This book is so jam packed with information, it would be easy for a newly pregnant mom to be overwhelmed and driven to fits of anxiety over all of the possible things that could go wrong. After skimming through and intentionally skipping over all that did not directly apply to my situation (i.e. smoking, STDs, twins/triplets, etc), I found that my favorite part of the book was the monthly breakdowns. The sections were a quick read, but incredibly interesting in the details provided about the development of the baby, as well as what changes you could anticipate in your body. I’m a very visual person, so it was fun to be able to compare the growth of the baby to commonly known fruit. I can’t speak to the quality of previous editions, but it seems like the authors have put a significant amount of time into making this edition an easy and jovial read. I found it to be a good balance of seriousness and helpful terminology with humor to keep the mood light.
One quick caveat for dads interested in reading–part 5, entitled “Dad’s Are Expectant, too” is pretty bogus. I read it to Jim and was laughing out loud at how ridiculous it was. This is the gist of what is says: “Your wife is going to be a cranky wench, but she has every reason to behave however she wants, and you need to bend over backwards, walk on eggshells, and bring her warm milk and muffins before bed so she doesn’t kill you in your sleep.” Dads, read the other stuff with your wives, and only read the section directed at you specifically for a good laugh.