The Best Friends' Guide to Pregnancy: Or Everything Your Doctor Won't Tell You Paperback – 29 May 1997
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"Nearly All the new mothers I've talked to mention this book, ... An upbeat rundown on what to expect," -- Independent, The Information, 25th September 2002
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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I have since bought the book for another friend, who again read it in less than a day! By all means, buy the pregnancy and birth bibles, they tell you many valuable things, but if you also want a book that gives you answers whilst recognising that you don't lose your sense of humour along with your waistline, this is the one for you!
The Best Friends' Guide was my favourite. It made the whole thing seem more human, more bearable, more possible. It deals with aspects of pregnancy that the textbooks don't.
You still need a textbook. I'd recommend Anne Dean's 'Pregnancy Bible'. And an exercise book. I bought 'Pregnancy Fitness'. Good luck with that. And, even though it was written by a mere man, I enjoyed my partner's favourite book, Andrew Cullen's 'From Here To Paternity', which does for men what The Best Friends' Guide does for women - tells the truth in an intelligent, reassuring, entertaining way.
No single book is all things to all women. The BFG may not be infallible, but it's invaluable, like any best friend.
If you want to keep your rose tinted specs on for 9 months this may not be the book for you. But if you find it reassuring to know what other mums have gone through I would highly recommend this book.
I am told I have to accept getting fat (excercise is a waste of time she says), lose all muscle tone (forever), broken veins on my face, water retention to rival an olympic swimming pool etc etc. Here, pregnancy is a disease to rival smallpox - painful, disfiguring and one from which you will not recover.
Her one friend who glowed during pregnancy was dismissed as "not counting" because she did not get cellulite. Has the author not realised that this is the woman we want to be, that it offers a ray of hope that just maybe we can escape with dimple free thighs. Instead we are left facing a bleak slack bellied, empty breasted, orange peel future. (If I let my husband read it he would propably trade me in now!).
To be fair the book is well written with some good sound information and humour but it lets itself down by focusing on the truly horrendous side effects that not all women endure. By trying to tell it how it is it ignores that all women are different and have different experiences.
Please don't read this if you are pregnant for the first time - we all know pregnancy will take its toll but ignorance is bliss and you can limit the damage (I don't care what she says, I am still excercising). I have hidden the book at the back of the cupboard with the Stephen King novels.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fantastic book but disappointingly the front cover was damaged. Upsetting as it was bought as a gift.Published 17 days ago by Nicola
Brilliant book I poured over through my 3 pregnancies and have given to every pregnant friend since! Good down to earth advice and stories by a well experienced mum.Published 3 months ago by Miss G C Machray
I really disliked this book, and when my husband picked it up to flick through he was horrified that I was reading it and read some out in disgust. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is probably one of the worst books on pregnancy I have ever read. A friend passed it onto to me to read because I was feeling a bit anxious about having my first baby, and I... Read morePublished 7 months ago by gadgetlover
I bought this following a recommendation from a friend along with a more formal pregnancy book. It's a really good friend to have during pregnancy, especially during the first... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Darcy
Firstly, I have not read the entire book. No thank you. It was passed to me by my sister, and while I was feeling a bit low in my pregnancy, I decided to have a thumb through... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Angela Bailey