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#1 of 5 Old 01-06-2003, 12:17 AM - Thread Starter
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Just curious to see if you are subscribing to any preggie magazines, if so, what, and why??
Trying to figure out if it's worth the money...
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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 and read the FP mag reviews.

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yeah, MOTHERING!!! LOL. Actually, I used to read some at the Dr's office and that was enough for me. And bought a few midwifery magazines single-issue.
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I subscribe to two mags. Mothering, of course, and Compleat Mother. I really love compleat mother, it's a safe place for all people who think 'differently'. It's simple black and white format are very soothing, and the stories are affirming.
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I only subscribe to Mothering. About a year ago we had a sub to some parenting/pg mag, but I can't remember what it was now. I didn't like it.

But, I pick up copoies of Midwifery Today at the HFS sometimes. I've also read The Compleat Mother's website, which is cool.

I got a copy of Having a Baby Today for free from this metaphysical bookshop I go to, but then lost it and couldn't remember the title - I was going to subscribe. Thanks for posting it here, I'm going to subscribe now!

Occasionally I'll pick up Fit Pg or something, if an article looks interesting, but I can't stand the ads and the flashy, consumerist stuff. And all those skinny, pg, model types are disheartening.


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