The Pregnancy Bible: Your Complete Guide to Pregnancy and Early Parenthood

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The Pregnancy Bible, with 300,000 copies sold, is the most attractive and complete guide to this important event in parents' lives.

This updated edition includes authoritative information about the latest developments on a number of significant issues affecting the well-being of an expectant mother and her baby. Specifically, these include:

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The Pregnancy Bible, with 300,000 copies sold, is the most attractive and complete guide to this important event in parents' lives.

This updated edition includes authoritative information about the latest developments on a number of significant issues affecting the well-being of an expectant mother and her baby. Specifically, these include:

  • Revisions to the FDA/USDA food pyramid
  • New CDC recommendations about mercury and fish
  • Update on nuchal translucency screening
  • Update on screening for genetic disorders (in particular in the Ashkenazi Jewish population)
  • Updated information about loss rates after amniocentesis
  • The availability of ancillary testing when undergoing CVS/ amnio (like aneuploidy FISH and microdeletion FISH)
  • New information about 3D/4D ultrasound
  • A new emphasis on the importance of reporting domestic violence
  • Recent trends in cesarean delivery "on demand"
  • The importance of keeping vaccinations up to date
  • Updated information on teeth whitening
  • An updated section on the "breech" position
  • Update on Down syndrome screening.

The Pregnancy Bible covers the complete sequence of fetal development in utero week by week. Each stage is illustrated with full color photography. Many photos are life-size and reproduced from state-of-the-art ultrasound images. The book also uses step-by-step illustrations, sidebars, practical suggestions, topics to discuss, checklist charts, quick-reference gatefold spreads, check-up calendars, a directory and other easy-to-access information and advice to guide expectant parents through the pregnancy, birth and early infancy.

American Reference Books Annual praised The Pregnancy Bible for its "easy-to-understand style that will especially appeal to first-time parents." It is an essential addition to public and consumer health library collections and one that customers will request by name.

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Editorial Reviews

American Reference Books Annual, Volume 35 - Shannon Hysell
[Review of earlier edition:] Written in an easy-to-understand style that will especially appeal to first-time parents... Throughout the well-written text are sidebars with relevant information, charts and diagrams, and color photographs... highly recommended for public and consumer health library collections.
Nashville Parent Magazine - Susan Brooke Day
[Review of earlier edition:] Offers everything both parents will ever need to know, presented clearly and with keen up-to-the-minute information.
San Gabriel Valley Tribune - Linda Hutchinson
[Review of earlier edition:] Well-designed and the text is easy to understand... enhanced by color photography... lots of good practical advice.
Island Parent - Sue Fast
[Review of earlier edition:] A comprehensive guide that addresses both the medical and emotional aspects of pregnancy... aesthetically pleasing layout and design allow readers easy access to a wealth of information... the new have-to-have pregnancy book.
Los Angeles Daily News - Mariko Thompson
[Review of earlier edition:] Walks moms- and dads-to-be through all aspects of having a baby... detailed medical information and has two doctors serving as consulting editors.
Georgia Family
[Review of earlier edition:] Complete guide... well-organized and inviting-to-read book, crammed with color photographs, does a wonderful job of informing expectant parent(s).
Parents Express
[Review of earlier edition:] Easy-to-read, full color sourcebook.
E-Streams - Lise L. Hackett
[Review of earlier edition:] An excellent resource for expecting parents... practical information in an easy to follow format... comprehensive, well written, informative, and timely.
Book News
This sourcebook for expectant parents combines advice from gynecologists, obstetricians, fetal medicine physicians, midwives, psychologists, dieticians, geneticists, pediatricians, and teachers from North America and the UK. It covers what happens during pregnancy and labor, prenatal care, healthy eating and exercise, managing emotions and intimacy, fatherhood, and childbirth classes and labor choices. Stone and Eddleman (obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive science, Mount Sinai School of Medicine) then provide chapters on the newborn, taking care of the baby and oneself, and overcoming problems. Reference pages on genetic counseling, pregnancy, complications, emergencies, miscarriage, newborn medical problems, birth abnormalities, and other topics are included. Many color illustrations are incorporated throughout. There is no bibliography.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554073801
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/30/2008
  • Edition description: Second edition, revised and updated
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 392
  • Sales rank: 361,121
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Joanne Stone, MD, and Keith Eddleman, MD, are associate professors of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York.

