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I bought Fit Pregnancy off and on during my pg... it didn't really make a huge impression on me, but I liked the glossy photos.
After giving birth (it was a spirtual, fabulous, amazing, tranformative experience, completely painfree labor thanks to HypnoBirthing, hospital setting - blah... but overall, whoa...) I wanted so desperately to do it all over again. I was on a pg high and baby obsessed... I was trying to find books that validated what I had just experienced (not much luck.)
So that's when I started to subscribe to Fit Pregnancy.
Pros - GORGEOUS glossy photos/fashion layouts of pregnant women. It's so nice to see photographs of beautiful pg women (all pg are beautiful, I'm not talking just about "models.")
Tasty sounding recipes, excellent nutritional breakdowns.
Pretty decent BFing articles.
There was always an exercise layout (I just ignored these.)
2 birth stories submitted by readers (always interesting to read.)
CONS - everything else.... the "articles" are so watered down. Not nearly as informative on birth/options/issues as it should be.
Primary focus seems to be on selling advertising to major baby product corporations. Lots of advertisements.
It's a real shame... it's like the editorial staff is afraid to have a back-bone and write strong articles. Or maybe they don't care about establishing a readership... since it's probably just pregnant women buying the mag for a few months, then ditching it... off to the next consumer, uh, I meant reader.
After 2 yrs or so of being a subscriber, I'm just going to let my subscription expire. It's not worth keeping.
I just started subscribing to BIRTH KIT and HAVING A BABY TODAY and MIDWIFERY TODAY (I'm not a Doula or midwife, just a birth junkie) and I don't know why I didn't do this sooner! Sooo much better than FP.
Final note, Dr. Jay Gordon has a regular column Q&A in that mag. He gave a really bland circumcision answer a few months back, which prompted me to write them a 5 page letter... My biggest regret in life is circumcizing my son. I wish I read about that issue in their magazine... something to give me the heads up. It's a big disappointment.
But that's not really why I won't re-subscribe - everything else is.
Giancarlo - 2.5 yrs old
TTC # 2
PS Go to Amazon.com and read the FP mag reviews.