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Some good info but unbearably cheesy, cringe-worthy style.
on 6 September 2014
I was really looking forward to reading this book, after a very long ttc journey. People had commented on its friendly tone and no-jargon, user-friendly style, so it sounded perfect.
However, I hated it. Absolutely hated it. I know it's supposed to cover everything, but some of the advice....do people actually not know these things? Like in the diet section, this diamond piece of advice...'Looking for healthy alternatives to your not-so-healthy favourite foods? Instead of full fat crisps, try low fat crisps' or 'Don't eat raw or under-cooked meat'. REALLY? It really does cover a lot of but much of it, unless you've been raised on junk food, smoking like a chimney, drinking like a fish with no idea of anything about a balanced diet, it's stuff that really is common sense. And I'm not writing this as a knowledgeable, eighth-time pregnant female. I'm brand new to pregnancy with (so I thought!) not a clue of what to expect or do. I also found much of it re-hashed. You get part way through the book and very similar phrases pop up from earlier.
As for the tone, that's what I hated the most. It was just cringe-worthy. I'm all for friendly, but it was honestly like reading a print version of BBC day time TV, like Bargain Hunt or Cash in the Attic. "Humorous" quips like 'Are you ready to junk junk food?' and 'Looking for a way to breathe easier about the air you're breathing at home?', 'Are the dips in the hot tub now all washed up?', 'Serve that brownie up without a side of remorse', using words like 'yucky', 'achy breaky back' and 'off-the-chart yummy'... to me, well, it just reads like a either a cheesy American housewives meeting (where the girls are all 'Oh darling! Sweetie!') or perhaps it's aimed at teenagers who will appreciate the cutesy language. I'm not saying I want a medical journal style, but it very much felt like I had an over-familiar female acquaintance trying to almost cuddle up to me on the sofa, and want 'sleep-over' talk...ugh. Awful.
That said, the section describing month by month was reasonably informative and the bit detailing the amount on the amounts of caffeine in certain drinks was helpful. I think it would work better in print, rather than Kindle format (which is what I bought it in) - it's very bitty.
Overall, I'd say there's some good info, but if you want a book that tells you what you need to know (not re-hashing the basics your own parents should've taught you about basic nutrition, for example), without feeling like you have an over-attentive female friend trying to snuggle up and be all girly with you, don't get this book.
I'm now on the hunt for a new book. Any recommendations?