What to Expect When You're Expecting

What to Expect When You're Expecting

Book - 2008
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America's pregnancy bible answers all your baby questions.

When can I take home a pregnancy test? How can I eat for two if I'm too queasy to eat for one? Can I keep up my spinning classes? Is fish safe to eat? And what's this I hear about soft cheese? Can I work until I deliver? What are my rights on the job? I'm blotchy and broken out--where's the glow? Should we do a gender reveal? What about a 4-D ultrasound? Will I know labor when I feel it?

Your pregnancy explained and your pregnant body demystified, head (what to do about those headaches) to feet (why they're so swollen), back (how to stop it from aching) to front (why you can't tell a baby by mom's bump). Filled with must-have information, practical advice, realistic insight, easy-to-use tips, and lots of reassurance, you'll also find the very latest on prenatal screenings, which medications are safe, and the most current birthing options--from water birth to gentle c-sections. Your pregnancy lifestyle gets equal attention, too: eating (including food trends) to coffee drinking, working out (and work) to sex, travel to beauty, skin care, and more. Have pregnancy symptoms? You will--and you'll find solutions for them all. Expecting multiples? There's a chapter for you. Expecting to become a dad? This book has you covered, too.

Publisher: New York : Workman Pub., c2008.
Edition: 4th ed.
ISBN: 9780761148579
Characteristics: xxiii, 614 p. :,ill ;,23 cm.
Additional Contributors: Mazel, Sharon


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alleycat Jul 19, 2017

Ugh, I really really dislike this book: it is and always has been a dreadful pre-pregnancy book. If you want to be better informed please pick up a copy of one of William Sears' books: either The Pregnancy Book, or The Baby Book (which has a lot of good info that might be best read before baby comes).

While the What to Expect series has gained much of a following since its inception, you can be more discerning and don't have to accept what this book offers. In other words, to all of the newly pregnant moms-to-be: please, do not blindly jump on this bandwagon. Question everything and be fully informed.

Jul 18, 2017

If you want to feel scared, worried, or apprehensive before or during your pregnancy, then this book will help you achieve that.

Should you prefer to feel informed, confident and competent, try books like The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth, Dr. Sear's The Pregnancy Book, or the Guide to Childbirth by Ina Mae Gaskin.

You will have a better birth if you feel empowered and confident and if you address concerns from a positive vantage point.

I highly recommend using a program like Hypnobirthing too!

JCLCaitlinT May 25, 2017

I love how this addresses so many aspects of pregnancy. From worrying that you're experiencing X symptom to worrying that you're NOT experiencing X symptom, it has a section for you. I understand why it's referred to as the Pregnancy Bible.

Sep 16, 2015

If you want to be filled with unreasonable anxiety throughout your pregnancy, read this book.

If you want to be well prepared and confident about a healthy pregnancy and birth, read something else. The Pregnancy Book by Dr. Sears, or the Healthy Pregnancy Book whose author I can't remember, or anything by Penny Simpkin are all very positive and informative.

Oct 15, 2014

Much preferred the Mayo Clinic's very thorough and steadier "Guide to a healthy pregnancy." It uses a similar approach to What to Expect but it so much more positive, reassuring, and it feels well informed by the consensus of many doctor-parents.

riccimiller15 Oct 09, 2013

I love this book

This book is always available in the PlaneTree Health Information Center @ Cupertino Library. GF 100 M 2008

Dec 13, 2011

i read this book every single day when i was pregnant i think every mom-to-be should have 1

Jul 22, 2011

Very one sided and biased towards medicated hospital births. Watch the buisness of being born to see what is not covered

debwalker May 09, 2011

The movie version of What to Expect When You're Expecting, based on Heidi Murkoff's bestselling book, will be released May 11, 2012--which is, appropriately enough, Mother's Day weekend next year. Variety reported that Lionsgate and Phoenix Pictures "are in talks with Cameron Diaz for the lead in Expecting. Kirk Jones has been on board since March to direct."

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Dec 13, 2011

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