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I am pregnant and eventhough I always thought I would buy loads of magazines during my pregnancy, I have actually only bought 3. The first magazine I bought when I was about 12 weeks,scared me to death with lots of horror stories about later pregnancy and birth! I might write a review of that another time! I found very little for me inside that magazine everything felt just so far away. One magazine I later bought was for a free travel changing pad and I didn't even read the magazine.
I decided to give I'm Pregnant! a try because it had some potentially useful bits as I flicked through in the shops, especially a number of double page spreads featuring the essential items we were going to need including baths, changing things, breast pumps, pushchairs, bottles, toys etc. I was about 20 weeks and we hadn't bought anything at all. These all showed a really wide range with prices and many with top features. Most of these sections had a few pages with advice on choosing a certain item such as a car seat- weights, head huggers, washable covers then a selection of items themselves. These gave us a good idea of what to look for when we made our own purchases and in a few cases we did buy what we saw in the magazine. One or two of these however did seem kind of adverty- mainly the travel systems one.
In the magazine I bought, there were significant sections in the magazine on 'Your Pregnancy' with features I found useful including morning sickness, eating, relationships, scans, tests, pelvic floor. Also 'Labour, Birth and Beyond' and I found the stem cells, breastfeeding, TENS, newborn checks sections really useful for questions I had. The views in all of the articles seem very balanced and where there are individual's stories they are written as honest but balanced reviews. If someone had a really bad experience they also have something about people who had a good experience so you can hear both sides of the story. I found this was the complete opposite of previous magazines which was really useful for me and provided me with a much better experience. There's even a useful glossary of terms at the back which is great when you're not sure what all the terminology means.
There is an 11 page section within the magazine for dads and my husband decided to read and said he had found it useful. He said it had given him lots of tips, especially for labour and afterwards. To be honest though, I didn't read this as I wanted him to have some knowledge for himself which he could share with me later if he chose to.
There was a giveaway on the front of my magazine (a bottle to send away for plus p&p) as well as giveaways inside which could be entered by text/ post. The price of the magazine was £4.99 but it is only a four times a year magazine, not a monthly one. As I found most magazines for pregnancy are £2-3.50, I think this represents best value for money considering the 315 pages. However as you can expect with all magazines, some of these are adverts- I counted about 30 pages worth. Less than a lot of expensive women's magazines, which I'm not a fan of either.
I would recommend this magazine, especially if you're looking to buy maybe just one or two with lots of information and practical tips. I found it represented good value for money although I'm not sure whether I would buy the next one- I've only 6 weeks to go and we've more or less bought everything we need now and that was definitely the best part of it for me as that's what I needed at that time.
I'm pregnant is a great magazine for...well...pregnant women believe it or not!!! I found out I was pragnant not long ago and am now 15 weeks. Today was the first day I actually bought anything to do with pregnancy and this magazine is really helpful, it comes with free gifts too every issue. This issue icluded a relaxation cd, a book of baby names and a diary to plan things out. The magazine starts off with an introduction from the editor and has stories from real-ife mum-to-be's, how they cope etc. Everything written here is very informative and explained really well, and for me as a first time mum-to-be it's what I need. It tells you ways to beat morning sickness, the signs of how to tell you're pregnant, and there is a week by week guide on how your baby is developing. It basically gives you everything you need to know about being pregnant, what and what not to eat, why giving up smoking and drinking is a MUST, excercises, when you feel the baby move...all these things. I work with a mum anyway and getting information off of her is good but it's not the same, everyone is different, what happened to her might not happen to me, so I figured the best thing to do was to buy a in-depth mag. If you've just found out you're expecting or are planning on becoming a mum...honestly, this is the magazine to buy, it's really helpful and the free gifts are fab. It only costs £4.99 and to me it's worth it, especially if it's going to help you plan out the next 9 months of your life. It's colourful and attarctive too with great pictures and spread out paragraphs which are easy to read and understand...I'll definately be getting the next issue!
As a mother of three and child care advice changing every single week or well it seems like it I love reading these magazines. I love in particular the free gifts. This month we got a teddy and me CD which is lovely for my little boy. In Baycare and Pregnancy it covers all aspects that you would expect from a baby mag. Like alot of others it has great photos, loads of advice and it does not seem to look down on you and be condescending. You can fill in a form telling them what you like about the magazine and get to be made over ( a must for all us mums) or be on the testing panel. It is a good read and has plenty of adverts. Some people may not like all of the adverts though. I found it did not contain all the bumpf that you usually end up bringing home from the newsagents which is great as it only goes into the recyling bag! It may be made better by covering more toddler subjects say up to 5's but as there is a clux of mags offering this I think what it does offer us parents wether first time or second or third time round is excellent value for money.
I'm pregnant - I LIVE for these magazines! This is one of the better baby magazines I've found, because it doesn't seem to repeat itself too much and the information given is factual and to the point. The set out of the magazine is colourful and well-structured. The text is separated by pictures of normal looking mums and children (not models). A lot of articles are from a mum's view, and products are tested by mum's and babies, which is as it should be. There are beauty products reviewed, and we're encouraged to pamper ourselves from time to time. There are also crosswords, to have a quick, quiet moment. There are lots of freebies with the magazine - the last was a baby's wrist rattle. Fun, colourful and good value for money!
HIP hip harray for the freebies!I love the freebie on this magazine.I have spoons,bib.thermometer,gloves and much more.The set out of this magazine is good and has infromation from pregancy to toddlers.It has a week by week diary of pregnacy birth stories.Stories on real life families and advice page.It aslo includes a puzzle page so you can put your feet up and have a quite coffee. Good set out and brill advice.If you have a spare couple of hours lock yourself away with this mag
I spotted this magazine while pregnant. (I am thoroughly addicted to baby magazines and bought them all!) This magazine is bright, cheerful and informative. It has many interesting readers stories of pregnancy and childbirth, facinating articles, helpful articles on pregnancy fashion, baby buy's etc. It is one of the cheapest baby mags and it usually has a good freebie on the cover, I have had weaning spoons, wrist rattle, nappy sacks etc. which makes it even better value for money. The articles are very useful, informative and not all condensending. I have found most of the articles really good and helpful. There is something here for everyone. They also have a giveaway section where all you have to do is fill in the form on the back compared with phoning a premium rate telephone line like most baby mags. (I actually won a braun mini processor!) Anyway, this magazine is well worth a read - I would highly recommend it.
A well presented magazine covering all aspects of pregnancy, birth and beyond. I especially enjoy reading other mums' experiences and opinions; every month they have a testing panel who rate various products ie. highchairs, pushchairs etc. It's useful to read about the pros and cons of equipment before you buy. This magazine also gives away some great free gifts - in past issues I have had some socket covers, a rattle and a pack of 60 nappy sacks to name just a few! Great value for money.
I first brought this magazine while I was pregnant and I found the information about maternity leave and rights very useful. They also repeat this information every few months so if you miss it or forget it you can catch it next time. I also found many of the features informative for a first time mother. The magazine often gives away useful free gifts and samples as well, many of which I am using now! The competitions also offer a good selection of prizes and as I am mad on competitions I have tried (with some success) to enter a few! Although, on the down side, some articals seem to get repeated on a regular basis which can get a bit dull, but all in all a good magazine.
and not too good either. This is run of the mill stuff with most of the stuff you would expect with the pregnancy calendar and basic information with articles and stuff. It lacks something though, I was never too excited about it and stopped purchasing it long before my pregancy ended and upon flicking the old issues when my son was born I decided it wasn't much cop and I wasn't going to buy it now I had my baby. This is a boring baby magazine as far as they go and I do not reccomend it.