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Pregnancy for Modern Girls: The naked truth about being pregnant [Paperback]

Hollie Smith
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Book Description

22 Oct 2009
If you want a sugar-coated guide to pregnancy, this isn’t it! 

With you through every stage, the Pregnancy for Modern Girls is a refreshing, truthful guide to nine months of scary decisions, medical jargon and life-changing events. From scans, maternity leave and common pregnancy ailments, to what labour’s really like, we tell you straight – the kind of frank, honest advice you expect from your best mate. 

We cover the questions that you’ll really want the answers to but may not want to ask, including:
  • I got really drunk in the first 3 months – will my baby be ok? 
  • Will I need to wear big pants? 
  • What’s an episiotomy? 
  • Are piles inevitable? 
  • Can I still have sex when I’m huge?
  • Full of practical advice, this book will help waylay your fears and ensure you make the right choices for you and your baby.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: White Ladder Press; 1 edition (22 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905410603
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905410606
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,697 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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More About the Author

Hello! I'm Hollie. I live in Bedfordshire with my old man and my two daughters. As well as writing, I love to sing and play my guitar. I also like to drink wine. And I hang around on social media a lot (feel free to join me!) Do please take a look at my blog if you've got time:

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Warm, reassuring and down-to-earth - everything a new mum-to-be needs. --Mother & Baby Magazine The personal accounts would put any worrying woman more at ease... The book eases you into pregnancy, following the journey from early symptoms to birth and beyond. hilariously frank --The Sun Everything you'd want to know and more... written in a friendly and nonsense-free way... great for first time mums For the kind of frank, honest advice you'd expect from your best friend, read Pregnancy for Modern Girls...Hollie Smith gives it to you straight, taking you through every aspect of pregnancy and each scary decision you have to make. --Pregnancy & Birth Magazine Everything you'd want to know and more... written in a friendly and nonsense-free way... great for first time mums

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The ONLY pregnancy book to speak to today’s mums in their own style

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very honest - maybe too much so! 17 Dec 2009
By C. C. Chivers VINE VOICE
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I like this book. It is very honest about what you should expect and is simple to read. However, in its honesty, it is also reassuring. It tells you things you may not otherwise be told even by the doctor or midwife and also gives statistics as well as comfort that not everyone experiences certain things. All the same, the prospect of possibly experiencing all the symptoms is rather daunting!

The book is interspersed with the observations of a number of women who have had different experiences, so you are not just getting the views of the author. It is very thoroughly researched and definitely worth buying.

Here's a list of the contents with some of my own summaries of what the chapters include:
1. You're pregnant! What now? - a general overview of what to expect and what tests are available.
2. Sick and tired: the joys of pregnancy
3. Womb with a view: your baby's growth
4. Care instructions: eating, drinking, and other potentially 'dangerous' activities - drugs, alcohol, exercise.
5. Office politics: pregnancy and your career - maternity leave, legal rights and waht to do with difficult bosses.
6. Hit and missionary: your love life during pregnancy
7. Delivery schedule: making plans for your baby's arrival - where are you going to have it and how?
8. Ready for take-off: preparing for your baby's birth - shopping, packing and the baby's position.
9. Labour day(s): what happens when you give birth - step by step including 'how much it hurts' and the time when you are in hospital.
10. Birth stories: six Modern Girls recall their labour day
11. Hey, baby: the first few weeks with your newborn
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I prefer the perspective that pregnancy can be a lovely time and so much can go RIGHT during pregnancy and birth, but maybe that's just me! That aside it is a very readable primer on pregnancy that doesn't make you feel like you are doing homework.

Positives: it tackles some brave topics, such as the short but reassuring section for those who accidentally drank during pregnancy. A huge stressor for a lot of women, I think it was dealt with pretty well. A favourite bit is the section on birthing options which though not hugely detailed is quite comprehensive. I enjoyed that home births (though I am not brave enough for that!), water births etc were explained a bit, not just hospital-based experiences.

Some negatives: I personally would have prefered more consistent info in parts. While the author was the first person to ever tell me that epidurals make it more likely that forceps or ventouse will be required, when it came to caesarians she said nothing about risks/benefits to baby which is a big thing for most of us when considering the (often confusing) advice and options we've been given.

I agree with others that the breastfeeding section is negative; rather than brace women for its potential challenges she sounds like she's trying to put everyone off. Aside from a glib "it might help you loose weight in theory" comment it totally skips any info on the effect on mum's body like helping the uterous shrink back or how it requires more extra calories than pregnancy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Frank and to the point 23 Nov 2009
By Candi Says VINE VOICE
As a prospective mum to be, I decided to add this book to my growing collection of books on pregnancy.

