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The Rough Guide to Pregnancy and Birth [Paperback]

Kaz Cooke
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28 Jun 2001 Rough Guide
This guide to pregancy and birth includes the following topics: how to prepare for pregnancy and your baby; crying, eating, weeing and working, blokes, bosoms and busybodies; nausea and other "side effects"; choosing how and where you give birth; what tests are like and what they're for; stretch marks, maternity and baby clothes, NCT classes, baby names and how to be rude to complete strangers; childbirth and pain relief, what to expect in hospital; and breastfeeding for beginners, and what it's like with a newborn baby.

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Rough Guides Ltd; New UK ed edition (28 Jun 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1858287650
  • ISBN-13: 978-1858287652
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 2.5 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (196 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 344,295 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Rough Guide to Pregnancy and Birth sets out to offer "the soundest, sanest, wittiest advice you'll ever get" about life as an expectant mum. Covering "the scary parts, the funny parts and your private parts" Australian author Kaz Cooke counts down to motherhood using a week-by-week format, at each stage explaining what's going on to you and baby, exploring common health complaints, suggesting remedies and looking at what will happen at antenatal visits. She also includes a semi-fictitious weekly diary account that provides a friendly and very funny voice to reassure you that you're not alone.

Overall, this format works well, particularly if you're a reader who dips in and out. Not least, it means you can check up on whether you're growing out of your clothes at a normal rate! It's also good to sneak a peak at a couple of weeks in the future and suss out what's in store. Its readable, illustrated layout lends itself to perusal when symptoms are getting you down, not just because it makes you laugh about morning sickness, constant weeing and leaking breasts, but also as it make you realise that actually things could be worse! Having sneaked a peak at week 41 you could be disappointed that the diary birth is eventually by Caesarean. Obviously this prepares you for the worst case scenario but it results in skipping over the protracted labour stages which, for most new mums, makes required reading, not matter how scary they sound.

On the whole this book is funny, frank and perfect to dip in and out of but it's not one you'd really use as a reference guide, particularly if you were genuinely worried about an aspect of your pregnancy. Being the work of one sole author it's obviously a rather subjective view of what is for everyone, a uniquely personal experience. It complements the likes of Miriam Stoppard and Sheila Kitzinger but (despite being much more entertaining) really couldn't begin to replace them. Pregnant women are notorious for reading every book they can get their hands on, and despite The Rough Guide to Pregnancy and Birth presenting itself as a definitive guide, it's not going to change that habit any time soon.--Shona Campbell


