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Would-be mothers looking for precise, accurate information from a reputable source will appreciate this mammoth pregnancy guide from the celebrated Mayo Clinic. The volume actually provides much more information than most parents will need: week by week accounts of the babys development, entries on how pregnancy can be affected by dozens of previous health conditions (such as HIV and diabetes), self-care tips for side effects like nausea and back pain, sidebars that explain the difference between identical and fraternal twins, etc. But the book contains at least one feature that most pregnant women will find indispensable: charts that indicate how to handle "troublesome signs and symptoms" during each three week period. For example, if a woman has slight spotting during the first four weeks of pregnancy, the chart tells her to notify a doctor during her next hospital visit. But if she has any bleeding at all during weeks 29 to 32, the chart indicates that she should tell her doctor immediately. Another stellar feature is the books even-handed series of "decision guides," which help parents make those hard (and even guilt-inducing) choices about breastfeeding, circumcision and whether or not to go back to work. Some parents may find the books cool, no-nonsense tone intimidating, or even scary, but when deciding what to do about mid-term cramps or pain, most readers will find great reassurance this volumes carefully vetted facts.
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...clear and compassionate answers to many of the questions and decisions that parents often encounter. (Total Health)See all Product Description
Overall, an excellent book, but it's littered with obsolete American units - needlessly frustrating for educated readers.Published 10 days ago by theskuj
Really informative and things are clearly explained. Much better than "What to Expect" (I read both at the same time).Published 21 days ago by Coco de Q
I found this book extremely helpful. Unlike other books which have benefits of their own, this one is more clinical and gives really basic information without all the opinions and... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Mary Cuk
This book is okay if you don't like using the internet or do not have it, otherwise it is very basic.Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer