From the moment I laid eyes on all the stock photography, I thought Pregnancy Day By Day would be trite or superficial and likely full of safety warnings, sentimental descriptions of sweet maternal feelings, and development information about your growing baby. You know the type – nothing inaccurate or terribly offensive, but lacking in empowering substance. I was wrong! It is so much more.
Pregnancy Day By Day is a general guidebook covering a wide breadth of topics, rather than a few topics in-depth. It provides a great overview of pregnancy and does a fabulous job of presenting many options with honor and respect for all choices. It is one of the only books I’ve read that doesn’t seem to favor either natural birth or medical management and epidurals. I applaud the authors for their neutrality and accuracy. Most impressive, they succinctly offer information that is truly practical, both for pregnancy and for birth preparation. They cover information about the first two weeks postpartum, newborns, and your six-week checkup post birth. If read as your primary pregnancy and birth guidebook, you may find that there are topics that you’ll want to dive into more deeply through another book. This is a very good basic start. On most topics it will be all you need.
Pregnancy Day By Day can be read two pages per day, as it is laid out, or you can use the index to find information by subject. The day-by-day approach is nice for envisioning your baby in each amazing stage of development and also for carving out a few minutes to learn a manageable bit of pregnancy/birth knowledge each day. The index is well done and useful when you have a question or want to focus on a particular topic.
Pregnancy Day By Day’s Author, DK Publishing, and Editors, Dr. Paula Amato & Dr. Maggie Blott
DK Publishing is an international publishing company that is based in the Unite Kingdom and specializes in illustrated reference books.
Dr. Paula Amato is an adjunct associate professor in the Obstetrics and Gynecology department at the Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Oregon. She is the U.S. medical consultant of Pregnancy Day By Day.
Dr. Maggie Blott, MB BS, FRCOG is the Editor-in-chief of Pregnancy Day By Day. She is Consultant Obstetrician at the University College Hospital in London where she runs the labor ward. She is also spokesperson for The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in London and a regular contributor to a number of pregnancy-related publications.