The Field Guide to Pregnancy by Caylie See
The author tried to maintain a relaxed approach in discussing pretty much anything & everything that may or may not happen during each stage of ones pregnancy. While I appreciate her desire to educate, the information is sometimes scary and off-putting especially if you are thinking about becoming pregnant. Obviously you need to understand what is happening to your body and if it is normal or not so you aren't running off to the OBYGN at every little thing, but in some ways it's nice to not know everything that could happen especially if it never happens to you personally. After all, we don't want to have anxiety at such an important time in our lives.
What I liked the most about the book is her mix of Chinese and Conventional methods. She includes many recipes and discusses which foods are safe and which are not as well as which foods to use with caution, like ginger (yep, ginger!). Basically this is a whole body approach to pregnancy. She emphasizes caring for yourself physically, mentally, and through diet. She also discuss the various forms of birthing from home birth, to hospital, doula, breast feeding and more.
Despite the "scary stuff" I'm really glad to have this book to reference to. It will also make a nice addition to a gift basket for the next Mom-to-be on my friends list.
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