- File Size: 298 KB
- Print Length: 39 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1495204790
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: November 18, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00A9P5682
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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The Realities of Motherhood: The Top 20 Things the Baby Books Don't Tell You! Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
This booklet is very brief and is a quick read, which might be good for busy women. [I read it in 10 minutes]. I see other reviewers calling this book "comprehensive" and that actually made me laugh - this is 20 topics covered very briefly and superficially.
Much of the medical information in the book is just wrong - relaxin does not relax muscles [it relaxes ligaments and connective tissues], prostaglandin does not cause dilation and labor [it softens the cervix and ripens it in preparation for labor but does not cause dilation or contractions], there are several innaccuracies on the Cesarean page and the induction page as well.... I could go on. It is just bad information. The author does not have a good grasp of the science and biology involved with pregnancy and the birth process.
She says in the description that this book will have you breastfeeding like a champ. I thought this book was very anti breastfeeding, making it sound like something disgusting and horrible and painful. She devotes more time to how to dry up your milk [and how horribly painful it is] than she does to breastfeeding advice. She is very positive about formula without sharing any of the disadvantages. It would have been fine with me if she had given a balanced view, but she was very negative about breastfeeding.
The writing is not good either. Grammatical errors and poor wording really made it hard to enjoy.
At best, this is bad advice. At worst, it could cause problems for a mom who uses this as her guide.
There are many excellent books out there on pregnancy, but this is definitely not one of them. Look elsewhere.
This is a really good pregancy guide that I have already recommended to my friends.
It starts out with a wake-up call to the short and long term economic realities of becoming a mother. The book addresses and allays many of a new mother's fears about labor, C-Sections and medical problems during delivery. The new mother is also warned about the temporary and the permanent changes to her body that she can expect, from changes in her breast and foot size, to changes in her vision acuity.
The most valuable feature of "The Realities of Motherhood" may be that it reassures the mother-to-be that the strange sensations she is experiencing and will experience are normal and natural.
Besides the abhorrent writing style, you should know that this book only contains rather basic, and often incorrect, mainstream medical advice. It seems to be a "how to" guide for giving birth in the hospital as inefficiently as possible! It normalises medical birth, and assesses the physical attractiveness of you while you're doing it. It doesn't even give a mention of home birth or midwives as an option. It leads you to believe that you must be doctor dependant (e.g.: Get a physical so your doctor can give you permission to get pregnant; your doctor MUST see you/baby a certain amount of times per month; ask your doctor about EVERYTHING that concerns you about pregnancy from how much weight you should gain to what kind of prenatal vitamins you should take; normalises ultrasounds which can give your foetus neural damage if over-used; etc.). The author also gives false information (claims tearing "hurts more" than episiotomy; claims you'll need a c-section if you've had one before; claims that you'll need to have a surgical birth if you are expecting multiples or if there's a chance you'll have a larger or breech baby). It also has the outdated suggestion of kegals-only for pelvic floor exercise rather than the squats/kegals combo that most pelvic floor physiotherapists know is much more effective.Read more ›
Speaking bluntly through the eyes of a Mother, Katrina minces no words and outlines what changes can happen in a diverse range of circumstances!
Both emotional and physical readiness are covered in a way that leaves no stone unturned. Rest assured the pregnant woman will find this book a knowledgeable and captivating read.
Well written in a clear methodical way, this is a must have tool-kit for the realities of Motherhood!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is the one of the best books I've read for pregnant women. I would really recommend this to another.Published on January 10, 2014 by Brittany McClinton
this was a very easy read. quick& informative. it did bring to my attention a few things I hadn't considered. Read morePublished on December 30, 2013 by Bongo
This book is really more pamphlet length. The topics are presented briefly and without much information. BabyCenter.com has more information. Read morePublished on December 23, 2013 by Steph
I wouldn't recommend this book. Though it is short, it holds very little value. I would not waste your time or money.Published on April 19, 2013 by LG
This contained alot of great information . Very Beneficial to the first time mother. I would suggest this book to anyonePublished on February 24, 2013 by Kelly Pruitt
Good, quick, and easy book about the basic topics of pregnancy. Good read for anyone who doesn't want to read 3000 pages about the basics of pregnancy.Published on January 11, 2013 by Laura
A good book to have for first time mothers. It discusses issues and concerns that may come up during the pregnancy. Read morePublished on January 9, 2013 by the joyful reviewer
This book told me nothing new that I already knew. What first time mothers are looking for is the truth and realities of pregnancy and motherhood. Read morePublished on January 9, 2013 by Amanda
Was quick good read and truthful to what I have experienced so far during my pregnancy. There are still some things I wish pregnancy books would talk about.Published on January 1, 2013 by heather beaulieu
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