After a baby it’s tough. You aren’t beautiful anymore. This book will show you how to get back to your pre-baby look. As soon as you pop that kid, you can start exercising the next day. (If you had a c-section, they recommend waiting a few more days.) Never mind about the baby, you have to get back on that pretty track as soon as you can. If you don’t, you risk becoming frumpy.
It is all about the priorities, people!
Submitter: I worked in a large city public library for about 2 years where I located this relic of 1980’s maternity fashion. Patterns for Pregnancy is an interesting concept: sew your own maternity clothing for a fraction of the cost of buying new clothes. While the concept is a good one and there has been a recent resurgence in the DIY movement, I can’t imagine any modern mom checking out this book and wanting to create these fashions for themselves. I was unable to find a modern equivalent to this concept. There are a ton of sewing books out there but none specific to maternity clothes. Due to the outdated fashions in the book, and relatively low circulation statistics it must go. Still, the models and fashions are highly entertaining and it’s a good reminder of how far maternity fashion has come!
Holly: Maternity fashion trends have come a loooong way since the 80s! In fact, these days it seems more fashionable to show off your baby bump than to cover it (and I support that!). Pinterest links to all kinds of good maternity sewing sites. If your library has a Pinterest account, you could create a board for maternity sewing if you don’t have any books readily available. Let’s take note, though, that people who are good enough seamstresses to even consider sewing their own clothes, maternity or otherwise, will probably be able to take the patterns in this book and turn them into something a little more fashionable. They just need the pattern for aThe problem is, they might be so turned off by the cover that they won’t even pick it up to give it a try. Part of library browsing for a topic like this is in the inspiration, and this book isn’t very inspiring. Verdict: it’s not the worst thing, but there are better options.
I am quite sure this book was quite “edgy” in its time. My mom had her last baby in 1970. My mom tried to talk to the doctor about her delivery and I believe the repsonse was to just shut up and let him do his job. I think my mom is still pissed at the doctor.
I could argue that by 1990, and my first child, there was some improvement. Pregnant employees still weren’t treated with open arms by employers.
I would put it in the category of books like Our Bodies, Ourselves. For an archive collection, maybe it’s a keeper, but for a public library, weed it.
Glad to be out of the baby business,