Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy
Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy

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This new Mayo Clinic book on pregnancy provides you with practical information and reassurance on pregnancy and childbirth. Compiled by Mayo Clinic experts in obstetrics, it offers a clear, thorough and reliable reference for this exciting and sometimes unpredictable journey. This comprehensive book includes:

  • A month-by-month look at mom and baby
  • In-depth "Decision Guides" to help you make informed decisions on topics such as how to select a health care provider, prenatal testing options, pain relief for childbirth, and many others
  • An easy-to-use reference guide that covers topics such as morning sickness, heartburn, back pain, headaches and yeast infections, among others
  • Information on pregnancy health concerns, including preterm labor, gestational diabetes and preeclampsia, along with an overview on being pregnant when you have pre-existing health conditions such as asthma, diabetes or hyperthyroidism

Customer Reviews:

  • The Only Pregnancy book you need!
    I bought this book based on the reviews on Amazon. This book is very reliable and straight to the point. Many of my questions were answered in this book and every advise in this book is the same as what my OB would advise. I would recommend this book to any pregnant woman. If you have this book you wont need any of the other books out there....more info
  • Superb Read/Full of Great Information
    The people who rated this fantastic book two stars are way off base. First, this book is easy to understand and it is not too technically/medically written. The information is easy to read and understandible. It is not flowery; however it is interesting. It gets to the point. Second, the other 2 star review states that if you have access to the internet, you do not need this book. This book offers information from a trusted source and this is a one stop shop. You don't have to search the web AND wonder whether the information you are getting is the correct information. Also, you are getting everything you need from one source. You even get information on women who are over 35 and having pregnant.

    Also, this book, like some others, doesn't dwell on the scary things. It does worn you on what could go wrong, but it does not scare the death out of you. It also gives you a week by week progression of the growth of your baby and the changes that your body will go through. In addition to telling you about the changes your body will go through, it tells you what you can do about some of those changes and whether you should and when to see a doctor.

    I love this book and I think that all pregnant women or and their partners should check it out. Even if you are planning to become pregnant, you should take a look at it. It is a great reference. ...more info
  • Great Book for New Moms
    I bought this when I was unexpectedly having my first child! I had a million questions and this book was very thorough starting from conception and ending a few weeks after birth. If you read this book from cover to cover, you will be very prepared (well, as much as you can be with a first!).
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  • Comprehensive and Intelligent
    I purchased this book a little over three years ago and I am starting to re-read it now. It has a strong medical leaning compared to other books that I have on the subject, but ultimately I found myself looking at this one often.

    It is laid out in an order that makes sense to be able to find what you are looking for and the explainations are straight forward and provide the reader with a bit of credit as to being able to understand things.

    A comprehensive guide as to things that arre occurring in your body, what is normal and things to be aware of. It helps alleviate some anxiety (I expcet less this time) and gives you things to keep in mind to make sure you are progressing properly. Of course if you think something is wrong make sure to get real life medical advice. Always better to be cautious....more info
  • Good reading
    AT my first appt, my doctor asked which book I had purchased and I told her this one. SHe gave ita thumbs up and said it was better than What to Expect...more info
  • A+ Well organized, easy to understand, FULL of useful info!
    This book is far superior to "What to Expect". It answers almost every question you might have and will have. It has helpful illustrations and is well organized. Its a month by month detail of what you should expect and what is to come. ...more info
  • Reliable resource but very dry
    This is a reliable resource that is well organized and the charts for when to call your doctor are helpful...but it is really dry reading. The book is mostly text with very few basic illustrations and no photos. I used in conjunction with The Pregnancy Bible. If you are looking to purchase just one book, I would recommend the Bible over this one....more info
  • Best Pregnancy Guide
    I am currently pregnant in week 25, first time pregnancy. My husband and I have purchased or have been given 3 pregnancy books, including "My Pregnancy Week by Week" and "What to expect when you're expecting" before this one came free in the mail from my insurance, 3 months into the pregnancy. Now I barely look at the other books. This one is way better in my opinion and here is why. It covers everything you'd possibly want to know and does it better then the other books. The other books are geared to a lower reading comprehension level and can be a bit annoying, plus the organization is not as good and the topics are not as complete. Let me give you an example. 5 days ago, I started getting pretty bad pains in my pubic bone - this doesn't happen to everyone, of course. I of course got nervous. This book has an index where you can look things up like "pubic bone pain" and find out everything that you'd need to know about it right away. "Your Pregnancy Week by Week" doesn't have this. The index is almost 20 pages long and so you can quickly find everything. There is also a great section on basic baby care, and a week by week section as well, for the pregnancy. This book makes me feel in control of my pregnancy and is like the "bible" to me, I am so glad I got it! If I found out about this one first, I wouldn't have gotten any of the others....more info
  • Very useful
    I bought this book for someone else and I got really wonderful feedback on it. So I am happy with my purchase....more info
  • Terrible Pregnancy Book, Way Too Medical
    I've read several other pregnancy books written by doctors. I could tolerate them, they had helpful tips, there was a human being on the other side writing the book. But this is soo bad, soo medical, that if you can read even ten pages of this book you deserve an award. What is in this book that will actually make you healthy? It's called healthy pregnancy, what exactly are the health tips gained here?

