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on 18 October 2017
While this book is highly informative and well illustrated, it is also over-cautious and portrays pregnancy as some sort of terrifying ordeal. Your every movement must be monitored, every sensation catalogued and anything pleasurable is to be avoided. Not enough sun? Bad! Too much sun? Bad! Chocolate? Don't be ridiculous! Grate vegetables onto everything you eat instead. Are you eating enough folic acid? Doing your abdominal exercises? Here's what an ectopic pregnancy looks like. That better hadn't been alcohol you are drinking in moderation. Here's a chart detailing what a miscarriage feels like. Exercise more. Eat fish. Don't eat too much fish. Here's something about toxoplasmosis and parasites in red meat. That's just a sample of the information crammed into 10 pages around the 5-7 week mark. It is exhausting!

My wife and I have agreed to stop reading this as it has left her a nervous wreck. Many of the book's entries follow the format that 'while studies have shown there is no harm in ... its better to be safe than sorry'. So, if there's no evidence that something will benefit or harm the baby, on what basis is it recommended?

There's a wealth of information in here about the medical processes that are taking place, but, as when often talking to a doctor, it lacks compassion. 'Each breast will increase, on average, by 5 cm (2in) and 1.4kg (3lb) during pregnancy. That is why it is important to wear the right bra, even in the early stages of pregnancy'. The information I want to know is why it is important to buy the right bra, and what 'the right bra' is. Won't your regular bra be able to cope with an expansion of 2 inches? What happens if you don't buy the right bra? Is it as dangerous as eating the wrong sort of fish?

While it is important to care for your body while you are pregnant, it is also important to care for your mind and worry helps neither mum nor baby.
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on 6 July 2017
Excellent book for new mothers especially if used along side birthing techniques. My daughter and I would read the days together even though we qare in different parts of the country.
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on 30 July 2017
Absolutely love this book. Read it everyday. Love all the photos and little snippets of support. Like having a mini midwife. Although it would be nice to have more for the dads. I also love how some bits are written to help with any worries and helps you feel calm about certain things
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on 21 July 2017
Fantastic book. Really enjoyed discovering what was happening every day.
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on 22 August 2017
Images are amazing in book
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on 4 June 2017
This book is brillant it goes day by day and my daughter loves it.
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on 9 March 2017
Just right for a first time pregnancy
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on 3 September 2017
This book was ripped down the spine and had several pages stuck together with food.
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on 20 April 2017
Amazing
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on 26 April 2014
This is a beautifully presented book with wonderful illustrations, helpful advice for all mums-to-be and written in a reader-friendly style. I have always found that the standard of DK publications is excellent.
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