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Common Sense Pregnancy: Navigating a Healthy Pregnancy and Birth for Mother and Baby

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  226 ratings  ·  30 reviews
Become a mama without the drama

When you’re pregnant, your friends, the Internet, and even your doctor often give advice that leaves you anxious and overwhelmed. You deserve a calm, straightforward, no-nonsense pregnancy. It’s time to dial down the stress and dial up the common sense. Common Sense Pregnancy is a breath of fresh air: accessible, authoritative, funny, reas
Paperback, 256 pages
Published June 9th 2015 by Ten Speed Press
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Kristen Jett
Jun 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This will likely be THE book I give to friends who discover they're expecting. Just as you would expect from the name, it's a thorough and easy to read guide that walks you through most of the important decisions you'll have to make while pregnant.

What I appreciated most was that you're given both sides of each situation - there's no agenda here! You know you want an epidural? She explains what you need to know. Considering going all natural? She gives tips, guidelines, suggests methods to rese
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Y’all-, I can not recommend this book highly enough. Forget about What to Expect When You’re Expecting, this is THE book you and your mama friends will need/want to read when you’re pregnant. It’s simple, straightforward, and just like the title suggests-COMMON SENSE. This moves away from the fear-based, highly medicalized birth model and more towards the midwife model. I’ve read it twice and my husband enjoyed it as well. I kid you not-THE BEST PREGNANCY BOOK.
Nov 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Meh, this was fine.

I found the most valuable section to be the postpartum/"what to do with your new little blob" stuff - that is, what to expect in terms of the process of recovery from giving birth, the proper care and feeding of your newborn, and the logistics of pumping breastmilk. The labor and delivery section was also pretty helpful; quite detailed in, e.g., the stages of labor, how an epidural gets inserted, and so on. The pregnancy stuff was fine.

I didn't love the tone though, and I sti
Feb 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great book to help prepare you during your pregnancy. It really helped me understand what was going on during my pregnancy and doctors appointments and what would happen during/after labor. It prepares you for all aspects of pregnancy; the good, the bad, and the disgusting that no one really talks about!
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the best pregnancy/birthing book I've read so far. When someone in my life becomes pregnant, this is absolutely the book I will recommend and/or just give them. It covers everything (absolutely everything)---from the moment you get that positive test to breastfeeding and even dealing with child loss and grief. Faulkner has experienced it all and she gives her nonjudgmental wisdom and guidance.

I especially loved the chapters on getting to the end of pregnancy and labor. She explains in d
Farraas Muhdiar
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pregnancy
The book is simple and straight-forward, but comprehensive enough to prepare you for what's coming. It's also balanced and realistic; it doesn't try to sugar coat the fact that labor & breastfeeding could be painful for some; but will be rewarding nonetheless. ...more
Jan 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I like this book. It's just like the title says "common sense" which I really appreciated and found a relief after reading too many books with way too much information. I got this book from the library and skipped ahead to "prenatal education and birth plans because I am at 28 weeks and curious about delivery options. I don't feel like I missed anything by jumping ahead and instead got some invaluable advice. Great book! ...more
Sep 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Great reference book with straight-forward, clear advice. I love this author's voice. This isn't a book I read from cover to cover, but instead picked through it chapter by chapter. As an American living abroad I don't encounter some of the problems discussed in this book, but I still appreciate having them pointed out.