    I suppose if you completely buy into the medicalized way of birth, with nearly a 30% cesearan rate, 250,000 birth defects per year, of which about half are serious, 500,000 miscarriages and nearly 25,000 early infant deaths, then, please, get this book. You cannot get more filled with medical terminology and theories to confuse you and make you feel like you don't know anything, then is in this book.

    The text is extremely dry, the advice is not clear, and it is all about talking about problems without real solutions.

    It recommends the FLU shot while pregnant, which is completely stupid since it is loaded with mercury, (remember, no mercury during pregnancy??) duh, but still, it recommends that. The book makes it seem as if medical surgery and procedures is the only way to go. The Questions and Answers section may be it's only redeeming quality.

    Review is by Ramiel Nagel author of Healing Our Children: Because Your New Baby Matters! Sacred Wisdom for Preconception, Pregnancy, Birth and Parenting (ages 0-6)....more info
  • Great resource
    I read this entire book cover to cover just because it had so much interesting information! Far superior to the other pregnancy reference guides available, this book answered all of my questions and is very well organized. I found the sections at the end of the chapters especially useful that identify all of the warning signs and normal symptoms to expect during each part of your pregnancy. All of the advice in the book was consistent with my OB/GYN recommendations and even accurately predicted the premature delivery of my baby. This book was an essential element of my preparation for a new baby and I would have been lost during pregnancy without it. It answered all of the questions I didn't know I had!...more info
  • Wonderful Pregnancy Reference
    This book is well-organized and is full of practical MEDICAL advice, with handy decision guides for every month. I stress the word "medical" because there is just too much junk out there about pregnancy. This book is the real deal. I strongly recommend this book over the popular "What to Expect..." book....more info
  • like having a Dr at home
    This is such a great book to keep you calm when worried, informed when ignorant, and practical when overwhelmed. It is divided into four sections a month by month look at pregnancy, a decision guide to all the main thing you need to worry about health wise, a general reference guide for any doubts that might arise from dyeing your hair to headaches and the last is about complications. It's nice to have a book that includes possible complications, but that leaves it at the end so you don't worry more than you need to. ...more info
  • Very Informative!
    As a nursing student, I wanted a pregnancy book that went into a little more detail that what I could read about online or in my textbooks. I learned a lot in school, but I wanted a bit more detail about what my body would go through, not just how the baby should develop and this book was the perfect answer. It may seem like heavy reading, but if you read along with your pregnancy & symptoms, it's not at all boring. The 1st part of the book describes each week of pregnancy and includes actual size pics of how the baby should be progressing. It also goes into childbirth & postpartum care. The 2nd section of the book explores various decisions you may face during pregnancy & after the baby is born. The last section discusses common pregnancy problems, everywhere from diabetes to preterm labor to preeclampsia. Overall, the book is very straight forward, informative, and a great source for pregnancy (& after) information....more info
  • The only pregnancy book you'll need!
    This book is informative, very well organized, and easy to understand. It's organized into 4 main sections: Part 1 takes you through your pregnancy over 10 months, then each month is divided into 4 weeks. For each week, there is information on the baby's growth, including pictures of its size until about halfway through your pregnancy. I do wish it would give the estimated weight and length more often in the 2nd half of pregnancy - it's fun imagining how big the baby is getting every week. Then for each month there is also information on the changes in various physical parts of your body and changes in your emotions, what to expect at your doctor visits, and when to call your doctor. I appreciated the detailed information abut what to expect during labor, and what to do when you get home! My husband and I enjoyed reading what was coming up each week for the baby - how big it was getting, what was developing, etc.

