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You: Having a Baby: The Owner's Manual to a Happy and Healthy Pregnancy

3.64  ·  Rating Details ·  592 Ratings  ·  97 Reviews
America's favorite doctors Michael Roizen and Mehmet Oz cover pregnancy from conception to birth.

Few life experiences feature emotional swings as extreme as those of pregnancy—it’s a monumental mix of both intense excitement and skip-a-beat anxiety. How do you respond to such a situation? If you’re like most, you scour websites, read books, browse blogs, and pick the brain
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ebook, 464 pages
Published December 1st 2009 by Scribner (first published November 9th 2009)
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Jayfader
Dec 24, 2009 Jayfader rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For the remaining 700 or so Facebook friends that don't realize I'm pregnant - I'm pregnant and due in April!
That being said, I discovered early that if one goes down the rabbit hole of 4 million blogs, websites, mommyblogs of dubious distinction or ...horrors... that "What to Expect" crap, you're going to lose a lot of sleep worrying that perhaps that tablespoon of ranch dressing could have touched a molecule of GMO enhanced soybeans, thus throttling down your baby's IQ for life. This is my fi
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Bird
This was a strange book in that it wavered between too technical and too silly, two attributes you don't generally find in the same book. There are pages upon pages of scientific stuff about pregnancy hormones, epigenetics, health concerns, etc., without much applicable information. But then the book is filled with these strange cartoonish drawings featuring your organs saying (apparently) clever and witty things.

The authors said they didn't want to do a week-by-week pregnancy book because so ma
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Cathy Mendenhall
As far as baby books go, I say not worth it. Yes, if you read one, you read 100 of them all saying the same things. I just could not get into the 'comedy' that the doctors tried to use to help paint a picture for everyone. I prefer a more straight forward delivery.
Laurie
Aug 23, 2013 Laurie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read at least eight pregnancy books when we became pregnant with our first child last April. Out of all of them, this was in my top three. If you're a visual learner, like me, the drawings in this book will help a lot with understanding what's happening with your baby. The information provided is really informative, and quite different, in some ways, from what you'd get with, say, What to Expect When You're Expecting. They talk a lot about epigenetics (how the way your pregnancy goes can affec ...more
Ashley Katsuyama
This is definitely the most medically relevant pregnancy book I've read thus far. It's nice to feel like someone is giving you information that is on the cutting edge of medical research. I felt it fell a little short in giving the reader an actual idea of how to implement much of the information though. For instance, it talks about how you can turn certain genes on and off, but then it just vaguely mentions avoiding things like alcohol and tobacco. So even though the information is new, the act ...more
Sarah
My favorite thing about You: Having a Baby is the pregnant exercise routine included in the back. I tried to use it once or twice a week for most of my pregnancy. I would give the workout five stars.

I was irritated with the rest of the book because of the cartoony (and unclear) diagrams and goofy language. It seems to provide a pretty good overview of pregnancy issues and information, but I didn't like the delivery of their message. If you want pregnancy information that includes some of the lat
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Abeer mohammed
Aug 26, 2014 Abeer mohammed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
كتاب بطل لكل حامل .. تكلم فيه عن كل النواحي اللي تخص الحوامل ابتداء من اتخاذ قرار الحمل حتى الولاده واختيار الطبيب المناسب .. حبيت فيه الرسومات التوضيحيه اللي وضحت لي شغلات كثيره كانت مو مفهومه بالنسبه لي ... كثير من عاداتي الغذائيه غيرتها واستبدلتها بعد ماقريت هذا الكتاب الرهيب .. الكتاب لدكتور اوز ودكتور رويزن .. انصح به بشده ❤ ...more
Kristin
This book had lots of interesting tidbits but I would not buy it for an all in one reference book. It's too disorganized and all over the place. It tended to give lots of scientific facts, which was fun, but the week by week growth during pregnancy, for example, was like only 2-3 pages and very un-detailed. Also, the tone of the book was a little too Bill Nuy The Science Guy for me.
Travis
Jan 12, 2017 Travis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I listened to the Audible version and it was excellent for me, a newly expecting father who is scientifically minded and knew very little about pregnancy. I typically listen to podcasts at 1.8x speed, and although the authors speak slowly, the density of the info still had me at just 1.4x.
Shannon
Nov 15, 2016 Shannon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book informative and entertaining! I listened to it in audio format and enjoyed the authors' performance of the text.
Katie
Feb 21, 2017 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although this book covers a wide range of pregnancy related topics, I felt the authors' main focus was explaining what happens inside you during a normal healthy pregnancy: explaining how good nutrition and a safe amount of exercise benefits you and your baby.

