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The Mother of All Pregnancy Books: An All-Canadian Guide to Conception, Birth and Everything in Between Paperback – Jan 1 2000

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Macmillan of Canada (2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0771577206
  • ISBN-13: 978-0771577208
  • Product Dimensions: 2.7 x 13.8 x 21.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 658 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #95,841 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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SO YOU'RE THINKING of having a baby-of trading your relatively sane and orderly life for the chance to hop on board what can best be described as an 18-year-long roller-coaster ride. Read the first page
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 17 2005
Format: Paperback
The best thing about this book is that it's like talking to your best friend or your sister who has been there, who knows what you really need to know and who can explain it with warmth and a sense of humour.
The advice is very practical. I did not at all like the "What to Expect" books because I found every page was laden with worry about things that could go wrong (in what tiny percentage of cases??) or guilt - what pregnant woman really needs to be told to think carefully about how every bite of food you eat affects your baby? Mother of All Pregnancy Books gives you the facts, but does it without scaring the heck out of you.
Another nice thing about this book is that it shows tips and advice from real people. I liked the variety of perspectives. It was also nice to see a thoroughly Canadian perspective, especially when dealing with the health care system.
After going through a few years of infertility and two miscarriages, I thought I had read everything on the subject and that knew pretty much all I needed to know about conception and pregnancy - but I still learned a lot from this book! I even went back and read it a second time when I got pregnant the second time.
Highly recommended!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie on Nov. 25 2002
Format: Paperback
What an important topic to research- the journey leading up to conceiving a child, and the fun and wild roller coaster ride of being pregnant! I was looking for information that was specifically Canadian, that was objective and "real" in its tone, and that provided me with useful, honest information learned from research and from fellow Moms and Dads. I have found this in Ann Douglas' The Mother of All Pregnancy Books- an ALL CANADIAN Guide to Conception, Birth & Everything in Between. If you are uniquely looking for a book about only one very specific topic related to pregnancy, then perhaps you will find you need additional info. from other resources on that topic. However if you, (like myself and many of my friends) are eager to have a fantastic overview of everything you wanted to know about this journey, then I think you will enjoy and benefit from the info. in this book! Good luck to you all!
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Teranika on Nov. 29 2007
Format: Paperback
Over the course of my pregnancy I've acquired several books about conception, prenatal development, and birth. This one was the least helpful. I am someone who likes to refer to how babies are developing and what general changes I would be likely to experience. I found that this book was somewhat outdated on these facts, and that the author preferred to focus on topics such as baby gear and maternity clothes. I also did not appreciate the structure of the book - the first chapter detailed all the reasons why one *shouldn't* have a baby to make the point that there is never a right time - instead I found it emphasizing potential difficulties and negatives about having a baby. The second chapter seemed to dwell on the message, "do this while you are young, because when you are older you'll just encounter problems" - a nice message to get from a book when your life has made it so that you are 39 and pregnant - I think an approach that describes the potential increase in problems while providing constructive advice on how to deal with some of challenges of becoming an older mother would have been more helpful.

And then, I simply found that other books simply provided more information, about fitness, symptoms experienced, prenatal development, nourishment, etc. There was no mention in this book of fibroids (an issue that I have encountered). And although "What to Expect When Expecting" is also not my preferred resource, I was grateful that it at least made *mention* of this rather common problem in pregnancy, and what I could expect during pregnancy and delivery. (Several other resources also skipped over the problems of fibroids).

I was also missing up-to-date and detailed information about tests, and what tests to expect as common within the Canadian system.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By KT on Aug. 17 2008
Format: Paperback
Ann Douglas starts out by telling you what this book will not be-- not one of those overly preachy, doom-and-gloom books that make you feel guilty for having a can of Diet Coke, and not one of those fluffy, girlfriend-style books that are light on substance and heavy on personal anecdotes that may or may not have any relevance to the reader (and may in fact be terribly misleading-- one such book I just read advises a woman not to exercise while pregnant). On both counts, she's right. This book had (most of) the factual information I was looking for, while still maintaining a light and easy tone. She presents some of the unpleasant aspects of pregnancy and post-pregnancy without managing to scare the reader or make her dread the next nine months. She also continually emphasizes that every woman and every pregnancy is different, which is a helpful reminder so you don't start to worry when your pregnancy doesn't match up to the "textbook" version of what it should be (it's also a good reminder when you read the list of the not-so-fun "side effects" pregnancy brings with it-- you'll get some of them, but not all). I also was extremely happy to have a Canadian perspective, since every other pregnancy book I own is American. The only downside to the book is that because it's so comprehensive, it doesn't have the space to delve too deeply into each topic: it tells you the basics, but if you have specific concerns, you'll have to turn to a more thorough medical guide. Despite that, I'd recommend it to any of my friends-- a worthwhile purchase.
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