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The Best Friends' Guide to Pregnancy Paperback – 17 Jan 2011
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You might like it but it was not at all my cup of tea. Instead I read Kaz Cook's 'The Rough Guide to Pregnancy and Birth', Anne Deans's 'Your Pregnancy Bible' and Nicole Croft's 'The Good Birth Companion: A Practical Guide to Having the Best Labour and Birth'. I felt well informed and am comfortable with the idea of birth.
The last thing a pregnant woman needs is a writer telling her how all is going to hell and she is turning into an ugly woman with fat arms.
Most of the things she endlessly complained about were the ugliest parts of pregnancy and seemed to get every single bad aspect when most people only get a select few depending on thier genetics and now thier mums experienced pregnancy. Far from being the best friend's guide, it's more like an all out cry on my shoulder for all the perceived slights her unborn baby is doing to her.
The part for men's role was embarassingly condescending based on her own inept and frankly awful sounding husband. If you have a loving and caring partner or husband, her advice is basically useless. My husband actually felt insulted when he read the men oriented chapters. It really isn't difficult to assume that men are interested in thier baby and thier wives through this experience, yet it seems her husband just wanted to be the baby and whined endlessly about his wife being different. Anyone with a caring husband wouldn't give a damn about looking or acting differently during this time. Besides, if they did, what the hell are you doing having a baby with them? What was needed was some helpful advice on how men can support thier wives through the changes, but clearly she didn't get this from hers.
Do yourself a favour and find a book not written by someone who has had four kids with a useless man and thinks she knows everything.
I am very glad this book was a gift from a friend who found it in a charity shop. I totally understand why someone gave it away.
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