Written by Marcie Jones & Sandy Jones
Let me start by saying I would recommend this book for all new mothers and their partners!
Pages 1-100 go week-by-week throughout the pregnancy in great detail. This section is broken down into the trimesters, and each week informs the reader what is going on with the baby and the mother. I love how easy this book is and that the authors bog you down with medical terms that are big and confusing, instead they use everyday language that the normal mother and father will understand, and an added bonus are the great pictures!
Pages 101-155 is an alphabetized list of things to worry (and not to worry) about during pregnancy. It reviews things such as black cohosh (good to induce labor) and blue cohosh (avoid at all costs during pregnancy), cat litter boxes (best to get someone else to clean it for 9 months), massages (treat yourself), sex (go ahead, unless doctor says otherwise or water has broken), VBACs (vaginal birth after c-section), and yoga (just be careful). If you have a thought about whether something is okay to be around or be part of, the chances are good that you will find your answer in this section.
Pages 156-170 discuss nutrition for pregnant women and reviews the average dietary needs and how to keep yourself healthy. It's helpful, quick, and again---simple.
Pages 171-208 goes over BIRTH. Stages of labor? Check. Dilation diagrams? Check. Coping strategies? Check. C-sections? Check. What happens directly after birth? Check. And the postpartum period? Check. This is a great chapter for the partner to read!
Pages 209-268 helps answer questions for what to expect with newborns. What do they look like? How do you bath, breastfeed/bottle feed, diaper, sleep, recover, get check ups, soothe, etc etc etc. It's all addressed here. I really like that while the book is written to inform mothers and fathers about pregnancy and what to expect during labor, it also continues on to help guide parents through the first bit of being parents!
Pages 269-235 was one of my favorite sections in the book. What items do you actually need to purchase, and when? Also, it's great to find a bargain on baby stuff, but what is safe second-hand and what should be purchased new? This is a great guide helping you best prepare for you baby's arrival. You may find it helpful to read my blog about baby registries, which you can find here: https://www.internationaldoulaservice.com/news/2018/1/18/baby-showers-and-what-to-register-for
Finally, the book ends with a pregnancy/birth dictionary of words you'll likely hear in the doctors office and in conversations with friends and family who have already had babies. The book is big enough that it might not be worth it to carry with you for appointments, but it's an awesome resource when learning the new lingo (and there is a lot of new lingo to learn!).