels right for her. I love the many "Anonymom" quotes sprinkled throughout the book--makes it feel like a community effort.

My only criticism of the book is the riotous use of color--it's fun but at times too intense and intrusive. Not enough of a distraction to lower my 5 star recommendation though.
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Upon reading this book for the first time this evening, I am so relieved. I am in my first trimester of my first pregnancy and, after getting "What to Expect" for my first reference, I was left feeling overwhelmed and inadequate right from the start. From the Hips is fun, frank, informative and well organized. This book is so much better than the others -- it even inspired me to write my very first review on Amazon.
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Really enjoyed this book. I am approaching the 3rd trimester and so far everything that I've read has been accurate. Very honest book. You can tell that real women wrote it who have really experienced pregnancy. LOVE the quotes from real moms. My husband actually looked through the book one night and laughed because many of the quotes had come out of my mouth at some point during the last 6 months.
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This is a unique book about pregnancy- almost the whole thing is quotes from women who have had a variety of experiences. This makes it more honest and less clinical than most books. Some of the quotes may rub you the wrong way or seem like they don't apply to you but it's so interesting to realize what a range of experiences there is with regards to pregnancy and birth. It reminds you that what you're going through- even if it seems tough or extreme- is normal and you are not alone. Reading this sometimes felt like joining a conversation. I don't think this book is comprehensive enough to be your only resource for pregnancy- I recommend getting a more medical guidebook to answer things like medication questions. I also recommend getting a book or using a website that sends you weekly updates, telling you about fetal development for your particular stage- that stuff is so interesting and not covered by this book. Also, this book doesn't have any photos and its graphics are a little pink/girly for me but I still enjoyed it and it would make a great gift to someone early in their pregnancy. It has some great content about physical recovery after birth - stuff that few other books get into.
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This turned out to be less useful than I expected, mostly because it had less information about the week to week details of what is happening during pregnancy. For that, I've been much happier with Your Pregnancy Week by Week. But if you're looking for a more balanced guide with relatively brief info about gestation, labor, and postpartum issues, this is a good book to pick up. Very straightforward, no scare tactics or shaming
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I am pregnant with my first child. I picked this book up from my library and am now going to buy it for anyone else I know who gets pregnant.

If you are like me, you tend to fantasize about all the fun and games and great expectations of having a baby. And, while you do also have doubts and worries, you tend to push those to one side because you think they are "unnatural" or "not healthy." But, the truth is, new parents really need to know what is involved in the REALITY of having a child. Friends and relatives who have had babies may tell you some things, but often they romanticize the process either because they really don't remember how hard it was or, they don't want to scare you/talk badly about their children.

This book was great because it gave me the feeling that even if things don't go the way I had envisioned that doesn't make me a failure or a bad mom. Sometimes we react to this huge life-change in ways we never expected. I like that this book presents you with all sorts of possibilities--good and bad--and assures you that we all just do the best we can.

I would not make this the ONLY book a new mother reads, but definitely put it on your MUST list. It will make the road a little easier to waddle :)
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We're planning to start our family in a year or so.
That said, I've been reading books to prep and educate myself on the subject. I'm concerned due to health reasons, I may be high risk, so it's really helpful to me to read about being pregnant.
I'm really glad we got this book. It's very entertaining. It is not the most medical book we bought, it's more like talking to a friend. I think my favorite thing about this book is the anonymom and anonydaddy submissions. I love them. It's great to read other people's stories. I really like it.
I haven't finished the book yet, but I wanted to make sure I remember to write the review. This book should definitely be in every mom and dad to be's collection.
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