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Dr Miriam Stoppard's Conception, Pregnancy and Birth [Hardcover]

Miriam Stoppard
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27 April 2000 Dorling Kindersley health care
This revised book on conception, pregnancy and birth includes four new case studies covering conception, diagnostic tests, pre-eclampsia and the importance of folic acid. There is also a new section on assisted fertility that explores the latest findings on the causes of male and female infertility, the tests available and reproduction treatments available. There is also a new chapter especially for expectant fathers, explaining how they can help their partners through pregnancy and the emotional impact of pregnancy and parenthood.


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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishers Ltd; 2nd Revised edition edition (27 April 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751305669
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751305661
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 19 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,748,868 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book has it all – a must read for mums -- Pregnancy Baby and You, July 1, 2005 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Dr Miriam Stoppard is Britain's best-selling pregnancy and childcare author with UK sales of over 2.2 million copies alone. She has appeared on television and has published more than fifty books on childcare & development, fitness & diet and women's health, including Conception, Pregnancy and Birth, Baby and Child Health Care, You and Your Toddler, Your New Baby and Complete Baby and Child Care. She is currently a columnist for The Mirror. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars It's OK but there are far better books 22 Aug 2006
By Anna
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I wasn't very impressed by this book - if you're looking for a general book then the Pregnancy Bible (written by a team of experts), which I bought at the same time, is much better and more detailed.

In addition, this book annoyed me sometimes, e.g. rather than having the baby's week-by-week development, here it's month-by-month. Plus there's a certain amount of self-advertising (I'm sure she's wonderful, whoever she is, but that's not why I bought the book). And at the beginning a slightly strange suggestion that pregnant women should be eating liver -- everything else I've read says you shouldn't!

Basically, it's OK but why buy it when others are so much better?
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK to start with but not detailed enough 24 Aug 2006
Format:Hardcover
I found this book a little bit lacking details. It mentions none of the common symptoms of pregnancy, like bleeding during pregnancy or the early pains felt during implanation. Consulting this book for the symptoms I suffered was not useful at all.

It doesn't really look at variances in pregnancy at all, like weight loss instead of weight gain.

Not a great purchase really.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Give this one a miss 18 Jun 2006
Format:Hardcover
If you are looking for a good pregnancy guide give this one a miss. If you want an example of why check out the chapter on "Food and Eating in Pregnancy". It sets such a high standard of vigilance, time and effort that most women who lead busy modern lives (in fact any woman who doesn't have an in-house chef and nutritionist) are bound to "fail" Dr Miriam's strict rules. It's a theme that continues throughout the book. I would look out for something that takes a more common sense, practical and balanced approach to modern pregnancy. This book only serves to make you feel stressed, guilty and inadequate and for no good reason. Good Luck. A good sensible book on this topic is hard to find.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 29 Nov 2000
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
An Excellent source of information, and pictures, at every stage of pregnancy. Advice on "what you may experience and why" is clearly laid out. A real must for expectant mums and dads to be.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good illustrations 10 Jan 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I found this book very good to help me prepare for the birth of my baby. It was simple and had clear illustrations that helped me explain what was ahead to my husband! I felt prepared about all the procedures that can happen at birth.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Unhelpful 29 July 2013
Format:Hardcover
When you find out you're pregnant, your natural instinct is to read about (or Google) everything that could go wrong and worry yourself sick. If you enjoy scaring yourself silly, this is the book for you.

This book offers no encouragement or guidance and reads more like a medical textbook written by a stern matronly figure. It has no warmth and is very dated in parts. Much of the advice is now being replaced.

Personally, at 6 weeks pregnant, I didn't need to know all the different ways an episiotomy could be performed. At 30 weeks, I didn't plan to stumble upon a chapter about still birth while looking for advice on breathing exercises. OK, I guess it's cool to know what a ventouse looks like, but there's a difference between sensible preparation and panicking yourself for no reason, and I don't think this book is useful in that respect.

Finally, some of the advice here is very patronising and/or downright ridiculous. For example, Dr Stoppard has included a handy list of hospital bag essentials that includes eau de cologne. Eau de cologne??! Please buy a modern book and skip over this old-fashioned rubbish.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Informative 20 Jun 2011
Format:Hardcover
brought this for my daughter in law and she was more than pleased with it, lots of infomation and some good pictures of various stages of pregnancy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The must have book! 4 May 2010
Format:Hardcover
I bought this book when i was pregnant with my daughter and it was such a help,easy to understand and well illustrated!
It's very well layed out and i loved the fact that you could follow your progress along with the book as well as answers to lots of obvious questions! I bought this book on this occasion for my brother as he is expecting his first and he has found it so helpful and really interesting, it's certainly opened his eyes to alot of things!!
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