Synopses & Reviews
The complete, candid, and reassuring companion for parents-to-be by an RN, and organized by month.
"Labor and delivery nurse Kropp was troubled when she recognized several years back that women coming into the hospital to give birth were both ill-prepared and more anxious than ever. These women had read all the latest books and had taken classes, but 'with so much information available they were trusting writers and 'experts' more than they trusted themselves.' Kropp found that the humor and joy of pregnancy had been lost, and set out to help remedy the situation. Her book is a refreshing mix of medical information and helpful, nonjudgmental advice, which urges readers to inform themselves but also to relax and enjoy the special time and anticipation of pregnancy. Each chapter explains what's happening to your body (increased hormone levels) and your baby (its size and development) each month. Kropp covers topics like weight gain, which medications are safe to take, bed rest and genetic testing. Also included is a practical monthly rundown of what you can do to prepare for your baby's arrival (register at your hospital, choose a pediatrician, etc.) and a list of necessary products, furniture, clothing and gear. Years of experience working with pregnant women gives Kropp a reassuring voice, and her book is sure to leave readers feeling more prepared and less frightened about the journey of pregnancy." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
This is going to be THE next classic pregnancy guide! Friendly yet factual, and more practical than medical, this comprehensive guide to pregnancy and birth is intended as the only book parents-to-be will need as they wait for the baby. With a chapter for each month and another for the postpartum period, this book tells expectant parents what they want to know-how the baby and the mother's body are changing, how to prepare for the baby as well as the birth-when they want to know it. The tone is reassuring, nonjudgmental, and often humorous.
Friendly yet factual, and more practical than medical, this guide to pregnancy and birth is intended as the only book parents-to-be will need as they wait for the baby. With a chapter for each month and another for the postpartum period, this book tells expectant parents what they want to know.
Women today are celebrating pregnancy like never before. The new attitude of expectant moms is one of cheerful anticipation, optimism, and pride in their changing bodies. The Joy of Pregnancy reflects this positive spirit by emphasizing whats normal, fun, and even funny about pregnancy. In a lighthearted and encouraging tone, Tori Kropp helps mothers- and fathers-to-be concentrate on the miracle of pregnancy and birth rather than on possible complications. The month-by-month format provides the essential information that expectant parents crave: how the baby is developing, how the mothers body is changing, how to prepare for birth and baby, and the pros and cons of various pregnancy-related choices and issues. Toris tone is reassuring, nonjudgmental, and often humorous. Questions and answers from her online community Stork Site®, highlighted tips, and facts make the text fun to read as well as informative. With this book by their side, expectant parents will be prepared to take an active role in ensuring a healthy, happy, and truly joyful pregnancy.