Pregnancy Book, The Paperback – Jun 1 1997
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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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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.
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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I thought this was a great book to start off with. Dr. Sears and his wife lay out the general information in an easy to read format. Read morePublished on June 29 2004 by Lisa L
Currently pregnant, this is my second round with this book.
This pregnancy was determined to be high risk from day one. What I like best about this book its organization. Read more
I recommend ALL Sears books. He is positive, and very balanced. Most pregnancy books are directed towards a medical route, but, Sears always give you both a holistic perspective as... Read morePublished on Dec 1 2003 by Rebecca York
I read and read and READ this book when I was pregnant, then I gave it as a gift several times over. There is some wonderful advice and encouragment. Read morePublished on Oct. 15 2003 by Kimberli
Indeed, this Pregnancy Book offered a complete coverage of pregnancy using the monthly staging method. Its analyses are thorough, and quite understandable. Read morePublished on Feb. 7 2003 by reviewer
First of all, I would highly recommend to anyone that you get more that one pregnancy book. I read this one in conjunction with "What to Expect," and I found that between... Read morePublished on Nov. 17 2002
The Sears have 8 children and are both medical professionals. They have so much experience and wisdom to share. Read morePublished on Sept. 25 2002
One of the very first books I bought. I read it for a couple of days, it answered SOME of my many questions. Read morePublished on Sept. 15 2002
Dr. Sears is a wonderful resource for almost anything you want to know about pregnancy and parenting. I also recommend The Expectant Father, by Armin Brott. Read morePublished on Sept. 10 2002
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