- Paperback: 392 pages
- Publisher: Firefly Books (September 6, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 155297796X
- ISBN-13: 978-1552977965
- Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 1.2 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 149 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #828,464 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Pregnancy Bible: Your Complete Guide to Pregnancy and Early Parenthood Paperback – September 6, 2003
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Written in an easy-to-understand style that will especially appeal to first-time parents... Throughout the well-written text are sidebars with relevant information, charts and diagrams, and color photographs... highly recommended for public and consumer health library collections. (Shannon Hysell American Reference Books Annual, Volume 35)
Offers everything both parents will ever need to know, presented clearly and with keen up-to-the-minute information. (Susan Brooke Day Nashville Parent Magazine)
Well-designed and the text is easy to understand... enhanced by color photography... lots of good practical advice. (Linda Hutchinson San Gabriel Valley Tribune 2003-10-20)
A comprehensive guide that addresses both the medical and emotional aspects of pregnancy... aesthetically pleasing layout and design allow readers easy access to a wealth of information... the new have-to-have pregnancy book. (Sue Fast Island Parent)
Walks moms- and dads-to-be through all aspects of having a baby... detailed medical information and has two doctors serving as consulting editors. (Mariko Thompson Los Angeles Daily News 2003-10-28)
Complete guide... well-organized and inviting-to-read book, crammed with color photographs, does a wonderful job of informing expectant parent(s). (Georgia Family)
Easy-to-read, full color sourcebook. (Parents Express)
An excellent resource for expecting parents... practical information in an easy to follow format... comprehensive, well written, informative, and timely. (Lise L. Hackett E-Streams)
About the Author
Joanne Stone, MD and Keith Eddleman, MD are Associate Professors of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Science at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York.
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I found one error in the whole book and it is that they cite the toxoplasmosis parasite as a bacterium and say that antibiotics would take care of it, when it is far from reality. Otherwise the information is very reliable.
I wanted to write a review with the book in front of me so I could outline it's topics but it has been 6mths and I haven't gotten around to it yet so I'm reviewing now from memory.
Firstly a small thing: I do not like the title. I think it makes the book sound flippant, less good than it really is. It has no need to talk itself up using 'bible' in the title because it is a really good book.
I found that this is a good reference book but you do need to look elsewhere for more detailed info. For example when I caught a cold I wanted to check the ingredients in cold medications to see what, if anything, I could take. This book did not have any info but The Mother of All Pregnancy Books has a list. (I do not refer to that book as much as this one). I looked up a list of high mercury fish online.
The two parts of this book I refer to every week, describe:
(1) (with photos) the baby's week by week development ie skeleton, lungs, brain, hearing etc. There is a paragraph of info per week and the approx length and weight are listed. It is very informative and straightforward.
(2) A timeline, in weeks, of changes to my body. This is really only a few words per week mentioning darkening nipples, digestion slowing or feeling warmer than usual. It is brief but tells you some things you may or may not experience around this time.
A nice touch to this part are that there are several side-on photos of a naked woman so you see her belly growing as the timeline progresses. Later in the labor section she is pictured with her newborn which is nice.
There is a section on labor & delivery and a section on caring for your newborn but I have not read them yet.
Also covered are the biology of the conception process, healthy eating and foods to avoid, exercising, travel, keeping up appearances, taking care of yourself. Sorry, without it in front of me I don't remember as I do not refer to these sections (except the food and exercise sections when I am trying to motivate myself to do the right thing!). There is a chapter for Dads but my hubby has his own book (The Expectant Father) which is excellent.
I highly recommend this book as a no-nonsense, easy to read reference book. The info is straight forward, non-judgemental and the author is not trying to be your friend or make jokes. It is pleasing to read.
The main pregnancy book I used was 'Your Pregnancy Week by Week'. This suit me very well since I'm not a big reader and read only the week of pregnancy I was in at a time.
As others have noted, it is organized, well written and on point.
Something I particularly like is the total non-condescending tone it takes. This book does not make me feel like I just took a trip back to 1978. For instance, I love the tone it takes on working while pregnant. It takes working as the norm (it is), instead of subtly pushing an agenda like "If you keep working while you're pregnant....". I noticed this first in the discussion on first trimester fatique, where it said something like "When you get home from work, you may feel like going straight to bed." It is so unusual to see this kind of attitude anywhere in writing in the US, that I was sold from then on (most authors would have qualified the sentence by saying "If you are still working, you may feel like going straight to bed when you get home from work").