The Joy of PregnancyThe Complete, Candid, and Reassuring Companion for Parents-To-Be
By Tori Kropp
Women today are celebrating pregnancy like never before. The new attitude of expectant moms is one of cheerful anticipation, optimism, and pride in their changing bodies. The Joy of Pregnancy reflects this positive spirit by emphasizing what’s normal, fun, and even funny about pregnancy. In a lighthearted and encouraging tone, Tori Kropp helps mothers- and fathers-to-be concentrate on the miracle of pregnancy and birth rather than on possible complications. The month-by-month format provides the essential information that expectant parents crave: how the baby is developing, how the mother’s body is changing, how to prepare for birth and baby, and the pros and cons of various pregnancy-related choices and issues. Tori’s tone is reassuring, nonjudgmental, and often humorous. Questions and answers from her online community Stork Site®, highlighted tips, and facts make the text fun to read as well as informative. With this book by their side, expectant parents will be prepared to take an active role in ensuring a healthy, happy, and truly joyful pregnancy.
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“Pregnancy is an amazing and transformative experience. In The Joy of Pregnancy, Tori Kropp shares her own joy in this most wondrous time. This clear, calm, and reassuring guide to pregnancy will steer many women and their partners on their journeys through pregnancy and childbirth.”
—Jeanne-Marie Crowe, C.N.M., M.S., San Francisco Women’s Healthcare
“As both a skilled labor nurse and a popular childbirth educator, Tori Kropp has helped thousands of mothers navigate the challenges of pregnancy and delivery. She brings a wonderful combination of well-grounded practical advice and great personal insight, all done in an upbeat style. Birth is a magical experience, and I can think of no better companion to see you through.”
—Elliott Main, M.D., Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco
“This is definitely not just another book about pregnancy. Tori Kropp should be applauded for adopting a fresh, positive, and enjoyable attitude toward pregnancy issues. Once you have this friendly ‘companion’ in hand, you’ll find it difficult to part with.”
—Michael Katz, M.D., San Francisco Perinatal Associates
“Helpful, informative, and thorough, this is the perfect handbook for parents-to-be, as Tori Kropp hits the nail on the head every step of the way.”
—Michael Crider, author of The Guy’s Guide to Surviving Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the First Year of Fatherhood
“My husband and I benefited greatly from taking Tori’s childbirth education class through PillowTalk. Tori’s pragmatic and sensible approach to childbirth was so refreshing and helped us feel prepared and well informed when the time came to have our babies!"
—Cristina Prescott, Kentfield, CA
“When Tori told us that instead of reading piles of pregnancy books we should go out to dinner and enjoy being two before we were three, I had such a sense of relief. It felt so good to just ‘be’ pregnant instead of feeling like I had to know everything!"
—Elaine Stoddard, Western Springs, IL
“The Joy of Pregnancy is a must-read for all pregnant women. Tori Kropp explains the joy and wonder of being pregnant, and offers the practical advice and information women need to make the most of their pregnancies. I strongly recommend this book.”
—Will Hammett, M.D., Central Ohio OB/GYN
“(The Joy of Pregnancy) is a refreshing mix of medical information and helpful, nonjudgmental advice, which urges readers to inform themselves but also to relax and enjoy the special time and anticipation of pregnancy. Years of experience working with pregnant women gives Kropp a reassuring voice, and her book is sure to leave readers feeling more prepared—and less frightened—about the journey of pregnancy.“—-Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“This deserves to be on all consumer and public library shelves, not least because it has the most up-to-date information available but because the information is so clear and compassionate. Partly in reaction to several of the current best-selling pregnancy guides, Kropp… has written a book that does not belabor potential problem areas during this ten-month journey. Instead, she gives similar coverage to both the joyful and the challenging aspects without being alarmist. Kropp keeps the excitement of pregnancy alive…“—-Library Journal (starred review)