I enjoyed this one as its frank and to the point. It answers a lot of my questions and I think it will be useful to refer to. The author, Hollie Smith pretty much covers everything you need to/will need to know and tells it how it is. She has also put in quotes from other women and their experiences. There is also a list of useful contacts at the back. I also found that it was easier to read and less likely to cause me anxiety than some of the other books I have read.

I would definitely recommend it.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for 1st time mums 2 Dec 2009
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This is a great book for 1st time mums loads of sensible advice with a big hint of realism without being too off putting. I've got 2 kids and would have loved this book if only for giving me the go ahead to eat cooked blue cheese!!
There are no pictures or diagrams just sound bites from other Mums, a great questions with answers for the Modern Girl. There's not a hint of patronising advice here just the kind you'd get from your best friend - highly recommend it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 13 Sep 2011
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I was really looking forward to getting my hands on this book - I found the cover very appealing, and the title piqued my curiosity. Sadly, the cover and the title turned out to be the two best things about it. Sure, there's useful information here, but you can find that in other pregnancy books as well. I honestly don't see what's so "modern" about this book. I found the choice to use handwriting (or print akin to handwriting) for all the quotes rather annoying. It was hard on the eyes and made me want to skip reading the quotes. I also think the book would have benefited from some photographs and illustrations.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Modern, amusing and honest 12 Dec 2009
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This is Peter's pregnant wife writing this review. I got hold of this book quite early on in my pregnancy and found it to be quite the god-send. Funny and honest, the book gives you a quick over-view through pregnancy without the medical jargon. As this is my first pregnancy, I was naturally buzzing with millions of questions - one of my favourite things about this book is the quotes from other women telling us how it was for them and for each stage and symptom. I cannot tell you how many times I read and re-read the bits about morning sickness, acid reflux, 'baby brain' and other such pregnancy delights that one can only experience to truly understand. And to read about how other people dealt with it is particularly helpful. Us girlies always like a chin-wag and this book is like having all your pregnant mates around to discuss bumps. As still being in the middle of the pregnancy, there are somethings I haven't experienced yet i.e the biggie (labour), but the information in there is good to know.
Occasionally, after throwing up for the upteempth time you sometimes wish there was a big more about the why and what to do about morning sickness but that is more borne out of the frustration of having seen the toilet bowl one too many times. All in all a different book to what is out there on the pregnancy shelf.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read.
Fantastic read full of excellent facts and written in a charismatic and friendly manner. This is not a 'preachy' book which is so common (and tiresome) to come across in pregnancy... Read more
Published 6 days ago by LH
3.0 out of 5 stars Pregnancy For Modern Girls ....
Really good book to read if you're trying or are having a baby. It uses a lot of the slang words that are used these days and it makes some of the things a bit more simpler and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by BabyMo77
5.0 out of 5 stars Spoken as a friend
This was my first book that I bought for my first pregnancy. Its written as if the writer is a friend rather than by just giving you lots of medical info. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Molly-Valentino
3.0 out of 5 stars Even more scared than before about having my first baby
Very informative and honest about what to expect being pregnant and in successive motherhood but I felt like I was just reading list after list of awful things that could happen to... Read more
Published 4 months ago by HCO
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read. Just what every pregnant girl needs.
An excellent light hearted book which gives you all the info you need without freaking you out ! A great help. Would highly recommend.
Published 5 months ago by Dibber77
1.0 out of 5 stars Doctors are from Mars, midwives are from Venus
The Author's Note states that the baby in this book is always referred to as a boy, midwives as female and doctors as male. The author apologises for her "sexism". Read more
Published 5 months ago by S. Graham
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book for first time mum
easy to read and not all one sided. I have never read a book so quick!
I will definitely be reading hollies next book.
Published 5 months ago by justine woodley
2.0 out of 5 stars Not really for those that are wanting a realistic and intimate...
Not my cup of tea, was funny, but wouldn't say it was as informative as it could have been. Desperately reached out for other books after reading this one.
Published 7 months ago by Slima
4.0 out of 5 stars @@@@@@@@@
Funny insight into pregnancy but not as hilarious as pregnancy for Dads.
Thanks Hollie, I feel much more prepared! :-)
Published 9 months ago by M
3.0 out of 5 stars Lost Interest
I bought this book at the beginning of my pregnancy and lost interest half way through. I feel there are better pregnancy books on the market for mums to be.
Published 12 months ago by Kez
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