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The Christian Mama's Guide to Having a Baby: Everything You Need to Know to Survive (and Love) Your Pregnancy

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Filled with helpful tips, amusing anecdotes, and encouraging advice, here's one Christian mama's take on everything pregnancy -- from stretch marks to weight gain to figuring out how to rely on Christ through all of the uncertainty and joy of the next nine months. Pregnant women may discover that while they are thrilled about the baby, pregnancy can be another thing entire ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by GuidepostsBooks
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Margaret Chind
Feb 11, 2011 Margaret Chind rated it really liked it
Recommended to Margaret by: FIRST
When it comes to the pregnancy books, I've read most of them. From the epic What to Expect When You're Expecting (hated it) to the very medical resourceful Your Pregnancy Week by Week and Your Pregnancy for the Father-to-Be: Everything Dads Need to Know about Pregnancy, Childbirth and Getting Ready for a New Baby and even some colorful ones like The Complete Illustrated Pregnancy Companion: A Week-by-Week Guide to Everything You Need To Do for a Healthy Pregnancy. And a good dozen or so others. ...more
Rachel Wheeler
Dec 20, 2011 Rachel Wheeler rated it liked it
For what this book is, (a pregnancy guide simply written by a Christian woman...no medical jargon or fluff) I found it informative and at times humorous. It gives an overall smattering of information to prepare you for pregnancy or keep you informed on what to expect next if you're already pregnant.
My few complaints: I felt like the author contradicted herself to some extent on some of her views. Refusing ever to drink ONE glass of wine her entire pregnancy because of the dangers of alcohol on a
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Dustybug
This book is different from many of the well known pregnancy guides on the market because it is a more personal take on carrying a baby than medical advice and jargon. In fact, Erin MacPherson makes it very clear in the beginning that she is not a medical professional and while she does cover some medical topics in the book, she wants to ensure that the readers know that most of the book is based on her own personal pregnancy experiences. This sets the book off on a ...more
Elaine
Apr 06, 2013 Elaine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Title: The Christian Mama’s Guide to Having a Baby.

Author: Erin MacPherson

Genre: Christian, Nonfiction, Pregnancy, Guide, How-To, Self-Help, Humorous.

Plot: With a hilarious sense of humor and a wonderful easy-going style of writing, Mrs. MacPherson takes you on a fun-filled journey through pregnancy and helps you navigate this most fulfilling and often unpleasant phase in life. She also gives you pointers on how to draw closer to God during your pregnancy, especially on days when you’re too sick
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Rachel Brand
I had mixed feelings about this book when I was reading it. I loved how honest the author was about her own mistakes and struggles during her pregnancy, from trying to overdo things to indulging all her cravings. I definitely appreciated the down-to-earth approach of just sharing her own experience, rather than trying to project an ideal, perfect way to approach pregnancy. It felt like a friend telling her story, rather than an expert. So if you're looking for an expert, medical book on ...more
Abbie Riddle
Apr 04, 2013 Abbie Riddle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Expecting that first bundle of joy? Wondering what this who pregnancy thing is really going to be like? Maybe you are feeling a little overwhelmed, anxious even terrified from all the horror stories of 36 hour labors and emergency c-sections. This is the book that needs to find its way into your hands. Light-hearted and conversational, Erin has written a book that will be an easy read as you prop your tired feet up.

I wish this had been in my pile of "must-reads" when I became pregnant with my f
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So, I did it. I was excited when I received this book in the mail and I couldn't wait for my opportunity to read it. Needless to say I finished it quickly. Ms. MacPherson made this book a very easy read, not only is this book equipped with an index but with a lot of great tips and tid-bits that any new mom should know (or at least consider). The Christian Mama's Guide... is great because you don't really need to be a Christian to enjoy the book, just skip the few bible
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Miranda Sherman
May 14, 2013 Miranda Sherman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Miranda by: BookSneeze
As a Mom of four I have definitely spent a lot of time pregnant and reading through pregnancy books as if they were my daily instructions on how to simply survive pregnancy. First time Moms search frantically for the perfect book spending hundreds of dollars and often times left with a heaping pile of unasnwered questions and tattered pages.

The Christian Mama's Guide to Having A Baby by Erin MacPherson was a breath of fresh air. The book is filled with real life advice by an experienced real l
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Aisha Oaktree
May 02, 2013 Aisha Oaktree rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is great for those not seeking the medical jargon of most of the pregnancy books out there. It's written by a lay (non medical degree or medical field professional i.e not a nurse/midwife/doctor) person, a simple mother who was pregnant and wanted a little Christian fellowship while she was pregnant, finding none she decided to fill in the blanks herself and wrote a book for the other women who were like her.

