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Fully revised to reflect updated medical practices, technological advances, and prenatal imagery since the book first published, Pregnancy Day by Day gives expecting mothers comprehensive advice on every stage of their pregnancy and labor, from the first week of pregnancy to two weeks after the baby is born. Covering nutrition, exercise, medical issues, pain relief, and mu Fully revised to reflect updated medical practices, technological advances, and prenatal imagery since the book first published, Pregnancy Day by Day gives expecting mothers comprehensive advice on every stage of their pregnancy and labor, from the first week of pregnancy to two weeks after the baby is born. Covering nutrition, exercise, medical issues, pain relief, and much more, Pregnancy Day by Day is a great resource for mothers who want to know what's happening to their bodies every step of the way.


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Fully revised to reflect updated medical practices, technological advances, and prenatal imagery since the book first published, Pregnancy Day by Day gives expecting mothers comprehensive advice on every stage of their pregnancy and labor, from the first week of pregnancy to two weeks after the baby is born. Covering nutrition, exercise, medical issues, pain relief, and mu Fully revised to reflect updated medical practices, technological advances, and prenatal imagery since the book first published, Pregnancy Day by Day gives expecting mothers comprehensive advice on every stage of their pregnancy and labor, from the first week of pregnancy to two weeks after the baby is born. Covering nutrition, exercise, medical issues, pain relief, and much more, Pregnancy Day by Day is a great resource for mothers who want to know what's happening to their bodies every step of the way.

30 review for Pregnancy Day by Day: an illustrated daily countdown to motherhood, from conception to childbirth and beyond

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kristin

    This book is great for families who like to know all the ins and outs of fetal development. Illustrations and photos made this book really engaging and fascinating to look through. One word of caution: some of the tidbits in the book are pretty alarmist (lots of women lose teeth during pregnancy--willing to bet this isn't so common in the developed world). But, if you can look past that stuff, it's a fascinating read. This book is great for families who like to know all the ins and outs of fetal development. Illustrations and photos made this book really engaging and fascinating to look through. One word of caution: some of the tidbits in the book are pretty alarmist (lots of women lose teeth during pregnancy--willing to bet this isn't so common in the developed world). But, if you can look past that stuff, it's a fascinating read.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Courtney Hatch

    Woof. This book has a page or two for every DAY of your pregnancy. Not month. Not week. DAY. It is some serious information overload. Because it is so long, there is a ton of repeated information. The pictures are also weird--like they're from a glossy magazine where all pregnant women just love having swollen ankles hahah. I understand the concept is to give women something to read every day of their pregnancy but seriously who has the time. Woof. This book has a page or two for every DAY of your pregnancy. Not month. Not week. DAY. It is some serious information overload. Because it is so long, there is a ton of repeated information. The pictures are also weird--like they're from a glossy magazine where all pregnant women just love having swollen ankles hahah. I understand the concept is to give women something to read every day of their pregnancy but seriously who has the time.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Tyne Connolly

    Usually I wouldn't bother rating a book like this but for all people considering buying it I would definitely recommend. It's by far the most informative off all the books I've read, and it's especially good for first time mums who don't know much information to begin with. Usually I wouldn't bother rating a book like this but for all people considering buying it I would definitely recommend. It's by far the most informative off all the books I've read, and it's especially good for first time mums who don't know much information to begin with.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    didn't finish this. managed to have the baby anyway. did find the parts we read interesting. didn't finish this. managed to have the baby anyway. did find the parts we read interesting.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Amber

    Soooooo cool!!! We both look forward to turning the page each day. Nothing too overwhelming like some books.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Nathan Albright

