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Your Pregnancy Week by Week

3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  3,155 Ratings  ·  384 Reviews
Ideal for those already pregnant and for those planning pregnancy, this title should help them relax and enjoy this very special time in a woman's life, and to have a healthy baby.
Paperback, 470 pages
Published May 1st 2004 by Da Capo Press (first published 1990)
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Oct 27, 2007 Allison rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was kinda fun at first because it shows you pictures of the baby's development every week. But the text made me sick to my stomach! As if I wasn't enough already... every week this doctor-author (a man, by the way) goes into everything that could possibly go wrong during a pregnancy - from the most rare complications on. It is ridiculous! It was scary and depressing at a time when you should be relishing in the amazing changes and visulizing nothing but the best outcomes. Pregnancy is ...more
Jan 17, 2008 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was more informative than what to expect when you're expecting. It gives you a lot of information about the growth and development of the baby instead of just answering questions. It also made me slightly neurotic though.
Horrible Horrible Book! AVOID! AVOID! This man is a terrible writer and gives terrible advice. Stay away from this book. It won't help you in any way.
Apr 26, 2008 Allie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was the least helpful of the pregnancy books I have used. It does have a chapter for each week, but the information is not entirely well dispersed, and the tone of the writing I found off-putting. The thing that bothered me the most was the author's attitude toward induction and other interventions. As if a 7 1/2 pound baby "may not fit" through a smaller mom's pelvis! I wouldn't recommend this one, especially for moms more interested in natural childbirth and encouragement.
Lisa Wuertz
This book was only like $2 at Rite Aide one day when I was picking up a prescription. I wanted something that had the week by week development because I just wanted to know what was going on in my body and with the baby each week.

I found a few websites that had some information, but a lot of it was hit-and-miss depending on the week you were looking for information about.

Anyway, my plan is to keep reading this book week by week until the delivery, but I already have an opinion...

First, it is o
May 03, 2009 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved that each week is broken down into a few pages, which makes it easy to read for a few minutes before going to bed each night. I DIDN'T love that there were pages of rare illnesses and diseases that you or the baby had a one in a million chance of contracting each week. I think if they are going to include this in the book, they could put it all in one section rather than assault you with it each week. I still gave this 4 stars because I did otherwise enjoy the format and just learned to ...more
Margaret Chind
Jul 22, 2009 Margaret Chind rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: pregnant moms and even dads
Shelves: own, favorites
In the category of pregnancy reads, I would say this is one of my favorites and most useful books. In the category of weekly updates of what is most likely happening in your pregnancy, this is by far the best book of it's kind. I had so many recommendations to read a different book that has been around, but I am so glad that I found this one, in comparison the "other" book has nothing on this one. When curious about this book in it's republication, I found several negative reviews that talked ab ...more
Elke Ursin
Sep 29, 2009 Elke Ursin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: pregnant women everywhere
I really liked the way this book was organized. I felt that some of the information at the very end was incorrect (i.e. saying that under no circumstances can you eat or drink while in labor when my hospital provides jello and other light snacks to laboring mamas). I also found myself at week 38 of my pregnancy and thinking "Geez, what if I go into labor now and I don't make it through weeks 39-41?" Needless to say I quickly finished the book, throwing the weekly routine to the wind. :) Overall, ...more
Kevin Fodness
After reading this book, I've determined that I'm not the target market (jokes about me having testicles instead of ovaries aside). It's designed for people who don't have the attention span to sit down and read a book cover to cover in a few days. It's designed for people who want to read 15-20 pages per week (the week by week part) and who don't have a very good memory (it repeats itself all of the time). I found the organization of the information into 'weeks' to be a false division - the inf ...more
Too many scare tactics about what could go wrong in pregnancy or with your baby and not enough helpful info.
Dec 05, 2010 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked the way this book was laid out. Each chapter corresponded to 1 week of pregnancy therefore I read one chapter every week until I hit 40 and a half weeks when I finished it off. Full of information this s a great guide to pregnancy and I particularly enjoyed the illustrations. Reading about what size my baby was each week and what she was doing was very exciting. However I do have one major complaint about this book. Each chapter also contains various paragraphs about everything th ...more
Oct 25, 2010 Monica rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If you're looking for a week-by-week account of baby's growth and development, this book is not it, despite what you might think judging from the title. It gives roughly 2-5 sentences about your baby's approximate size and development per week, and then moves on to give you worst-case scenarios and things that can go wrong throughout your pregnancy. Sign up for an email newsletter that gives you weekly baby updates for free and spare yourself any needless worry or emotion this book could cause. ...more
Kelly (TheWellReadRedhead)
This was the most helpful of the pregnancy books that I tried out. I ended up returning What To Expect because I found the layout annoying, and I thought the book focused way too much on unreasonable pregnancy nutrition goals (this coming from a healthy/athletic woman) and scary/odd diseases that you could encounter during pregnancy. (I know some people have accused this book of being like that too, but I think all pregnancy guides cover some of that stuff, and this one was much more brief about ...more
Jun 28, 2011 Laura rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Pregnant friends that don't scare easily
Recommended to Laura by: No one.
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I actually didn't read this all the way through, I stopped around week 28 when I got to the part where they were listing some pretty crazy off-the-wall numbers in regards to how dangerous homebirth is, which I am planning to do with my midwife and, having done tons of research, I know the numbers presented in this book were totally false but could scare the bejeezus out of someone who wasn't ocd about analytically researching everything like I am. I already didn't like the fact that the whole pu ...more
Christy Ford
Mar 02, 2012 Christy Ford rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: parenting
Really, this book is kinda dumb.