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents




Sperm meets egg

The journey to the uterus

Your baby's inheritance

The first signs of pregnancy

Your pregnant body: 1st trimester

Your pregnant body: 2nd trimester

Your baby week by week

Your pregnant body: 3rd trimester

How your baby is born



Inner changes

Outer changes

Will it harm your baby?

Everyday hazards

Working safely

Traveling safely


The basics of good care

Your first visit

Subsequent visits

Special pregnancies


Making healthy adjustments

How to eat a balanced diet

The essential nutrients

Avoiding food hazards


Preparing for exercise

Planning your program

Using relaxation techniques


Top-to-toe care

Your maternity wardrobe


The safety of the uterus

Your baby's senses

Your active baby

The birth instigator


Your response to pregnancy

You and your partner

Minimizing labor worries


New to fatherhood

Redefining your relationship

Your role at the birth

Thinking about the future


Childbirth classes

Deciding where to give birth

Support measures for labor

Interventions and procedures


Decisions about your baby

Shopping for your baby

Preparing for labor

Going overdue


Recognizing labor

The stages of labor

Special medical interventions

Your baby's experience of birth


Prenatal tests

Genetic counseling

Complicated labors

Pregnancy complications

Pre-existing medical conditions

Medical emergencies

Bleeding in pregnancy




What your baby looks like

Your baby's postpartum care

What your baby can do


Feeding basics

Starting to breastfeed

Bottlefeeding your baby

Meeting your baby's needs


Your body after the birth

Enjoying motherhood

A healthy postpartum diet

Getting back into shape


Early days as a parent

Overcoming problems

Settling into family life


Maternal complaints and treatments

Newborn medical problems

Your baby's health and development

Babies needing special care

Birth abnormalities

The loss of a baby



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Since it was first published in 2003, The Pregnancy Bible has proved to be invaluable to the expectant mothers and fathers who acquired a copy. Pregnancy is a unique experience and one that you will want to enjoy while doing what's best for your baby. Today, a great deal more is known about the risks to a baby's normal development, and also what a woman needs to do to successfully meet the challenges of pregnancy, labor, and delivery than was possible in the past. However, all the information that is now available, particularly relating to situations that may be, evenly remotely, out of the ordinary, is rarely known in total to a single physician, no matter how well trained and experienced he or she is. That is why, to produce a thoroughly researched book, The Pregnancy Bible was created with a team of experts in every related field including genetics, midwifery, gynecology, and obstetrics, pregnancy nutrition and exercise, psychology, fetology, and pediatrics. Additionally, teachers in natural childbirth techniques, breastfeeding, and baby care were consulted. Five years on, we've gone back to the experts to ensure that the information is thoroughly up to date.

This revised edition of The Pregnancy Bible continues to cover every aspect of pregnancy, birth, and new parenthood. Although it cannot replace the care and attention that you'll receive from your healthcare providers, who'll know you as an individual, it can supplement that advice, explain procedures, give handy hints, and answer many questions that you may not have thought of asking.

It also contains many special features such as life-size illustrations, color photography, and the very latest 3-D images, which allow you to see how your baby develops week by week. Special gatefold pages give you an at-a-glance guide to what you can expect in each of the three trimesters.

Comprehensive sections on nutrition, exercise, and what you should do to maintain good health will help you achieve a healthy pregnancy and prepare for the birth that you want. There is also advice on the emotional aspects of pregnancy for both you and your partner. Once your baby is born, further chapters contain information on how to take care of yourself and how to respond to, bond with, and feed, bath, change, dress, and carry your newborn.

Two reference sections form an in-depth guide to the tests and procedures that may be used during your pregnancy and to the treatment of the medical complaints and problems that can affect you or your newborn.

Most importantly, The Pregnancy Bible has been designed to help you achieve a positive attitude, which has been shown to be one of the most significant factors in a rewarding birth experience. With knowledge and understanding, you can take on pregnancy and parenthood with confidence.

Joanne Stone, MD and Keith Eddleman, MD

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2009

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    A MUST HAVE for all women who are expecting or planning!

