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Health, relationships, fitness, fashion, emotion, shopping, reader's experiences, experts, partners… Everything you'll find in a lifestyle title, but especially for pregnant women. Our features are frank, honest and written with a rueful smile if necessary.

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      17.01.2010 20:39
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      An invaluable and entertaining magazine for mums to be

      My oldest son is now seven years old but I can still clearly remember the different feelings I experienced when I first discovered I was pregnant - elation, panic and confusion - to name just three! Knowing next to nothing about pregnancy, childbirth or babies (and at the time without access to the internet) I turned to various pregnancy and baby magazines to give me some idea of what to expect.

      Out of the many publications that I purchased, one of the best on the market was 'Pregnancy & Birth' magazine, a sister publication to 'Mother & Baby' magazine. I used to look forward to P&B being published every month and read it from cover to cover many times over. Each issue marked another milestone in my pregnancy and meant that the days of becoming a mother were creeping ever closer. I kept my copies for reference and even went back to read particular articles after my son was born as there was so much invaluable advice in there.

      Now I am expecting my third baby so I should be something of an expert when it comes to pregnancy and childbirth! I have to confess that P&B is not likely to be a magazine that will be quite so invaluable to me this time round. The core readership is quite clearly first-time Mums to be and these are the women most likely to buy the magazine and get the most out of it. Having said that, I recently picked up a copy and found it excellent reading material and, once again, read it from cover to cover! At £2.80 per issue, I probably won't be buying it on a regular basis during this pregnancy but I would certainly recommend it for any women expecting their first baby. Each issue features a subscription offer and this is a much cheaper option particularly if you find yourself buying every issue!

      The magazine really does focus on pregnancy and birth and only really explores issues up to the first six weeks of a newborn's life. I found that was all that I was really interested in when I was pregnant. I had enough to be getting on with thinking about the changes to my body, giving birth and wondering how I would adapt to those first few weeks. P&B is a really positive read and wholeheartedly embraces a positive attitude towards pregnancy and motherhood. It has such an upbeat tone to it that I really felt positive and, even when the articles featured issues such as pregnancy complications, miscarriage or difficulties in childbirth, the tone was always reassuring and informative rather than anxiety-provoking or scaremongering.

      Reading every single issue throughout an entire pregnancy did reveal that many of the features and articles are recycled throughout different issues but this, I suppose, is to be expected given that each reader will be at a different stage of pregnancy and the common issues are going to be discussed over and over. Each issue, for example, features a week by week guide to your pregnancy and how the baby and your body was changing as the pregnancy progressed. I used to love this feature, especially looking at the photos of tiny little embryoes!

      The magazine has a good balance of 'true life' stories, including real women's accounts of their pregnancies at different stages, birth stories (always tastefully done) and personal accounts of more specific issues and current topics. This is balanced with more factual accounts relating to specific periods of pregnancy, scans and advice on coping with different health complaints etc.

      Despite common themes within each issue, the magazine is fairly topical and includes a rundown of the latest health advice and findings of the latest research to hit the media - almost always contradicting the previous piece of advice! P&B has input from professionals such as midwives, fertility experts and counsellors so all of the articles, particularly those giving health advice, appear to be well-researched and evidence-based.

      The latest issue that I've just finished reading seems to have more of a 'celebrity' focus than I remember the magazine having in the past. That is probably an indication of our celebrity-obsessed culture though with pictures of the latest celebs to announce their pregnancies and interviews with particular pregnant celebs or those who have recently given birth.

      A particular favourite of mine is the reviews of specific baby products. There are usually at least two particular baby items reviewed each issue. This time, for example, baby gyms, products for twins and breast pumps were compared and reviewed. We all know the value of genuine consumer reviews and I found these really useful and even based the purchase of our most recent pushchair on one of these articles.

      The magazine also features fashion and beauty advice - specially tailored to pregnancy, of course. A lot of the ranges featured are on the expensive side (as are many of the nursery items recommended) but they do mention brands such as George Maternity and New Look Maternity ranges so there should be something to suit all tastes and budgets.

      Considering new parents are a potential goldmine for shops and services, there are relatively few advertisements in the magazine, certainly far fewer than those in 'glossy' women's magazines, for example. The magazine is surprisingly good value in that respect as it contains such a wealth and range of information and isn't a short read. This issue was a generous 132 pages long.

