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The Pregnancy Instruction Manual (Owner's and Instruction Manual) Paperback – Bargain Price, June 1, 2008
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About the Author
Sarah Jordan is a National Magazine Award–nominated author who has written for magazines and newspapers including Parents, Parenting, Philadelphia Magazine, and The Philadelphia Inquirer. She is also the coauthor of The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Parenting and The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Weddings. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and two children. David Ufberg, M.D., is a practicing obstetrician and gynecologist at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia. An assistant clinical professor with the University of Pennsylvania Health System, he has written several research publications and received many teaching awards. He is a devoted husband and father of three and has delivered thousands of babies. Paul Kepple and Scotty Reifsnyder are better known as the Philadelphia-based studio Headcase Design. Their work has been featured in many design and illustration publications, such as AIGA 365 and 50 Books/50 Covers, American Illustration, Communication Arts, and Print. Paul worked at Running Press Book Publishers for several years before opening Headcase in 1998. Paul graduated from the Tyler School of Art, where he now teaches. Scotty is a graduate of Kutztown University and received his M.F.A. from Tyler School of Art, where he had Paul as an instructor. Scotty's mother claims he came close to having a brilliant career as a TV baby, but his lack of comic timing kept him on the casting couch. Paul’s mother also thought he should have been a TV baby, but unfortunately no one else agreed.
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Top Customer Reviews
I was looking for a scientifically-minded, practical, somewhat geeky primer on what to expect during a pregnancy. Instead, I found something that assumed I was an irrational, hormonal shriek-hag, and that my partner was a clueless moron. I found this book condescending and trite, with lines like "pregnancy is no excuse for bad hair". As other reviewers have mentioned, a lot of the basic information is also freely available online.
Also, this book is the only book I've found so far that's said that an occasional glass of wine (once a week) is okay during pregnancy (after the first trimester), on page 36. Every other text I've found so far has said that *no* alcohol should be consumed during pregnancy.
All told, I wanted to like this book a lot more than I did. It has some good information, and the illustrations are cute. However, the condescending tone and implicit gender divide really put me off. This book just isn't meant for snarky, geeky, pregnant folks like me, I suppose.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this series, I have purchased numerous books in the series, and each is full of wonderful information in an easy to read format!Published 6 months ago by Tawny
I bought this and The Baby Owner's Manual for my daughter who is a new mom. They are written in the style of a manual. Easy and fun to read.Published 6 months ago by Linder Mina
Very broad-stroke "guide" to pregnancy. It's fine as a quick cute read, but not much more than that.Published 12 months ago by CRS
Good if you no absolutely nothing about pregnancy, lousy if you do know the basicsPublished 12 months ago by Laila
The wife is prego so she loves reading up on it. This is a fun and interesting little book. You can't go wrong for the price.Published 18 months ago by Joshua brown
My wife and I are having fun reading this as we await our first child.Published 20 months ago by Josh