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The Pregnancy Bible: Your Complete Guide to Pregnancy and Early Parenthood

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An authoritative and up-to-date reference.

The Pregnancy Bible combines the knowledge and experience of medical specialists and family doctors -- all under the direction of practicing and widely published obstetricians.

It follows the complete sequence of fetal development in utero week by week. Each step is illustrated with full color photography -- many of which are life-s
Paperback, 392 pages
Published September 6th 2003 by Firefly Books (first published 2003)
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Nicole Lovejoy
Oct 06, 2009 Nicole Lovejoy rated it really liked it
I loved this book while i was pregnant. It has tons of pictures and explains really well what is going on week by week.
Oct 24, 2008 rachel rated it it was ok
My feelings about this book are mixed. On one hand, it includes amazing ultrasound photos of fetuses and images of naked pregnant women (always good to see that my body is no more distorted than any other knocked up lady's). On the other hand, I found the information to be very, very basic. I don't think I learned anything from reading it.
Jennifer Rook
Jun 03, 2009 Jennifer Rook rated it it was amazing
This book is awesome collection of information from beginning to end. My cousin gave it to me when I was pregnant with my daughter & I absolutely loved it.
Amanda Port
Feb 19, 2008 Amanda Port rated it liked it
I like this much better than "What to Expect..." and "Your Pregnancy Week by Week"

Mar 04, 2012 Ronnie rated it really liked it
I thought this book was extremely informative, helpful, and user-friendly. My main complaint with "What to Expect When You're Expecting" is that it is organized according to months, with not much progression or additional information from week to week, or month to month. I felt like "What to Expect" is organized on a "need to know" basis, which turns me off. "The Pregnancy Bible," on the other hand, is organized according to pregnancy subject; for example, an overviews of each week to week chang ...more
Sep 18, 2015 Julie rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, adult
This book had a lot of good, basic information. I actually felt like the week-by-week descriptions were better than those in What to Expect When You're Expecting. I mention this because I tend to look up the week-by-week descriptions from several books and lots of websites and an app, so it's worth noting that I really like these ones. I also like the images that go with the descriptions.
It is a little awkward just how many pictures of naked women, specifically breasts, there are in the book. It
Feb 11, 2010 Christina rated it really liked it
With Isobel, I read Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy. It was adequate, I suppose, but The Pregnancy Bible is much better.
There's just more information here, including a beautiful photo of the baby in utero for every week of pregnancy. Even though I've experienced it all before, I liked that there was more lifestyle info in this book, and it still also had at least as much medical information as Mayo Clinic. My only complaint is the counter-intuitive way the book is organized. Here I am,
Jan 10, 2014 Chris rated it really liked it
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Akin to the myriad of other pregnancy and newborn care books, The Pregnancy Bible takes a step-by-step look at pregnancy, birth, and infant care from a view of not only informing the reader, but educating them in practical matters. Plus, there are plenty of pictures to go along with, both cartoons, and several cringe-inducing (at least, for a guy) photographs of actual, uh, "events." I have read quite a few of these preganancy books as a soon-to-be-dad, and I found this one
Esther May
Apr 08, 2014 Esther May rated it really liked it
This is by far one of the best pregnancy books that I have ever read. It is written in a real, straight forward style that I can appreciate. It even has little excerpts in it that refer to twins, which is helpful to me.
This book was VERY thorough. Information in this book I didn't find anywhere else. Loved the week by week pictures. I highly recommend this book!!
Rachel McCready-Flora
The Pregnancy Bible is a nice supplement to The Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy. The two books have a lot of overlapping information, while The Pregnancy Bible isn't nearly as thorough, it isn't nearly as dry and is overall a more interesting read. It has lots of great pictures, including weekly pictures (actual pictures!) of a developing baby, and tasteful pictures of a nude woman as she progresses through her pregnancy. This book has lots of good extras too - sections on dealing with ...more
Jul 21, 2016 Laura rated it liked it
Shelves: three-star
A good, basic guide to pregnancy, labour and birth for expectant parents. I found the week-to-week detailed images of the baby in utero to be interesting, alongside how the fetus develops physically.

There are plenty of images alongside key information, which is good if blocks of text put you off reading guides like this. The authors challenge commonly asked questions well, providing just the right balance of both information and reassurance for nervous parents to be.

Overall, a recommended start
Leena Ganesh
Dec 09, 2013 Leena Ganesh rated it it was amazing
I love this book. It's graphical and colorful and has just the right amount of information to get you thru your pregnancy. I only bought 2 books for my pregnancy reading and this was one of it. If I'm interested in certain topic I'll just Google about it and I'll get more in depth info. It's the book to get if you're looking for something that covers everything that you should know about getting pregnant, being pregnant and becoming a parent. The book doesn't cover in depth info on all topics. Y ...more
Oct 17, 2012 Talia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
An excellent resource for the parent-to-be, full of practical advice, detailed information on all stages of pregnancy from conception to birth, and even tips on how to wash and care for baby in the early weeks of life.
I have gone to it constantly throughout my pregnancy so far and have always been able to find the info I need.
I have especially enjoyed the week-by-week updates on both what is happening to your body as well as what is going on with baby.