      I probably won't be buying every issue religiously throughout this pregnancy, simply because I'm already experienced and knowledgeable about many pregnancy-related issues, but I would certainly recommend this to first time mums. It's a really inspiring and informative read and helps to mark the time as you wait for your little one's arrival in the world.

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        10.11.2009 22:39

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        I suppose it depends what you're looking for but this wasn't for me.

        When I became pregnant I bought various different pregnancy and parenting magazines as it started to take over my life.

        This magazine appealed to me as it is specifically focussed on pregnancy and birth and doesn't devote spact to bringing up babies and toddlers. The magazine has sections covering pregnancy questions and issues, shopping, fashion and me-time and of course pregnancy and birth.

        I read a couple of issues, or I should say, flicked through a couple of issues. I found that it seemed to be full of endless real-life stories of how women had become pregnant and given birth despite whatever obstacle was set in their path (sometimes major, sometimes trivial and sometimes irrelevant). I know that some magaines are devoted to real-life stories and that some people like that, but one or two is enough for me and I quickly gave up on this magazine and stuck to Practical Parenting or Mother and Baby which are still getting re-read now my son is 14 months whereas the P&B ones have long since gone in the bin.

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        28.04.2009 14:48
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        I am quite a magazine fan and I generally read Grazia or OK but since becoming pregnant I have gone straight past the fashion pages and bought a few copies of Pregnancy and Birth. It is described as the UK's number 1 pregnancy magazine so this is what made me choose this above the other magazines that were on offer, that and you also got a catalogue from JoJo Maman Bebe free with the episode.

        The magazine comes out monthly and costs £2.70 which is not too pricey in my opinion, especially for a monthly magazine. From looking at the front cover you will see that it has a pregnant model on the front but what is nice is that it's not always a celebrity, just real women.

        The magazine is about 150 pages long which is quite a good length in my opinion. It generally follows the same type of pattern as most celebrity magazines, ie has the same advertising and features formula. They do feature some articles with famous celebrity mums which are always quite fun to read and probably sell the magazines too as this is what a lot of people want to read about.

        Then, there are quite a few pages dedicated to cosmetics, shower gels, bath bits etc that will work for both mum and baby. It's nice to see different ranges that you are not aware of until you actually become pregnant such as Johnsons, Organic Baby etc. I was not aware of some of these before so this magazine definitely teaches you something new.

        I still like my fashion so there are some great fashion pages with all the latest maternity ranges, giving you all the looks for all of your trimesters. Some feature quite scary looking trousers and massive shirts but I guess I will have to get used to that.

        Each month they feature a column by a pregnant lady, following her pregnancy through all the stages which is nice to read and compare it to how you feel. There are also lots of real life stories which I really like, this month one of them focused on women giving birth abroad and another article comparing some women's pregnancies to those of celebrity mums.

        There's still a problem page but instead of the usual my sister slept with my boyfriend queries they ask questions such as can I still do exercise, what can I do about going back to work, etc, valuable information that is good to know and may relate to your situation.

        The adverts in this magazine are relevant, most of them are for products you will need and use such as Bio-oil, push-chairs, kids toys websites, etc and can again introduce you to things that you weren't aware of before.

        I heard in the news the other week that pregnancy magazines have been blamed for giving women an idealised view of pregnancy and making them think that having a baby is a breeze and that they should want it all and be able to have it all. I think these magazines do give you a nice view of things and show you and tell you about things that would be nice but I don't necessarily think that they are corrupting our minds and lulling us into a false sense of security or anything like that.

        All in all, I would say, if you're looking for a good pregnancy magazine to give you some great tips and information then this is the magazine for you.

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          27.04.2009 16:29
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          All in all great read for pregnant women!

          I bought this pregnancy and birth magazine when i was expecting my first child and it has all the information you need throughout your pregnancy.
          It has the development week by week of your unborn child, so you are aware at what stage you are at.

          It also has birth stories of other womens experiences, and gives a guide of what birth you would like to choose, whether it be a active birth, water birth or home birth.

          It also has a lot of information on breastfeeding, like the benefits you would get for you and your baby.
          As a first time mother you maybe unsure while your pregnant of what foods
          you can and cannot eat, and this magazine tells you all you need to know.

          It gives you also a rough guide of how much weight you are suppose to gain throughout the whole of your pregnancy, which is very useful.

