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Up The Duff: The Real Guide To Pregnancy by Kaz Cooke, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. First published in , Kaz Cooke's best-selling Up the Duff is firmly established as the most loved and trusted book for Australian and New Zealand women on. Up the Duff: the real guide to pregnancy [Kaz Cooke] on raudone.info *FREE* shipping Author interviews, book reviews, editors' picks, and more. Read it now .
Weight: about grams. After that initial introduction to what you can expect in that week, comes a fictional diary by one Hermoine the Modern Girl. These diary accounts must be an accumulation of Cooke's own experiences, the experiences of others and a general sympathy towards what women go through.
Sometimes, I found the diary entries very entertaining, and they contained some useful tidbits not spelled out in the more formal section of the chapter that follows. But overall, I found myself a bit alienated by Hermoine. In an effort to make her relatable, I found her increasingly hard to relate to. I shared very very few of her experiences during pregnancy - which is probably a good thing.
I certainly didn't hire movers to come in every few weeks to move the furniture around!
Who does that? She was an older city girl with a well-paying job and lived a bit of a yuppy life it seemed to me. Her anxieties were alien to me, even if they were funny. But you can't please everyone. You also can't get pregnancy details spot-on, it's just not possible, so the typical week in which you might experience a new symptom, for example, is probably going to be off.
That's not a fault of the book all pregnancy books will have this problem , it's simply a result of the fact that every woman and every pregnancy is different. Still, the info on how the foetus is developing is reliable and I found that fascinating, since you can't see through your own skin, fat and muscle to what's going on inside, you can't feel anything except when the baby moves, and you have no control over what it's getting up to in there anyway. What you do get is a lot of reassurance.
Whether from the fact that Hermoine's experiences are nuttier than what you're going through, or from the ultra-calm and clear-headed information contained in the chapters, this book will never make you feel like a freak; rather the opposite. On the practical side, the book is Australian, so the information on medical coverage Medicare , hospitals, midwives vs. It's very similar to Canada, though, and since I wasn't looking for advice on whether to go with a midwife or not, it was largely superfluous to me and I skimmed over it.
The Real Guide to Pregnancy
Practical information on preparing for your newborn often comes weeks in advance, giving you, well, time to prepare. Sometimes I read ahead because I was so fascinated and I love the chapter beginnings like the ones quoted above , but I also found that when I read ahead I would get confused over the weeks and forget where I was at that point in time, leading me to think my baby was bigger than it really was, for instance.
If you read the book all in one go, I think you'd find it overwhelming, purely by dint of subject matter. There's just too much coming later that you really don't need to worry about early on, and reading too far ahead can make you over-anxious, which you should definitely avoid being while pregnant! So it's a good book to read a chapter of per week.
It doesn't have absolutely everything in it, though.
Up the Duff is followed by Cooke's Kid-Wrangling: View 2 comments. Sep 16, Fox Woods rated it did not like it. So many people love this book. Only three people including me have given it 1 star! But I thought it was terrible.
The book is split up into the weeks of pregnancy. This structure has meant that, in weeks when nothing particular happens, Cooke has forced herself into a corner -- she still needs content for that chapter.
Up the Duff: The Real Guide to Pregnancy
So it feels like many chapters are either padded with unnecessary information, or there is information plonked un-chronologically into chapters, in order to even-out c Jeepers. So it feels like many chapters are either padded with unnecessary information, or there is information plonked un-chronologically into chapters, in order to even-out chapter sizes.
As a result, what could have been a small, maybe useful reference book has ended up as a bloated, fluffy book that often seems out-of-order. Each chapter also has a repeating structure.
It begins with a couple of sentences about the baby's development in this week and what the mum might be feeling, then goes into a fictional account of a woman's diary during this week of her pregnancy really, really terrible -- I couldn't relate to these weird diary entries at all , then gives some further information that is supposed to be useful at this point.
So, my overall criticisms would be: I became so negatively affected by the "don't do these things" and "these things can be dangerous" kind of advice at one point that I didn't pick up the book again for a few weeks.
And, at a couple of times when certain information would really have been useful, it wasn't in the book.
It was not practical nor useful to me. Seems like I gotta write my own version. I absolutely loved this book. My sister gave it to me. She was initially going to give me a copy of 'What to expect when expecting', and I'm glad she didn't because I had 3 copies already! I was someone who didn't see the 'magic' in pregnancy. I have spent a lot of time not coping with all different aspects.