    Part 2 is a decision guide covering everything from prenatal testing to vaginal vs c-section to breast vs bottle to thinking about when to have another child. Very detailed information, without scaring you to death about possible genetic problems, etc. It just gives you the facts and lets you decide what to do with the information.

    Part 3 is common concerns and questions - in what trimester they usually occur, what's normal and what's not, home treatments and when you should call your doctor. Very straight-forward.

    Part 4 is complications of pregnancy and childbirth. Again, just tells you what CAN happen to just make you aware of the complications and what can be done about it, but without scaring you.

    Overall, this book is fantastic. It's not loaded down with medical jargon, explaining everything so well that those of us without medical training can understand it! I recommend it to all pregnant women, and even bought it for a friend who didn't have any pregnancy books yet....more info
  • A Doctor in a Book
    The Mayo Clinic Guide identifies and provides easy-to-find answers to many pregnancy FAQ's. It does not "speak down" to the reader. The information is rational and thorough so if you're experiencing a problem and are uncertain whether or not to call your ob provider, by the time you've read the section on your topic you'll at least have a clear idea of whether you need to be concerned enough to seek immediate medical attention, or if you can save your topic for your next prenatal visit.

    In a pinch this book is a reasonable stand-in for a licensed obstetric provider such as a doctor or certified nurse midwife. It is written as a reference book and is not something to be tackled at one sitting. In fact, the information is so comprehensive, to first-time parents it could be overwhelming.

    After fifteen years of delivering babies, I felt the existing pregnancy books could be enhanced by a different kind of book. My book, DIY Baby! Do It Yourself Baby!: Your Essential Pregnancy Handbook is an entertaining readable handbook that fills in the gaps between the pregnancy lay-person's "textbooks" such as the Mayo Guide. ...more info
  • A wonderful reference book!
    Just about any question I can think of, I can find a thorough clear answer in this book. Very well organized and very complete. I'm planning my first pregnancy and I was looking for a book to answer all my questions. I have several pregnancy reference style books, but this one is exactly what I was looking for!...more info
  • Very informative
    My husband and I just started to think about planning for a family so, me, being the researcher type wanted to know everything that is in store for us becoming parents. After reading all the reviews for "What to expect while your expecting" I didn't want to be scared out of my wits. So in buying this book I was happily surprised at what length the Mayo Clinic authors go to, to inform you of what is going on inside your body and all the things you can do to prevent or calm symptoms of pregnancy and also the warning signs and what to do when something is not "right" week by week. When I get pregnant I'll certainly use this as my go to guide before I call the Dr. about my concerns. A pro is the "When to call" checklist after every chapter. The book is broken down into parts: Part 1 "Pregnancy, childbirth and your newborn" (Preparing to have a baby), Part 2 "Decision guides for pregnancy, childbirth and parenthood", Part 3 "Pregnancy reference guide", Part 4 "Complications of pregnancy and childbirth". Overall, a good read and very easy to understand, straightforward and every section is well organized, there is no need to skip around to find what you are looking for. I'll recommend this book to friends, certainly....more info
  • A Great Asset!
    I bought this book as soon as I found out I was pregnant. It is full of information about how the baby is growing along with what is going on in your body. I find it very detailed and informative, and eases alot of fears. It's not a 'picture-book' if that's what your looking for. I highly recommend it. It's my fav pregnancy book....more info
  • Great book - clinical information but approachable
    During my first pregnancy, I owned two books: "the Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy" and "What to Expect When You're Expecting." Both are very good books, but over time I came to appreciate this one more. The explanations are thorough, and have extremely solid medical backgrounds. An attempt is made at providing good "touchy feeling" explanations, but truly, these academics aren't as good at that as the "what to Expect" crowd. Nonetheless, it lived at my side as I changed and learned about what was happening to me and my child. ...more info
  • The only book you need