I felt they gave sound advice and on the few controversial topics covered they presented both sides before giving their own recommendations and reasoning. They present everything in a nontraditional format, not the week-by-week of most preg
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Sarah
Jan 05, 2012 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lots of very helpful information in this book! I only wish I had gotten a hard copy instead of a book on CD because now if I want to refer back to something, I don't really know what disc it was on. It didn't take long to get through this book so I guess I could always go back and listen to it again. I appreciated that when they were talking about nutrition they included vegetarian and soy options since that is how I prefer to get my protein and calcium. One thing that I thought was kind of stra ...more
LJ
Apr 09, 2012 LJ rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although this book does get a little "Dr. Oz"ey, I still found it an enjoyable change from the dry or worse still, corny prenatal books. Where the awesome humour comes in, is the drawings and diagrams.

Exhibit A, In a view of the pregnant belly, she is depicted as wearing hot pants (and further more, they are labelled as being hot pink and lime green). Funny, right?

Exhibit B, In a different diagram of the inner workings of a pregnant belly, the perineum is labelled...wait for it...as the taint. K
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Deborah
Jan 10, 2010 Deborah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, health
I like this book because it veers from the other pregnancy books I read that give you a laundry list of pregnancy "side effects" and what the baby is doing for each month of the pregnancy. It offers some useful information in an entertaining way. Of course, I wouldn't only read this one because those other books are pertinent as well.

And in response to the reviews that say the book makes you feel guilty for not being super healthy already during pregnancy and the baby is "doomed".... Any book ab
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Katie Christian
Hmmm... a book on pregnancy and childbirth written by 2 male doctors. This is one topic that I'm understandably sexist about. For the most part this book was pretty good. I like Dr. Oz and I think he's generally pretty entertaining and well-spoken. The book held my interest longer than some of the other 'pure reference' style, insanely boring pregnancy books. It may have just triggered my hormones, but I think the section on preferred positions for intimacy during pregnancy probably should've be ...more
Silas
Jan 13, 2014 Silas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, not ME, per se, but I still wanted to learn a few things. This audiobook was relatively short, clocking in at about five and a half hours. It did come with a companion PDF, which will add some extra content. Since I am still in the research phase of this process, I can't really say whether the information here is accurate or not, though I trust that it is at least reasonably so. The attempts at humor are kind of forced, but it doesn't come up all that often, and it doesn't distract too muc ...more
Angela
Feb 19, 2012 Angela rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got this book as a gift when my friend John found out I was pregnant. Since it was an audio book, I popped it in my cd player in the car and listened to it on the way to and from work. At first, it was really annoying because the authors claimed to have this whole new discovery regarding pregnancy, and then went on to give just about all of the same information as all the other books/websites I have come across. However, it did end up having some interesting tidbits of information. I'll share ...more
Lyndsey
Feb 28, 2013 Lyndsey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
I LOVED it! The book was very well written for the average old OR young female preparing or already in progress of having a baby. It was funny and light hearted, as well as being very education about what is happening with your body. I really enjoyed the "comic" strips to show the "humor" of what is happening inside. I also like how it gave tips at the end of each section and had tips for men as well. I was impressed with all the side notes and the flow of the book all together. I will definatle ...more
Karuna
Jan 19, 2010 Karuna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm having a hard time finishing this one it's like a modern day Dr. Oz version of the what to expect when your expecting. I'm burnt out on baby books right now, less than 3 months to go and reading is my last priority nesting mode! lol
Update: I'm 36 weeks and have not picked it back up. Just not my cup of tea and kinda old news if you have done any reading about pregnancy. He does offer an updated view and more self care and a planning calendar insert in the book. I will admit this book is not
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Bobbie Greene
The information in this book was presented in a way that made it very easy to read. However, the whole time I was flipping through it, I felt like I had already heard the same thing (often written in the exact same syntax) somewhere else. That being said, this would be a great book for someone who is brand new to all of this information. Along with the traditional What to Expect books, I would include this one.
Allison
I'm really not giving this book a fair rating because I wasn't able to read the entire book. It seemed very technical and there was a lot of science. Which is great, but it just couldn't keep my focus.