Reading this book has helped me to see the funny side while also giving me valuable information. This book was definitely for me, but may not be for every one. I think that a lot of the humour I absolutely loved this book. I think that a lot of the humour is very Australian-based, and having grown up here, in the country I understood it a lot. Definitely recommended, if not just for the information inside! Nov 21, Jack Kirby and the X-man rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Anyone contemplating having kids, currently pregnant and definately all Dads-to-be.
A humourous and generally light-hearted take on the everything pregnancy. My wife pretty much went with the flow - so I was chief researcher I'd have to say that this book was my primary reference for all things pregnancy.
The fact it is Australian, and pretty new, means that it is up-to-date with the current conditions and advice. I particularly like the fact it provides a list of resources that are available - it makes finding out more detail about a particular subject much easier. We would oc A humourous and generally light-hearted take on the everything pregnancy.
We would occasionally pull out this book, and I would share with my wife what the little one was up to that week - "Oh, the bubs fingernails will have started growing this week.. View 1 comment. Jan 03, Tamsin Ramone rated it did not like it. I would never recommend this book.
All it did for me was piss me off and make me terrified of scented candles. Mar 25, Margot McGovern rated it it was amazing. Which makes pregnancy super fun. I figured if I could just gather as much info. Mums, I can hear you laughing. It took me about 2. So I hit the books. To be fair, it is brimming with useful information, and I was learning a lot. That I could have moved beyond.
More troubling was the way Murkoff made me feel guilty about how I was handling things. I found the way she talks about what to eat, exercise and how to manage weight gain particularly problematic. As did the suggestion that continuing regular exercise was a must!
It would give me energy! And make me feel SO much better! Let me just say this: I actually like exercise.
Pre-pregnancy, I went for a 7km run most evenings and did yoga and power pilates. However, during the first trimester, a gentle, hour-long walk which I tried my darndest to keep up more often than not left me feeling drained, nauseous and infinitely worse than I did while lying on the couch.
And the mere thought of running was totally laughable. Murkoff also takes great pains to emphasise that you should not be gaining a lot of weight in the first trimester, in fact, many women actually lose weight early on—which is totally what you want to hear when you can no longer get the zip all the way up on your favourite skirt and the only things you seem to be able to keep down that day are sour gummy bears. Look, I get it: Honestly, the more I read, the more it stressed me out, and stress, as Murkoff kept emphasising, is bad for the baby.
But I still wanted info. Cooke packs in a tonne of useful information, broken down week by week. And she includes the first few weeks after the birth as well, which is incredibly helpful because the prospect of having a completely vulnerable creature being entirely dependant on you is utterly terrifying.
Each chapter also includes a fictional pregnancy diary which I found hilarious and endlessly reassuring and points readers towards a bunch of additional resources apps, books, websites, etc. And Up the Duff is funny. Honestly, the whole thing feels so completely absurd that you kind of have to laugh every now and then to keep yourself sane, and anyone or thing that encourages that gets a big fat tick of approval from me.
Basically, for me, reading Up the Duff offered a lot of comfort and practical info. For more bookish bits, head on over to Lectito , or get the latest Lectito reviews delivered to your inbox. Dec 07, Cass rated it it was ok Shelves: Firstly I would not recommend this book to anyone at least not as a 'pregnancy guide'.
I am not a mainstream mum and I really don't like these mainstream books, I read this book out of curiosity. Having said this what I enjoyed about this book was a huge sub-text that the author probably isn't even aware of.
The author set out to write a casual guide to pregnancy, and the bulk of the book is the type of fence-sitting ideas that one might expect from such a book.
Everything is kind of wishy washy Firstly I would not recommend this book to anyone at least not as a 'pregnancy guide'.
Everything is kind of wishy washy and the focus is everywhere but on the mum. The author never stops and focuses on herself, never spends any time mentally preparing herself for her own birth. The final chapters are well worth a read. The author finds herself way out of her depth in the hospital and a cascade of interventions results in a c-section, something the author was not mentally prepared for.
The following months for her are a struggle. She is full of self doubt and struggles with post-natal-depression common after c-sections. The result is that the book is quite powerful in showing how real birth trauma can be, even in what seems like a routine birth by a very prepared woman.