          Only downfall the magazine is a little expensive.

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          10.08.2008 14:03

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          A must read for all pregnant women

          I bought a number if different magazines during my pregnancy but this was the only one that I bought religiously. I was immediately attracted by the look and feel of the front cover as it seems very upbeat and modern. I found that it contained lots of very interesting and relevant articles and I never once found that the magazine repeated iteself over the course of the 12 months that I bought it for. I also looked forward to the fashion section as they featured fasghionable yet flattering clothing for mothers of all ages and backgrounds.

          I particularly liked the fact that they featured a number of real life mums each week and followed their unique stories in words and pictures. This made me warm to it a lot more than some of the other pregnancy magazines available. I also thought that the price was pretty reasonable for a bi-monthly publication.

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          04.08.2008 17:46
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          Great for pregnant women. I loved this magazine!

          I don't usually buy magazines because I think they are over-priced and a waste of money for what they are - too much advertising and not enough research... BUT... I really do like this magazine.

          When I found out I was pregnant my husband and I went on a serious number of holidays - we were in panic mode about losing our life! My husband likes to treat me to trashy reading material whenever we go abroad, as a treat because usually I am so anti-magazines because they are expensive (having said that, I always read them if they are left on the train!!) Usually he gets Heat or Hello but since I was pregnant, I am just a living, breathing baby-making machine so everything he gets me if pregnancy-related! Anyway, I digress into a moan!

          I loved the magazine the first time I read it because it is so much more up-to-date than books you can get. I never know if I am reading the latest news in them or not, or even if the advice if relevant to the UK or USA. But this magazine has absolutely up to the minute information about pregnancy. the articles seem well-researched and I found all of them relevant and fascinating.

          It's good to read about other mums' experiences. There are letters and case studies. It really is a varied read.

          On the downside - there can be a tabloid-tone to some of the headline articles - always dwelling on what could go wrong or amazing stories about women giving birth in car parks. I guess an ordinary 5 hour labour followed by a natural birth doesn't make for an interesting read but it sure would be reassuring for me!!

          Also, like I said, we had a spell of going on lots of holidays and so I went through a lot of these magazines. They could be repetitive at times and so I'm not sure I would want to buy one each month.

          Overall though a really good read. Everything you want to know when you're pregnant.

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          04.12.2000 22:10

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          I bought this magazine out of curiosity as I'm expecting baby No 2, I suppose I'm a dab hand as my son is only 11 months old! But this magazine gives lots of reassurance to expectant parents and lots of helpful facts and tips. My favourite part is your baby's growth week by week, its lovely to see how your baby develops. My boyfriend reads this too because everytime you learn something new, its nice to know that other people are going through the same as you too. I would reccomend this magazine to all expectant parents not just first time parents.

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          19.11.2000 05:33
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          Pregnancy and birth was one of my favourite mags while I was preg, alongside a few others. The only difference being it has more information for the pregnant woman. It gives advice on what you can claim and how much maternity leave etc you are entitled to, as well as true life articles and expert opinions/advice. It is a very easy to read magazine with information on almost everything you need/want to know! It includes a pregnancy planner which is very handy - gives you info on things like; what to pack for hospital, when do you know you are in labour. It is more for pregnant women than it is for women who already have babies. I found it to be very very useful, packed full of information. It gives you advice on things like eating healthy and being prepared for a newborn. My favourite bit in this mag has to be the "40 amazing weeks" I could be guaranteed to be looking at each new stage I was at each week, seeing how my baby was growing and how big he was. It's very nice and reassuing to be able to read what is happening to your baby each week. I would definately but this again next time (if I do get preg again!)

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          25.09.2000 16:42

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          if you aren't careful, you can find yourself spending a small fortune on pregnancy magazines. I found this to be by far the best and virtually couldn't wait for the next issue to appear on the shelves. My favourite article was the Mum to be's diary from day to day, from the very beginning of pregnancy to the birth date and afterwards. As a first time Mum, I really learnt lots and soaked up every detail like a sponge! It was so good to identify with what was happening to me and baby each week. Of course there are also the usual articles on health, well being and medical questions as well as giveaways, letters and fashion. All in all, the best of the bunch and i have kept all my copies ready for the next baby!

