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Expecting: Everything You Need to Know about Pregnancy, Labour and Birth Paperback – 17 Jun 2004
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Earth mother or an elective caesarian type, put this cute new pregnancy manual top of your reading list...is a joy to browse - and informative too (IMAGE)
Packed with up-to-date sensible information, EXPECTING provides a comprehensive guide to pregnancy and birth...well-researched and informative. (JUNIOR)
Everything You Need to Know About Pregnancy, Labour and Birth.
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Authoritative and comprehensively written, this book offers the help you need to make informed choices at every stage of your quest for a baby.
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With the exception of three key areas that merit their own dedicated sections (What's Safe And What's Not, Medical Conditions and Pregnancy and When Things Go Wrong), each chapter in the book relates to a specific week in your pregnancy. It works really well if you stick to reading a chapter a week, as each one includes information about things that are 'happening now' and then introduces one or two topics that you will need to consider for future weeks, so that you're not overwhelmed. In this way, the first time mother has time to marvel at her changing body and the growing baby inside her, whilst gradually getting to grips with the reality of tests, scans, swelling ankles and the whole business of giving birth. Of course, the book also works just fine if you would prefer to read it in one sitting; here, the chronological presentation can even help you to put some markers in your diary. If you're worried that a week-by-week account might stop you being able to track down that vital piece of advice about breathing exercises after you've read it, a comprehensive index is at hand.
For those who prefer lots of colourful photos, or topic-based information structure, then this is probably not the book for you, but I can recommend Your Pregnancy Bible new revised and expanded edition by Anne Deans. If, however, you're just looking for a no-nonsense account of the issues that you will need to consider when you're expecting, then buy this book.
Contains week by week pregnancy information, as well as sections on the birth etc. I will be buying copies of this book for friends who become pregnant.
I also bought What To Expect When You're Expecting. I really didn't like it, it was very American focused and the advice was pretty extreme in some areas.
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