The book is published as a how-to guide for a real pregancy.
When I read it I wish she had taken the time to revise the book and advise mums to spend time on themselves, preparing mentally, ensuring they have great support in the form of private midwives or doulas etc etc. View all 6 comments. May 07, Katrina rated it really liked it Shelves: Great lighthearted humerous book to read on your pregnancy journey.
Light on information, but good to balance out heavier books like "what to expect, when you're expecting" which can make you into a little well huge hypochondriac.
Would recommend this book for your collection. I would also reccomend getting a book that covers birth and post partum issues in more detail. Also, she doesnt really cover breastfeeding and breastfeeding myths which is a disapointment as research says if you are plan Great lighthearted humerous book to read on your pregnancy journey. Apr 13, Alison Condliffe rated it really liked it Shelves: I asked for books that wouldn't scare me about pregnancy and this is perfect.
A light hearted look at pregnancy, with practical information thrown in too. I read a section each week and feel better about all the changes that are happening. Would recommend to anyone that is pregnant. Now that I have had my baby I find this book quite negative about natural births and limited in birth options.
However, I still enjoyed reading it weekly and the honesty in the last sections after the birth was really I asked for books that wouldn't scare me about pregnancy and this is perfect.
However, I still enjoyed reading it weekly and the honesty in the last sections after the birth was really appreciated, as it seemed more real than other books. Jan 08, Jase Cordova rated it it was amazing. I read Kaz in tandem with the 'what to expect After all, pregnancy is a normal body process. I recommend this book to everyone I know who gets pregnant. A light hearted looked at pregnancy BUT with just enough serious stuff included. I loved being able to laugh my way through each week.
If you needed more in depth info than what was provided you could consult another book or source. Difficult not to keep reading it. My initial plan was to just read one week ahead as I went but it just got too funny - I wanted to find out what happened next!!!
Good first pregnancy book, but as I had already read a couple of other books, it didn't add anything for me. Good if you're not really into reading much or care much for detail Week by week visual of baby's size Very quick and easy to read Humourous story is entertaining Too simplistic if you want detail Spends more time on non-fiction story than providing useful information chezryl Bad This book was helpful in the way that it would tell you what is going on with the baby and your body in basic terms.
I really liked being able to see on paper how big the baby was actual size.
Up The Duff: The Real Guide To Pregnancy
I did refer to this book quite a bit during my first pregnancy but it did not have a wealth of information. I only referred to for the size of baby during my second. I didn't really enjoy the story that goes along with it all. I am not sure why as most women seem to love the humor.
I just could not relate to it and felt it only consisted of what Kaz Cooke thought everyone wanted to hear. The story left me feeling uneasy for some reason. The humor what not to my taste. Does have quite a bit of information that can be helpful during pregnancy.
Did not really enjoy the story that went along with it and I don't think you would want this book as your only pregnancy book. NinaJay Good Overall I enjoyed this book. It was funny, lighthearted and allows you to relax about some of the major prenancy issues but as a first time mum you do want to know every little detail so this book needs to be read in conjunction with a more thorough, medical based book.
Easy to read, takes a humourous approach to pregnancy, gives week by week information.
A bit simplistic but ok for the 'first read'. Needs to be backed up with a more comprehensive look at pregnancy and what is happening to your body. Can feel a bit repetitive with the writing style. But as far as pregnancy books go there are far better one's out there Nice lighthearted read, especially for a first time mum.
I liked that it told you what was happening from week to week I agree with another review, I would not download this, just borrow it as would not really bother to read again.
I found it got a bit boring after a while rkadelaide Terrible Would borrow it but not download it. Not something I would refer to again and a bit dumbed down for most people. The fact that it is written by an Australian has no bearing on the relevance or accuracy of the information - it is the same in the US and elsewhere. Probably a nice basic book for a very young mother.The contractions - something that you don't feel much and it isn't at all painful - work at stretching your cervix and pulling it upwards, hence the feeling of period cramps.
It does have useful information in it but is not a traditional reference book. Cooke wrote this book after her own experience with first pregnancy and being unable to find a decent book - and one My sister passed this book onto me when I was back home in Australia at the beginning of the year; it was the only book, she said, that really helped her.
Shop Now. My sister passed this book onto me when I was back home in Australia at the beginning of the year; it was the only book, she said, that really helped her.