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  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK; 4th Revised edition edition (6 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847373755
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847373755
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.9 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (452 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 447 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'It is considered the undisputed baby bible, with 93% of literate women buying it in the US within weeks of discovering they are pregnant' Kirk Jones (the film's director), Mail on Sunday

'She [Heidi Murkoff] is quite possibly the most globally influential, economically successful and revered pregnancy and baby expert since Dr Spock' --Irish Examiner

My pregnancy bible, it starts with the section 'before you conceive' and ends with your six week check, and along the way tells you everything you could possibly want to know --Mother & Baby

An in-depth manual, this offers practical guidance on every stage of pregnancy. It feels as though it s written by a friend --Pregnancy & Birth

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The best just got better.
Expect the best! A brand-new fourth edition filled with the most up-to-date, accurate, and relevant information on all things pregnancy. Realistic, supportive, easy to access, and overflowing with practical tips, covering everything you'll need and want to know about life's most amazing journey, from preconception planning to birth to those first miraculous weeks with a new baby. It's all here: the lowdown on lifestyle trends and life in the workplace; the latest in prenatal testing and alternative therapies; the best in birthing options.

Comforting answers to hundreds of questions:
I'm so queasy I can't even eat for one. How can I eat for two?
Can I get highlights in my hair? How about my monthly wax?
I'm only in my second month why am I showing already?
Can I stick to my normal workout routine while I m expecting?
Why is my skin broken out and blotchy? And how can I cover it?
What's safe when it comes to sex?
I think I felt the baby kicking but I m not sure. How do I tell?
Will my body ever be the same after I deliver? " --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I am in my third trimester and I find this book immensely comforting. This is my first pregnancy and I am sure I am like other women who have a million 'silly' questions but are too shy to call their doctor or midwife every 2 days. This book has answered all my fears, some of them so trivial but still worrying to a first time mother. It has separate chapters on each month and details the changes our bodies go through. It offers insight on the different relaxation methods available for childbirth. It taught me how to sit and sleep more comfortably in these last months.
I recommend this book to any woman in her first pregnancy.
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After the initial shock of learning that in almost no time at all there's going to be a mini me squawking up at me for food, nappy change, cuddles,etc. I realised just how unprepared I was and how little I knew. So being a bit of an informationaholic the quest began. This book happily was the second one I picked up and it does not disappoint.

It's broken into seven fairly substantial parts :

1 First things first.
This contains all things pre-conceptual and preparation for both mums and dads with information on gynecological,obstetrical and medical history and also ante-natal diagnosis.

2 Nine months and counting.
This is a fantastic section containing month by month and week by week descriptions of the baby's growth and progress. Also the range of symptoms of pregnancy is so diverse it can be almost impossible to remember everything on a brief doctors visit. This book is excellent in the fact that it's sheer detail will go some way towards allaying a nervous mums fears and assure her that everything is normal. It certainly helped us on numerous occasions. This section contains detail on labour and childbirth and again is extremely pragmatic and helpful.

3 Twins, triplets and more.
The heading says it all but don't panic, count slowly backwards from ten, then panic.

4 After the baby is born.
This contains a lot of information on breast feeding and focuses on what the mother may be feeling after the initial buzz has died down. Also contained is a brief piece on getting back into shape and post natal depression.

5 For dads.
Sometimes we get forgotten about but thankfully this book acknowledges the important role played by the dad to be and this section explores some of the issues the arise.
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I bought this book when I was about 4 weeks pregnant, so a lot of the information in the first chapter (all about how to prepare your body to conceive) wasn't needed and I skipped a lot of it and went straight to the month by month 'what to expect". I have to say that a lot of the information about scans and tests freaked me out a little bit, so I skipped a lot of that too; I figured I would go back to it when I was about to have those tests and only read the ones that were relevant. I found all of the month by month detail really fascinating though and really useful to find out that a lot of the stuff going on in my body, things I didn't realise were related to the pregnancy, were all inter-linked.

Unfortunately I miscarried a month later, but while it was happening (it took 3 days of waiting to see whether I actually was miscarrying) the book had all of the information I needed and which I'd been searching for on the internet without much luck; I knew what to look out for (i.e. pregnancy symptoms that had suddenly stopped), and it helped me to gradually come to terms with the fact that I was losing my baby. The book also has a chapter on how to cope with the loss of a pregnancy, which really helped me to realise that I wasn't alone, it wasn't my fault and it won't necessarily happen next time we try, it's just one of those things that just happens sometimes. It also helped me to get everything straight in my head so I felt ready to talk it through with my partner, because it was all happening to him as well.
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I was really looking forward to reading this book, after a very long ttc journey. People had commented on its friendly tone and no-jargon, user-friendly style, so it sounded perfect.

However, I hated it. Absolutely hated it. I know it's supposed to cover everything, but some of the advice....do people actually not know these things? Like in the diet section, this diamond piece of advice...'Looking for healthy alternatives to your not-so-healthy favourite foods? Instead of full fat crisps, try low fat crisps' or 'Don't eat raw or under-cooked meat'. REALLY? It really does cover a lot of but much of it, unless you've been raised on junk food, smoking like a chimney, drinking like a fish with no idea of anything about a balanced diet, it's stuff that really is common sense. And I'm not writing this as a knowledgeable, eighth-time pregnant female. I'm brand new to pregnancy with (so I thought!) not a clue of what to expect or do. I also found much of it re-hashed. You get part way through the book and very similar phrases pop up from earlier.

As for the tone, that's what I hated the most. It was just cringe-worthy. I'm all for friendly, but it was honestly like reading a print version of BBC day time TV, like Bargain Hunt or Cash in the Attic. "Humorous" quips like 'Are you ready to junk junk food?' and 'Looking for a way to breathe easier about the air you're breathing at home?', 'Are the dips in the hot tub now all washed up?', 'Serve that brownie up without a side of remorse', using words like 'yucky', 'achy breaky back' and 'off-the-chart yummy'... to me, well, it just reads like a either a cheesy American housewives meeting (where the girls are all 'Oh darling! Sweetie!') or perhaps it's aimed at teenagers who will appreciate the cutesy language.
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