Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Your Pregnancy Week by Week (a review)

Your Pregnancy Week by Week (Your Pregnancy Series)

Announcing a fully revised and updated new edition of the only best-selling pregnancy and childbirth guide written by a doctor...

Your Pregnancy Week by Week by Glade B. Curtis, OB/GYN
and Judith Schuler, M. S.

Sixth Edition

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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 about how it could cause a person to become neurotic knowing all the possible things that can go wrong. Really, what I can tell you from reading this cover to cover, is that it definitely has information on a bit of everything, most plausible diseases and complications. When I was reading this, if I came to a section on smoking mothers, it obviously did not apply to me, so I skipped over it. Same with other categories such as ethnic specific diseases and so on.

I find that this book is a wealth of information. Reading through can tell you plausible things to go wrong, but it also tells you all the miracles that are occurring step by step along the way. There are drawings that show about what the development looks like for your babies stage. There are fabulous exercise suggestions for each week and I would easily say that this is medically current and a comprehensive guide. With my background in nursing I would suggest this book highly.

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With millions of copies sold, Your Pregnancy Week by Week is a book that mothers have depended on for over a dozen years. Now, it has been carefully brought up-to-date and expanded to reflect the latest changes in obstetric practice and technologies, and the most recent research on gestation, labor, and delivery. This sixth edition includes more than eighty new topics, such as newly proposed folic acid intake recommendations (and why green tea should be avoided), the new ACOG guidelines for episiotomies, and a new at-home screening test for Down syndrome. It also contains new material on everything from multiples, to alternative and complementary medical techniques, to anxiety during pregnancy due to misinformation on the Internet. Always reliable and now re-designed to include an exercise page for every week, Your Pregnancy Week by Week, Sixth Edition is the most medically current and comprehensive guide on the market.

Because changes to a pregnant woman and developing fetus occurs constantly, doctors refer to a pregnancy in increments of weeks, not months or even trimesters. Expectant mothers look for thse changes and compare the details of their pregnancies based on the same weekly shcedule. Hence this book is organized in a week-by-week format. Each of the forty weekly chapters features a wealth of medical facts, as well as invaluable coping and planning advice in the form of a tip of the week. There are even "Dad Tips" for the mother's partner. Other special features include a fifteen-page glossary of pregnancy and childbirth terms, a chapter devoted to overdue (post-term) pregnancies, and a six-page reserouce section that outlines what happens to a woman's body in the days, weeks, and months following her pregnancy.

More people turn to Dr. Glade Curtis for information about pregnancy and childbirth than to any other doctor in the world. Board-certified by the America College of Obstericians and Gynecologists, he has delivered thousands of babies-- including three of his own. He has written eighteen books with Judith Sculer, who holds a master's degree in consumer and family studies, including Your Baby's First Year Week by Week, Your Pregnancy after 35, andYour Pregnancy for the Father-to-Be. Combined, their books have been translated into over twenty languages. Dr. Curtis lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, and Judith Schuler divides her time between Tucson, Arizon and Laramie, Wyoming. For more information about the authors and the Your Pregnancy series, please visit

  • Paperback: 648 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press; 6 Rev Upd edition (March 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738211095
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738211091
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 1.5 inches
Also in another post, look for my husband's thoughts on Your Pregnancy for the Father-to-Be.

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