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


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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Macmillan of Canada (2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0771577206
  • ISBN-13: 978-0771577208
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 2.9 x 21.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 658 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #213,688 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Aug. 8 2002
Format: Paperback
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 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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Nov. 14 2002
Format: Paperback
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 By A Customer on Sept. 26 2002
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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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