What to Expect When You're Expecting: 4th Edition
What to Expect When You're Expecting: 4th Edition

 
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Announcing a brand new, cover-to-cover revision of America's pregnancy bible. What to Expect When You're Expecting is a perennial New York Times bestseller and one of USA Today's 25 most influential books of the past 25 years. It's read by more than 90% of pregnant women who read a pregnancy book--the most iconic, must-have book for parents-to-be, with over 14.5 million copies in print.

Now comes the Fourth Edition, a new book for a new generation of expectant moms--featuring a new look, a fresh perspective, and a friendlier-than-ever voice. It's filled with the most up-to-date information reflecting not only what's new in pregnancy, but what's relevant to pregnant women. Heidi Murkoff has rewritten every section of the book, answering dozens of new questions and including loads of new asked-for material, such as a detailed week-by-week fetal development section in each of the monthly chapters, an expanded chapter on pre-conception, and a brand new one on carrying multiples. More comprehensive, reassuring, and empathetic than ever, the Fourth Edition incorporates the most recent developments in obstetrics and addresses the most current lifestyle trends (from tattooing and belly piercing to Botox and aromatherapy). There's more than ever on pregnancy matters practical (including an expanded section on workplace concerns), physical (with more symptoms, more solutions), emotional (more advice on riding the mood roller coaster), nutritional (from low-carb to vegan, from junk food?dependent to caffeine-addicted), and sexual (what's hot and what's not in pregnant lovemaking), as well as much more support for that very important partner in parenting, the dad-to-be.

Overflowing with tips, helpful hints, and humor (a pregnant woman's best friend), this new edition is more accessible and easier to use than ever before. It's everything parents-to-be have come to expect from What to Expect... only better.



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An Essay from Heidi Murkoff
What to Expect started with information--or, actually, lack of information. In fact, when I found out I was expecting for the first time--I didn't have the slightest idea of what to expect. And back then, it wasn't as easy to find out what to expect as you'd think. I created What to Expect When You're Expecting because I couldn't find the answers to my questions or the reassurance for my worries that I was searching for in the pregnancy books I read (and believe me, I read plenty). I was a mom on a mission--a mission to help other moms and dads worry less and enjoy their pregnancies (and their babies, and their toddlers) more. And I've been on that mission ever since.

So what sent me back to recreate What to Expect--for a fourth time? Today, there's definitely no lack of information on pregnancy. In fact there's more information than ever before (a quick online search of pregnancy or a glance at pages and pages of pregnancy and parenting options right here on Amazon will clue you in on that). But often what's still hard to find is the right kind of information. Information that's accurate yet empathetic, reassuring yet realistic--that empowers you, but doesn't overwhelm or confuse you, that guides you but doesn't dictate to you. And it's not just about the right information, it's about information that's presented in the way that's most helpful--easy to access, easy to digest, easy to use. It's about information that makes your pregnant life less stressful--more enjoyable, and, well, easier.

The fourth edition is a new What To Expect for a new generation of readers--you!--and I'm excited to say it's the best What To Expect yet. It's packed with all new information, of course (since things tend to change quickly in the baby-making and baby-delivering business--something you're probably all too aware of already if you've made more than one trip to the birthing room). But it doesn't only take into account what's new in obstetrics and what's new in pregnancy; it takes into account what's relevant to pregnant women now. Lifestyle. Working. Eating on the run. Juggling the pregnant life with real life. Keeping up with relationships. Birthing options that are family friendly and pregnancy care that incorporates the best that complimentary and alternative medicine has to offer. Managing multiples (which more and more moms are carrying). Sorting out the information from the misinformation--the reality from the hype, fact from Internet legend.

The fourth edition also takes into account how you likely use books these days, so the format is even more accessible than ever. More geared to in-the-moment, find-it-in-a-flash reading.

Most important of all, the fourth edition celebrates pregnancy. I have a passion for pregnancy, and always have. I love moms, I love dads, and I love babies. But everything about this fourth edition from the happy, excited mom-to-be on the cover, proudly caressing her beautiful belly and its even more beautiful contents, to the adorable week-by-week description of the making of your baby, to the positive (yet realistic), mom-to-mom tone throughout--this fourth edition is not just an explanation of those 9 amazing (though often bewildering) months you have ahead of you. It's a celebration of them.

