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Pregnancy Book, The Paperback – Jun 1 1997

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Word Alive (June 1 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316779148
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316779142
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 2.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 590 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #121,439 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Pregnancy Book is an excellent all-in-one guide to pregnancy from William and Martha Sears, creators of the concept of "attachment parenting." Each of the book's chapters represents a month, and deals with physical and emotional changes, describes the growth of the fetus, and discusses common concerns. The authors also focus on nutrition, exercise, information and support for home births and birthing centers, traveling while pregnant, how to avoid episiotomy, and so on. The approach is gentle, thorough, and includes more information than some month-by-month guides, which makes The Pregnancy Book an excellent choice for pregnant couples.

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The Searses, popular childcare experts and authors (e.g., Parenting the Fussy Baby and High-Need Child, LJ 8/96), have teamed up with obstetrician Holt to give us this work. Using a month-by-month format with nice illustrations that show normal fetal development, they discuss a wide range of pregnancy options without judgmental bias. Scattered throughout are helpful hints and stories from other pregnant mothers that give the book a comfortable feel. Unfortunately, adequate information on possible problems is missing from the text itself, though the preface does note that rare conditions are covered in an appendix (not available for review). A nice supplement to Arlene Eisenberg and Heidi Merkoff's What To Expect When You're Expecting (Workman, 1995. rev. ed.) and The Mayo Clinic Complete Book of Pregnancy & Baby's First Year (LJ 1/95). Given the popularity of the authors, expect requests.?KellyJo Houtz Griffin, Auburn, Wash.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer J. Rehbein on May 5 2004
Format: Paperback
As long as your pregnancy is progresses "normally," and you are able to birth "naturally," this book probably provides adequate information for you. However, it does not deal very extensively with the many complications that come up during pregnancy, and does not deal much with birth defects and fetal problems, other than to assure you that such things are very uncommon and therefore you shouldn't worry. I have had a very difficult pregnancy, and more than a few times the condition or complication I was experiencing wasn't even mentioned in the book, not even in the appendix.
Also, Dr. Sears insists on using gestational age dates, which is not how most doctors date pregnancies, and I was always reading about something that was supposed to happen at, say, 19 weeks, and having to add and subtract weeks to figure out how it pertained to me. That was irritating.
I liked the reassuring tone of the book, and I liked the flexible, commonsense approach to nutrition and weigh gain, which was a pleasant change from What To Expect (Yikes! That Best-Odds Diet is for superwomen.)
All in all, it is an okay book, and probably fine for women with uneventful pregnancies, but there are better and more comprehensive books out there if you want more detailed and objective information on tests and problems.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Book Lover on April 11 2000
Format: Paperback
If you're looking for a book that will treat you like an intelligent woman who deserves to be armed with the facts on important pregnancy-related issues, this is the book for you. Like The Unofficial Guide to Having A Baby (another book that I heartily recommend), it believes that pregnant women and their partners are capable of making their own decisions about breastfeeding and working, nutrition during pregnancy, and other issues that the authors of What To Expect tend to get very preachy about. The only thing I didn't like about the book was the month-by-month structure. Not all of the problems that the authors describe handily crop up during the month that they've arbitrarily slotted the topic into. Also, the coverage of certain topics is very sketchy: you won't find much helpful advice on coping with a urinary tract infection, for example. (The Unofficial Guide to Having A Baby, on the other hand, offers you a number of potential remedies: everything from drinking lots of cranberry juice to urinating right after intercourse to prevent your UTI from recurring.) Still, these are minor quibbles about an otherwise excellent book.
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I bought this book because "What to Expect" was out of stock. This book takes you through your pregnancy in an easy to follow month by month format. The authors of the book also include some stories of their pregnancy's as well as those of others. There is also a glossary that explains briefly some complications and conditions of pregnancy. I, however, feel that this book pushes the message that birth should be unmedicated unless medically necessary. They feel that pain relief should only be given in extreme cases like c-sections and to help a slow labor progress.
There is a section covering cesareans but it isn't too detailed on what to expect and they really only give medical reasons for needing one. They even feel that if a breech baby can be delivered naturally that it should be done. It seems that they don't really consider the health and well-being of the unborn baby. Inductions aren't really talked about either. The only spot I remember them being discussed is if your labor is progressing very slowly or if it has been over 24 hrs since the water has been broken.
This book also covers the overlooked issues such as environmental factors that affect pregnancy, pregnancy at an older age, special tests that may be needed, and whether or not to go through genetic counseling. They also cover miscarriages and how to cope and how to decide when to start trying again.
All in all if you have a normal healthy pregnancy that is progressing well and you plan to have an unmedicated birth this book will guide you along nicely. However, if you are facing a cesarean, have a high risk pregnancy, or carrying multiples I would recommend you find another book. Also if you are looking for a book to cover both pregnancy and child birth either buy, "The Birth Book", or get another book altogether.
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By A Customer on Jan. 19 2003
Format: Paperback
I am very attachment parenting, low intervention oriented, and I found this book a waste of money. There was too much information missing in this book, and any mother who had an intervention during her birth or suffered from morning sickness and required meds for it or didn't simply sip hot tea when she had the flu is going to feel like she scarred her child for life. It covered way too little- it was basically written for the woman who is going to have the picture perfect pregnancy and birth, with just a little nausea in the beginning, a little backache and heartburn in the middle, and a little backache and ankle swelling at the end. She then goes on to have a perfect 8-hour birth with her husband breathing with her perfectly through contractions, and her baby perfectly attaches to her breast after the birth. If you don't think you are this person, skip this book. Unforunately, I don't have any better recommendations- I am a fanatical reader and have yet to find a good pregnancy book on the market.
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