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Up the Duff: The Real Guide to Pregnancy

3.89  ·  Rating Details  ·  559 Ratings  ·  95 Reviews
Hilarious yet informative look at pregnancy from one of Australia's funniest writers
Paperback, 466 pages
Published October 1st 1999 by Viking (first published 1999)
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Shannon (Giraffe Days)
My sister passed this book onto me when I was back home in Australia at the beginning of the year; it was the only book, she said, that really helped her. If you've never heard of Kaz Cooke before, she's an Australian columnist, author, cartoonist and resident funny lady. I have one of her earlier books, Get a Grip, but to be honest you don't really see her stuff outside Australia.

Cooke wrote this book after her own experience with first pregnancy and being unable to find a decent book - and one
Jack Kirby and the X-man
Nov 22, 2008 Jack Kirby and the X-man rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone contemplating having kids, currently pregnant and definately all Dads-to-be
A humourous and generally light-hearted take on the everything pregnancy.

My wife pretty much went with the flow - so I was chief researcher... I'd have to say that this book was my primary reference for all things pregnancy.

The fact it is Australian, and pretty new, means that it is up-to-date with the current conditions and advice. I particularly like the fact it provides a list of resources that are available - it makes finding out more detail about a particular subject much easier.

We would oc
Mar 03, 2012 Samantha rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book.

My sister gave it to me. She was initially going to give me a copy of 'What to expect when expecting', and I'm glad she didn't because I had 3 copies already!

I was someone who didn't see the 'magic' in pregnancy. I have spent a lot of time not coping with all different aspects. Reading this book has helped me to see the funny side while also giving me valuable information.

This book was definitely for me, but may not be for every one. I think that a lot of the humour
Tamsin Ramone
Jan 03, 2013 Tamsin Ramone rated it did not like it
I would never recommend this book. All it did for me was piss me off and make me terrified of scented candles.
Jan 12, 2014 Cass rated it it was ok
Firstly I would not recommend this book to anyone (at least not as a 'pregnancy guide'). I am not a mainstream mum and I really don't like these mainstream books, I read this book out of curiosity.

Having said this what I enjoyed about this book was a huge sub-text that the author probably isn't even aware of.

The author set out to write a casual guide to pregnancy, and the bulk of the book is the type of fence-sitting ideas that one might expect from such a book. Everything is kind of wishy washy
May 07, 2012 Katrina rated it really liked it
Great lighthearted humerous book to read on your pregnancy journey. Light on information, but good to balance out heavier books like "what to expect, when you're expecting" which can make you into a little (well huge) hypochondriac.

Would recommend this book for your collection. I would also reccomend getting a book that covers birth and post partum issues in more detail. Also, she doesnt really cover breastfeeding and breastfeeding myths which is a disapointment as research says if you are plan
Alison Condliffe
Sep 27, 2013 Alison Condliffe rated it really liked it
Shelves: parenting, australian
I asked for books that wouldn't scare me about pregnancy and this is perfect. A light hearted look at pregnancy, with practical information thrown in too. I read a section each week and feel better about all the changes that are happening. Would recommend to anyone that is pregnant.

Now that I have had my baby I find this book quite negative about natural births and limited in birth options. However, I still enjoyed reading it weekly and the honesty in the last sections after the birth was really
Jessica Berrington
Jan 08, 2012 Jessica Berrington rated it it was amazing
This book was my pregnancy bible the first time around. The pregnancy diary helped me feel like the things I was feeling weren't so weird after all.
The jovial nature of Kaz Cooke's writing shone a new, silly light on pregnancy and made it OK to laugh at it.
I lend it to every pregnant woman I can, and this book has helped three women through four pregnancies so far, including me on my second now.
Fox Woods
Sep 17, 2014 Fox Woods rated it did not like it
Jeepers. So many people love this book. Only three people (including me) have given it 1 star! But I thought it was terrible.

The book is split up into the weeks of pregnancy. This structure has meant that, in weeks when nothing particular happens, Cooke has forced herself into a corner -- she still needs content for that chapter. So it feels like many chapters are either padded with unnecessary information, or there is information plonked un-chronologically into chapters, in order to even-out c
Jun 16, 2015 Dave rated it really liked it
The main benefit of this book isn’t the education it gives one about the pregnancy journey.

The main benefit of this book isn’t even the uproarious laughs it gives one from all the self-deprecating, obvious, brilliant jokes.

The main benefit of this book – perhaps beyond almost every other pregnancy book out there – is that it gives one the sense that they aren’t alone on the pregnancy journey. YES, it provides heaps of helpful information. YES, it’s very funny. But mostly, the book is so empathet
Lisa Eirene
Oct 19, 2015 Lisa Eirene rated it liked it
Friend recommended this book. I think I would have enjoyed it more and given it more stars had I started reading it at the beginning of my pregnancy. That being said, it was a cute, funny book with some practical information.
Apr 21, 2011 Amy rated it it was amazing
I'm not, nor have I been, pregnant. But as a nanny I meet a lot of pregnant people and I'm working for a family expecting another baby so I felt that it was important that I understand better what she's going through. The book was funny and easy to read. It gives you all the information - even the unpleasant stuff - without freaking you out or making you feel squeamish (and I feel squeamish at just the word 'episiotomy'). A great resource of Australian agencies and products and services for wome ...more
Mar 08, 2013 Catherine rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. My husband bought a bunch of pregnancy books when I first found out I was pregnant, all of which were invariably British or American, and I really struggled with them, finding them condescending or overly emotive. I love that this book is written in a distinctly Australian voice. Yes it's a bit frivolous at times but it's fun and easy to read and most of the time presents all the options and facts without passing judgment, which I am discovering is a rare thing in thi ...more
Jan 07, 2016 Ira rated it really liked it
Very funny and easy read- but still informative.
Nov 05, 2014 Alice rated it it was ok
Is there a pregnant woman in Australia that hasn't owned at least one copy of Up the Duff? I somehow ended up with three copies, all given by well-meaning friends.