The perfect tonic for the terrified first-timer (Independent on Sunday) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book kept me sane! 4 April 2005
By A Customer
I don't normally post customer reviews but I felt really strongly about this book. Many of the pregnancy books on the market talk about medical or what is best for baby and all of them have their place. What I feel takes this book to another level is the fact that sometimes in pregnancy you don't feel fabulous and this image of gliding through your pregnancy on a pink fluffy cloud feels a million miles away, this is the book that you want to read when you have those moments. When no-one else can understand (it was too long ago for your Mum who sees her pregnancy through rose coloured specs, or your poor partner is fed up with you moaning, or you don't have support from your family) this book becomes your best friend. All the things you are worried about are covered and treated seriously but with a sense of humour that you really appreciate. This book kept me sane during my pregnancy and I have recommended it to every pregnant woman I know since, it was sincere and funny and made me laugh out loud when I didn't think it was possible.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The rough guide to pregnancy and birth 27 Mar 2004
By "34343"
Fabulous book! Wicked cover and drawings, good inside layout, very useful and blunt advices. Well written. A must have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this book - it will keep you sane! 30 Aug 2004
By A Customer
I am 38 weeks pregnant. So far I have bought 3 'pregnancy' books, 2 'baby' books and a number of magazines. This book is the voice of reason amongst the preaching and/or neuroses of all the others. It has all the medical information anyone could want in a pregnancy book, but it also makes you realise how normal all the other little complaints are. The diary section (a couple of pages per week of pregnancy) describes how I have felt physically and emotionally to within a week or two. This not only makes me feel sane, but has given me a way to explain things to my husband and I am sure it has helped him understand better how I feel. We have both read large sections of it just for the pleasure of reading it and find ourselves reading bits aloud to each other - and we are not the sort of couple to read bits of baby books at each other. About the only thing that stops you reading is the pain in your side from laughing so hard. I would recommend it to anyone even considering getting pregnant. The best news now is I have just discovered she's written a 'baby' book as-well, so I'm ordering that before it's out of stock.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Down to earth, real book 4 Dec 2007
By E. Shaw
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I bought this book as my husband and I are thinking of trying for a baby soon. Feeling nervous about it, this book answered a lot of my questions. It is written with good humour, and is honest and sometimes quite blunt! It doesn't use much medical jargon (although it often puts them in brackets), and as a result it's easy to read. Like most other reviewers of the book, I would agree that whilst this book is great, you will need a more indepth book as well, such as "Your Pregnancy Bible" by Anne Deans, which is more in depth. With regards to previous reviews saying that the author has an irresponsible attitute toward food, I think it is fairly obvious that she is joking - some of this food related stuff is in the diary sections, and she talks about eating a lot of magnums! I think she's being honest and saying that you might just feel rather hungry during your pregnancy. She also talks about not eating junk food as well, which I think is pretty responsible. All in all, there is a LOT of good information in this book - getting pregnant, nutrients / what not to eat, the size of the foetus / unborn baby each week, pain relief in labour, what to really expect in labour, the birth itself, c-sections, stretch marks, relationships, sex, breastfeeding....and loads more. It's also entertaining, honest, and like having a chat with a pregnant friend!! 5/5!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fairly Informative and Very Amusing 21 Aug 2001
By A Customer
Having stocked up on various pregnancy books this was the most relaxed book and I feel that I have now covered all bases having purchased Miriam Stoppard, What to Expect and The Rough Guide. I use them all for different things but read my "week" in the Rough Guide avidly every Sunday. Definitely Recommended.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 20 Oct 2003
By A Customer
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I'm just over halfway through my first pregnancy and I am finding this book a godsend. It is a well-thought out mix of humour and information that is presented in an easy to follow format. Such a relief to refer to a book that is not written by some sanctimonious 'expert' nor hysterical American! This book has helped me to overcome a lot of the fear that presents itself in pregnancy, not least the whole emotional implication of it all. If you believe what the other books say you'd think pregnancy was all about being obsessively 'good' (ie NO alcohol, NO junk food and certainly NO FUN) and dressing in disgusting clothes!
I recommend this book wholeheatedly to the modern woman who likes to make her own choices and actually wants to see the funny side of pregnancy from time to time!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First Time Pregnant- or is that Fat?? 25 Feb 2004
By A Customer
At last - so I'm not the only one in the world who finds herself pregnant and feels totally out of character. This is a book for any woman with a love of shoes, waistbands, champagne and cigarettes who finds herself suddenly packing away her stillettos for 'high days and holidays' browzing through brochures for anything with an elasticated waist (well my Mum had them when I was little!), purchasing Champagne truffles from Thorntons and convincing herself that they are the next best thing and riddled with guilt whenever she sees a cigarette - even though she knows better than to smoke one!
If pregnancy scares you but you know its what you have to do, this is for you. From sound advise when you find yourself pregnant like 'buy a lottery ticket, if you win give up work -get a maid, a large fridge, a cordless phone, and buy yourself an emerald tiaria' to how to make your new found bundle of joy (yes we all feel like Sigornie Weaver from Alien at somepoint!!) sleep once its here for real. She lets you realise that it is normal that your partner too will do irrational things from day one - hers bought a Beford Rascal, mine sold the home computer to make the 'study' into a nursery (hey, what did we study anyway?) at three weeks (will they be this attentive at 41 weeks for now I know there will be a week 41!!).
Kaz is practical, funny, reasuring and realistic whilst still remembering all those things in life you miss - who needed to wear size 8 diamonte thongs from Gossard anyway - bring on the Playtex Cross Your Heart!!
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