The early weeks of pregnancy are fragile—and confusing. Here, the answers to your questions.
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Rebecca Odes and Ceridwen Morris went to the same parties and were the same age, shoe size and bra size. But with childbearing, their paths diverged: One put her baby in a crib; the other co-slept. One returned to work; the other stayed home. And neither could find a book on pregnancy, birth and parenting that helped both without sounding condescending or inducing fits of guilt. Their response was to collaborate on writing From the Hips: A Comprehensive, Open-Minded, Uncensored, Totally Honest Guide to Pregnancy, Birth and Becoming a Parent. This judgment-free, no-holds-barred collection of hard-won advice ought to be required reading, if only for its confidence-boosting powers. There's a bit of husband bashing, and the quirky design scheme can become jarring. But the tone is comforting, and the tips intended to help you make good decisions for you and your baby.
Most valuable tip: "It takes a village to raise a kid, but maybe not the one you're living in." (Three Rivers Press, 2007, $22)