Pregnancy Instruction Manual

Essential Information, Troubleshooting Tips, and Advice for Parents-to-Be

Pregnancy Instruction Manual
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The Bottom Line

The Pregnancy Instruction Manual is probably the perfect book if you can't get your partner to read another book. It gives the basics, no details, no "gory" photographs of labor or birth and generally gets the information right. This is the perfect book if you're looking for a book that can be read by quickly flipping through and reading it in snippets.



  • Easy to read.
  • Quick read.
  • Small book so easy to carry around.


    • Lacks some information I consider essential.
    • Pictures odd and disembodied.


    • Covers from pregnancy test to postpartum.
    • Has illustrations throughout, some better than others.
    • Gives tips from the doctor and others.

    Guide Review - Pregnancy Instruction Manual

    The Pregnancy Instruction Manual is 224 pages but very small pages with large pictures, this makes it perfect for reluctant readers. This book gives you the basics that anyone can use, it's great for grandparents, older teens expecting a new sibling and a few other select people. I think it would also be something quick and easy to read for the reluctant partner.

    The illustrations that I enjoyed in other books of this series, don't seem to work for pregnancy for me. For example, on a page talking about birthing class, it shows a bunch of faceless women laying on their backs attended by men without faces. Heck, even I wouldn't want to go there.

    The picture of the placenta is also pretty entertaining, but five minutes is an awfully short third stage to call it an average. This is perhaps where the facts are close, but not quite. If someone read this book, they may find themselves thinking that they knew more than they did, when really they had just skimmed the top.


    What most people really like about this book is the fact that it does not incite panic as many pregnancy books are want to do. This book is known for keeping it simple. If you know that going in, you won't be disappointed. If you need a bit more, you can always add a supplement to it. This seems like a great book for grandparents as well. While pregnancy hasn't changed, what we tell people and know about fetal development has changed. 

    Overall this book isn't bad or harmful, just not as in depth as most people are looking for in a pregnancy book. That said, not everyone wants an incredibly detailed pregnancy book. This is the perfect book for people who want to be in the know, without being immersed in the know. There aren't a lot of photos or frightening content. The authors keep it quick and entertaining, while still delivery some facts about pregnancy and birth.

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