It is the time when the new guest is going to arrive in the house-a ‘most welcome guest’ who is yet to see the light of the day. This guest has been created jointly by he and she-the proud parents of this ‘would be’ baby. This is the time when parents get confused-thinking of what to do and what not to. In this context ‘The pregnancy puzzle’ by Sophie Kingston presents a handy, easy to understand guide of the first nine months of the pregnancy period. The language is easy to understand and it is a fun to read this book!
The book starts guiding the parents from the first week of conception-making you aware of how to notice the signs of pregnancy, how the baby gets developed and the diet that the mother should take. It gives an exhaustive list of foods that need to e avoided and the exercises that an expectant mother should take.
The book explains how the foetus will be developed during the second month of pregnancy and how the mother is going to fill the change. In the language of the writer
“Dreaded morning sickness begins this month; although its depiction as “morning” sickness is very misleading. Sickness can happen any time of the day or night. Morning sickness can range from a constant low-level feeling of nausea to literally throwing up at the slightest hint of food. Furthermore, your smell is like that of a sniffer-dog. Awesome, right?
If you find that your morning sickness is becoming unmanageable, you may be suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum; you must consult doctor.
My pregnancies gave me constant low-grade nausea; however, I was never physically sick. Everything tasted different, and I could only eat a little bit. Nothing seemed to help.
Your breasts will swell (much to the delight of many partners of expectant moms), but they’ll also become uncomfortable. You’ll find yourself in the bathroom quite a bit more, as well, so you might want to keep a bit of light reading in there.
Fatigue will set in this month, as well, leaving you constantly longing for your cozy bed. You’ll be lucky to make it past your evening meal before hitting the pillows.
And forget about controlling your emotions.”
In a non technical way the writer tells the expectant parents about the emotional support that “he” has to render to “she” and what to do in the event of a miscarriage.
During the third month of the pregnancy period the baby is fully formed and so the writer has taken special care to describe the third month dos and do not’s! the skin appearance, the secretion of progesterone and its effects-all have been described vividly in this chapter and at the end of the chapter there is a checklist to guide them all the way through!
Fourth month of pregnancy is also an important one-when the physical developments of the body of the mother tell the world that a new baby is going to arrive. The psychology associated with this development has been discussed by the writer.
The scan for checking any abnormality the baby and the emotional attachment during the scan has been described by her from the perspective of a mother.
The entire book has been divided into three trimesters –each of three months duration by the author. This gives the entire discussion easy to understand and easy to follow.
The next three months of pregnancy (from seventh month to the delivery) have also been described vividly. Then pros and cons of different delivery options have been described at length. Let us take a quick glance from a paragraph of the book-
“Your midwife or doctor will be able to guide you through everything you’ll need and allay any fears you may have. Many women state that home births allow them to feel comfortable and surrounded by familiarity. Furthermore, home birthing gives you a lot more freedom.
If you choose a delivery suite or birth center, take the time to visit and ask plenty of questions about the offered facilities. After all, you might need to spend a few days there after the birth. If there are any complications, action can be taken immediately in these settings.”
Natural birth, caesarean birth and associated stages have been described in detail. The care of the newborn has also been included in this book. The stillborn birth and problems associated with it has also been discussed. The narration of the personal experience of the writer also gives this book an entirely new dimension!
A very enjoyable read altogether ….
This type of books should have more illustrations to make the book far more enjoyable. The Publisher is requested to look after this side of the book’s aesthetics. Another matter of concern is that there is no table in the book. A little bit of technical information is sometime necessary to face the doctor.
We look forward to the writer to produce wonderful book like this one, on the subject of child care in near future!