June 27, 2012

Book Review- "The Girlfriend's Guide to Pregnancy"

*Nope, I didn't get this book for free or anything.  I just wanted to write about it.*

I read this along side "What to Expect When You're Expecting" and I think that's really the way to read this book. This book is NOT going to explain the science behind what is going on in your pregnant body, so it shouldn't be the ONLY pregnancy book you read. But it DOES talk about the things you'll have to deal with day-to-day during pregnancy (like extra large boobs).

There are a lot of stories about women and their experiences with every aspect of pregnancy, so expect (usually funny) anecdotes that may or may not represent what you're experiencing. I really enjoyed reading this, as it's mostly a compilation of pregnancy and birth experiences.

Some people hate the fact that this book basically tells you to not worry too much about exercise during pregnancy. But I can understand where she's coming from- exercise is great if you can handle it, but lots of women do just fine without weight lifting and running every day. And if you've lost pregnancies or had a hard time getting pregnant (as the author has) you're going to want to take it easy- better safe than sorry.

Make sure you read the new edition- she specifically mentions that she rewrote the entire section on clothing, since maternity fashion has changed significantly since the first edition 10+ years ago.

I would not recommend this book for those who are determined to have a "natural" birth, home birth, etc. Those who are anti-epidural will likely have a hard time with this book's assertions that medicine will not degrade the birth experience.

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