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It's not the only pregnancy book you'll ever need...
Reviewed in the United States on September 15, 2003
After hearing about this book for years, the first thing I did when I learned I was pregnant was to order a copy on Amazon, along with "The Girlfriend's Guide to Pregnancy." Although I like the fact this book addresses a myriad of pregnancy concerns in a comforting "you are normal" sort of way, I found the science in it very lacking. I want to know exactly what's going on with the fetus and the pregnancy month-by-month in terms of hormones, organ development - general science. My problem with this book is that it seems to dumb down pregnancy into a to-do list and a catalogue of symptoms, instead of giving a good, solid scientific explanation of what's happening.
Now, if you're looking to find out whether you're normal in that you're experiencing any number of things from swelling and bloating to belching, this book will certainly reassure you that you're not alone. But if you actually want to know what the heck is happening internally, for instance in terms of what hormones are higher and lower than normal, you'll have to find a more scientifically written book, which is what I'm planning to do.
This is not to say that this book is not without value; I admire the authors for compiling a thorough and understandable catalogue of pregnancy do's, don'ts, and so on. But the reader who wants her material to have a little more scientific heft than your average issue of "Ladies Home Journal" will probably have to get other, supplemental books as well.