Well, here it is: the new edition of Up the Duff.
'Wait a minute,' I hear you say, rather suspiciously, with narrowed eyes, pausing in your reach for another Tim Tam, 'What's wrong with the first edition? Did it tell women a baby was going to come out of their ear?'
Nope, although I think I may have thought it would before I started my original research and writing for the first edition. Since it first appeared,
Up the Duff has reprinted every five or six months, and I've always updated it with new medical info. (And will continue to do so.) Eventually, though, it was time for a big overhaul (and a new cover colour - sunshiny yellow instead of limy, well, lime).
I've added new stuff for partners (signalled by a heart in the book's margins), and made sure all the latest on medical tests is included, covering what they are, when to have them, why they're done, and how to interpret the results. I've badgered a whole new lot of experts working at the coalface of caring for pregnant women, helping them through birth, and looking after new babies. They've checked the facts, provided all the latest info and made suggestions.
The book now kicks off with a new chapter on getting ready for pregnancy and closes with a bigger, better Help part at the back, featuring added chapters on fertility troubles and assisted conception (including IVF) as well as an updated contacts and resources chapter for pregnancy and after the baby is born. Throughout the book there's also loads more info on everything from which fish you can eat safely to when you can have sex after the baby's birth (any time Johnny Depp knocks on the door).
The companion app to Up the Duff: the real guide to pregnancy is out now