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YOU: Having a Baby: The Owner's Manual to a Happy and Healthy Pregnancy Hardcover – Dec 1 2009

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  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner (Dec 1 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416572368
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416572367
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 19.6 x 3.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 975 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #155,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jvb on Jan. 5 2010
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book for my daughter who is expecting her first baby. There are so many pregnancy books out there but this one really stood out. Very informative and an interesting read. She really enjoyed it and read it all in one sitting.
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Format: Paperback
this book is great, when pregnant with first, I bought EVERY book, now I wish this one had been available. If I could go back, would only buy this one. it has easy to follow lists, includes medically sound info from pre-pregnancy prep to post-partum. comparing to "expecting series" found much easier to read. i found "expecting" to have info all over and a general theme of "you should but don't worry if you did or didn't" found expecting condecending whereas the "You" book just tells you, doesn't lecture and doesn't sugar-coat. realistic. I love that you can easily find a one page list summarizing vitamins, and a one page list summarizing diet, rather than super confusing expecting pages. great focus on epigentetics.
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
least favorite pregnancy book May 5 2011
By Kjoy - Published on
Format: Paperback
I hate to leave a negative review of anything Dr. Oz does, but this book was a huge disappointment. I have an arsenal of pregnancy, baby and child-related books and was so excited for this new one that I pre-ordered it and checked the mailbox daily. The book is not what you would expect if you're used to reading the "What to Expect" series. It actually reads like a middle school health text book with endless, useless illustrations that are just not of value for even the most moderately educated woman. If you have a pretty good awareness of your body, health and your reproductive system, this book is pretty dumbed-down...kind of a "Pregnancy for Dummmies." There was hardly any information that actually answered my "run for the bookshelf" questions like the What to Expect books. I rarely want to return a book, but this one is truly useless to me.

If you want a complete pregnancy book, I would highly recommend the What to Expect When You're Expecting, but even more so, the Dr. Sears "Pregnancy Book", which surprised me by becoming my favorite. I love the Dr. Sears books, but am not a huge fan of co-sleeping and attachment parenting...just returned their "Baby Sleep Book"...but their Pregnancy Book is really comprehensive, especially for all those neurotic questions we come up with as pregnant mothers! I also LOVE the Dr. Sears "Breastfeeding Book" and "The Nursing Mother's Companion". Once baby arrives, I cannot recommend highly enough "The Baby Whisperer Solves All Your Problems" by Tracey Hogg. By far, the most helpful, wonderful, effective book for all things infant ever created!!! This book was/is my Baby Bible! Kind, loving methods to solve every baby question/problem from eating to sleeping to breaking bad habits - amazing!!!
39 of 47 people found the following review helpful
Okay -- But Disorganized and Not What I Expected Jan. 1 2010
By Jenny Loving - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I purchased this book based on a recommendation in a magazine. The excerpt provided there talked about epigenetics. I was very intrigued and expected there to be a wealth of information on this topic -- there was just a very short section :( The rest of the information is quite good, and I picked up several valuable pointers (despite the fact that I've read about a gazillion books on pregnancy before). However, I agree with reviewers that said this book is not essential if you have others laying around the house already. The epigenetics section certainly isn't enough to set it apart like I hoped it would.

I also found the book to be very disorganized (jumping from what to eat while you're pregnant, to what to buy for your newborn, to how to choose an OB, to what to do if you are having trouble getting pregnant, and back to what to do while you're pregnant, and so on). I found myself wondering who in the world organized the content for the book, because it didn't make sense to me!

All in all, I was very disappointed by this title, which I have for the Kindle. As a note, the Kindle version's formatting is VERY off and many sentences are completely missing and certain tables completely unreadable.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
My wife and I loved it... Dec 19 2009
By G. Griffith - Published on
Format: Hardcover
My wife is 8 months pregnant so we both read this. Was really accessible and for me really refreshing. Avoided a lot of the alarmism that other books in this genre fall into. We're big fans of the entire You series.
10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
another fantastic conrtibution to our health Dec 19 2009
By Janey Jones - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I always love reading the YOU books, and this latest contribution is no exception. The authors craft an upbeat, accessible, fun guide for women going through the awe-inspiring, but also sometimes scary process of bringing new life into our world. They highlight how detrimental stress (both physical and emotional) can be to the newborn and proceed to explain all the aspects of pregnancy so elegantly that I felt immediately relaxed. The good doctors teamed up with a well recognized OB-GYN from the Cleveland Clinic and several other experienced moms (including Mrs Oz!) to explain practical aspects of fertility and the early weeks after conception.

I believe their most valuable contribution is a comprehensive review of the fascinating process of epigenetics. This is how humans were able to adapt to rapid changes in their environment like a famine or ice age. This same process will change how our children use their genes if the mother does not take charge of her own health so the fetus can predict their future environment correctly. They make a reasonable argument that this is the single biggest advance in medicine in the past decade.

Most importantly, "YOU: having a baby" correctly argues that 50% of women do not know that they are pregnant when they first conceive, so all pre-menapausal women should follow the nutrition plan that they outline. I am getting copies for all my friends for the holidays.
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Best pregnancy book I found- Very positive but truthful. March 26 2012
By Darlyn - Published on
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I'm a big fan of Dr. Oz after reading this book. It is a great resource for your pregnancy and beyond. I found myself using it long after my son was born as a reference. I love the way it is layed out, it is not in chronilogical order like most pregnancy books, it is written more like a book you can actually read. It is very truthful but not scary. I found "What to Expect" books to be very scary and not at all uplifting and very negative. I want the facts but I don't want to be terrified my entire pregnancy! This was the best book I found out of several pregnancy books I was given or purchased. I would definately recommend this and also the follow up from Dr. Oz : YOU Raising a Child.

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