My mom keeps a cute little basket of quick-read books in her guest bathroom. Some are special interest and many are life-lesson or quote books. They are all books you can read one page at a time, and if you like, only one page. The Pregnancy Countdown Book is the pregnancy version of books perfect for a basket like that.
If it was filled with remarkable wisdom, that would be awesome. It does have some good tidbits here and there, but for the most part, it is a little dull and predictable. I’m not really sure what purpose that it serves. If you’re actually setting out to learn about pregnancy and birth, The Pregnancy Countdown Book won’t meet those needs. If you want a daily dose of pregnancy focused time, it should be something that nourishes your soul, opens your mind, or provides practical help. You may find some of that here, but often not.
That being said, The Pregnancy Countdown Book includes a nice feature on most pages where they quote a woman offering mom-to-mom advice. In a world where it is sometimes hard to find a community of women, this is a nice feeling and there is some wisdom to glean from those quotes.
Unfortunately, there is is also a running theme that may undermine your confidence. The Pregnancy Countdown Book definitely has a bias towards getting an epidural. I am all for helping women feel free to make that choice, but I would never over-simplify the matter or patronize anyone who wishes to go without. This book does a bit of both, cleverly hidden among true insights into women’s feelings and fears.
The Pregnancy Countdown Book’s Authors, Susan Magee and Kara Nakisbendi M.D.
Susan Magee is the author of several nonfiction books. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and son.
Kara Nakisbendi, M.D., is a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist, a board-certified nutrition specialist, a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and the mother of two children.