    This was an uncomfortable book to read, and it seems deliberately so.  In reading this book I had all kinds of questions, and they were not necessarily the right kind of questions as well for someone who is not expecting children nor is in a romantic relationship at present.  For one, the editors of this book appear to be of the belief that nipples not only need to be freed when it comes to encouraging public breastfeeding but also to demonstrate the way that breasts change in appearance during This was an uncomfortable book to read, and it seems deliberately so.  In reading this book I had all kinds of questions, and they were not necessarily the right kind of questions as well for someone who is not expecting children nor is in a romantic relationship at present.  For one, the editors of this book appear to be of the belief that nipples not only need to be freed when it comes to encouraging public breastfeeding but also to demonstrate the way that breasts change in appearance during the course of pregnancy.  Indeed, the book's photographic approach is remarkable, whether that includes lots of images of how an unborn child looks in the womb or what it looks like to put cold lettuce or cabbage leaves under one's bra in order to cool down those toasty pregnancy breasts.  Also of concern to this reader at least was the way in which the editors felt it necessary to repeatedly hammer in the "day by day" tips how it is that one could encourage pregnancy, since it appears that this book is aimed at people who appear to have fertility problems, whether because either (or both) the husband or wife is old or because of various health conditions.  None of these make for comfortable reading, it should be noted. This massive book of about 500 pages or so is divided into several unnumbered sections and many of the pages are full of photographs that must have been sourced in a very disciplined way given their similarity in filter and focus on the bodies of suitably diverse pregnant women.  The book begins with a short introduction and then moves on to a discussion of what is involved in a healthy pregnancy, including diet, exercise, sex, illnesses and medications, and even such matters as traveling.  After that comes a section on pregnancy day by day, which is further divided into the three trimesters and then week by week, along with sections that deal with such subjects as conception, genes and inheritance, exercises, prenatal care options, ultrasounds, diagnostic tests, and assessing fetal growth and well-being.  Some of the discussions focus on the partner or doctors or various other pregnancy-related matters.  The next section after that is labor and birth, including pain management for women in labor.  Then comes a discussion on life with a new baby, with a focus on the first two weeks and then a discussion on the six week checkup.  Finally, the book ends with a discussion of concerns and complications during and after birth of diverse kinds, as well as a glossary, resources, index, and acknowledgements. In reading this book, it is pretty easy to tell that this book is aimed at suburban mothers-to-be who have various reasons (including the possibility of past STDs from lengthy sexual experience) for having fertility concerns who are highly motivated to care for an unborn child and have the means to adopt strange but potentially useful means of caring for themselves as well.  This book is not really written for someone involved in an uncomfortable or even unwanted pregnancy, but is aimed at those who want children and are willing and able to take fairly serious steps in order not only to have children but also to provide those children with the best possible situation.  The authors also expect that some of the readers will be single mothers, but single mothers who would be able to schedule daytime classes to avoid lovey-dovey couples, and to have an awareness of the legal protections that pregnant women are supposed to have according to the law.  Again, this book is aimed at a savvy, middle-class audience that can be expected to have reasonably flexible and understanding job situations and bosses as well as the resources to do well in pregnancy.  Whether or not that is a reasonable assumption to make is not really for me to decide.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kate McElfatrick

    This sucker is as big as a textbook! It has a full page dedicated to each day of your pregnancy, and for a little while after. I really liked this as a way to read a little bit about your pregnancy each day - a lot of pregnancy apps give you updates once a week. The book is a little dry if you try to read it all at once, though. Update: Yeah, this was only fun for the first couple months, and then got a bit boring. It’s hard to keep up enthusiasm for your pregnancy every day!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kristin

    Definitely a useful read. I found the info and images of the baby’s development most interesting. Toward the end of the third trimester, though, the info felt more repetitive and less useful than before. Still, the day-by-day format was nice because it prevented information overload.

