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The Mother of All Pregnancy Books: An All-Canadian Guide to Conception, Birth and Everything in Between [Paperback]

Ann Douglas
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If you're looking for the inside scoop on what it's really like to have a baby, you've come to the right place. The Mother of all pregnancy books take on tough topics most pregnancy books shy away from.

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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
5.0 out of 5 stars A pregnancy book for real people! June 17 2005
By A Customer
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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five stars all the way Aug. 8 2002
By A Customer
If you're looking for a pregnancy book that is uniquely tailored to the needs of Canadian parents, this is the book for you. Unlike American pregnancy books that repeatedly talk about the U.S. healthcare system and talk about the American College of Obstetricians' and Gynecologists' position on everything, this book makes reference to leading Canadian health authorities like Health Canada, the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, and the various provincial midwifery associations.
The book is extremely detailed and anticipates any question you might have during pregnancy.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Witty, informative, honest. Nov. 25 2002
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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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This book made me feel great about being pregnant. So many pregnancy books either make you feel guilty for being a less-than-perfect mom-to-be or scare you to death by warning of dire consequences to you and your baby if you dared to eat non-organic broccoli.
The book is down to earth, funny, and yet filled with all kinds of valuable information on all the key topics you need to know about when you're having a baby: prenatal testing (what maternal serum screening can -- and can't -- tell you about the health of your baby), cesarean sections (what to expect if you end up having a cesarean section, the pros and cons of attempting a vaginal birth after cesarean or VBAC, how the recovery after a cesarean differs from the recover after a vaginal delivery), the relative merits of pharmacological (epidurals, medications, etc.) and non-pharmacological methods (relaxation breathing, laboring in water, etc.) of pain relief during labour, and much, much more.
Every pregnant woman should own this book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Value, Good Information Sept. 26 2002
By A Customer
This is a good book, with very informative and helpful information. I especially appreciated the sections on financial readiness and how to specifically plan when you want to have a baby (of course, not too helpful if you're already there :-). Moreover, it was nice to read a book with a Canadian flair.
I read this book from cover to cover in two sittings - there are very few books that capture my attention that well. I would recommend this to anyone who wants good general information.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended
Loving it! Seems like the only pregnancy book needed. It's matter of fact and educational -no scare tactics. Would highly recommend.
Published 4 months ago by T
3.0 out of 5 stars Best for pre-pregnancy and trying to conceive
I liked the first few chapters of this book and referred to them when I was trying to get pregnant. But once I was pregnant I didn't think the book was as useful. Read more
Published 4 months ago by shereen
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst book ever.
Poor analysis of issues
Alarmist mentality
Cheap gimmick ('all canadian')
Money grab
Anecdotal references not helpful
Will avoid author henceforth
Published 19 months ago by Julien
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! Very informative!
This is a great book for anyone that is unsure what to expect in pregnancy! It covers pretty much any topic there could be, and gives peoples personal stories too. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Tara
3.0 out of 5 stars Multiples/Twins - avoid this book
When I first became pregnant, I found this book to be very good - the Canadian content was helpful. However, a few weeks later when I found out we were expecting TWINS I... Read more
Published on July 28 2012 by TwinMom
3.0 out of 5 stars Good information but a little discouraging
This book had lots of good information and advice. You can't expect one book to have everything you need in it, but this book does a decent job in keeping you informed on most... Read more
Published on Aug. 27 2009 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book For First Time Expectant Mommy!
I have just finished this book and it was a really great read. I thought I knew lots about BB's since I am the last of 5 girls in the family to have a Baby. Read more
Published on Nov. 7 2008 by Eryn Geddes
4.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what I needed
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,... Read more
Published on Aug. 17 2008 by KT
5.0 out of 5 stars Canadian parents: is once again listing the American and the...
I've reported the problem to my publisher (after reading some of the reviews below, which made it obvious that some people inadvertently ordered the U.S. Read more
Published on June 10 2008 by Ann Douglas
2.0 out of 5 stars Why Canadian?
As I live in Canada & have only been here four years I specifically bought this book because I expected some very Canadian specific information and point of views. Read more
Published on Jan. 19 2008 by S0
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