Reviews: Books and Magazines: Pregnancy and Birth books


Mission to Motherhood

Mission to Motherhood

Mission to Motherhood is an inspiring story from Canadian born Kiwi, Amira Mikhail. Amira shares every detail of her struggle through fibroids, endometriosis, infertility, IVF and finally surrogacy. Read the full review »

I’m Not Fat, I’m Pregnant by Jaquie Brown


Classic kiwi comedienne Jacquie Brown has documented her journey as a pregnant woman in this title, which also covers pre-pregnancy, labour and birth and the ‘fourth trimester’ (the first three months with a newborn). In a literary market already covering a lot of these bases, Jacquie had her work cut out for her to produce something that would stand out from the myriad of pregnancy guides available. I think she suceeded admirably.

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“I’M NOT FAT, I’M PREGNANT!” by Jaquie Brown


Written for the wanting-to-be-pregnant and newly-pregnant mums-to-be, this is truly your one-stop-guide to everything the Kiwi gal needs to know about being pregnant, including sections on Preconception, First Trimester, Second Trimester, Third Trimester, Labour & Birth, and the Fourth Trimester (newbornhood).

Jaquie Brown is a televisIon star and media personality, and has a beautiful baby boy Leo. She will be on television in 2012 when I’m Not fat, I’m Pregnant! is released, fronting Keep Calm and Carry On, a six-part documentary series about motherhood. Her programme The Jaquie Brown Diaries won the Best Comedy Programme award in the Qantas Film and Television Awards in both 2009 and 2010.

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Kaz Cooke – Up the Duff


The one, the only brilliant Aussie bible on being ‘up the duff’. Kaz gives you the up to date lowdown on pregnancy, birth and coping when you get home. No bossy boots rules. Just lots of cartoons and the soundest, sanest, wittiest advice you’ll ever get. Everything you need to know about the scary parts, the funny parts and your private parts. Read the full review »

Sue Pullon – New Zealand Pregnancy Book

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A comprehensive guide to pregnancy and childbirth for New Zealand women.  Practical, informative, up-to-date, this is the book that will answer your questions about pregnancy, delivery and the early months with a new baby. Read the full review »

The New Zealand Pregnancy Book – Cheryl Benn and Sue Pullon

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A comprehensive guide to pregnancy, birth and a baby’s first three months, written expressly for New Zealanders by a GP and a Midwife, both with extensive professional and academic experience. Read the full review »

What To Expect When You’re Expecting – Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel


Revised and updated edition for New Zealand and Australia, this bestselling pregnancy book incorporates the most recent developments in obstetrics and addresses current lifestyle trends, from tattooing and belly piercing to Botox and aromatherapy. Read the full review »

The What to Expect Pregnancy Journal & Organizer – Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel


Your Personal Pregnancy Companion – The What to Expect Pregnancy Journal & Organizer – is a Journal and daily diary to record all those memorable moments in the making of your baby–from the test coming back positive to the first ultrasound. Read the full review »

Your Pregnancy Week by Week – Lesley Regan


This is the new edition of this bestselling guide – find out what to expect from conception to birth. From the moment after conception to feeding your newborn baby, Professor Lesley Regan – world-renowned obstetrician – draws on her professional expertise and personal experience to explain exactly what is happening week-by-week, to you and your baby during pregnancy. Read the full review »

Feeding the Bump: Nutrition and Recipes for Pregnancy – Lisa Neal

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We all know that old saying ‘you are what you eat’, but if you’re newly pregnant or wanting to fall pregnant, nutrition becomes even more important, both for yourself and your baby. Here, at last, is an essential guide to eating well – for both your baby and you – from preconception to pregnancy and beyond. Read the full review »

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