    This is my first pregnancy and not knowing what exactly to expect I thought, as most people do, 'I should read a book'. This book is wonderful, it has everything you need and breaks down the pregnancy process into weeks with a description of what's going on in the baby's growth, a picture of what the baby should look like and then things that you should expect to happen to your own body. That's just the breakdown section. There are several other sections including information on treating discomforts like congestion (something I am having trouble with) and it tells you why it's happening ex:
    Congestion or "stuffy nose" they say is a common pregnancy problem caused by the increased blood flow to the mucous membranes and so on (making me not worry so much that I might be getting sick because before I got pregnant I hardly ever had a stuffy nose!) It also goes on to tell you self-care and prevention and when to seek medical help (this section has almost every discomfort you can think of).

    There is SO much information in this book, how to breast feed, the cons and pros of breast feeding vs. formula feeding, what you should and should not eat, how much weight you should gain and where that weight is coming from, managing pregnancy if you have a health concern like diabetes, birth options (natural or medicated, vaginal or cesarean, complications) seriously this book has everything. I thought I would start out with this book and maybe get a few more but this book is really the only one you need, save your money for baby stuff and get this very reasonably priced book! And if you don't believe me just order this with the mind set of ordering more later (I doubt you will!).

    Did I mention that at the end of each chapter (in the pregnancy breakdown section: each month is a chapter that is broken down into weeks) there is a list of 'when to call' telling you what you should call immediately with and what you should write down to tell your doctor later? It also recommends getting a similar list from your doctor, I say just take the book and ask your doctor if he/she agrees and if they would like to add or change anything.

    Finally, this book is completely objective. It doesn't push any one opinion and encourages you to talk to your health care provider if you're uncertain. There are not enough stars to adequately rate this comprehensive book. (And I love how it talks to you saying things like 'by the 12th week of your pregnancy, your baby is nearing 3 inches long...')

    Happy Pregnancy! or Happy Pregnancy Planning! (something else the book goes over like what you should talk about at your preconception doctors visit)!

    One last thing: they have a website go check it out!
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    I highly recommend it (especially for 1st time moms)! helped me to enjoy 9 woderful months of pregnancy. answered my questions/concerns....more info
  • Just go to their website.
    I bought this book because in the early weeks of my pregnancy, I had lots of questions. Mayo Clinic has been a reliable source for medical information for me over the years and it didn't stop when I became pregnant. I used their website ([...]) to look up all kinds of information in their Pregnancy Center. It was without hesitation, especially with such a high review on Amazon, that I bought this book.

    I read it often in the early weeks of my pregnancy in addition to relying on their website, I realized that much of the information overlaps. I really should have just stuck to the website, because I rarely read the book anymore because it is just a repeat.

    Recently, I stopped at the library to pick the lowly Amazon rated "What to Expect When You're Expecting". I cracked open the book and couldn't put it down! WTEWYE had answers to all of the questions that I'd asked and couldn't find in the Mayo Clinic, like 'Is tap water safe?', and detailed & current information about First Trimester Screening results and options (which Mayo Clinic doesn't have).

