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Conception Pregnancy And Birth: The Childbirth Bible for Today's Parents Hardcover – 7 Jun 2001
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Dr. Miriam Stoppard is the leading pregnancy and childcare authority-over 2.2 million copies of Dr. Miriam Stoppard books sold worldwide. Her books include New Pregnancy & Birth, Complete Baby and Child Care and First Time Parents. * She is an advice columnist for The Mirror, and appears regularly on radio and television.
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Also she needs to be consistent with her pregnancy dating - most books (and hospitals) date pregnancy from last menstrual cycle, this book goes back and forth from then to conception date - so when she says ten weeks pregnant I'm not sure if she may mean 12. Sometimes this inconsistency is in the same paragraph. She also changes from '"date of last period" to the ambiguous "end of last period".
In between all the warnings and special cases, there are a few pages about the progress of the actual pregnancy - but lumping weeks as "six to ten", then "up to week 14" (for example) in just a couple pages in no way goes into enough depth - what is happening to you in week 11 is far different than week 14! It renders her explanations and descriptions meaningless - a month is a very long time in a pregnancy. Plus she downplays symptoms to an amazing degree: "you may feel a bit more tired" when most pregnant women I know are absolutely exhausted for much of the first trimester!
She tries to put too much in one book. Far more useful are week by week pregnancy books - I hardly ever read this one now.
I then went on to buy the Rough Guide, which was much more my scene - explaining on a week by week basis how you would be feeling and looking, and also how the foetus was developing too.
Mirriam Stoppard does provide most of the information that you will be looking for, but only at a very high level view.
The one thing that stood out was the fact that during a discussion on vitamin consumption it listed Vitamin A as being beneficial to the baby. Only in a very small side section on another page (which could easily be missed!) did it say how harmful Vitamin A could be for a baby.
Definitely would not recommend!
It seems to be a good guide to everything from conception to birth, but I found that each section left me with more questions. It didn't go into quite enough detail.
For example, when looking at birth choices (e.g. home vs hospital vs water birth) each option had about 1/2 page of text with little discussion of the relative pros and cons. I found myself having to go to other books and the internet, in order to make a decision.
My husband found it tough to read, because it didn't give him the detailed facts he needed.
It's a great book if you want detailed colour pictures to guide you through your pregnancy and have easy access to medical teams who can answer the questions it raises.
Otherwise I found the Rough Guide to Pregnancy much more comprehensive, readable and useful.
I am now on the hunt for a better book although I have found most of the answers to questions I have on the net it would be nice if all these things were brought together in a book somewhere.
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