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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: White Ladder; 1 edition (22 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905410603
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905410606
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.7 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
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Warm, reassuring and down-to-earth - everything a new mum-to-be needs. --Mother & Baby Magazine

The personal accounts would put any worrying woman more at ease... The book eases you into pregnancy, following the journey from early symptoms to birth and beyond. --www.parentingwithouttears.com

hilariously frank --The Sun

Everything you'd want to know and more... written in a friendly and nonsense-free way... great for first time mums --www.thebabywebsite.com

For the kind of frank, honest advice you'd expect from your best friend, read Pregnancy for Modern Girls...Hollie Smith gives it to you straight, taking you through every aspect of pregnancy and each scary decision you have to make. --Pregnancy & Birth Magazine

Everything you'd want to know and more... written in a friendly and nonsense-free way... great for first time mums --www.thebabywebsite.com

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The ONLY pregnancy book to speak to today’s mums in their own style

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I like this book. It is very honest about what you should expect and is simple to read. However, in its honesty, it is also reassuring. It tells you things you may not otherwise be told even by the doctor or midwife and also gives statistics as well as comfort that not everyone experiences certain things. All the same, the prospect of possibly experiencing all the symptoms is rather daunting!

The book is interspersed with the observations of a number of women who have had different experiences, so you are not just getting the views of the author. It is very thoroughly researched and definitely worth buying.

Here's a list of the contents with some of my own summaries of what the chapters include:
1. You're pregnant! What now? - a general overview of what to expect and what tests are available.
2. Sick and tired: the joys of pregnancy
3. Womb with a view: your baby's growth
4. Care instructions: eating, drinking, and other potentially 'dangerous' activities - drugs, alcohol, exercise.
5. Office politics: pregnancy and your career - maternity leave, legal rights and waht to do with difficult bosses.
6. Hit and missionary: your love life during pregnancy
7. Delivery schedule: making plans for your baby's arrival - where are you going to have it and how?
8. Ready for take-off: preparing for your baby's birth - shopping, packing and the baby's position.
9. Labour day(s): what happens when you give birth - step by step including 'how much it hurts' and the time when you are in hospital.
10. Birth stories: six Modern Girls recall their labour day
11. Hey, baby: the first few weeks with your newborn
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As soon as I found out I was pregnant with my first baby I (typically!) went and bought as many books as possible to try and find out what I was letting myself in for and what to expect.

`Pregnancy for Modern Girls' contains some good information and small sections of anecdotes from women who have had children about such subjects as sex whilst being pregnant, childbirth and continuing to work through the pregnancy. This was fine as a basic introduction to the subject but there was a great deal of repetition and it's far from comprehensive. I also felt it was a little strange that in a book with such sparse information that they would give you advice about whether you should sky dive or not! The lack of pictures/ photos was also a drawback for me.

If you want a completely comprehensive and thorough guide to pregnancy, you would be better off buying `The Pregnancy Bible' instead - it's brilliant and gives you all the information you need to know as well as having great pictures throughout.

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This looked really interesting to me because although I don't have children I'm about to become an Aunty. I realised I actually knew very little about what happens to you when you become pregnant about from a few vague memories from biology lessons. All those lessons telling how not to become pregnant and then a few pictures about what a baby looked like at different stages! Nothing about how you would feel and change when pregnant which this book covers with great honesty, humour and straightforward descriptions of what things may feel and look like!

This book was a real eye-opener. The pressure to have grand-children often means you don't really think what will happen to you relationship and your body until perhaps it's a little too late to do anything about it. The fact that I don't have to enjoy every part of being pregnant in the future is actually quite a relief. I understand more now about what my sister-in-law is going through and I have been able to ask more questions about how she's doing than before I read this book.

Very realistic. The only thing I would say is that if you're not pregnant it can be rather graphic and frank about how you may feel which I found as a rather good way to remember to use birth control. The whole section on not sleeping for 6 months after the baby is born is enough to put you off and that's after the bit about giving birth. Perhaps this book should come with a health warning - if you're not pregnant and read this book without being put off the idea you are now ready to have children!
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I realise that most reviews are singing the praises of this book. While it's okay-good, my wife didn't find it a book that stood out particularly. Admittedly she bought several books, one being "Pregnancy for men" like previous reviewr kingg mentions. That book and a stack of others provided more answers to the questions we had.

However, this book does talk frankly about some of the issues which is refreshing i.e. no beating around the bush. If you have a reasonable knowledge of biology and what pregnancy means for the body then this book is probably not for you, the internet can mop up the questions you have. On the other hand, if you aren't of a science background and/or don't really know the ins and outs of pregnancy then you are likely to find this book useful.
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As a prospective mum to be, I decided to add this book to my growing collection of books on pregnancy.

I enjoyed this one as its frank and to the point. It answers a lot of my questions and I think it will be useful to refer to. The author, Hollie Smith pretty much covers everything you need to/will need to know and tells it how it is. She has also put in quotes from other women and their experiences. There is also a list of useful contacts at the back. I also found that it was easier to read and less likely to cause me anxiety than some of the other books I have read.

I would definitely recommend it.
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