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The Pregnancy Bible: Your Complete Guide to Pregnancy and Early Parenthood [Paperback]

Joanne Stone , Keith Eddleman
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Sept. 30 2008

The Pregnancy Bible, with 300,000 copies sold, is the most attractive and complete guide to this important event in parents' lives.

This updated edition includes authoritative information about the latest developments on a number of significant issues affecting the well-being of an expectant mother and her baby. Specifically, these include:

  • Revisions to the FDA/USDA food pyramid
  • New CDC recommendations about mercury and fish
  • Update on nuchal translucency screening
  • Update on screening for genetic disorders (in particular in the Ashkenazi Jewish population)
  • Updated information about loss rates after amniocentesis
  • The availability of ancillary testing when undergoing CVS/ amnio (like aneuploidy FISH and microdeletion FISH)
  • New information about 3D/4D ultrasound
  • A new emphasis on the importance of reporting domestic violence
  • Recent trends in cesarean delivery "on demand"
  • The importance of keeping vaccinations up to date
  • Updated information on teeth whitening
  • An updated section on the "breech" position
  • Update on Down syndrome screening.

The Pregnancy Bible covers the complete sequence of fetal development in utero week by week. Each stage is illustrated with full color photography. Many photos are life-size and reproduced from state-of-the-art ultrasound images. The book also uses step-by-step illustrations, sidebars, practical suggestions, topics to discuss, checklist charts, quick-reference gatefold spreads, check-up calendars, a directory and other easy-to-access information and advice to guide expectant parents through the pregnancy, birth and early infancy.

American Reference Books Annual praised The Pregnancy Bible for its "easy-to-understand style that will especially appeal to first-time parents." It is an essential addition to public and consumer health library collections and one that customers will request by name.

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[Review of earlier edition:] Offers everything both parents will ever need to know, presented clearly and with keen up-to-the-minute information. (Susan Brooke Day Nashville Parent Magazine 2003-10-00)

This sourcebook for expectant parents combines advice from gynecologists, obstetricians, fetal medicine physicians, midwives, psychologists, dieticians, geneticists, pediatricians, and teachers from North America and the UK. It covers what happens during pregnancy and labor, prenatal care, healthy eating and exercise, managing emotions and intimacy, fatherhood, and childbirth classes and labor choices. Stone and Eddleman (obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive science, Mount Sinai School of Medicine) then provide chapters on the newborn, taking care of the baby and oneself, and overcoming problems. Reference pages on genetic counseling, pregnancy, complications, emergencies, miscarriage, newborn medical problems, birth abnormalities, and other topics are included. Many color illustrations are incorporated throughout. There is no bibliography. (Book News 2009-02-00)

[Review of earlier edition:] Easy-to-read, full color sourcebook. (Parents Express 2004-04-00)

[Review of earlier edition:] Complete guide... well-organized and inviting-to-read book, crammed with color photographs, does a wonderful job of informing expectant parent(s). (Georgia Family 2004-07-00)

[Review of earlier edition:] An excellent resource for expecting parents... practical information in an easy to follow format... comprehensive, well written, informative, and timely. (Lise L. Hackett E-Streams 2004-04-00)

[Review of earlier edition:] A comprehensive guide that addresses both the medical and emotional aspects of pregnancy... aesthetically pleasing layout and design allow readers easy access to a wealth of information... the new have-to-have pregnancy book. (Sue Fast Island Parent 2003-11-00)

[Review of earlier edition:] Well-designed and the text is easy to understand... enhanced by color photography... lots of good practical advice. (Linda Hutchinson San Gabriel Valley Tribune 2003-10-20)

[Review of earlier edition:] Walks moms- and dads-to-be through all aspects of having a baby... detailed medical information and has two doctors serving as consulting editors. (Mariko Thompson Los Angeles Daily News 2003-10-28)

[Review of earlier edition:] Written in an easy-to-understand style that will especially appeal to first-time parents... Throughout the well-written text are sidebars with relevant information, charts and diagrams, and color photographs... highly recommended for public and consumer health library collections. (Shannon Hysell American Reference Books Annual, Volume 35 2004-01-00)

About the Author

Joanne Stone, MD, and Keith Eddleman, MD, are associate professors of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST EVER Feb. 15 2008
I bought this book when I pregnant with my first child. I read it and re-read it over and over again. The information is great and the pictures are even better! The ultrasound pictures are great and gives you a clear idea what your own baby looks like inside of you at any given point in your pregnancy. I also found it handy after my daughter was born...then AGAIN when I got pregnant with my second child. This is the ONLY pregnancy book you will ever need!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A useful, diagram-heavy pregnancy reference book Jan. 13 2010
First off, this is not a cover-to-cover read. That's common to the three pregnancy/parenting I currently own (including What to Expect When You're Expecting - 4th Edition and Parenting For Dummies). Don't expect to find everything within pregnancy reference books to be relevant to your case.