    If I were you and considering getting this book, I would just head over to and save the $[...] for another book....more info
  • Good information
    Good medical type information. Good compliment to other books, such as What to Expect when you're Expecting....more info
  • Best Pregnancy Reference Guide Out There
    This is the best pregnancy reference guide! Far superior to "What to Expect When You're Expecting", it gives you the straightforward facts in logically organized sections. I didn't have to waste my time thumbing through pages of questions/problems that don't apply to me, I just got the facts on my baby's development each week (which is what I most wanted in a pregnancy guide). It also gives you a useful decision guide and tells you when you should call your doctor with questions/problems. It really is the perfect book for any pregnant woman....more info
    I loved this book for during and shortly after the birth of my first child. I love it so much I have passed it on to two other pregnant women, who also loved it.
    One of the main reasons I enjoyed this book was because it didn't present information in a scary way. It doesn't tell you everything that can go wrong. It does tell of possible risks, but gives statistics about the frequency of any defects.
    I was very anxious about the health of my unborn baby. This book really helped to reassure me. I also helped prepare me for breastfeeding. I had the mind set that breast feeding may not be easy, but was something I could do, thanks to this book.
    I will read this again with baby number two. Best pregnancy book I have read. And I have read sooo many....more info
  • Best resource for expectant parents!
    I love this book! I am currently in my 15th week of pregnancy and this book has been a great resource. It is full of all the information you need to know about your pregnancy. I love how it covers each week and describes in full detail how your baby is developing. It is very straightforward and easy to read/understand. I also have "What to Expect When Your Expecting" which is an awful book compared to this one. (I would not recommend wasting your money on that book.) The "Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy" is the best pregnancy resource out there!...more info
  • Puts "What to Expect..." to shame!!
    This is my first pregnancy, and I purchased "What to Expect..." because that is what everyone else has. It was so very unorganized, constantly flipping to this page or that! I was extremely frustrated and searching for a different book.

    Thank you Mayo for creating such a wonderful book! It is so organized, all in order, and very informative. Not to mention the fact that it has such a reputable name behind it! Once I got this book, I never even touched any other pregnancy book! I will forever recommend this book to every pregnant woman I come across!! ...more info
  • Good guide overall
    A good pregnancy guide with a lot of information. However, it would be nice if it had more weekly information....more info
  • Well organized, easy to read
    I found the Mayo book easy to read and well organized. My wife, whose second language is English, found the book easy to read as well. The book is organized around the trimesters of your pregnancy. In each trimester, the authors describes the changes you will encounter to give you a sense of what you should expect. Following these chapters, are sections which dive into decisions you need to make during your pregnancy. This organization makes sense to me, and if it does for you too, I highly recommend this book.

