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Your Pregnancy Week by Week

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Your Pregnancy Week by Week is the most medically current and comprehensive pregnancy guide available. Doctors recommend it. Reviewers praise it. Pregnant couples rely on it. With more than seventy new topics covered, and completely updated to keep up with trends, new products, and safety recommendations, this comprehensive, authoritative, and easy-to-use sixth edition of ...more
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Published December 11th 2007 by AudioGO (first published 1990)
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Allison
Oct 25, 2007 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
Monica
Oct 25, 2010 rated it did not like it
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
Margaret Chind
Jan 05, 2009 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
Nichole
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.
Amanda
Dec 31, 2013 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
Kim
Oct 01, 2008 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
Allie
Apr 26, 2008 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.
Melissa
Jan 17, 2008 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.
Stephanie
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
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 Mummy Cat Claire
Sep 22, 2013 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
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Christy Ford
Mar 02, 2012 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
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Ashley
Nov 19, 2013 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
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Ariane
Feb 20, 2013 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
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Elke Ursin
Sep 29, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Jessica
Sep 05, 2012 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.
Jean Oram
Mar 14, 2012 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.
SaraLaLa
Mar 01, 2015 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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Denise
Jul 25, 2010 rated it liked it
Too many scare tactics about what could go wrong in pregnancy or with your baby and not enough helpful info.
Stephanie
Dec 01, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: motherhood
Keeping in mind that this was written in 2004 and that doctor's and hospitals, etc all have their own standard operating procedures... when I say some of this feels out-dated it's just the way these kinds of texts will read a dozen years later. I did find it to have a great base for what's happening each week, the explanations of each test and procedure were straight forward and easy to understand. I find this to be very inclusive of everything I talked with my doctor about and learned during bi ...more
Amanda Skinner
So, full disclosure, I did not finish this book. It is not very often I start a book and don't finish it, but I just couldn't take any more!

Dr. Doom and Gloom is a more apropos name for the author. I am all for being prepared, but the overall impression this book gives about pregnancy is negative. I think perhaps this doctor may need to retire, he has forgotten that though there are risks, and problems may arise, this is still a time to focus on joy.

That being said, if you are the type that wan
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Marla
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This guy is real by the book moderate. Kind of a wimp, doesn't take much of a stand on anything, though he does describe everything that can go wrong (instead of stressing how to help things go right!)
Natalie
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is so helpful. I really appreciated the week by week approach, it made the experience less overwhelming and provided some really great information. I recommend it to anyone expecting.
Sarah Smith
Mar 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is well organized and offers digestible nuggets of information related to the progress of pregnancy and the baby. The book has a few helpful hints for dads, and it includes good advice for getting prospered.

The only aspect of this book (and likely all pregnancy books have this) that I did not like is that there are a lot of warning signs of serious issues, and the book details all of them. I recognize the importance of being knowledgeable of potential serious health risks, but in some
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Heather
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
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
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
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Laura
Feb 02, 2011 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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Keeley
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
Sherry
Apr 27, 2012 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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