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.