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  • Yeah for Mayo
    Yes buy this item, it gives you awesome medical advice and wisdom for your pregnancy. I would also buy an additional book like "Your Pregnancy Week by Week" because this book doesn't give you a the full picture of what you should eat and other practical advice. A friend of mine and I were prego together. She had this book, I had the other so we shared info with each other that we wouldn't have known without these talks over coffee. So my advice, buy both books and avoid "What to Expect..." at all costs. It is sooooo negative and dramatic. Who needs drama while you are pregnant. This should be a time for excitement!...more info
  • Excellent guide to pregnancy
    This book was a great guide. It was a first pregnancy for both my wife and I. The week by week development section was fascinating to follow. The strongest part of this book was the not dumded downed nature you find in many books. This book treats the reader as an intelligent person who is able to understand the intraricies of pregnancy...more info
  • Yeah for Mayo
    Yes buy this item, it gives you awesome medical advice and wisdom for your pregnancy. I would also buy an additional book like "Your Pregnancy Week by Week" because this book doesn't give you a the full picture of what you should eat and other practical advice. A friend of mine and I were prego together. She had this book, I had the other so we shared info with each other that we wouldn't have known without these talks over coffee. So my advice, buy both books and avoid "What to Expect..." at all costs. It is sooooo negative and dramatic. Who needs drama while you are pregnant. This should be a time for excitement!...more info
  • Best book in my stack
    I bought or was given several pregnancy books and this was the one I'd reach for every time. It's very well written and importantly was well organized so you can read what you need when you need it and find what you need when you seek it. One other popular pregnancy book I bought based on baffling rave reviews had all its information scattered completely randomly throughout its weekly chapters, which I hated. Also my brother was treated at the Mayo Clinic and immediately diagnosed with a rare cancer when all the other doctors he'd seen before missed it, so I trust the authority behind this book....more info
  • Good information
    This book has great information. It is easy to understand and does not try to scare you. It has answered all of the questions I have had up to this point. This is my first pregnancy so I have a lot of questions. I recommend this book to anyone that is expecting and doesn't want to be on the Internet or calling their doctor all the time. The Mayo clinic is a awesome pregnancy hospital, and I trust their information....more info
  • Very good book
    we like this book very much. We do have other books we look at but this is a good one to have...more info
  • Very informative
    This was my main resource book throughout my entire pregnancy and I highly recommend it....more info
  • Great book, easy reference guide
    This is a very informative book that explains week by week what is happening to your body and your baby. It is organized in a manner that makes it easy to refer back to when you have a specific question. I like this better than What to Expect When You're Expecting....more info
  • Real Good Book having all the Info needed.
    This is a good book having all the basic info you are looking for as a new parent. This book helped us in knowing a lot of new things which helped us prepare for the times ahead and consult the doctor at the right time....more info
  • The Best Pregnancy Reference Guide
    Well-organized, week by week updates in clear, understandable language. Simple guides for when to be worried, without the fear-mongering of that "what to expect" book. A great, comprehensive reference that allows you to look up all of your questions, follow along as your baby develops, and feel good about your pregnancy. This is the best guide for all mothers....more info
  • Great book.
    The book is very well organized. The first few chapters go over your pregnancy week to week and discusses fetal development and what kind of changes your body is going through. The other chapters in the second half of the book go over everything from breast feeding over bottle feeding, when to call your doctor (bleeding, cramps, etc), and how to change diapers. I would totally recommend this book to a friend. ...more info
  • a great no-nonsense pregnancy companion
    This is my second pregnancy, and I really wanted a good reference book that didn't insult my intelligence. The Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy is it. I had my first child 6 years ago, so I'm a little rusty on the pregnancy thing. I didn't need all the warm, fuzzy hand-holding that a lot of pregnancy books out there offer, so I decided on this book based on the rave reviews. I haven't been disappointed. It provides concise, objective information, and it is very easy to navigate through. I found the information to be very well laid out and with just the right amount of detail that any lay person, or even healthcare provider, could comprehend. I think this book is a must have for any pregnant woman....more info
  • Lots of info
    Really enjoyed this book. Offers a lot more informationa about what the mother is going through week-by-week during her pregnancy. Helped answer a lot of questions rather than always have to bug my doctor. Also, made me aware of personal conditions that I never realized are caused by pregnancy. I actually preffer reading this book over my "What to Expect, When you're Expecting Book". Also, I am a pre-nursing student, so I have a little bit better understanding of the human anatomy and physiology, which non-medical professionals might find difficult to understand when reading; however, I would still highly recommend it!!!!...more info
  • Great Book
    This book is great and very informative. I read it as well as "What to Expect When You're Expecting". This book is slightly better, and also includes information not covered in other books. I would recommend this book mostly to first time moms, since it answered alot of my questions during my first pregnancy....more info
  • Excellent book for expectant mothers
    My mother gave me this book when I found out I was pregnant and I am eternally grateful to her. Being a late starter (in my thirties) I have had concerns that younger women likely don't face. This book is well written and goes into detail on each topic, giving you valuable information that is easy to understand. Each month of pregnancy is covered in detail and gives the reader knowledge of what to expect when the time comes. This is so valuable, helping to alleviate fears that tend to crop up from time to time. The book covers breast feeding and circumcision, although those topics weren't covered in as much detail as I would have liked. I realize I will need to purchase a breast-feeding book for more details and also join the group my doctor has recommended to prepare for the hurdles I may encounter. Even my husband has read several of the topics of interest to him and commented on how precise everything is written in this book. I highly recommend this book to every woman who is expecting, it is as some others have commented, "like having a doctor at your fingertips". ...more info
  • Thorough and informative
    This book gives in depth information on each week of pregnancy and has lots of helpful information on pregnancy. Obviously, it is mostly geared towards women who are already pregnant and for that purpose it is a wonderful resource. Though it does have some information on getting pregnant, the bulk of the book focuses on actually being pregnant. Highly recommended....more info
  • Better than my medical education
    I am a first time mom and also a family practitioner and this book has been better than my medical school and residency training combined for practical knowledge! It is especially helpful for the "constant worrier" in its algorithms for telling you when to act on your concerns. It is also a great resource for someone who is just curious about what is developing in your baby week by week. I plan on recommending this to my pregnant patients! ...more info
  • OB RN recommends this book
    I am a labor delivery RN, and bought this book for my son and daughter-in law who are having their first baby. I read through this book before I gave it to them and I thought all the information in this book was excellent. You could tell it was written by professionals. I like the week to week information. The book is very well written and in language anyone can understand. I would recommend this to all new parents....more info
  • Truly A Reliable and Resourceful Reference!
    This book covers vast topics, answering every question a pregnant woman has with great detail and yet not leaving you feel bogged down. Very easy to read and follow. I particularly like the tips and symptons one should look out for at every stage. You won't regret buying this book!...more info
  • Great for the medically minded!
    I loved this book. It is somewhat technical and it focuses on the medical issues involved with pregnancy. There are sections that tell you what is happening with your baby each week and what to expect with your body during each month. There is a guide about when to call/see your doctor if you have specific experiences at the end of each month's section. The guide for decision making is objective and gives scientific evidence to support each choice. This is a thick book, but I'm currently 7 months along and I've managed to read most of it because it is interesting to me and well written. It is exactly what I was looking for, but it isn't for those of you who are wanting an emotional guide for pregnancy.