  9. 4 out of 5

    KayD

    Easy to follow, very detailed, easy to understand, it's now my pregnancy bible. Easy to follow, very detailed, easy to understand, it's now my pregnancy bible.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Vicky

    I really love this book. It helped me throughout my pregnancy, it was an easy read with lots of important information. It was definitely worth reading.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jo

    Very insightful as soon to be new grandparents.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Romanova Anastasia

    Excellent texts, brilliant pictures and useful advices

  13. 5 out of 5

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  14. 4 out of 5

    Katherine

    Nice to read just 1 page a day. Much less overwhelming.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jay Kenobi

    3.5 stars. On the whole extremely informative with a lot of really useful contents. I did however have several gripes about this book: 1. Its size. There are a ludicrous number of pictures that are mostly unnecessary (I don't need a daily foetus development photo - you can imagine how little variance there is from photo to photo at that frequency) with the end result that the book is so large that it's too heavy to lift to read for any duration, but even in the first trimester was way too uncomfor 3.5 stars. On the whole extremely informative with a lot of really useful contents. I did however have several gripes about this book: 1. Its size. There are a ludicrous number of pictures that are mostly unnecessary (I don't need a daily foetus development photo - you can imagine how little variance there is from photo to photo at that frequency) with the end result that the book is so large that it's too heavy to lift to read for any duration, but even in the first trimester was way too uncomfortable to have it resting against my abdomen whilst reading, so I had to prop it awkwardly on cushions balanced in my lap any time I wanted to read it. 2. The 'focus on Dads' sections are extremely infrequent, very small, often patronising, and not once did they contain information I felt worth relaying to my husband. Originally we had planned for him to read this book also, and we quickly ascertained it wasn't worth his time & ended up buying him a separate book on parenthood. It also frustrated me that the authors automatically assumed a mum/dad parentage and excluded same sex couples. 3. Baby was referred to as he or she intermittently, sometimes even changing gender mid paragraph. I wish the authors had chosen 'they' and stuck with it.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Allison

    My husband & I look forward to reading this together every night! I especially love the actual ultrasound pictures & the great computer generated images that show what my baby looks like at any given stage. This book informs without overwhelming and very largely refrains from being alarmist. For the most part, the content is excellent and suits my needs & interests. It has special sections & entries devoted to fathers-to-be, single mothers, families expecting multiples, etc that may be mostly ov My husband & I look forward to reading this together every night! I especially love the actual ultrasound pictures & the great computer generated images that show what my baby looks like at any given stage. This book informs without overwhelming and very largely refrains from being alarmist. For the most part, the content is excellent and suits my needs & interests. It has special sections & entries devoted to fathers-to-be, single mothers, families expecting multiples, etc that may be mostly overlooked in many pregnancy books. My one complaint about this book is that it is VERY POORLY EDITED! My husband & I find frequent (like at least once every week or two) word omissions, typographical errors, syntax errors, etc. It's almost to the point where it's become a game to find these mistakes, but at the same time... it's annoying that this big, beautiful, fairly expensive hard-cover book can contain so many errors!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    My sister loaned me this book, since it had been her favourite for her pregnancies. In addition to this one, I've read about eight other books on pregnancy, and I think this was the one I liked best. Things I liked about this book: it was a Canadian edition so information on maternity leave and medical was relatively accurate); it was informative but not alarmist; the bulk of it was set up in a day-by-day format, with one page per day (I tended to pick it up once or twice a week so I could read My sister loaned me this book, since it had been her favourite for her pregnancies. In addition to this one, I've read about eight other books on pregnancy, and I think this was the one I liked best. Things I liked about this book: it was a Canadian edition so information on maternity leave and medical was relatively accurate); it was informative but not alarmist; the bulk of it was set up in a day-by-day format, with one page per day (I tended to pick it up once or twice a week so I could read a few pages in a go). There was some repetition here and there, but it wasn't excessive.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kara Heiss

    I enjoyed this book, I feel like it provided a lot of information on what is biologically happening to the mother (host) as the baby grows as well as information about the common side effects that may occur from each stage of pregnancy. There wasn't an excessive amount of pressure, rules or advice in this book which I appreciated. I enjoyed this book, I feel like it provided a lot of information on what is biologically happening to the mother (host) as the baby grows as well as information about the common side effects that may occur from each stage of pregnancy. There wasn't an excessive amount of pressure, rules or advice in this book which I appreciated.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Linda Fricker