    This book by far is the best book I have read so far. There is so much information in this book to learn from, especially for a first time pregnancy. It gives you day by day & week by week information along with pictures to show the changes. It covers way more then just the baby bump!
    Great gift idea also! This was the Second Edition version that I read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 26, 2009

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    The MUST have for new moms-to-be

    I have read many, many sources on this subject, yet none cover the need-to-knows with as much depth and yet candor as the Pregnancy Bible. Full color illustrations, timelines, pictures- of you as mom, growing and changing, as well as baby. It truly is the most down-to-earth and real self-help guide for pregnant moms. It even covers many abnormailities, has a complete great index for all those words you've never heard before, and sheds light on things like sex when you're huge and how dad may be feeling during all the changes you are going through.
    All in all, I have bought 5 of these darn books, because one was bought for me, a 'old school' mom to 'gonna be' mom thing (the first of many, might I add) and now I make sure that I get one for every new up-and-coming lil momma in my life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2009

    It wasnt was I was looking for

    THe book is really good but I was looking for a pregnancy guide with midwives and this book wasnt it so I returned it.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2008

    A must have!

    This book was great! The book covered many topics from a week to week explaination of the baby's development, different problems that could possibly happen, and even taking care of an infant. It was very simple to understand, not too many big medical terms. I really liked the pictures of what the baby looked like each week! This book lives up to its name!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2007

    Loving this book!

    First time mom here... And I read 'What to expect...' and still didn't feel satisfied. I also spent time in barns and nobles and found this book. I was impressed with how detailed it was. When I finally got enough cash together I went back and bought it. I haven't regretted it since. Very detailed. Not only tells you the basics, but explains medical terminology & testing, and what to do after birth! I feel more prepared and informed than I have ever before! Thank you for a wonderful pregnancy book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2007

    First time mommy to be!

    I was in barnes and noble, looking through tons of pregnancy books, Then i came upon the Pregnancy Bible. I could not have chosen a better book. I love the details on whats going on in ur belly wekk by week. workouts that you can do. And detailed pictures. I recomend this book to anyone who has tons of questions like i did. great work!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2007

    Very Helpful!!

    I just bought this book yesterday and ended up reading it until 6 a.m.! It is WONDERFUL for new mothers who are unsure of a lot of things and have many questions. It's also very well put together and easy to read. All the pages are in color and there are a lot of helpful instructional pictures. If you are low income and need answers, this is the one book you need to buy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2006

    Definately the best pregnancy book I read!!!

    I looked at many books during my pregnancy and this was by far the best. I found it an easy read and my husband (who doesn't like to read) also loved it. I thought it was very easy to find things when I had questions. Will use it again for my next pregnancy as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2006


    I love this book! I like all the pictures of how big the belly is getting and whats going on with you and the baby at every week. I liked comparing my belly to the one in the book to see if Im getting there or not! If your afraid of 'nakedness' then this might not be for you, but if not, its great to see how big your gonna be in a few weeks and what changes are coming. Definitely recommend!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2005

    Complete book but only for women

    The book is very complete and informative but I could do with out the naked pictures of a pregnant women's body as it changes week by week. It also shows naked people in sexual positions with only their lower private parts covered by each others body. Good book but I couldn't show it to my father or my husband¿s brothers because of the Nakedness! If nakedness doesn't bother you or your husband then this is the book for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2005

    The best pregnancy book

    I spent 3+ hours at Barnes & Noble going thru all the recommended 'pregnancy books' and found this book was by far the best one. It answered all the questions I had & the pictures were just amazing! It explains & shows detailed pictures, week by week as to how your baby is growing & how your body is changing. I found it was the best book for first time parents who want to know everything there is to know about pregnancy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2005

    The PERFECT Book for ALL Moms!

    This one blows away 'WHAT TO EXPECT...' I'm a first time mom and this book definately IS the Bible for new moms! Its wonderfully illustrated with actual pictures, a TON of information..theres absolutely NOTHING this book doesnt cover. I've recommended it to EVERYONE..previous and new moms alike and so far I've barely been able to keep my own copy becuase everyone wants to see it..its the best pregnany book out there EVER!! You HAVE to have this one!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2004

    A wonderful book!!

    I have recommended this book to other first time parents. My husband and I love this book. It answered every possible question that I have had. It also provides visuals (actual pictures, not drawings)of the mother and the baby's development. Its great!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2004

    perfect for the information starved!!!

    This book not only tells you what is going on with your baby and your body, it shows you!! It doesn't stop there. It has a picture and an explanation for just about any question you might have, from sexual postions to birhting choices. I LOVE this book!

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