    I would recommend "The girlfriend's guide to pregnancy" by Vicki Iovine if you're looking for a personal account of pregnancy with several good laughs. I had a great time reading this book and even my husband found it entertaining when we read parts of it together. I didn't agree completely with the exercise chapter or the clothing chapter, but Iovine is simply documenting the experiences of herself and her girlfriends. It is a cute book for the pregnancy obsessed first-timers....more info
  • best book yet
    Why is this book so good? Because all of the scary stuff that makes pregnant women paranoid is not included in the first part of the book. So, don't read it it you know you will get worked up over it.

    This book is the best preganancy book yet. I won't ever read the 'What to Expect' books ever again (never liked them anyway). The reference information is useful only when you need it. ...more info
  • Great reference
    We believe it's one of the best (if not the best) guides available for pregnant women.

    It's a great book and will answer all your questions and doubts.

    In case your are pregnant for the 1st time, it's a must read....more info
  • A Wonderful Book If You Are Full of Questions!
    I had so many questions about pregnancy. From the big ones like, "what should my nutrition be?" to the small ones like, "how do I breastfeed properly?" This book goes into detail about the things to do when you get the baby home. That was my main focus - how to care for an infant.
    The other sections - the week-by-week baby development and the complications/risks - were extremely helpful and interesting!

    I feel so much more prepared and ready after reading this book. Thanks!...more info
  • A great "go to" book.
    Though I have not completed the book, I find it to be my favorite among the growing collection at my house. I am also reading "Your pregnancy: Week by Week" which provides an excellent overview of what to expect as the weeks progress. However, I find the Mayo Clinic Guide to be a better reference book. If I am looking for an answer to a specific question, Mayo is more likely to have it. The Mayo Clinic Guide provides an excellent week to week overview, plus several sections of additional information such as: descriptions/definitions of common terms or sypmtoms, "decision" sections (ie. whether or not to circumcise?), and what to expect after delivery. Overall, I highly recommend this book. ...more info
  • Very informative
    Terrific for medical questions, diet suggestions, any concerns while you're pregnant. Also the Mayo Clinic in the title instills a sense of confidence that the information will be accurate and well-researched. Highly recommend this book to expectant mothers and their families....more info


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