My Pregnancy & Baby : Your Guide to a Happy and Healthy Pregnancy and the Care of a Baby Up to Three Years of Age
Overview - My Pregnancy and Baby is an accessible, up-to-the minute sourcebook of everything that makes pregnancy and caring for a baby up to the age of 3 an enjoyable and healthy experience. The woman's role in managing her pregnancy and child care is emphasized. Read more...
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More About My Pregnancy & Baby by M.D. Keith Eddleman; Joanne Stone
My Pregnancy and Baby is an accessible, up-to-the minute sourcebook of everything that makes pregnancy and caring for a baby up to the age of 3 an enjoyable and healthy experience. The woman's role in managing her pregnancy and child care is emphasized. It aims to build on a woman's best instincts with the help of obstetrical and pediatric expert advice, extensive to do and check lists, and summary if nothing else boxes. In the first part, My Pregnancy, a woman is encouraged to make the right decisions about nutrition and exercise, maintain general health, and manage her emotions and changing relationship with her partner. A unique lift-up-and-look pregnancy calendar enables her to keep track of her developing baby. Extensive information on prenatal tests, pregnancy complications, and medical emergencies is also included. The second part, My Baby, encourages new mothers to manage the all-important aspects of daily child care with separate sections on newborns, older babies, and toddlers. There is also coverage of medical complaints and problems, first aid, and the normal course of development. A personalized treatment of pregnancy and baby care, backed up by the latest medical information. Visuals and text that make caring for yourself and your baby easy and effective. Special lift-up-and-look pregnancy calendar details a baby's weekly development. Checklists that make it simple to shop for baby, pack for the hospital, and ensure a hazard-free home. Diary features let you make notes of important appointments as well as vital contact details. If I do nothing else... features summarize the most important points of the subject being covered. Timetables of baby and toddler skills acquisition with accompanying supportive activities and toys. Informative illustrated calendar shows week-by-week fetal development and changes in the woman's body. "
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They may be OB-GYNs, specialists in high-risk pregnancies, and the authors of several other books on the subject (including 2008's The Pregnancy Bible), but Drs. Eddleman and Stone fall short of the mark with their new guide to the miracle of life and babyhood. That said, the book does have its strong points—there's plenty of information on diet during pregnancy, prenatal and postpartum exercise, and baby/toddler care, and emergency first aid guides are easily accessed. But there's simply too much to fit into too small a space. The authors tout their tome as being interactive, but shopping checklists and an Advent-style weekly pregnancy calendar are not enough to substantiate their claim, and the text alternates awkwardly between the 3rd- and 1st-person while important or alternative information (such as discussions of doulas or at-home births) is glossed over or ignored. Images of serene and made-up women in the midst of labor belie the reality of the struggle, and photos of "The Ideal Stroller," complete with visible logo, smack of product placement. Moms-to-be might find Eddleman and Stone's guide suitable as introductory material, but those looking for a complete reference will want to look elsewhere. Photos & illus. (Sept.)