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The Pregnancy Book: A Month-by-Month Guide [Paperback]

William Sears , Martha Sears , Linda HUghey Holt
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June 1 1997
America's foremost baby and childcare experts tell you what to expect, month by month, from conception through birth In this uniquely authoritative and comprehensive guide, Dr. Bill and Martha Sears, the pediatrics specialists whose books on birth, babies, and parenting have become widely praised bestsellers, team up with one of America's leading obstetricians. The result: the definitive book on pregnancy for expectant parents today. The Pregnancy Book explains what is occurring in the womb step by step, so that you can better appreciate why your body behaves the way it does and why you feel the way you do. The topics covered include: * how your baby is growing, as well as how you may be changing, both physically and emotionally * concerns and questions you may have about tests and technology, genetic counseling, childbirth options, and bonding with your preborn baby * essential information on eating right for two * how to protect the womb environment and recognize potential household hazards * advice on working while pregnant-from informing your boss to dressing for the job * exercising and keeping fit during your pregnancy * selecting a childbirth class * helpful tips on everything from traveling while pregnant to overcoming morning sickness * and much more With a detailed special section on labor and delivery, a glossary of obstetrical terms, and a chapter covering "the tenth month"-postpartum-The Pregnancy Book is an unrivaled source of information, counsel, and comfort for every prospective parent.

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The Pregnancy Book is an excellent all-in-one guide to pregnancy from William and Martha Sears, creators of the concept of "attachment parenting." Each of the book's chapters represents a month, and deals with physical and emotional changes, describes the growth of the fetus, and discusses common concerns. The authors also focus on nutrition, exercise, information and support for home births and birthing centers, traveling while pregnant, how to avoid episiotomy, and so on. The approach is gentle, thorough, and includes more information than some month-by-month guides, which makes The Pregnancy Book an excellent choice for pregnant couples.

