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The Mother of all Pregnancy Books Paperback – January 1, 2002
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Incredibly comprehensive yet easy to follow, Douglas, author of a number of pregnancy books, also covers infertility, high-risk pregnancy, miscarriage and infant loss. Charts and tables show how chronic disease, as well as prescription and non-prescription drugs, can affect a pregnancy. Wondering if you're too old to conceive or give birth? Douglas discusses the facts of pregnancy past ages 20, 30 and 40.
""The Complaint Department"" chapter discusses nearly every conceivable ache, pain and medical issue that can arise during pregnancy and how to deal with them. Facts and figures, as well as quotes that are pertinent to each topic, are dispersed throughout. A huge listing of organizations and Web sites that deal with everything from breast-feeding to adoption rounds out this volume. Very little is discussed when it comes to postpregnancy and baby care; that will be covered in the author's upcoming book, ""The Mother of All Baby Books."" (Copyright 2002 Chicago Tribune Company, Chicago Tribune, June 16, 2002 Sunday)
""...my summer reading has been filled up..."" (Eastern Eye, August 2003)
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"The must-read pregnancy book! Ann Douglas has created the most comprehensive guide to pregnancy we've ever seen."- Denise and Alan Fields, authors, Baby Bargains
"At long last, a new pregnancy bible for women of my generation and younger has emerged in the form of The Mother of All Pregnancy Books. With humor, sensitivity, an easy, no-jargon style and a million "extras" that the leading pregnancy books on the shelves don't cover, Ann Douglas holds nothing back. Not only do I love this book, but Iwill use it as a valuable tool in my own work as a women's health author." - M. Sara Rosenthal, author, The Pregnancy Sourcebook
"An extremely comprehensive and even-handed volume that provides just about everything but the baby! The Mother of All Pregnancy Books is an amazing resource and Ann Douglas is a reassuring and savvy guide." - Cecelia A. Cancellaro, author of Pregnancy Stories: Real Women Share the Joys, Fears, Thrills, and Anxieties of Pregnancy from Conception to Birth
"'Mother' knows. Start reading this treasure trove even before you get pregnant so you can make it through every jam-packed page before your baby arrives." - Paula Spencer, author of Everything ELSE You Need to Know When You're Expecting: The New Etiquette for the New Mom
"Finally, a pregnancy book that includes essential pre-pregnancy concerns, such as planning and physical and emotional preparation! Ann Douglas has written her masterwork Mother of All Pregnancy Books in the same unpretentious, concise style as her Unofficial Guide. Shealso stays true to her goal of informing parents and prospective parents as completely as possible, so they will be well-equipped to sort through the pros and cons of their own life choices as they see them. Not one to forgo difficult issues, her chapter entitled 'When Pregnancy Isn't Perfect' is one of the best I've read, both for itssensitivity and for its emphasis on coping and prevention. This is a book that will serve women and their families well." - A. Christine Harris, Ph.D., author of The Pregnancy Journal
"This is truly 'the mother of all pregnancy books' -- an intelligent resource that covers every pregnancy-related topic imaginable in a fun, reassuring way. Ann Douglas has done an exceptional job of arming parents-to-be with the facts they need to make the healthiest possible choices from preconception through postpartum. A must-have!" - Susan Newman, Ph.D., author of Parenting An Only Child: The Joysand Challenges of Raising Your One and Only
"The Mother of All Pregnancy Books is a comprehensive and incredibly informative resource about pregnancy (and what comes before and after!). Ann Douglas tells all in her witty style, entertaining readers along the way. Unlike other pregnancy books, Douglas combines thorough research and reporting with the human touch, offering her own experiences and insight while educating her readers at one of themost important times in their lives. This book is not to be missed!" - Elisa Ast All, Editor-in-Chief, Pregnancy magazine, Baby Years magazine, and iParenting.com
"If you're looking for an all-in-one 'Tell me everything, and tell it like it is' book for your pregnancy, The Mother of all Pregnancy Books is it. Not only is this hefty volume filled with facts about fertility, pregnancy and birth, it also contains hundreds of anecdotes from moms who lived -- and maybe even loved -- pregnancy. Author Ann Douglas knows her stuff, and is wise but not preachy friendly but not overbearing. Keep this book close at hand for instant guidance through the highs and the lows of this extraordinary time!" - Nancy Price, ePregnancy.com
Here's a book that's packed with up-to-date information and practical advice on almost every aspect of pregnancy--from prenatal testing to proper nutrition, from infertility procedures to financial planning, from bedrest to breastfeeding. Yet despite its breadth and depth, thetext is not dry or dull. Instead, Ann Douglas's reassuring style and insightful anecdotes make readers feel like they're chatting with a savvy, smart, sympathetic friend.- Tamara Eberlein, coauthor of When You're Expecting Twins, Triplets, or Quads" and "Program Your Baby's Health
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The book has a good organizational flow. I also enjoyed the first few chapters on pre-pregnancy topics. It helps to dispell the myth that having a child is predominantly an accidental act. Conceiving a child arises from decisions and this book allows this important decision to be grounded in a broad base of knowledge. If people plan their gardens, their careers, or the watching of sunrise while on vacation, why would these same people approach the life-changing event of pregnancy in a haphazard way? Of course, taking a haphazard approach is a choice in itself and if that's the course taken, then this book isn't very good as a general reference since there is no Table of Charts (and you won't find Tylenol in the index even though it's in a chart).
I only wish that the editors would remove the slang (e.g. "guff"); the cliches that made me physically flinch; the inferiority complex displayed in vague references to some other bestselling pregnancy book (I think the average person buys more than one book on any given topic); and other minor typographical mistakes. I also wonder why they can't get impartial reviewers to provide acclaim for the book. A good number of the quoted authors had their books recommended within later chapters!
On technical merits alone, I'd give this book 3 stars but given its good "bedside manner", I'm sure that women past the planning stage could easily see it as a 4 out of 5.
This is probably not the ONLY book that one should read on the topic of pregnancies. It certainly doesn't have the largest word count, it doesn't have the wondrous educational illustrations of other books, and some of the theories presented are just theories -- you may want to compare and contrast discussions on specific topics between different books.
This book in my opinion bridges the gap between a general info baby book and an infertility book. In fact the book points out that a lot of couples who think they are infertile just don't know when to start trying and how to properly calculate their fertility window. My friend and I are trying to get pregnant and the same time, and when I read her the section on getting pregnant, she was like....this is fascinating. This book is great for people who want specific scientific information in a down to earth delivery.