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          12.09.2000 05:54
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          Pregnancy and Birth is the sister magazine to Mother and Baby. It is probably one of the best magazines for first time mums to be. As was I, I have been reading pregnancy and birth since I found out I was pregnant, and its a fantastic read for all nervous mums-to-be! I keep every copy for future reference, some issues contain articles that don't particularly apply to yourself at the moment, but I can guarentee that one day you will need this information. When you have had the baby, it has lots of helpful tips and information, but since having my son, I usually just buy Mother and Baby. It is well laid out and easy to read, with loads of articles on subjects from scans to feeling your baby kick. It is written quite informally and the writers are parents so they know just what you are going through! Unlike most other parenting magazines there is a dads section so you other half doesn't feel left out! This is extremely well written and appeals to men by being very witty and humouress. I would definately recommend this magazine to a friend.

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            07.09.2000 02:03
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            Probably one of the more laid back and personal of the baby mags with more real life articles than many (not all) of the others. Each month it has a 9 month diary of one mother to be from the first weeks through to the actual birth and then gives the birth story. You can often then follow them through their first 6 weeks in the next addition. I like this compared to other mags because I can read it all in one go, I don’t have to wait months to read the whole story. The fashion pages are ok and are stylish but are not what I would have worn during my pregnancy. The clothing is more practical for the ‘smaller’ bumps among us! There aren’t pages and pages of them thank god and this means that there is more room for articles etc. It’s full of great information and tips each month and often looks at alternative therapies as well as the obvious. I’ve found it well written and easy to digest during your 5 minutes peace from the baby. The expert opinions and advice are very helpful, at least they were to me and covered almost every thing I could think of over a period of a few issues. There is also a pregnancy planner pull out section containing an organiser, rights information section and a check list of those important purchases. Although it does have pages dedicated to buyers guides they don’t take over the mag which personally like the fashion pages leaves more room for the good stuff! One of my favorites but unfortunately more suitable for the pregnant woman than the new mother.

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            06.09.2000 05:31
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            and nothing you don't. I like this magazine as it has the infomation an expectant mother needs without the articles about older babies, which she won't need yet. The articles are well written and easy to understand, two or three issues should give you everything you need to know to be prepared for the birth and early weeks with baby at home. Reading about the stuff that comes after 4 months or so, like feeding solids can wait until after the birth, there's no need to jam all the info into one mag. My only gripe is that there isn't a sister mag, that has stuff about babies but leaves out all the stuff you have already read when pregnant. ( if there is and I've missed it someone let me know please). I like the articles on emotional issues, like how your relationship may change after kids, and those for Dads, as they need to know what to expect too. Reading about pregnancy helps you communicate with your midwife as you can make informed choices on your birthplan.

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            25.08.2000 16:32
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            When I recently found out I was pregnant I went out and bought a copy of pregnancy and birth it is great filled with loads of great articles and info on all things relating to you and your bump/newborn! It is the sister magazine to Mother&baby which I have bought since my son was born and I love also,they seem to know exactly what you need to know and put it in easy to understand terms,they both have a really good guide to maternity benefits what you are entitled to from your employer and things frankly your employer probably conveniently forgets to tell you!Pregnancy and Birth has helped me think more closely about what kind of ante-natal care and birth I want this time I wish it was around when I was exspecting my son!

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              09.08.2000 20:16

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              Pregnancy and Birth magazine is a MUST for any expectant mother. It is full of top tips, handy hints and is great for information on the different stages of pregnancy and birth. There are product reviews and general useful items that can be bought to assist with a happier pregnancy. I have bought quite a few different pregnancy magazines, but I honestly feel that this is the best. Pregnancy and Birth is also linked with Mother and Baby magazine and has a fantastic website which can be found at www.motherandbaby.co.uk. If you are 4 or 40 weeks pregnant, my advice is to buy a copy today!

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              08.08.2000 00:04
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              During both my pregancies I desparatly searched for a pregnancy magazine that gave me good, practical advise and contained useful information. I tried several differant ones but both times, four years apart, I found that pregnancy and birth was by far the best on. Unlike some of the other magazines, which were full of famous pregnant mums in expansive maternity wear, this magazine had articles about real people and really useful information that kept me informed about what was going on during each stage of my pregnancy and what to expect. I also found it much better value for money than a lot of the others. In fact now that I have had my second baby I missreading pregnancy and birth - It's a shame I am going to stick with 2 children !!

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