    The Day-By-Day Pregnancy Book is really the only book you will need from conception to well-after birth of your first born. My favourite thing about this book is that it is so easy to read in little chunks thanks to the page per day of pregnancy format, which allowed my husband and I to sit together and read it each day to see how our babies were developing. The only downside to this is that the book is huge and heavy! I struggled to sit with it comfortably on my lap by the time I was 24 weeks w The Day-By-Day Pregnancy Book is really the only book you will need from conception to well-after birth of your first born. My favourite thing about this book is that it is so easy to read in little chunks thanks to the page per day of pregnancy format, which allowed my husband and I to sit together and read it each day to see how our babies were developing. The only downside to this is that the book is huge and heavy! I struggled to sit with it comfortably on my lap by the time I was 24 weeks with my twins. It is a very comprehensive yet easy to understand pregnancy book, with information on all aspects of pregnancy, from trying for a baby right through to the early stages of parenthood. I found it the most informative of all my pregnancy books on labour and child-birth.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Janna

    I was loaned this book by a friend during my pregnancy and LOVED it --- I have since given it a few times as a gift! The book is well written and informative. I love how it's almost like a magazine in that there are several small snippet articles on a page - so it's easy to bounce your eyes around the page. I liked that there was something for every day, but it's also just one page per day so even if you miss a few, it's easy to catch up... or sneak ahead. It was also brief enough that I could l I was loaned this book by a friend during my pregnancy and LOVED it --- I have since given it a few times as a gift! The book is well written and informative. I love how it's almost like a magazine in that there are several small snippet articles on a page - so it's easy to bounce your eyes around the page. I liked that there was something for every day, but it's also just one page per day so even if you miss a few, it's easy to catch up... or sneak ahead. It was also brief enough that I could lure my husband into reading the page often. Just well written and awesome layout - and easy to digest!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    This hefty tome includes all the features kids love about Dorling-Kindersley books: lots of pictures and little blurbs of text on various topics. It is intended to be used literally day by day during pregnancy, and as such provides interesting little facts about baby's development and mom and dad's feelings and preparations, too. Inevitably, some of the information is relevant only to particular situations (e.g. carrying multiples, single moms, households with older siblings). All in all, it is This hefty tome includes all the features kids love about Dorling-Kindersley books: lots of pictures and little blurbs of text on various topics. It is intended to be used literally day by day during pregnancy, and as such provides interesting little facts about baby's development and mom and dad's feelings and preparations, too. Inevitably, some of the information is relevant only to particular situations (e.g. carrying multiples, single moms, households with older siblings). All in all, it is nice for what it is: a glossy page-a-day compendium. However, nearly all the information is contained more fully and in a more logically organized form in other pregnancy books.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Love. Not only are the development pictures stunning but this is the first pregnancy book I've read that actually makes me feel better. it feels really well-rounded and balanced with what to expect without a weirdly heavy emphasis on worst case scenarios or litanies of grossness. Seriously, some of the books out there will totally make a girl feel like a troll. I actually had to take a break from reading pregnancy books for awhile because it was information overload (and self-esteem hell)--but t Love. Not only are the development pictures stunning but this is the first pregnancy book I've read that actually makes me feel better. it feels really well-rounded and balanced with what to expect without a weirdly heavy emphasis on worst case scenarios or litanies of grossness. Seriously, some of the books out there will totally make a girl feel like a troll. I actually had to take a break from reading pregnancy books for awhile because it was information overload (and self-esteem hell)--but this book has been fun to read from day one. So worth the purchase.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Wayne Farmer

