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The Pregnancy Book: Month-by-Month, Everything You Need to Know From America's Baby Experts [Paperback]

By Martha Sears (Author), William (Author) & William Sears (Author)
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The co-authors of the Sears Parenting Library series chronicle what is occurring during pregnancy on a month-by-month basis, discussing emotional and physical changes, nutrition, tests, childbirth options, pregnancy travel, and more. Reprint.

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America's foremost baby and childcare experts tell you what to expect, month by month, from conception through birth In this uniquely authoritative and comprehensive guide, Dr. Bill and Martha Sears, the pediatrics specialists whose books on birth, babies, and parenting have become widely praised bestsellers, team up with one of America's leading obstetricians. The result: the definitive book on pregnancy for expectant parents today. The Pregnancy Book explains what is occurring in the womb step by step, so that you can better appreciate why your body behaves the way it does and why you feel the way you do. The topics covered include: * how your baby is growing, as well as how you may be changing, both physically and emotionally * concerns and questions you may have about tests and technology, genetic counseling, childbirth options, and bonding with your preborn baby * essential information on eating right for two * how to protect the womb environment and recognize potential household hazards * advice on working while pregnant-from informing your boss to dressing for the job * exercising and keeping fit during your pregnancy * selecting a childbirth class * helpful tips on everything from traveling while pregnant to overcoming morning sickness * and much more With a detailed special section on labor and delivery, a glossary of obstetrical terms, and a chapter covering "the tenth month"-postpartum-The Pregnancy Book is an unrivaled source of information, counsel, and comfort for every prospective parent.

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The Pregnancy Book: Month-by-Month, Everything You Need to Know From America's Baby Experts by Martha Sears, William & William Sears has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Wilson Public Library Catalog - 01/01/2004 page 386
  • Library Journal - 06/15/1997 page 89
  • Wilson Public Library Catalog - 01/01/1998 page 347

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Little, Brown and Company
Pages   430
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.25" Width: 7.5" Height: 9.25"
Weight:   1.55 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 1997
Publisher   Little, Brown and Company
Edition  New  
ISBN  0316779148  
ISBN13  9780316779142  

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More About Martha Sears, William & William Sears

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Martha and William Sears are the world-renowned authors of the best-selling Sears Parenting Library (Little, Brown), which covers pregnancy through early childhood. They live in the San Diego area.

Martha Sears currently resides in the state of California.

Martha Sears has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Sears Parenting Library
  2. Sears Parenting Library

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1Books > Subjects > Health, Mind & Body > Authors, A-Z > Sears, Dr. William
2Books > Subjects > Health, Mind & Body > General
3Books > Subjects > Health, Mind & Body > Personal Health > Women's Health > General
4Books > Subjects > Health, Mind & Body > Personal Health > Women's Health > Pregnancy & Childbirth > General

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Wonderful book- First pregnancy, 25 y/o  May 8, 2008
I agree with the other reviews that say this is better than "What to Expect When You're Expecting"- this book is more concise, speaks directly to the mom-to- be, and is worded in a way that is concise and joyful. It has places for pictures, comments, feelings, tracking your information from your doctor visits for each month, and it breaks down the info for each week. It also has pictures of the baby's development, which I just Loved to study for each week, and suggestions to deal with pregnancy symptoms. Wonderful, and will definitely recommend to my friends as they concieve :)
Written for the lowest common denominator   Feb 22, 2008
I read the rest of the reviews of this book and of one of the others by the same authors (The Birth Book). I am fairly disappointed in both books, and wish I had purchased other titles.

Both books are written at about the 8th grade level, and are, frankly, rather cloying in their tone. The authors seem to have very little respect for the intelligence of their audience, which I find irritating. Some advice offered in the 4th/5th month chapters includes "If you're having trouble getting your husband to be interested in you or the baby while you're pregnant," one chapter chirpily suggests a range of options, such as "encouraging him to exercise with you, since he's investing in his future Little Leaguer" or "the fifth month is a great time to get maternity lingerie and set up a photoshoot!" (*gag*)

Periodically, the authors drop the third-person, instructive tone, and incorporate first-person perspectives from unattributed women about this or that. I'm not sure if this is meant to seem real and unforced, but the lack of any names after these comments makes me wonder just how real these responses actually are. Then, again, the authors also occasionally diverge into chirpy little he said/she said segments. For example: She says "Oh, we had 'laying on hands' time every night starting the fifth month with all our kids. My husband would touch my stomach for twenty minutes and talk to my stomach, so he got to bond with the baby early!" He says: "at first I felt odd talking to someone I wouldn't meet for months, but now I wouldn't trade this SENSUAL experience for anything in the world."

It's a sad thing when the authors feel they need to couch an *emotional* experience like that one as a "sensual" one. Sensual, while it can certainly mean simply 'of the senses,' tends to mean 'sexual' in American society. Dropping this word into such an unsual setting almost comes off like, well, using sensuality to sell any other idea, from beer to cars or anything else. Do they think so little of their audience, that *sensuality* is the only thing that will sell us on emotionally bonding with a child to be? Sheesh.

To be fair, there *is* some good information in each chapter, if you have the patience to mine for it. The stretches and exercises offered, for example, in the 4th/5th month chapter are decently illustrated and explained.

I will probably finish reading mine, and then donate it to the library.
smitchum  Feb 9, 2008
This is the best pregnancy book I have. My coworkers have a baby bag that they pass around to the prego mothers. This bag had 5 different books on pregnancy but none were even close to The Pregnancy Book. When I was experiencing something new or had concerns I could turn to this book and find the answers. It cleared up a lot for me.
Great amount of Info  Jan 6, 2008
This book has been the most helpful, though I didn't get it until 1/2 way through my pregnancy so I don't know much about the early info. The month by month format can be helpful, but is also less organized that way. Don't try to read about your month in one sitting or you'll be on information overload! There is some bias, especially regarding labor and delivery, but still very helpful. Great resource for your first pregnancy.
Good information, bad organization  Dec 23, 2007
Overall a decent book, with a good mix of medical and personal information. However, it's not my favorite. For a single book, I prefer the Unofficial guide; however, my main recommendation would be to go for the _Girlfriends Guide_ / _The Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy_ pair.

The book suffers greatly by forcing *all* the information into a month-by-month format. Plus, some of the information is placed into a very questionable month. For example, the information on traveling while pregnant is in month 6; given that, as the book says, the best months for traveling while pregnant is months 4 - 6, if one really reads it month by month one is going to be really pissed to learn it's too late!

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