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Book review: Need To Know - Pregnancy

Useful week-by week pregnancy advice to prepare you for the birth.

Posted: 16 May 2006
by Sarah Lawson

Need to Know? Pregnancy by Harriet Sharkey

A useful week-by-week guide to your pregnancy
Some of the pictures may be a bit graphic if you're still getting your head round pregnancy!
Features: Week by week development and pregnancy issues, A to Z of health concerns, short easy to read chapters on other pregnancy lifestyle aspects
Price: £9.99 RRP
Contact: Collins

For those days when you've got a question for ThinkBaby but you're not at your computer...!
Need To Know doesn't have the depth of the 'What To Expect...' books by Heidi Murkoff, but it does give you some interesting pointers as to what's happening to your body, and addresses those issues that might arise at this point in your pregnancy.
It's written in a very direct and helpful way so you get the facts without too much fluff - ideal if you're just looking for advice or reassurances rather than a philosophy on parenting.

Although the main structure hangs around week-by-week pregnancy, these chapters are broken up by occasional stop-off featurettes on subjects like Hormones, Fetal Stimulation etc.
At the beginning of the book there is a summary of the kinds of concerns newly pregnant mums might have, a look at various healthcare options, and a piece on diet. At the back there is some useful first-base information on your first weeks with your child and an A to Z of medical concerns that you might have or that you need to know about.

The ThinkBaby verdict

Not everyone wants or has time for a long read, so this is a handy, to-the-point reference tool for pregnancy.
Usefulness: 3/5
Readability: 4/5
Value: 3/5

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