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The Searses, popular childcare experts and authors (e.g., Parenting the Fussy Baby and High-Need Child, LJ 8/96), have teamed up with obstetrician Holt to give us this work. Using a month-by-month format with nice illustrations that show normal fetal development, they discuss a wide range of pregnancy options without judgmental bias. Scattered throughout are helpful hints and stories from other pregnant mothers that give the book a comfortable feel. Unfortunately, adequate information on possible problems is missing from the text itself, though the preface does note that rare conditions are covered in an appendix (not available for review). A nice supplement to Arlene Eisenberg and Heidi Merkoff's What To Expect When You're Expecting (Workman, 1995. rev. ed.) and The Mayo Clinic Complete Book of Pregnancy & Baby's First Year (LJ 1/95). Given the popularity of the authors, expect requests.?KellyJo Houtz Griffin, Auburn, Wash.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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3.0 out of 5 stars great for an uneventful pregnancy, but... May 5 2004
Format:Paperback
As long as your pregnancy is progresses "normally," and you are able to birth "naturally," this book probably provides adequate information for you. However, it does not deal very extensively with the many complications that come up during pregnancy, and does not deal much with birth defects and fetal problems, other than to assure you that such things are very uncommon and therefore you shouldn't worry. I have had a very difficult pregnancy, and more than a few times the condition or complication I was experiencing wasn't even mentioned in the book, not even in the appendix.
Also, Dr. Sears insists on using gestational age dates, which is not how most doctors date pregnancies, and I was always reading about something that was supposed to happen at, say, 19 weeks, and having to add and subtract weeks to figure out how it pertained to me. That was irritating.
I liked the reassuring tone of the book, and I liked the flexible, commonsense approach to nutrition and weigh gain, which was a pleasant change from What To Expect (Yikes! That Best-Odds Diet is for superwomen.)
All in all, it is an okay book, and probably fine for women with uneventful pregnancies, but there are better and more comprehensive books out there if you want more detailed and objective information on tests and problems.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great alternative to What To Expect April 11 2000
Format:Paperback
If you're looking for a book that will treat you like an intelligent woman who deserves to be armed with the facts on important pregnancy-related issues, this is the book for you. Like The Unofficial Guide to Having A Baby (another book that I heartily recommend), it believes that pregnant women and their partners are capable of making their own decisions about breastfeeding and working, nutrition during pregnancy, and other issues that the authors of What To Expect tend to get very preachy about. The only thing I didn't like about the book was the month-by-month structure. Not all of the problems that the authors describe handily crop up during the month that they've arbitrarily slotted the topic into. Also, the coverage of certain topics is very sketchy: you won't find much helpful advice on coping with a urinary tract infection, for example. (The Unofficial Guide to Having A Baby, on the other hand, offers you a number of potential remedies: everything from drinking lots of cranberry juice to urinating right after intercourse to prevent your UTI from recurring.) Still, these are minor quibbles about an otherwise excellent book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good, general guide to pregnancy June 29 2004
By Lisa L
Format:Paperback
I thought this was a great book to start off with. Dr. Sears and his wife lay out the general information in an easy to read format. While this is not the only book in my prego-library, I do find myself going back to it over and again. I don't think there's one be all end all book. Yes, there is a lot of repetition in the various Sears' books but each seems to build upon the others.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great if you go natural Feb. 24 2004
Format:Paperback
I bought this book because "What to Expect" was out of stock. This book takes you through your pregnancy in an easy to follow month by month format. The authors of the book also include some stories of their pregnancy's as well as those of others. There is also a glossary that explains briefly some complications and conditions of pregnancy. I, however, feel that this book pushes the message that birth should be unmedicated unless medically necessary. They feel that pain relief should only be given in extreme cases like c-sections and to help a slow labor progress.
There is a section covering cesareans but it isn't too detailed on what to expect and they really only give medical reasons for needing one. They even feel that if a breech baby can be delivered naturally that it should be done. It seems that they don't really consider the health and well-being of the unborn baby. Inductions aren't really talked about either. The only spot I remember them being discussed is if your labor is progressing very slowly or if it has been over 24 hrs since the water has been broken.
This book also covers the overlooked issues such as environmental factors that affect pregnancy, pregnancy at an older age, special tests that may be needed, and whether or not to go through genetic counseling. They also cover miscarriages and how to cope and how to decide when to start trying again.
All in all if you have a normal healthy pregnancy that is progressing well and you plan to have an unmedicated birth this book will guide you along nicely. However, if you are facing a cesarean, have a high risk pregnancy, or carrying multiples I would recommend you find another book. Also if you are looking for a book to cover both pregnancy and child birth either buy, "The Birth Book", or get another book altogether.
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Format:Paperback
Currently pregnant, this is my second round with this book.
This pregnancy was determined to be high risk from day one. What I like best about this book its organization. Unlike any other in my huge stack of PG books, this book breaks down its chapters to cover separate months of the pregnancy. This is very helpful to me in that it gives me a sense of accomplishment with every new chapter. It also helps me to focus on what's happening right now in my body, which is particularily great on days when having to comprehend the whole picture is overwhelming.
Since I've had to severely limit my activity early on, information on exercise, sex, and travel aren't much use to me, but I like that the authors delve into many of the more subtle symptoms and issues of pregnany.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
I recommend ALL Sears books. He is positive, and very balanced. Most pregnancy books are directed towards a medical route, but, Sears always give you both a holistic perspective as... Read more
Published on Dec 1 2003 by Rebecca York
5.0 out of 5 stars YOU NEED THIS >>>>>>>>>>>
I read and read and READ this book when I was pregnant, then I gave it as a gift several times over. There is some wonderful advice and encouragment. Read more
Published on Oct. 16 2003 by Kimberli
4.0 out of 5 stars COVERED EVERY ASPECT OF PREGNANCY
Indeed, this Pregnancy Book offered a complete coverage of pregnancy using the monthly staging method. Its analyses are thorough, and quite understandable. Read more
Published on Feb. 7 2003 by reviewer
2.0 out of 5 stars The only disappointing Sears book I have read
I am very attachment parenting, low intervention oriented, and I found this book a waste of money. There was too much information missing in this book, and any mother who had an... Read more
Published on Jan. 20 2003
3.0 out of 5 stars A good suppliment, but...
First of all, I would highly recommend to anyone that you get more that one pregnancy book. I read this one in conjunction with "What to Expect," and I found that between... Read more
Published on Nov. 18 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars The Sears Parenting Library books are excellent.
The Sears have 8 children and are both medical professionals. They have so much experience and wisdom to share. Read more
Published on Sept. 26 2002
2.0 out of 5 stars Average, Just Average!!!
One of the very first books I bought. I read it for a couple of days, it answered SOME of my many questions. Read more
Published on Sept. 15 2002 by "allensil"
5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource
Dr. Sears is a wonderful resource for almost anything you want to know about pregnancy and parenting. I also recommend The Expectant Father, by Armin Brott. Read more
Published on Sept. 10 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars Great reference to have on hand
This book is perfect to look through during your entire pregnancy. It has information on almost all of the issues that you will face, and its reassuring to know that the symptoms... Read more
Published on Sept. 4 2002
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