Your Pregnancy Week by Week Hardcover – 3 Mar 2005
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Regans style is friendly but factual. Good for those who want to know the full story -- Pregnancy Baby and You, April, 2005
Fascinating- it will answer all your questions' -- Essentials, April 1, 2005
About the Author
Internationally acclaimed expert Professor Lesley Regan is a mother of twins herself and head of the department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at St. Mary's Hospital, the first woman in England to hold this position. She makes regular contributions on radio and TV as well as in the press and was listed in Good Housekeeping magazine as one of Britain's most influential women. Lesley lives in London.
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However the book remains easily readable for the averagely intelligent reader. I echo another reviewer that the facts given on miscarriage are reassuring, particularly as the author runs a leading clinic on recurrent miscarriage. It's also practical, dealing with the everyday as well as the more unusual/alarming issues.
As for the charge that the book doesn't live up to its title, I don't believe anyone would buy a book for its title alone. Baby's development isn't segregated into weeks (let's grow a leg one week and a lung the next!!) but rather, many aspects of development run side by side over many weeks, so it would be rather artificial and perhaps misleading to chop it up into a week by week analysis.
I've not been motivated to submit a review before, but for something as important and potentially fraught as pregnancy and birth, I really do want to recommend this book in preference to any other. No one wants or expects complications in pregnancy, but they happen despite that, and it's better to come from an informed position, particularly when discussing your options with your midwife/doctor. But even for the straightforward pregnancy, this book is a must.
1. It focuses on pregnancy and the birth. Several other books have lengthy chapters dedicated to fertility and trying to get pregnant, or on how to care for a toddler, at the expense of information about pregnancy itself.
2. It is non judgemental. It presents the facts and options along with useful commentary without placing moral values on your decisions or preferences.
3. It is an intelligent, thoughful book. In the preface, Prof. Regan states that the book was written to provide information to help women make informed decisions and play an active part in their pregnancy and birth of their child. Since reading it (and returning to it again and again) I am much more comfortable not only about asking questions, but also about understanding the answers.
4. The information is detailed and progressive, with information about what is happening to you and your baby week by week. The book does not patronise, or gloss over the more difficult or controversial aspects of pregnancy, but at the same time it remains upbeat and reassuring.
I have found it to be very useful and thanks to its no nonsense, practical and friendly approach, I am looking forward to the rest of my pregnancy and to my baby's birth.
As other reviewers have said, it isn't really a week-by-week guide, which was disappointing, but apart from that it does give a very good breakdown of the changes you are experiencing, what to expect, healthcare and so on. I was also reassured that it doesn't assume you will take up yoga and aromatherapy... if you liked those things before you were pregnant, great, but pregnancy doesn't change your personality... (The book does cover yoga, etc, just doesn't force it on you).
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My husband and I found this book invaluable for learning about our baby together. There for quick queries in the middle of conversations about bump and a brilliant way to help my... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Nicole Mitchell
I purchased this book for my daughter. It's her first pregnancy. She loves it. So based on her feedback I can say this book is a good read for mothers-to-be. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Londonbird
Great book, really informative and we'll written. It was second hand but in a really good condition. I've read 3 pregnancy books and this was by far the best.Published 9 months ago by Natalya Faraday
Book arrived in good time. Good quality and pleased with purchase.Published 10 months ago by Shane Dexter
Wonderful book, just the right amount of information split into sections, whilst not exactly week by week it was one of the best presented and organised pregnancy books I reviewed.Published 14 months ago by csp