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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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Product Details

  • Series: Owner's and Instruction Manual
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Quirk Books; 1 edition (June 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594742456
  • ASIN: B00342VENS
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,293,268 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was looking for a book that didn't give me a panic attack and information overload. This book was perfect for me! I love the illlustrations too! I get lightheaded when I see more than I want to, or get queasy when there is WAY to much information. This is well put, enough information about pregnancy... I also bought the Baby version as well. Great job!
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This was such a fun book, with a nice mixture of academic information and fun interpretation. When I was tired of processing dry material concerning the progression and expectations of my pregnancy, I had some fun with this book. It appealed to the nerd in me! I ended up showing it to several folks along the way just for the fun pictorials.
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The book is meant more for an overall census of the pregnancy process and should not be used as the end all be all. Great book for soon to be dads who want to know what happening with the development of the baby. The book generically covers serious topics, but not in a manner which causes stress or alarm. There are parts that will make some laugh, but I urge caution not to laugh too much when reading the contents to the pregnant woman.
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By akfree on September 16, 2009
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I bought this as a gift for a relative of mine, she loved it. It's written differently than most pregnancy books, but still offers the same great imformation. She said she read it quicker and was more interested in it than other books. I'd definatly buy it again or recommend it.
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originally purchase for my husband, and ended up reading it myself! loved it, very to the point, simple, and amusing. RN speaking here and loved how it went straight to the point and not long drawn out pages of blah. highly recommend to anyone that hates reading long long paragraphs of the same thing over and over again. i liked how they had first aid instructions towards the back and what to do with emergencies, even though i am a nurse, my husband is not, so i thought it was informative, important and simple enough that he could get and understand without freaking out! good for first time daddies that have no knowledge of nursing or medical training. As for mommies its also good, i recommend purchasing as the first book to get a basic knowledge of what goodies are happening in your belly, but i would read other books as well just to educate yourself more on the entire process of pregnancy, its a beautiful and amazing thing that goes on in our body and its awesome to know whats going on!
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Both my wife and I have really enjoyed reading this (we are expecting our first baby in July) and despite the wealth of information available from every other mother we know, it still offers additional information and insight that we have found to be very helpful. The illustrations are cute and funny, and the text itself is very well written and easy to understand. A very amusing but very useful reference!
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I found this book really disappointing. I read it after reading "The Baby Owner's Manual", which was lots of fun for geeks like me and my partner. This book, however, was not up to standards. For one thing, it first of all assumes that there's a mother and a father in the equation, which is not so great for including single mothers or queer couples. It also seems to assume that men are absolutely clueless idiots when it comes to helping their wives cope during pregnancy. (Dudes, if my partner wasn't sensitive to my needs and my emotions, I wouldn't have married him). It also "jokingly" seems to assume that all men are paleolithic dude-bros who will refuse to carry the diaper bag if it's "cute" or "girly", and who crave "total clicker control" so that they can watch "action flicks". (Am I suddenly not allowed to like The Avengers now that I'm pregnant?)

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.
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I really adore this book. I referenced it through two pregnancies and gift it to any newly preggo friend or relative. It doesn't set out to scare and alarm you (like another popular pregnancy bible). It's funny (which is a definite plus when you have a ton of hormones coursing through your veins), it's fast (because we're busy people) and it's helpful (informative but not dense). It is not super crazy in depth so if I wanted to really delve into a particular subject, I supplemented with the dear old Internet. It has a nice development chart, talks about the dos and don'ts, symptoms to expect and when to be concerned. All in all, a great book!
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