Become a mama without the drama


When you’re pregnant, your friends, the Internet, and even your doctor often give advice that leaves you anxious and overwhelmed. You deserve a calm, straightforward, no-nonsense pregnancy. It’s time to dial down the stress and dial up the common sense. Common Sense Pregnancy is a breath of fresh air: accessible, authoritative, funny, reassuring, and personable, while still chock-full of comprehensive, medically-sound advice. Women's health expert, labor nurse, mother of four, and Fit columnist Jeanne Faulkner has been at the bedside for thousands of deliveries and provides the honest insider advice you need during pregnancy, labor, birth, and beyond, including straight talk on:

  • Which prenatal tests you actually need, and which you don’t.
  • Who’s on your labor team—and how to keep your labor room drama free.
  • What about sex?
  • How to deal with feeling lousy.
  • What works and what doesn’t for starting labor naturally.
  • How to avoid unneces­sary and risky medical interventions. 

Whether you want your pregnancy and birth to be all natural, all medical, or something in between, Common Sense Pregnancy eliminates the fear and puts you in charge of your body and prenatal experience, and helps you make the right choices for you and your baby.

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"I highly recommend this book to any woman beginning her pregnancy journey. Jeanne draws on her expertise as a labor and delivery nurse and writes like the wise best friend we all wish we had on speed dial. Jeanne's practical approach to pregnancy and childbirth left me feeling confident and comfortable with my choices.

— E.H.

"Nice to read a book on pregnancy and birth written by a professional (and a mom) who talks to you like a cherished friend, or a favorite sister. I loved Jeanne’s writing style: conversational without being condescending, smart without being overly complex, and occasionally laugh-out-loud funny."

— S.F.

"A pro-woman, sensible, and empathetic guide to maybe not letting your pregnancy, or your medical professionals, totally freak you out. In a culture that pushes medical tests and hyper-medicalization, it's nice to see a common-sense advocate for medical intervention when it's needed, and empowered, informed mothers-to-be to decide when it's not."

— J.