- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; Reprint edition (June 1, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316779148
- ISBN-13: 978-0316779142
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 136 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #380,448 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Pregnancy Book: Month-by-Month, Everything You Need to Know From America's Baby Experts Paperback – June 1, 1997
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The Pregnancy Book is an excellent all-in-one guide to pregnancy from William and Martha Sears, creators of the concept of "attachment parenting." Each of the book's chapters represents a month, and deals with physical and emotional changes, describes the growth of the fetus, and discusses common concerns. The authors also focus on nutrition, exercise, information and support for home births and birthing centers, traveling while pregnant, how to avoid episiotomy, and so on. The approach is gentle, thorough, and includes more information than some month-by-month guides, which makes The Pregnancy Book an excellent choice for pregnant couples.
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The Searses, popular childcare experts and authors (e.g., Parenting the Fussy Baby and High-Need Child, LJ 8/96), have teamed up with obstetrician Holt to give us this work. Using a month-by-month format with nice illustrations that show normal fetal development, they discuss a wide range of pregnancy options without judgmental bias. Scattered throughout are helpful hints and stories from other pregnant mothers that give the book a comfortable feel. Unfortunately, adequate information on possible problems is missing from the text itself, though the preface does note that rare conditions are covered in an appendix (not available for review). A nice supplement to Arlene Eisenberg and Heidi Merkoff's What To Expect When You're Expecting (Workman, 1995. rev. ed.) and The Mayo Clinic Complete Book of Pregnancy & Baby's First Year (LJ 1/95). Given the popularity of the authors, expect requests.?KellyJo Houtz Griffin, Auburn, Wash.
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This book, unlike "What to Expect When You're Expecting," does everything it can to lay your fears to rest. Sears and Sears describe what can go wrong, but they also make sure to emphasize that most women are likely to have normal pregnancies.
I was able to find descriptions and reasons for all of the odd sensations I experienced with my first pregnancy, and I was able to share with a friend exerpts that described different things she was experiencing. After the third time I read something to her from "The Pregnancy Book" that exactly fit her symptoms, she decided that she needed her own copy and was completely won over from "What to Expect."
I cannot recommend this book highly enough!
I've learned so much from this book and been so encouraged by it as well. The "Unofficial" guides and other more technically written books just ended up scaring me half to death, while The Pregnancy Book gave me the vital information I needed with very encouraging additions to help the technical information not come across as frightening!
When I had spotting at about 8 weeks this book reassured me, along with my doctor, that this was only a case of implantation bleeding... all the other books had me convinced that it was a miscarriage. Well, it turned out to be only implantation bleeding after all, so I've stuck to using this book alone as my guide throughout the rest of my pregnancy.
I'm in my fifth month now and I recommend reading each month a couple of weeks before the next month actually begins to help prepare for things to come and also to help if the next month symptoms come a bit early. Its always fun to see what I have to look forward to each and every month through my pregnancy.
I think doctors should make this book required reading for all expectant mothers! It really is that good!!!
So, as the three stars say, this book is okay, but I would not buy this book again for myself or for any of my pregnant friends.