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Informative but overbearing
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.