Unsatisfied with the pregnancy books out there, Lenkert (The Last Minute Party Girl) decided to write her own. Light, humorous and accessible, Lenkert's guide offers facts on important topics like nutrition, exercise and doctor's appointments, and also includes her own thoughts and experiences concerning everything from maternity fashion, coping with moodiness, and her relationship with her husband during her pregnancy. Lenkert's writing style-along with her Cheat Sheets on essential vitamins needed in each trimester and lists of healthy snacks for pregnancy hunger pains-make this guide fun and accessible. Quotes from more than 100 pregnant women and moms, whom Lenkert calls the Mommy Menagerie appear throughout the book and shed light on pregnancy cravings, sleep and nausea to name a few. Lenkert utilizes her fashion savvy by including her favorite Web sites for baby clothing, furniture and gear, and also includes helpful and practical lists of what to bring to the hospital with you and newborn essentials for when you arrive home. (Mar.)Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
The Real Deal Guide to Pregnancyby Erika Lenkert
An alternative to the now 10-year-old Girlfriend's Guide to Pregnancy, this upbeat and cleverly written resource is packed with must-have information and couched in everyday practicality for the newly pregnant woman. The Real Deal Guide to Pregnancy opens with quick answers to the most-asked questions ("Can I still have my hair highlighted?" "Is it true that hot tubs are off limits?" "What about the champagne I guzzled last week?") and moves into a unique organization of chapters by topic rather than trimester. Each chapter opens with the author's own true-life anecdote, and then eases into clearly laid-out, hardworking information, with tip and fact boxes scattered throughout. The author interviewed 115 moms across the world, of all ages, and includes their experiences herein as well, for the most well-rounded information available on the market today. Finally, the book has been vetted by a professional OB/GYN to ensure the medical know-how is up-to-date and safe. Not only is this book for the four million women that have a baby each year in the United States, but for friends who will buy it for their pregnant friends, and first-time moms looking for quick answers.
When Vicki Iovine's The Girlfriends' Guide to Pregnancywas published in 1995, it stood out to a lot of pregnant women as a fresh and practical resource more readable than many other pregnancy manuals available at the time, equivalent to girlfriends dishing about pregnancy over decaffeinated coffee. Now there are many such titles on the market, and new mom and lifestyle writer Lenkert's is another to add to the list. Highly readable, the book is organized by topic rather than trimester, with chapters including answers to some basic pregnancy questions and input from what Lenkert calls her "Mommy Menagerie"-more than 100 mothers of all ages from around the world. But its real strength is in Lenkert's sharing of her own experiences: she tells all about her pregnancy, her partner, and her daughter, with no detail too personal. This is not the only pregnancy book a library should own, but as a fun and informative update to The Girlfriends' Guide, it should be considered. [A full-color flexi-format paperback.-Ed.]
Mindy Rhiger Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
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- 6.25(w) x 7.77(h) x 0.65(d)
- Age Range:
- 18 Years
Meet the Author
A native San Franciscan, Erika Lenkert spends her time traipsing through San Francisco and across the globe in search of adventure and great food.
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So many pregnancy books are filled with dire warnings, and worriesome stats. This was a book about practical things, like what do you really need when the baby comes home, what brands of clothes are pregnancy friendly, and what other women are thinking and doing when pregnant.
This book is excellent. When we found out my partner was pregnant i went to the library to check out pregnancy books, this was one of the books i found. I liked it so much that i have ordered it. My partner and i are expecting our first child (she is pregnant), and this book has helped me so much. This book has information on what the pregnant woman is experiencing and will experience. I love that she talks about what the husband/partner may be experiencing. It was great to realize i am not alone in the way i feel, and it was very helpful to know what my partner is and will be experiencing, so that i know what she needs. The other pregnancy books are good, but this book had the practical information and advice that i needed. I have used some of the information from the book, and can see myself and my partner continuing to refer to this book throughout the pregnancy. If you are looking for a practical, tell it like it is book for pregnancy, this is the book for you.