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.

I’m liking

I’m bias with my review, because I assisted with some of the editing, and contributed “Midwife Comments” to the final manuscript … alongside other “experts” including the renown obstetrician Dr Emma Parry, TV celeb nutritionist Nikki Hart, baby whisperer Sharlene Poole, maternity fitness guru Karina Balle, and many others.

With Jaquie’s usual funky and whacky style of humour, she gets to the nitty-gritty of every topic frankly, factually and funnily – and hey, it is vital to maintain some level of sense of humour during such hormone-drenched months of maternity “bliss” … and Jaquie does it SO well.

Things that made me go hmmmm

Nothing! It’s all awesome.

The conclusion

Since the success of my OH BABY guide to birth, babies and motherhood, and its sequel OH GROW UP guide to toddlers to preteens, well I’ve been meaning to write a Pregnancy guide book too. And now, I honestly don’t need to bother, because Jaquie has done SUCH a fab job … Plus I’ve had the opportunity to pass on the most key pieces of wisdom I especially wished for pregnant women to know, through contributing to Jaquie’s manuscript. So from my perspective it’s all a fabulous win-win!

Recommend this book to all your girlfriends who are planning to become pregnant, or are newly pregnant. It’s a God-send.


Kathy is a wife; mother of three; north Auckland self-employed midwife; weekly Parenting columnist; founding director of BabyOK™ Products (producers of the renowned Babe-Sleeper); and author of NZ’s No.1 guide for new mums “OH BABY…Birth, Babies & Motherhood Uncensored” and the sequel “OH GROW UP…Toddlers to PreTeens Decoded”. You can find out more about Kathy on her website.

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