I would recommend this for anyone who is try
Jan 23, 2008 Suzi rated it it was amazing
This is my all time favorite book so far on being pregnant, and what to expect. The book is filled with colored pages and lots of pictures. I love the break down week by week that shows how the baby is developing and what the mother's body is going through. It covers MANY topics!! It even has a section for fathers so they know how to get involved and how to help during labor. I give this book an A+++!! A 'should read' for other expectant mothers!
Apr 08, 2010 Susiane rated it it was amazing
This is another book that I inherited from my sister in law. She liked this book better than what to expect when youre expecting. Its definitely a wealth of info. Like reading an encyclopedia really, but a really interesting encyclopedia. We look at this book every week and check to see how big our baby is growing. We both love all the facts and information. Its a heavy book and we keep on our dresser next to our bed. Its a good one!
A friend passed this book onto me when she found out I was pregnant. I really enjoyed the week by week development of the baby, as well as week by week development of the mother.

The book also gave a great amount of unbiased information on everything pregnancy related, which I found extremely useful. This was a solid book that I could count on, then ask my doctor for more information about anything I wanted to.
Apr 16, 2008 Jenedypaige rated it really liked it
This is a great first time mom book. It walks you through all the things that will be happening to your body and your baby's body, week by week. It's been really fun to track my pregnancy by it and turn to the week I'm on to see what's going on inside me. It has all kinds of great tips and what to expect with labor, delivery, nursing, bathing, changing, and just taking care of your newborn in general. It's been quite handy!
Marti Mattox
Jul 21, 2008 Marti Mattox rated it liked it
A good basic book but it is that - basic. Nice development pictures and good overview. Then you can back it up with the Mao clinic book. I have so many preg books to dig through - and all I want to read is fiction.
Funny all the animals seems to sense something - the cats want to sleep on top of my stomach (even Nicks cat Frankie) and Beatrice has gotten uber protective.
✿ ♥  Heather ♥ ✿
A friend of mine lent me this book and kept asking me if I'd read it yet... I thought it would be like the others... but it wasn't. Very informative, great pictures, very detailed about the smallest of things... like how to wash bub, how to put on a nappy... what will be sore.. what to expect following labour etc...I'll probably re-read parts as I get closer
Jan 06, 2012 Amy rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book. I don’t think there’s a single topic left uncovered in this one. There are fantastic pictures throughout (minus the gross ones, haha), and the index is easy to follow. The entire book is easy to understand and makes sense. I finished it feeling like I actually know what I’m in for. Definitely the best pregnancy book I’ve ever read.)
Jul 10, 2010 Mari rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Rhea
This book has week by week information on baby development as well as week by week information as to what is happening with the mothers body. It has a good index and many photos, so it is very user friendly. AND it is the only pregnancy book that has been able to keep future dads attention! He looks forward to reading the weekly updates. :)
Oct 17, 2012 Justine rated it it was amazing
My go-to book whenever I'm pregnant. I loved it more than What to Expect. In-depth, real pictures of the baby, your body, aches, pains, nutrition, even sex with your partner and how to still have a lovelife with a growing baby in your belly. I've lent and bought this book for many friends as a 'mommy-to-be' gift. Highly recommend it.
Jan 02, 2009 Melissa rated it really liked it
This book is a great alternative to "What to Expect When Your Expecting." It provided me with all I needed to know and served as a great refrence. I really liked the color pictures, time lines and book organization - it allows you to skip parts about what could go wrong that tend to freak out pregnant women.
Nov 15, 2015 Charity rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
My favorite pregnancy book. Great detail in how to cope with the various pregnancy ailments. My favorite part, though, is the week by week pictures and milestones of baby's growth and the expected changes in my body during that time frame also. Not currently pregnant, but it is my go-to book for expectant friends.
Jun 08, 2011 Aubrey rated it liked it
Pretty decent information. Includes pieces on natural and home as well as hospital and birth with medication. Basic information about pregnancy, birth and early newborn life. Would be good for someone expecting their first. (Included stuff about changing, dressing and bathing the newborn.)
Nov 16, 2011 Lena rated it liked it
The first pregnancy book I read. A decent amount of information, and there's a lot of pretty explicit but also pretty neat illustrations. A good one to flip through if you don't actually want to exert much brainpower but want the weekly fix of seeing how your fetus is developing.
Jessica Thurlow
Aug 20, 2016 Jessica Thurlow rated it liked it
Lots of great information. Definitely bookmarked many sections for later reference. Learned a bunch I hadn't known.

It's American so some of the information isn't relevant to me.

I wish it weren't so sexist and had more inclusive language when discussing parental duties.
Mar 07, 2012 Heather rated it really liked it
I didn't read this cover to cover by any means, but it was quite helpful getting a feel for the whole process of pregnancy. I highly recommend it because it has color pictures and has a slightly better layout than the more common "what to expect when you're expecting"
Bethany Zimp
Nothing that can't be found in other books, but a nice layout and good pictures/directions for stretches and exercises.
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