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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 (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,319 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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20 of 20 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
Format:Paperback|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Adventures in fecundity 26 Feb 2010
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Although I'm unlikely to find myself pregnant (not being any kind of girl, let alone a modern one) my daughter is currently in that happy state, so when I was offered this book by Amazon Vine I gave it to her, and she's kindly provided this (more) authoritative review:

"Frank and often amusing, packed with advice, and supported by testimonies throughout, this book is an excellent read for anyone who is pregnant for the first time and not sure what to expect. Some may find it a little too light-hearted, but what it lacks in gravity it makes up for in reassuring honesty; there are no shortage of labour horror stories, and a whole chapter on pregnancy symptoms and ailments. Although the detail was a little sparse in some places, the extensive list of useful contacts at the back provided an excellent reference source for follow-up reading in particular areas of interest, and the comprehensive index makes it easy to relocate the specific advice on a given subject several days after reading (by which time 'baby brain' has left you fuzzy on the detail). Informally written and refreshingly direct, it's a great book to keep by your side throughout the pregnancy journey, and whilst the claim to be 'the only guide to tell it like it really is' is perhaps not strictly accurate (I'm sure there's a whole market out there devoted to frank and honest advice on pregnancy) it at least makes sure that having read this one, you won't need to go looking for any others."
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 13 days 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 2 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 3 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 4 months ago by Deborah South
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 4 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 4 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 6 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 8 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 11 months ago by Kez
5.0 out of 5 stars very good and helfull
read it in couple days, easy to read loads of useful info. will definitely would recommend to others. honest and funny. Read more
Published 11 months ago by karolina
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