I think this might be a book I would rather buy and have to reference to rather than checking out from the library. If I can find it cheap somewhere I might do that, otherwise I don't think I'll pick it up again.
Veronica
Nov 21, 2013 Veronica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was actually helpful. But also terrifying. It did provide me with questions and answers that I didn't know I had.

There is a ton of info on every aspect of the pre, pregnancy and post process that will come in handy.

I do recommend that moms and moms to be read this. It even comes with handy exercises and even a few healthy recipes.

The included graphics and YOU tips are an added bonus.
Bax
Aug 07, 2014 Bax rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although the writing style is really silly and at times irritating, there is a lot of useful information in this book. I also appreciate that it talks about things to avoid and watch out for during pregnancy without being alarmist and making it sound like an unnatural thing.

This would be useful to reference again during pregnancy for the exercise routine and recipe ideas at the back of the book.
Rebecca
Feb 07, 2010 Rebecca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2010
There is a lot of information in this book. I read most of it but skipped a few things that were too graphic for me. A few things bothered me like how they said if you get the flu while you are pregnant your child will have a low IQ.

Also they spent less time focusing on what you feel month to month and more on how the chromosomes react at conception and how whatever the mother does during pregnancy effects the child.
Kimberlie
Jun 13, 2013 Kimberlie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013, abandoned-books
Seems like everything on the web is a regurgitation of the same material. I was looking for something *else* to read during those long weeks of pregnancy. (I've miscarried twice, so it's like getting to only read the first 1/3 of a book over and over.) This book has presented new information (epigenetics) in an entertaining fashion. Just what I needed to fill the days waiting until the next pregnancy...


Well, months later still no baby. Jinxed myself. LOL.
futuregypsy
May 05, 2016 futuregypsy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Full disclosure: I did not finish this book. I got 1/3 of the way through and could not stand it anymore. I did not realize before I started the book that this is a Dr. Oz book. I now know that, and the bs contained within makes more sense. Also, there was TONS of preachy advice, but very little evidence and facts presented along with it. If I want an opinion I'll ask anyone. I was looking for information and facts.
Alicia
Jan 08, 2014 Alicia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013, babies, pregnancy
This is probably my least favorite pregnancy book so far. I found it in the clearance bin at Kroger for $3 and was so excited but once I started reading it, I was pretty disappointed. It's disorganized and all over the place and I just didn't really find it helpful. I did enjoy some the the illustrations in the book, but that was about it. No complaints based on what I paid for it I guess, and I've since seen this version in bargain bins at even more stores.
Angie crosby
All this book did was scare me. I only read a bit of it, and then skimmed parts of the rest.

It says basically that I control how my child turns out, even as he is in the womb, by my actions, what I eat, my emotions. All it did was scare me.

Yes I suffer from anxiety disorders, yes I have ptsd, yes I don't eat 10o% healthy all the time, that does NOT mean I am harming my child. This book left me with the thought I am harming him.
Tisha
Apr 14, 2010 Tisha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. I checked it out from the library merely to skim, but ended up reading it from cover to cover. It mostly talks about the biology of being pregnant. I learned so much about the placenta, hormones, etc that I never knew before. It is very different from any baby book I have read before.
Agnieszka
It’s a scary book no doubt, especially when read at the end of pregnancy. At this point, if you haven’t followed the guidelines so far, you and your baby are simply doomed.
On the other hand, there are things I haven’t read anywhere else, though some of them are just weird, i.e. that it’s good if your thighs are getting bigger because it’s the best place to store omega -3…
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