I thought that this was a highly useful reference book, although I honestly believe this to be a good companion book to What to Expect When You're Expecting - 4th Edition. This book is rich with illustrative and photographic reference and contains a wealth of information pertinent to a developing fetus, pregnancy and maternal health. The reason that I say that this is a good companion book to What to Expect When You're Expecting is that I found that this book doesn't provide as much in-depth information of the health effects and symptoms of pregnancy. I am very pleased that there are exercises listed in this book which have been adapted for expectant mothers, although I've yet to actually make use of those. Still, I don't regret this purchase at all and have given it four stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars No fear mongering here! Jan. 2 2008
By Joanne
I come from a medical family with a lot of healthy babies and active mothers. This is the first book that reflected the level-headed advice given to me by family members. It talks about the risks of certain activities and foods without making you feel like you've ruined your baby's chance of a healthy life by week 6 of your pregnancy. It is very informative, helpful, easy to read, and has sections for the dad-to-be as well. It distinguishes between things that have been proven to affect you during pregnancy versus things that may have an affect you during your pregnancy. It has managed to put into words some of my fears and concerns so concisely, I am constantly calling my husband over to read sections of the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely loved the pictures in this book Oct. 2 2009
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A friend recommend this book to me when I was pregnant and have subsequently sent it to 3 other friends who are pregnant. I liked this book mostly because of the week by week play of how your body is changing and what is going on with the little miracle in your belly. It's also a great reference book. For those of you in Canada, I would recommend a supplemental canadian resource because some of the information about check-ups and what to expect from your caregiver is different in the States.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good reference book May 15 2007
I was looking for a straight facts book, no cutesy stuff; for an all-in-one complete book to use as a reference from conception to early parenthood; for a book that would cover just about everything. The Pregnancy Bible is that book. It is thorough, complete, filled with facts, useful information and images and pictures. I looked at many other books before buying this one, and the Pregnancy Bible really is the best one I have found.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great reference book Aug. 26 2009
I'm only 3 months pregnant so I haven't checked out the whole book yet but for what I have read I enjoyed it very much. This book elped eased my fears and answered most my the questions I had about my first pregnancy. I also purchased the Mayo Clinic's Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy but I refence this book more often because I find the colored pictures more interesting and explanations easier to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST! Nov. 3 2009
Forget all the other books out there this book gives you a detailed week by week breakdown during your pregnancy...I have read all the other popular books but this is the best by far. if you are a first time mom to be then this is the book for you!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love This Book Aug. 6 2009
This book touches on everything that I've wanted to know so far. I'm almost 16 weeks and really look forward to reading the baby developement blurb and boby blurb every week. It's well written and so far has been a great resource.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book with excellent pictures. Was the only book I'd bought for my pregnancy.
Published 4 days ago by sudsybubble
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
This was my go to book during both my pregnancies. Had current information and all you really need (mother health, foetus growth an development week by week, delivery). Read more
Published 1 month ago by Melina Raptis
5.0 out of 5 stars Down to earth!
This is the one and only pregnancy guide I recommend. It is extremely down to earth and not scary to read; I found other pregnancy guides to overwhelm you with unlikely scenarios... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Ren24
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book with useful information
Good Book. Very informative. sometimes it's too wordy on the messages/things it tries to explain which is why I gave it 4 out of 5 star(can't choose half star, otherwise it would... Read more
Published on April 29 2011 by luckey
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of info and easy reading
Lots of great information, no fear mongering stuff just very reassuring. I have been recommending it to friends already and I am about half way through reading it from cover to... Read more
Published on Aug. 20 2010 by youmybabydaddy22
3.0 out of 5 stars Quite average
I recently ordered this book during my 2nd pregnancy. I was quite disappointed. Its very average, and unless you really have no idea about pregnancy I don't think it offers a lot... Read more
Published on Feb. 1 2010 by S. Purcell
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Informative
I haven't made it entirely through the book but it is very informative and covers a broad range of questions anyone may have with their first pregnancy. Read more
Published on Dec 15 2009 by J. Reimer
4.0 out of 5 stars good book
I was originally gonna get "What to expect when your expecting" but I'm happy I read the reviews which pointed me to this book instead. Read more
Published on Dec 11 2009 by R. Allen
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