The best example of this I can think of is the repeated admonitions for the mother to cut back on the illegal drugs. I mean, yeah, I guess it makes sense to say once, but how many expectant mothers who take the time to read books on pregnancy are likely to still be nursing their crack habits? This book brings it up *at least* three times. It pretty much treats the reader (mother) as a rather simpleminded dear who needs to be led along carefully and patted on the h
Jean Oram
Mar 14, 2012 Jean Oram rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
While most pregnancy books seem out to scare the crap out of a mother-to-be, this book is awesome in that it explains what is happening to both mom and baby each week! Not each month--that's forever in the world of an expecting mother. Pictures of the fetus/baby accompany as well as things to keep in mind. Highly recommend it for those who are curious about baby.
Jun 22, 2012 Kristin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: parenting
I think this book had good information (which is why I gave it 3 stars) but I did not like how it was organized. If you are looking for a book where you can strictly read what is happening during a specific week in pregnancy, this is not the book for you. The book has to be read in totality in order to appreciate its information. For example, while specific parts of the auditory system might be developing over a series of many weeks, the book only discusses hearing in week X, so you will miss ou ...more
Jul 22, 2012 Sherry rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The week-by-week description of current changes in your body and the size of the baby are helpful. However, that information amounts to about a page or two and the rest of the information in each weekly chapter seems ill-placed--either too early, too late, or made more prominent than it should be. Most of the chapters focus on negative information, complications, or problems of pregnancy. This information doesn't worry me, but is getting a little dull to read and not sure how helpful most of it ...more
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Sep 05, 2012 Jessica rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012
On par with "What to Expect..." Another book that offers insight into how your body is changing and how your baby is growing week by week. Nice exercises included if you can bring yourself to exercise with a fetus sitting on your bladder.

What I'll say about most of these books - you'll get a lot of this info from your doctor and from Doctor Google. The books aren't really essential, but a nice reference point.
Each chapter begins with fun, practical information about the baby's size, how you're growing and changing, and all that good stuff. And then: it's all about diseases and everything that could possibly go wrong. To be fair, they do say that you should skip parts that scare you. And some info was helpful--like when I had to go for my second blood glucose test (which turned out fine). But my goodness, the book could be quite the Debbie Downer. And the Dad Tips are hilarious--they assume you have t ...more
Feb 20, 2013 Ariane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read most of this book . . . had to skip the last few weeks because Ms. Amelia decided to show up a little early. ;-) I enjoyed learning about what we were growing each week. Reading a chapter each week was something that I really looked forward to each Tuesday evening. Surprisingly, I must be a little more laid back than some of the other mothers who have read this, as it has gotten some quite harsh reviews.

It was kind of our joke that I didn't have a go bag packed because it was not listed u
May 17, 2014 Claire rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: First time moms
Shelves: read-in-2014
I've had this book since 2006 when my first baby was due. I remember enjoying the content and I found the information in the book helpful and it answered a lot of questions I had. The authors include helpful hints for dads and each chapter covers how big your baby is and how your body is changing.

For my second baby, the book was a good reminder of things that happened from my first pregnancy. The information provided was educational, informative and helpful.

With this latest pregnancy, I found I
Ericka Clou
My insurance company sent me this book for free, as a way to "improve outcomes." I think it's definitely an improvement over "What to Expect When You're Expecting." The book is actually much shorter, which I think is a good thing (looks the same size because of big fonts and illustrations). It's true that there's a fair amount of scary information in this book, but I think most of it is information that is important to know in case a more serious issue arises. (It doesn't have tons of normal sym ...more
Nov 19, 2013 Ashley rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was obviously written by a doctor. I smile as I, former nurse, make that assessment.

I read this cover to cover up to week 25, then skimmed to the end. I like the weekly format, but found some of the information included within certain weeks to be random or confusing. Why are we talking about a late pregnancy issue in week 8, or an early pregnancy issue in week 24? There was also a fair amount of repetition, particularly regarding diet and nutrition. Organizationally, I found it to be lacki
Dec 31, 2013 Amanda rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody
This book should be renamed "Pregnancy Can Kill You! Week by Week". The doctors who wrote this should not be practicing medicine. I didn't think it was possible to be more offended by a pregnancy book since I read "What to Expect When You're Expecting" but this one is just incredibly awful. The worst part was, my health insurance company sent me a copy of the 7th edition of this book when I became pregnant. If this was my first pregnancy, I would now be a terrified mess. Some of the grossly inac ...more
This book was okay until about halfway through, and then I abandoned it, for two reasons.

First, I got irked on the section regarding epidurals. I'm not anti-epidural. I'm pro educating yourself about the risks and the appropriate timing for having one if you want. But - the author points to anesthesiologists insisting epidurals are desirable because research has shown that there are lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol in cord blood post epidural-birth than non-epidural birth. I'm a lice
So, this is written by a doctor, and you need to realize that a doctor's view of pregnancy/labor/delivery may be quite different than that of those outside of their profession. For instance, there is not a single reference to a "birth plan" in this book. Although the authors make a few extremely vague references to it, the reality is that, being doctors, they believe that their training and experience provides them with the proper way to treat various conditions, regardless of your personal pref ...more
Sep 09, 2015 SaraLaLa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Broke things down into nice bite sized pieces, however it'd sometimes cover something you needed to know much earlier too late. For example, in week 33, it says to avoid eating certain foods. That would have been useful information on day one. It's a little too late now, buddy.
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