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Your Plus-Size Pregnancy: The Ultimate Guide for the Full-Figured Expectant Mom Paperback – October 25, 2005

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"Chock full of great information on nutrition, fitness, clothing, etc. for moms-to-be who aren't a size 0!" -- Fitfor2.Com, December 2005 newsletter Book of the Month

"Groundbreaking book…first to offer encouragement, information, and resources to plus-size moms. Written in a friendly and supportive tone" -- ParentBooks.com

"Includes detailed medical information and statistics…tips for staying positive, birth stories…even where to shop for stylish plus-size maternity wear" -- Baby Steps Magazine, Spring 2006

"Offers advice, information and support for plus-size moms-to-be." -- ePregnancy Magazine, September, 2005

"Realistic approach to health concerns plus-size women have about pregnancy… impressive list of resources in the book’s appendix" -- Buffalo News, April 11, 2006

"The only plus-sized pregnancy book you will ever need…a must have for plus size pregnant mums…a mine of information" -- Sizenet.com

Formally endorsed by the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics -- State University of NY at Buffalo School of Medical and Biomedical Sciences

From the Author

This is the book that I wish I had had when I was pregnant! My hope is that it will be a helpful, informative and supportive book for you during your pregnancy. I'm also the author of Your Practical Pregnancy Planner: Everything You Need to Know About the Financial and Legal Aspects of Preparing for Your New Baby, which you can also find on Amazon.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Barricade Books (October 25, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569802904
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569802908
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,435,295 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I just finished this book, reading it for myself as I am pregnant with my 3rd child. I'm also a doula and childbirth educator, and thought it would be a great time to catch up on some of the newer titles that are available. This is the first one I picked up.

I found some of the information to be helpful - the biggest help to me (as there wasn't really any 'new' information presented) was the resources for maternity clothing for plus size women.

Also helpful was discussion about the supplies you might encounter while in the hospital - how to get a gown that fits, the importance of the correct size blood pressure cuff, abdominal support garments for after a cesarean, tips in dealing with hospital staff, etc.

The things I found least helpful:

* Anecdotes by plus sized moms tend to run on the negative side. "I was afraid this bad thing would happen, but I got through it." "She blamed it on my weight, but I pretended not to hear." The negative stories FAR outweighed (haha, punny) the positive ones and after reading them I would feel discouraged, not supported.

* The medical advice, I have to say, is frighteningly lacking. The bulk of this book is spent telling large moms why they shouldn't feel bad about their weight. There are some truisms but they are lost in the patronizing tone. I felt like I was constantly being reassured that I am not 'less than' because I'm fat. No duh!!!!

* Worst of all... I collected a few tidbits from the book that were absolutely enraging to read as a pregnant woman, and as a doula.

-- More time was spent telling me how much more likely I am to have a cesarean than to tell me how I can best avoid one.

-- Continuous monitoring assures the mother and doctor that all is well.
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I am a "plus sized" mom of 5. I am also a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator and have been teaching childbirth for almost 10 years.

A lot of this book is fluff. I agree with a previous reviewer that said you could get all this info easily online doing a search - and for free.

The book was terribly negative all the way through.

The section on increased risks with overweight moms was unhelpful and scary - no serious discussion is given to any of the risks - just little snippets of general information. Since these *are* real risks, it would be nice to have a better idea of what they involve.

Then the authors STRONGLY encourage all plus sized moms to get an epidural. Now, the epidural can be a great tool for a mom who wants it, but the author here makes it sound like no plus sized mom can manage unmedicated childbirth and that's not true. [Then, just to make it scary, there is a highly questionable section on how being overweight makes it hard to get a good epidural.]

The section on vaginal birth was in the same vein - very negative and totally unhelpful [nothing constructive was covered at all].

The book is extremely Pro-Cesarean. The definite majority of overweight women can and DO deliver vaginally, but you will never know that reading this book. This section is so pro-Cesarean that she basically encourages moms to ASK for an elective Cesarean [she says "More and more women are requesting elective Cesareans"] rather than even attempt a vaginal birth.

The chapter on breastfeeding is just terrible. It makes it sound like large moms CAN'T breastfeed. It is extremely biased and discouraging.
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Brette Sember's "Your Plus-Size Pregnancy" is a bible for plus-size moms-to-be and moms-to-be-again, packed with practical information that speaks to all your pregnancy issues and anxieties. I read through it in one sitting, nodding and smiling all the way through, wishing I had had this book throughout all my pregnancies. I think more of my tears would have been hormone-related and not anxiety-ridden with issues not only of my pregnancies themselves, but of my own self-esteem, body image and relationships. The many women interviewed throughout are quoted in easy-to-read gray boxes that speak like your own private support group that you can refer to day and night. The topics range from accepting your changing body to dealing with the everything from nausea, weight gain, all those aches and pains and yes, sex. Sember takes you through working with your healthcare provider and discusses the test and care involved all the way through to vaginal and c-section births and their care and complications to all the postpartum issues including breastfeeding with huge and many times, painful, breasts, to life after pregnancy as a plus-size mom. She shows the reader, doesn't tell the reader, what to expect with real-life quotes from moms who have "been there and done that."

I've read all the pregnancy books and nothing spoke to me so practically and so plainly as Brette Sember's "Your Plus-Size Pregnancy." I highly recommend it to all size moms AND their husbands. Every home should have this book in their library for personal use or to lend out to friends.
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