Kind of amazed this book hasn't seen updates, especially where outdated medical practices are concerned. And the author wastes a lot of time on fear tKind of amazed this book hasn't seen updates, especially where outdated medical practices are concerned. And the author wastes a lot of time on fear tactics and smack-talking Lamaze at the beginning (I'm already reading The Bradley Way... you don't have to fight for my attention), and I wouldn't even touch the out-dated info on episiotomies at the end. But, as pretty much every other review says, the exercises and general technique throughout the book's midsection, and reminder that you CAN do this, that your body was in fact MADE for this, is reassuring and helpful and exactly what I needed to reminded of. I haven't gone into labor yet, so... how handy this all comes in then remains to be seen, but doing the relaxation and visualization exercises with my husband, while making us giggle at times ("that big bag of muscles" always gets us), has also helped us work through some of our anxiety about facing childbirth for the first time.
The photography is not for the faint of heart, and I have looked through it only once (with one eye reluctantly open), but I did actually find it reassuring to see. Like... "Oh hey... look, these women aren't being ripped in two. That's good." ;)...more
A little too punny at times, but Murkoff does a good job of keeping things breezy and easy to read while still pumping you full of information. HavingA little too punny at times, but Murkoff does a good job of keeping things breezy and easy to read while still pumping you full of information. Having, thus far, experienced a run-of-the-mill, uncomplicated pregnancy, I found What to Expect to be a pretty perfect companion; it was totally inline with my symptoms, doctor's visits, and concerns, and the ebook version was the ideal format for me. I read it on my phone in short bursts. Generally, reading straight through made the best sense for me, since it follows a week-by-weekformat, the table of lengthy table of contents made it easy to find whatever topic I was interested in reading about with a click.
I still check the What to Expect website (amongst others), but the book, as brief as it is on most topics, is still the better source, if you ask me....more
Absolutely gorgeous, wonderfully illustrated - just about goes without saying. Chris Riddell is utterly masterful at what be does.
The story was sweetAbsolutely gorgeous, wonderfully illustrated - just about goes without saying. Chris Riddell is utterly masterful at what be does.
The story was sweet (and teary-eyed Ottoline was almost too cute to handle), albeit less developed than the first two books in the series. The only major drawback here though is how poorly the "bog googles" work. The final mystery image page is still, well, a mystery to me. Surely the story would have felt more complete had I been able to better discern the images. Seems like a major oversight, unfortunate oversight. Still, a beautiful book I'm happy to own and will undoubtedly spend lots more time starring at....more
The audio performance was well done, but this wasn't my favorite of the Lunar Chronicles short stories, despite being more informative than others. ThThe audio performance was well done, but this wasn't my favorite of the Lunar Chronicles short stories, despite being more informative than others. The whole thing felt like a bickering match between Levana and Everett, and while too short for the hardcover book price this one costs to own, it felt too long to listen to, like they were constantly having the same argument -- though I can understand why they would. There's plenty of darkness and misfortune in Levana's past, but she still felt pretty one-note evil to me after finishing Fairest. Excited for Winter, though....more