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Ready, Preggy, GROW!
Pregnancy and Birth Magazine
Member Name: karenuk
Pregnancy and Birth Magazine
Advantages: Good value for money, relevant, informative, interesting, good style.
Disadvantages: Some of the products advertised are too expensive, most mums featured are 25-35.
Since discovering I was pregnant in May, I have been buying lots of books and magazines on the subject. After all, it is fifteen years since I was last pregnant and things have changed over that time, so I felt the need to do some revision! Each month, the supermarket shelves offer an impressive array of different magazines on the topic and I have bought most of them at least once, but Pregnancy & Birth is one I try to get each month if I can.
The main attraction this magazine has for me is that almost all of it is relevant to me. Lots of the other magazines in this area include sections on babies and toddlers, such as weaning, teething and getting them ready for nursery, but this all feels a bit too far away to interest me at the moment, which means I don't read these pages. Pregnancy & Birth, as you may suspect from the title, covers issues around pregnancies, birth and new babies - all of which I am interested in, so I usually read the issues cover to cover.
The magazine comes out every month, it is glossy and modern looking and costs £2.80, which I think is good value for 120 to 130 pages. There are regular features on real life stories, fashion, beauty, shopping, food, birth and homes. You can also access their website which is askamum.co.uk and I have found this useful several times.
To give you a better idea of what kind of things are in this magazine, I'll examine the November 2011 issue in a bit more detail. After the letters page, there is a section called Monitor, where they assess the latest news in health, celebs, style and trends. This includes a Hotlist where they review 'this month's must-have buys'. While I have a look at these, a lot are out of my budget. The November issue highlights such things as a £210 pushchair and £180 changing bag! Thankfully their item on labour bag luxuries includes a few cheaper items, but I suggest the magazine is trying to appeal to middle class mums-to-be.
Each issue includes a Book Club where readers review pregnancy and birth books. I enjoy this feature as I enjoy reading a lot and it is easy to apply to become a book reviewer for them too. In fact, one of mine is due to be in the January issue!
The Monitor column is currently following Abbie, a 28-year-old journalist, through her pregnancy. She was 30 weeks pregnant by the November issue. I enjoy reading about real women's pregnancies and this column is written in a very accessible, chatty, friendly style. The Monitor section finishes with Celebrity, which is an interview with pregnant actress Jennifer Garner.
The Real Life section of the magazine is one of my favourites. November has an interesting feature about four pregnant women who are doing things slightly differently. The only slight complaint I have about the women in this magazine is they tend to be in their late twenties or early thirties, whereas I am in my early forties and would love more articles and interviews with older mums.
There are some good articles about pregnancy including ten tips to boost your energy levels and the rise of the pregnancy proposal. This section is followed by one on fashion, which I tend to flick through rather than spending lots of time on it. Again, some of the clothes featured are rather expensive, although they do have some cheaper items such as a pair of £14 leggings and a £19 T-shirt from Dorothy Perkins.
The beauty section is quite short, which is good, as I'm not so interested in this. I spend more time browsing the shopping pages as this is more of an area I am into. November's issue has a feature on twenty-five baby bedtime buys including Moses baskets, cribs and cots which range from a £35 Moses basket from John Lewis to a designer crib for a whopping £9,600! I also enjoy the 'You test...' section, where readers try out various products and their reviews appear in the magazine. This time, it features baby baths and disposable nappies.
The food section includes some attractive looking recipes as well as tips on healthy eating during pregnancy. This is followed by another of my favourite sections Birth & Baby. This includes questions from readers, tips and longer articles. November's magazine has an article about getting the best birth you can from the NHS, driving with a newborn baby in the car and bonding with your new arrival.
A regular feature is 'Your Baby, Week by Week' which is a really handy guide to where you are at each stage of pregnancy, how your baby is growing and developing. I have often checked through this and feel it is very informative and helps you know what is happening inside you each week. There are some amazing photos of babies in utero too.
Another favourite of mine is 'Your Birth Stories' where each month features stories and photos of three women's experiences of labour and birth. November's topic is caesarean births, but previous issues have included an emphasis on pain relief choices and how births don't always go according to plan.
Overall, Pregnancy & Birth is a really good read with lots of tips and helpful information for pregnant women and new mums. It is good to have a relevant magazine without pages about toddlers, when having a two-year-old seems a world away.
Summary: A good magazine for pregnant women and new mums.