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A bit disappointing
on 17 June 1999
I'm a great fan of Dummies books--but not this one.
There are too many holes in the book: the authors only give superficial treatment to such important issues as preconception health, work-related issues (e.g. how to tell your boss you're pregnant), the implications of taking various types of drugs during pregnancy, and the role that doulas and midwives can play in prenatal care and labor support. Worst of all, the chapter on pregnancy loss failed to address the important physical and psychological issues involved: how to cope with your grief, the physical aftermath of pregnancy loss, when it's safe to start trying to conceive again, and how to cope with the stress of a subsequent pregnancy.
The tone was also pretty heavy--even a little dry--as compared to your average Dummies book. I was hoping for a book with a bit more personality.
If you're looking for a comprehensive pregnancy book that's strong on content, pick up The Unofficial Guide to Having A Baby by John Sussman and Ann Douglas. If you're looking for a book with lots of style, pick up The Girlfriend's Guide to Pregnancy. Unfortunately, this book doesn't have much to offer in terms of content or style.