    Good information for pregnant people - contains all the info you need relevant to the time of the pregnancy you are at. I guess its quite difficult in a day by day book to find things to write without some repetition and that is a downside to the format. Our other complaint is that while sold in the UK the book is written in the US so while most of the info is relevant there is a lot of info on health schemes, etc which is aimed at the US population that will be different to us here. It would ha Good information for pregnant people - contains all the info you need relevant to the time of the pregnancy you are at. I guess its quite difficult in a day by day book to find things to write without some repetition and that is a downside to the format. Our other complaint is that while sold in the UK the book is written in the US so while most of the info is relevant there is a lot of info on health schemes, etc which is aimed at the US population that will be different to us here. It would have been nice for the volume to have been updated for the UK market.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    Connor and I have been referring to this book for the duration of our Yoda pregnancy. It's scientific yet has lots of pictures and is accessible to the layperson (us!). It also throws in anecdotes, common Qs and As, old wives' tales, and a great glossary and reference guide. As the title suggests, it devotes one page to each day of pregnancy so readers always "know" at least something of what's going on. Connor and I have been referring to this book for the duration of our Yoda pregnancy. It's scientific yet has lots of pictures and is accessible to the layperson (us!). It also throws in anecdotes, common Qs and As, old wives' tales, and a great glossary and reference guide. As the title suggests, it devotes one page to each day of pregnancy so readers always "know" at least something of what's going on.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Margot

    This book is fun and informative, if you have the time. Inside you'll find a two-page spread for every single day of your pregnancy. The information goes a little more in-depth than any pregnancy app I've seen. But I found it was generally the same information I was getting elsewhere from other pregnancy books I'm reading. I didn't have the time to keep up with this daily read, so only kept up with it for a couple of weeks in the second trimester. This book is fun and informative, if you have the time. Inside you'll find a two-page spread for every single day of your pregnancy. The information goes a little more in-depth than any pregnancy app I've seen. But I found it was generally the same information I was getting elsewhere from other pregnancy books I'm reading. I didn't have the time to keep up with this daily read, so only kept up with it for a couple of weeks in the second trimester.

  26. 5 out of 5

    J. Andar

    I LOVE the pictures in this book. 3D, color, actual sized fingers, face, etc. By far the best in that sense and the information was decent as well. It's nice if you're just looking for something that's short but keeps you informed. If nothing else, I would check it out for the pictures and it's in my top 3 favorite pregnancy books. I LOVE the pictures in this book. 3D, color, actual sized fingers, face, etc. By far the best in that sense and the information was decent as well. It's nice if you're just looking for something that's short but keeps you informed. If nothing else, I would check it out for the pictures and it's in my top 3 favorite pregnancy books.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Iris

    Loving this book so far. It's very detailed and being able to read about the exact phases the foetus is going through at any point in time is interesting and helpful. It's got a good mix of easy to understand science, focus on lifestyle (exercise, food etc), emotional and physical aspects. I've got a few pregnancy books but this one is by far the best. Loving this book so far. It's very detailed and being able to read about the exact phases the foetus is going through at any point in time is interesting and helpful. It's got a good mix of easy to understand science, focus on lifestyle (exercise, food etc), emotional and physical aspects. I've got a few pregnancy books but this one is by far the best.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jenn

    This is really like the pregnancy bible! It has a breakdown literally by day of the changes happening in a mother's body. I love it so far. I've skipped ahead after the dating ultrasound, so I am at 12 weeks and 5 days, however, I am also catching up by back tracking to see what has already happened. This is really like the pregnancy bible! It has a breakdown literally by day of the changes happening in a mother's body. I love it so far. I've skipped ahead after the dating ultrasound, so I am at 12 weeks and 5 days, however, I am also catching up by back tracking to see what has already happened.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Maria

    If I could only read/use reference books by one publisher for the rest of my life, it would be DK. Their books are just so attractive, useful, and accessible. This book combines the most information with the least fear-mongering of any pregnancy book I've looked at so far. The next person I know to get pregnant is getting this as a gift! If I could only read/use reference books by one publisher for the rest of my life, it would be DK. Their books are just so attractive, useful, and accessible. This book combines the most information with the least fear-mongering of any pregnancy book I've looked at so far. The next person I know to get pregnant is getting this as a gift!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Cathryn

    This book is so helpful and enlightening each and every day. It provides information on a daily basis which means you can absorb details as you need them rather than try to take on too much at once. The photos are amazing and its really fascinating to know what is going on inside each day. I highly recommend it to all pregnant women and couples to read together.

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