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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: 15.6 x 1.7 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,630 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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: www.holliesmith.co.uk/blog


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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. --www.parentingwithouttears.com 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 --www.thebabywebsite.com 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 --www.thebabywebsite.com

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

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By C. C. Chivers VINE VOICE on 17 Dec. 2009
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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 By Candi Says VINE VOICE on 23 Nov. 2009
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By zinnia2529 on 13 Sept. 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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jessie VINE VOICE on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LittleReader VINE VOICE on 6 Jan. 2010
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... But perhaps a bit too fluffy??

HS advances upon her theme with determination and she certainly pens an amusing, easy to read docu-journal. The writing is fluid and is interspersed with boxes of further info and real life quotes/birth story's. She has a candid, no nonsense approach to pregnancy and I would imagine that anyone pregnant for the first time would find this book pretty useful - especially the bits about your rights at work and questions are answered that you might be too shy to ask your midwife about.

My only criticism is that it veers very much towards a medicalised birth scenario and the bits on breastfeeing, though partly warm and reassuring, were not well researched or executed and felt very negative.
That said, it is easy to read and would make an ideal gift - though to be fair, it's really only the level of information you'd expect to receive from your best mate or your mum!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Peter R VINE VOICE on 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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