If you are looking for a quick guide on how to have a fit and positive pregnancy, Dr Miriam Stoppard's Healthy Pregnancy is the book for you. At only 80 pages, this book is a must for the busy mother-to-be who wants reliable information in an easy-to-read format. But don't let the book's size deceive you: this little gem covers essentially everything you need to know in order to have a successful pregnancy and birth, as well as a healthy baby.
Stoppard's book is divided into six chapters, each devoted to a different aspect of caring for body and mind during pregnancy. In her typical no-nonsense, straightforward style, Stoppard touches on antenatal care, but dedicates most of the book to facts on diet, exercise, common health complaints and major medical concerns. There is also a chapter on emotional concerns and body image that provides invaluable relaxation techniques and tips on how to get in touch with your baby while pregnant. Finally, Stoppard dedicates one chapter to sex and sensuality, stressing the importance of maintaining a loving and intimate relationship with your partner during this time of great change.
The book does not provide month-by-month detail of pregnancy and the growth of the foetus, but Healthy Pregnancy delivers all that it promises, and for more in-depth information regarding foetal development you can turn to Stoppard's more complete book Every Parent's Guide to Conception, Pregnancy and Birth. --Abbe Jacobson