Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The Wonder Within You by Carey Wickersham (book review)

I am a pro-lifer. Are you surprised? Didn't think so. I think pregnancy from conception to birth is such a beautiful (and sometimes gross) thing. Yes, gross. If you've given birth or seen someone give birth there is a beauty to it all but some gross, too.

I was excited to get "The Wonder Within You" by Carey Wickersham because it's just a celebration book. It's a journal and fact book and tips and quotes from others in the motherly way all wrapped in one.
image via Amazon

In the back is a calendar that comes with stickers so you can remember when you first heard baby's heartbeat or got morning sickness to when baby arrives or you find out the gender. It's really cute and left open for any dates you have in mind.

There are pictures from fertilization all the way through Week 41+. I love the 3D ultrasound pictures because you really get a grip on what a miraculous event gestation is. It's not just a child after it exits the mother's body; there's a real life, living and breathing person inside that womb. I think it's a very important aspect to remember. These are not pictures of tissue cells but of a real person.

Here are a few links to videos from the book. Week 11, Week 28, and Week 32

Each week tells how big the baby is (example: week 9: I'm one and one-sixteenth of an inch long and I weight one-sixteenth of an ounce). There's a picture of a baby at that gestational week along with web links and QR codes that you can scan to see ultrasound videos! There's a part about baby's development and a healthy tip for moms along with a nutritional nugget. There are mommy moment quotes about things like what did you feel when you announced your pregnancy and how your labor started. Just quotes so you can hear from other women what they experienced. There are also Prenatal Postcards written by other moms about different things (basically a longer version of the Mommy Moments). Then the last page of each week includes a cute "letter from baby" and a place for you to write your baby notes.

I think it's important to really remember and cherish each pregnancy. Each one is such a miracle.

Disclaimer: I received this book in order to write an honest review. Others' opinions may vary from my own.

1 comment:

Linda said...

I have given birth to 4 children and yet still find it an absolute miracle how it all comes together. I love that God gave us the ability to procreate and to be a part of such a magnificent and marvelous process.

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