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How to Have a Baby and Still Live in the Real World: A Totally Candid Guide to the Whole Deal Paperback – 26 Mar 2003
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This is an incredibly readable book. I was a little disappointed when it arrived as it appeared to be more like comic-strip humour and I was looking for serious info. (The picture on the front is really creepy too!) However, once you begin reading it's packed with realistic advice written in a language that is perfect for girls of today (occasional references to one's muff and tits, for example).
There is a little light hearted humour in the book too (e.g. how to retort intelligently when people shake their head at your occasional coffee/alcohol consumption), but it covers all the serious business too.
I also have the Queen Charlotte's book, but in my opinion "How to Have a Baby and Still Live in the Real World" contains much more in the way of scientific explanations about what's going on. (Not too much though! just enough to enable you to make informed decisions).
The Queen Charlotte book describes everything it needs too, but lacks the accurate, detailed explanations behind the overview.
I don't think that any one book will satisfy anyone's appetite for knowledge when they're experiencing (or thinking about) such a life-changing event, but I definitely recommend adding this book to your collection.
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It does give you many of the answers you are sure to be looking for - such as those relating to the gross things that happen to your body and if you can ever have sex again (though this may seem self evident if you know anyone who has more than one child!) It also manages to avoid the preachy tone of many books that realising that yes, you may have the occassional drink or cigarette, and while it is not recommended, don't stress, you aren't the first.
It is easy to overdose on pregnancy books - each one might have a little something differnt, so perhaps you should just buy each one. Or maybe you should just get one, and use a bit of common sense. And why not this one? Truth be told, the best bits are the illustrations - from 1950s advertisements and magazines, recaptioned with an appropriate witty and biting style, they are sure to have you laughing