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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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–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.”
“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.
- Pregnancy Magazine
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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 :)
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed the unique tips and perspective this book offered when I was expecting, and when my son was a baby. Funny and well-written.Published 1 month ago by CaityB
This is my third purchase of this book!! Such a great book!! Great quality, quick shipping - pleased overall!!Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I read this book because I thought it'd be a good alternative to all the cutesy/biased/condescending books out there, due to the "open-minded" and "honest"... Read morePublished 3 months ago by ittybitty
I felt that this book was just ok. Although it does contain alot of helpful information, I felt that at times it was repetitive and drug on. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Colby Humphrey
I think this is a great book for expectant mothers unfortunately I did not get everything I wanted out of an expectant mother book in it because I am already a labor and delivery... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Colleen McGraw
Way too cluttered with graphics, text boxes, etc. took me one night to go through the book.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Absolutely the best pregnancy book I read.
- modern and nonjudgemental, with a sense of humor
- candid, practical, relevant information and pointers to further... Read more
This is hands down the most helpful book I read during my pregnancy and in the days after. It's details every question you could have and is entirely free from judgement. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Anna
Love this book! Read it with my first daughter, and it's hilarious. :) Lots of great tips, and lots of great information.Published 12 months ago by ChristianaR