I would have liked more focus on pregnancy rather than just the birth, but maybe that's because I'm still pregnant ;)
Apr 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, pregnancy
Strait forward information with a gentle, non-judgmental tone.
Holly McCormick
May 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Very informative without a "one-fits-all" approach. ...more
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
Rooted in her experience as a labor and delivery nurse and mother of four, the author does a great job of describing the wide range of what is considered “normal” during pregnancy and childbirth. Like the title says, she emphasizes a common sense approach: educating yourself so that you can make informed decisions about your pregnancy and birth, however you want that to look. Bonus points for being really easy to read and written in a way that was useful/helpful to my husband, as well.
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent. Insider perspectives from a labor nurse and maternal health advocate. Critical of the common interventions practiced in labor in delivery. Focused on mom's wellbeing, prenatal and postpartum. Full of helpful practical details and totally judgment-free. My top recommendation for anyone in their first pregnancy! ...more
Jessie C
Jul 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Lindsay Bailey
Aug 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I’m thankful for a book that takes the “scary” out of pregnancy. This is a real book with real examples of various situations and how to handle it. I definitely feel more prepared and reassured for my labor in October than I did before. Use this book as a companion to asking your doctor questions. Pass this book on to your other expecting friends! It’s worth it!
Aug 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Most useful for a US audience, but I'd still recommended it for its informed, no-nonsense approach of important options and choices along the way to a pregnancy driven by the idea of being 'well' rather than driven by fear. Even if (or is it because?) Faulkner doesn't sugarcoat explanations of phases of labour, how a peridural works, etc. ...more
Vanessa Princessa
I read this book in Blinkist.

The key message in this book:

Pregnancy and childbirth are experiences that are both beautiful and challenging. So it’s best to be well prepared. Get organized so that you can make your birth as easy and comfortable as possible.
Megan Piao
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Truely informative, both for women hoping for a hospital or more natural birth. Great read
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The only pregnancy book I would recommend to my friends. Straight forward, honest - but not brash, and realistic.
Jul 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Helpful. Quick read.
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No nonsense

This was the book Iv'e been searching for. Enough of what I wanted to know and none of what I didn't.
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: women, pregnancy
Good, solid, compassionate advice. I'm enjoying Expecting Better more, but this is still a great choice. ...more
Amanda Mitchell
Oct 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Qualifications for a book that explains what happens before, during, and after pregnancy, and how to navigate all of those stages:
1. It uses gender neutral language when referring to the fetus/baby. Or in absence of that, often switches between using "she" and "he" when not referencing gender specifically.
2. It does not insult the reader's intelligence regarding use of alcohol, unlike the vast majority of pregnancy books. The alcohol section is a litmus test for whether the author/this book trus
Claire Drolet
Feb 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
I didn't read this cover to cover, but I feel it was a wonderful no-nonsense guide, and made me feel more prepared for and informed about what was going to happen. The whole matter-of-fact tone of the book put me at ease. The author stressed the important points of seeing pregnancy and birth as a normal physiological process, recognizing when your doctors might be more interested in mediating risk than doing what is actually right for you, and advocating for your needs and wishes. It seemed (in ...more
Feb 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Very light read, going in I had some idea that I would not be particularly fussy about many particulars of pregnancy, this book highlights points that I could/should focus more attention on and reminds you of perspective. The author is an R.N. and midwife who has spent a large portion of her life delivering, so she writes about what is likely to occur while not forgetting to note the differences and to keep in mind your own/partner's birth experience may vary, and describes the spectrum. Helpful ...more
Kristen McBee
Feb 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-prose
All these pregnancy books are starting to blend together. This one sets itself apart because it feels more honest. No girlfriend jokes that aren't funny. Just helpful information about each step of the journey. I appreciate that. ...more
Lara Quarterman
Aug 08, 2016 rated it it was ok
I wanted a book that would cut through all the BS of typical advice for pregnant women, but this one didn't quite do it. It had some interesting information, but was still written from a very medical point of view and the language was still mildly condescending. Also a very American take so not necessarily appropriate for those outside of the US. ...more
Nov 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
This really was straightforward and clear.I appreciated the author's experiences as both a nurse and mother. She presented all sides of an issue as objectively as possible, truly making it a range of options for you to choose from instead of only crunchy granola vs. over - medicated extremes. ...more
Jul 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
First time mom to be here and I loved this book! Great writing style and down to earth. Easy to understand and not terrifying!
Jun 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I read this as part of my doula recertification and found it accurate and helpful. I think all expectant women could benefit from the flexible, non-judgmental approach presented here.
Oct 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Straightforward advice and information that skips the fear mongering of so many pregnancy books. Short and to the point. Definitely recommend.
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