|Category||Family and Friendship|
Like so many of the other reviewers, I was a little perplexed by the disjointed organization of "What to Expect...". I was also a bit put off by the occasionally preachy tone.
"Mother of All Pregnancy Books", however, is an honest, candid, approachable overview of all stages of conception. One of its greatest strengths is the early chapters entirely dedicated to conception and preparing oneself physically, emotionally, and financially for the upcoming changes. Ann Douglas is realistic about the fact that not every couple conceives as quickly as they would like to, and she is both helpful and reassuring, which helps greatly in feeling that there are steps that one can do to reach this goal in the meantime.
Ms. Douglas includes very helpful charts from recommended supplements, to pregnancy symptoms (as well as their causes), to common discomforts and ways to alleviate them. She also addresses health issues for men as well as steps they can take to ensure their own health during the conception process (e.g. nutrition and supplements). And unlike most other books I've browsed, she includes very sensitively written chapters on miscarriage and difficulties in pregnancy.
Since even before becoming pregnant, and continually throughout my pregnancy, this has been the book I reach for most frequently to answer my questions. The book has already paid for itself with the list of common early pregnancy symptoms and the reassurance that menstrual-like cramps are very common and very normal. Because of her "wiser woman with a cup of coffee" approach and thorough coverage of topics that concern women, I've been able to sleep soundly so far.