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From the Hips: A Comprehensive, Open-Minded, Uncensored, Totally Honest Guide to Pregnancy, Birth, and Becoming a Parent Paperback – May 22 2007


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony; 1 edition (May 22 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307237087
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307237088
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 2 x 23.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 862 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,560 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Neither Odes nor Morris is a doctor, but as eager authors and recent mothers themselves, they aim, in this chick-friendly guide, to dish out Internet-accessible information and you-go-girl supportive advice. Their approach is to consider the authorities with a mere grain of salt, while seeking a supportive environment in which to nurture one's pregnancy and child-rearing. And while sorting through the opinions along the way, from choosing a health-care provider, coping with loss, birthing strategies, breastfeeding and sex, and baby-care basics, among other topics, the authors provide on most pages plentiful belly-shaped bubbles containing lively quotes from "anonymoms." Hear the mothers from the trenches express what they really feel, from one mom who enthuses, "The belly—I loved everything about it, and it makes people—strangers, even—feel enthralled with you") to the sadly modern refrain of another, "Sometimes I bury myself in work so I don't feel the sadness, fatigue and stress of having the baby waiting for me at home." The authors' are upbeat and well informed, and their useful back-of-the-book references address sensitive specific needs such as adoption and surrogacy, teen and older parents, and breastfeeding controversies. (May)
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“Incredibly important reading for anyone about to have a baby…From the Hips gives you what you need to make informed decisions, shares experiences from other parents that will make you laugh, and reveals many of the secrets our mothers didn't tell us.”

–Rosalind Wiseman, author of Queen Bee Moms and Wannabe Dads

“What every new parent needs–a ton of expert advice, presented with humor and zero negativity, from two moms who instantly feel like your best friends. This is the one pregnancy guide that new parents will actually want to read."
 
Leslie Morgan Steiner, editor of Mommy Wars and The Washington Post's online work/family column, “On Balance”

From The Hips is a deeply refreshing, honest look at the profound changes we undergo during pregnancy and beyond. Ceridwen and Rebecca unabashedly go into areas that other guides shy away from, offering support to every kind of prospective mother. Being pregnant and having a child is alternately the most beautiful, complex, difficult, rewarding experience a woman can imagine. This book gives it straight and from all sides, without judgment, and with irreverent humor and candor from its authors.”

-Gwyneth Paltrow

“Supportive, positive, real, and rarely preachy…Finally a reference guide for parents that treats us like we have brains.”
- Bust Magazine

The honest talk about epidurals and C-sections, including anonymous quotes from moms, is must-read info for anyone planning a hospital birth. In fact, the book is full of frank advice about most of today's biggest hurdles for pregnant women, from going back to work to breastfeeding in public... At every step, it addresses not just what you'll be going through physically, but what you and your partner might be addressing emotionally, too. Cheers to this realistic take on the lifestyle change that is pregnancy and parenthood.
- Pregnancy Magazine

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Allysun Welburn on Oct. 28 2007
I have a couple of pregnancy books, but this is by far the best. It is honest and informative. The pictures and quotes help keep it personal and the information is well organized and helpful. One of the authors writes about bursting into tears on the street because she feared for her pre-pregnancy identity. Thank you. I am very tired of hyper medical books or books that imply I should be frolicking with daisies. This is an optimistic but very realistic book. I love it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Yates on June 7 2007
I found this book to be a refreshing read. Never preachy like so many pregnancy books can be, and it honestly does tell you the gross things that even your close friends can't bear to.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By KT on Aug. 17 2008
This book should be required reading in every high school; guaranteed it would drop teen pregnancy rates to almost nil. Had I read it BEFORE getting pregnant, I might have just opted to adopt another dog instead. I've got a good half dozen pregnancy books, but this is the only one to make me collapse in tears (multiple times!) with fear and horror and depression about what was awaiting me in the upcoming months. (Granted, pregnant women are hormonal by nature, but I passed it along to my husband, who flipped through it and said, "I wish you hadn't bought this book.") For an already scared mom-to-be, it was very much the wrong book. I am not looking for a sugar-coated approach, but I am at least looking for a fair and balanced one, one that doesn't include only one positive "anonymom" quote for every 10 doom-and-gloom ones. I get the sense they were going for a "prepare for the worst" vibe so that readers would be relieved when their own experiences weren't quite so horrific and dire as they'd been told to expect, but that's equally as misleading as a book that paints pregnancy to be an exclusively beautiful and peaceful and fulfilling experience.

On the plus side, if you ignore all the "anonymom" quotes and the over-emphasis on the negatives, the information is worthwhile and fairly comprehensive. As well, it's not at all preachy, and when they discuss complicated or controversial issues (such as whether to breastfeed or not, circumcision, co-sleeping and so on) they seem fairly neutral, presenting both sides of the story equally.

In summary: if you're pregnant and already experiencing a host of horrible physical and emotional changes, it might be comforting to read about other women going through the same thing to know you're not alone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By twins on the way on Dec 26 2008
I bought this book before becoming pregnant to learn exactly what it promises: the things pregnant friends never tell you! I am pregnant now and am so glad I have read it. It provides an honest, direct, clear and open perspective on the different decisions you face in pregnancy, birth and as a new parent. I find the book to be comforting in its no-nonsense approach. I feel confident and informed after reading this book, and I only wish there was a similar book specifically for twin pregnancies and births.
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By Angela G on Nov. 11 2014
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Great book!! I'll be getting this for all my friends as they get pregnant. I love the little speech bubbles on each page with comments from moms and dads, incredibly reassuring, helps you feel like you're not alone. This book really helped me through some tough stages and prepared me for different things.
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I read this when I was pregnant with my first. Love love love love this book! The best prego/birth/early parenting book I've read (and that's a lot). The accounts from moms everywhere were great, and it's so honest and hilarious! Cannot say enough good things about it. Highly recommended
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