Now being in the medical field I know she lacking a whole lot of necessary inf
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Jennifer Caples
Mar 25, 2015 Jennifer Caples rated it it was amazing
I woke up the other morning feeling awful and down about myself and my pregnancy, of course I looked up christian pregnancy books in hope some faith inspired books may help. I'm skeptical of most christian books; I am a firm believer but most attempt to gloss over the bad things and focus only on God and saving us. It's a wonderful message and reminder but NOT helpful when I am crying because I feel too fat and pregnant...

This book was very funny, witty, and just what I needed! I felt better wit
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Courtney
Jun 16, 2015 Courtney rated it did not like it
I hated this book. The encouragement to eat junk, avoid all kinds of exercise and try to cheat on your glucose test was just too much. In fact the only part of the book I enjoyed was the part that her friend who exercised throughout her pregnancy wrote.

At one point it is said to avoid raspberry leaf another time it references raspberry tea as the same thing. These are two totally different things, which while fairly inconsequential (most medical professionals will tell you to avoid almost all t
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Mary
May 13, 2014 Mary rated it really liked it
This book was cute, and definitely uplifting at times when I needed it. But I couldn't relate to some of what she was saying because my pregnancy is just as unique as the next! She made many references to massive weight gain, which I have actually not gained enough, and didn't touch on any other points of view. I also wish it focused more on what God's point of view about pregnancy and children is. It says Christian Mama, but she hardly touches on the bible. I'm a tough critic, I know!

Also, mayb
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Amanda
Aug 06, 2011 Amanda rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: first time mama's
I don't know why I buy a new pregnancy book every time I get pregnant. I mean, this is my 6th baby after all and I'm been pregnant more times than that. I should just write my own ;)
The "Christian" bit in the title is what suckered me in this time. I have oodles and oodles of pregnancy books, but I've never before encountered one that dealt with pregnancy from a Christian perspective. I am enjoying the reminders to rely on God, and to be thankful etc etc. It is definitely refreshing in the pregn
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Caroline Niziol
Feb 19, 2013 Caroline Niziol rated it really liked it
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I really enjoyed this book! Between What to Expect When You're Expecting and The Girlfriends' Guide to Pregnancy, I thought I was done with pregnancy guidebooks. But this arc popped up at net galley and I couldn't resist.

This book balances good humor and advice with biblical encouragement. I'll definitely recommend this to friends. Not a lot of medically useful info but that's not what I had expected anyway!
Amyb
Jun 07, 2014 Amyb rated it really liked it
Shelves: baby-books
Reading this book felt like having a conversation with a good friend. It was very funny. You wouldn't use this book if you were searching for sound medical advice, but it is a good one to read at the beginning of your pregnancy for a good overview.
Christen Burros
Feb 07, 2016 Christen Burros rated it liked it
I read this book during my second pregnancy, and as someone who hates most of the process, all of the whining in this book surprisingly irked me. That being said, I obviously finished the book and still liked it enough to buy the rest of the series.
Charity
Mar 01, 2013 Charity rated it really liked it
With my previous pregnancy I read the standard guides. This time I thought a christian angle would be interesting. Delightful with wonderful reminders about God's presence in this blessing, filled with humor and actual accurate advice.
JoJo Sutis
Mar 30, 2013 JoJo Sutis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-it-2013
FULL OF FUN, FUNNY, FANTASTIC INFORMATION ABOUT HAVING A BABY.
I THINK THIS IS THE ONLY BABY BOOK YOU'LL NEED!!
WATCH MY FULL VIDEO REVIEW HERE http://youtu.be/8I3ZYOx28jc
Susan Mathis
Apr 20, 2014 Susan Mathis rated it it was amazing
Wish you had a sister to walk you through the intricacies of pregnancy and delivery? Now you do! A must-read for any expectant parents, for sure!
Lyndsi
Jul 31, 2012 Lyndsi rated it really liked it
I thought this was an easy and interesting read. Much less overwhelming than some of the huge all-encompassing pregnancy books.
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Hi! I'm Erin. I'm a 32-year-old mom of two. And, if we're being honest, I'm not really qualified to guide anyone on anything.

My house is a mess, my daughter has been halfway potty trained for five months and I just stuffed an entire load of clean, dry laundry into a laundry basket without folding it. The last time I attempted a craft with my kids, it ended in a tempra-paint induced meltdown (from
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“Your husband may not be a wealth of pregnancy information, but he is a wealth of 'you' information. He probably knows you better than anyone else in this world (which means he understands your current neediness pretty well). He also probably loves you more than anyone else in this world. So, while he may not be the person to turn to if you need to know how to soothe breast tenderness, he's the perfect person to turn to when you need a hand to hold.” 17 likes
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