Up the Duff is the go-to book after being sufficiently scolded and freaked out by What to Expect When You're Expecting. It's not overly informative and the majority of the information provided is superficial and even out-dated, so it's not exactly a responsible guide for new mothers. It's really more like having a sarcastic friend who
Apr 20, 2014 Ellen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: doing
"The other thing pregnancy books tend to do is describe the size of the developing fetus in comparison with food. One week it's a Brazil nut, then a plum, then an eggplant. At one point I became convinced I was going to give birth to a giant museli."
James Raynes
Apr 07, 2014 James Raynes rated it it was amazing
There's a good reason everyone recommends this book to prospective parents. It's easily digestible, covers off all the basics in sufficient detail and is backed up by serious research. Best of all it's realistic and non-judgmental.
Aug 14, 2014 Kellie rated it really liked it
An unexpected mix of lighthearted fun and facts, I found this to be the easiest pregnancy book I've read yet. Of course I'm also reading the "official" books written by medical doctors but this one was much more fun to read. :-)
Jul 24, 2016 Marika rated it liked it
Helpful, but the character started to bug me with how pessimistic she was, she got on my nerves.
But the information in here is invaluable for a first timer.
Mikaela Robertson
Good points:
• Humorous
• Light-hearted, rather than dramatic and serious like so much other pregnancy info available
• Like hearing from a friend who tells you as it is
• Visual ruler of the baby’s size each week
• Makes all those pregnancy ups and downs normal, rather than something that is dramatic, unusual, worrying or the self-centred all-about-me-I’m-pregnant attitude.

Bad/neutral points:
• I didn’t actually learn anything that wasn’t available elsewhere. Maybe if this was the only book you rea
Emily Morgan
Apr 07, 2015 Emily Morgan rated it it was amazing
I found this book when I was looking for gifts for my best friend's first baby. It was great, I read a heap of it in the shop and I didn't even have plans to get pregnant myself! So I bought it for her, then bought it for three other friends before finally buying my very own copy when I became pregnant with my first.
It's a light hearted take on pregnancy for first time mothers with practical tips on what to look out for, how to prepare and resources. A great book, get it!
L'angolino di Ale
Mar 28, 2015 L'angolino di Ale rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quando scopri che presto diventerai mamma, scatta qualcosa: uno sfarfallio, un movimento interno vivace e burrascoso. Mille dubbi, domande, incertezze, perplessità. Nessuno è in grado di darti delle risposte certe (forse perché non esistono) ma tutti (amiche, mamme, suocere e libri compresi) tentano di fornirti la loro versione dei fatti. [...]
a lettura è davvero veloce (e, naturalmente, trattandosi di un manuale va sempre tenuto a portata di mano in caso di dubbi) ed ho apprezzato l’originalità
Sarah Joy
Jun 21, 2007 Sarah Joy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who is pregnant or planning to get pregnant, plus their partners!
Kaz Cooke is about the funniest author I've ever read!!! I was truly laughing out loud at her take on pregnancy. As a birth doula (and now considering becoming a pregnant lady ;-) I've read so many excellent resources, but this is definitely the most hilarious. I read on that the US version lost a lot of it's charm, so had a friend from Australia bring me an original copy - I highly recommend doing that if you can, the Australian-isms are part of what makes it so funny! (Keep in mind ...more
Sep 03, 2015 Jessica rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Young pregnant ladies or people who are starting to think about having a child.
Recommended to Jessica by: No one
Very good book, I liked that it mentions can you afford to have a child and the diary of the pregnant woman gave me a few giggles, I look forward to reading again when we start having kids :)
Jun 03, 2014 Sara rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
A fun and helpful read delivered in bite-sized chunks that are time-relevant. Enjoying it a lot!
Alyce King
Mar 23, 2014 Alyce King rated it really liked it
Informative without being boring. I liked that it was specific to Australian parents as well
Zoe Cooper-Sharan
May 06, 2016 Zoe Cooper-Sharan rated it really liked it
Shelves: baby-stuff
This is essential for mums to be. I read this and What To Expect When You're Expecting for the what's-happening-by-week/month. If you want the witty, humerous commentary as well as the facts, you'll enjoy Up the Duff. If, sometimes, you're not up for the comedy routine, it's easy to read around the side commentary. Admittedly I did find the humour annoying at first as I just wanted to get stuck into the facts to understand what was happening to my baby and my body, but in time the book really pl ...more
Feb 06, 2013 K added it
This book has been my friend and constant companion since I find out I was pregnant. Light-hearted and fun, it walks you through your pregnancy a week at a time. At the end of every chapter there is a great list of resources if you need to sought out more scientific/detailed information.

I just had to quote this for my family in case they get any silly ideas when they are buying me stuff:

"If you buy those headbands with a bow o them for a girl baby your child will look like a demented Easter egg
A week by week guide to what really goes on in pregnancy and the weeks after birth.

I found Hermione's diary to be quiet honest and hilarious. But this was about the best bit of this book. Yes it was informative but I found the book to be hypocritical in the sense that the author states on several occasions to disregard opinions yet the whole book is her opinion of what is best for birth. The copy I read seemed a little outdated and contradicted some of the information I was given in appointments
Tamsin Bramwell
May 25, 2014 Tamsin Bramwell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
She has a baby one too
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