What to Expect When You're Expecting fourth edition is everything moms and dads have come to expect from What to Expect... only better. And I can't wait to start sharing it with you.

I guess you can say--I'm a proud mama all over again.

--Heidi Murkoff


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Announcing a brand new, cover-to-cover revision of America's pregnancy bible. What to Expect When You're Expecting is a perennial New York Times bestseller and one of USA Today's 25 most influential books of the past 25 years. It's read by more than 90% of pregnant women who read a pregnancy book—the most iconic, must-have book for parents-to-be, with over 14.5 million copies in print.

Now comes the Fourth Edition, a new book for a new generation of expectant moms—featuring a new look, a fresh perspective, and a friendlier-than-ever voice. It's filled with the most up-to-date information reflecting not only what's new in pregnancy, but what's relevant to pregnant women. Heidi Murkoff has rewritten every section of the book, answering dozens of new questions and including loads of new asked-for material, such as a detailed week-by-week fetal development section in each of the monthly chapters, an expanded chapter on pre-conception, and a brand new one on carrying multiples. More comprehensive, reassuring, and empathetic than ever, the Fourth Edition incorporates the most recent developments in obstetrics and addresses the most current lifestyle trends (from tattooing and belly piercing to Botox and aromatherapy). There's more than ever on pregnancy matters practical (including an expanded section on workplace concerns), physical (with more symptoms, more solutions), emotional (more advice on riding the mood roller coaster), nutritional (from low-carb to vegan, from junk food–dependent to caffeine-addicted), and sexual (what's hot and what's not in pregnant lovemaking), as well as much more support for that very important partner in parenting, the dad-to-be.

Overflowing with tips, helpful hints, and humor (a pregnant woman's best friend), this new edition is more accessible and easier to use than ever before. It's everything parents-to-be have come to expect from What to Expect...only better?.

Customer Reviews:

  • Thanks
    Purchased this book for my girlfriend who is expecting again after 10 years. I remember my pregnancies and with everyone... 4 to be exact.. the book always came in handy. This is a newer addition and had more up to date information in it. She was surprised and grateful because she could not find her old one. Condition was just as promised and arrived in a few days. Thanks again. 5/09...more info
  • Fear Mongering at it's Worst
    This book breeds fear. Dick Grantly Reed M.D. first coined the term "fear-tension-pain". The more fear you feel coming into your birth, the more tension you will carry and the more pain you will feel. So if you want a tense, painful, high intervention birth, read this book!...more info
  • Reading this one...again!
    This is one of the must have books for your book shelf as an expecting mother. There is only one other book I will put ahead of it as my favorite (Your Pregnancy Week by Week). I am now reading this book again with my third pregnancy...amazing what you forget! Mommy's High Heel Shoes ...more info
  • Great and informative book!
    Great book. Some other reviews said this book scared them. I didn't see it that way. I thought it was very informative....more info
  • BestBookFor Moms and Dads to be.
    The Best Book for Expecting Parents.
    I loved this book it was very useful for me.
    ...more info
  • Want a Terror-Filled Pregnancy/Birth? Read this Book!!!
    Seriously! If you take this book to heart, you *will* have a miserable pregnancy and an even worse birth. The basic gist of it is all women's bodies aren't meant to birth, and we should have every medical procedure done under the sun.

    Better books out there are "Ina May's Guide to Birthing," and "The Birthing Partner" (gives *fantastic* suggestions for alternative birthing positions to help with less painful births). ...more info
  • "The" book for preggies
    This was my favorite "go-to" book during my three pregnancies, and I buy it as a baby-shower gift for my mothers-to-be friends....more info
  • Great Info, source for expectant couples
    Great read together. Very informative and constant source of facts and ideas for every day/week of pregnancy....more info
  • Interesting
    This book was a lot longer / larger than what I anticipated and covers so much material from before, during, and after pregnancy. It is helpful and interesting if you want to know everything there is to know about pregnancy....more info
  • Wonderful book
    I have learned so much from this book it is so very helpful. I would recommend it to any new parent to be. ...more info
  • UGH!!! This is a book to avoid
    This is the WORST pregnancy book I have read during my 3 pregnancies. I am not generally an anxious person, but this book gives you lots to be anxious about. If you want to know every single thing that could go wrong during a pregnancy (regardless of how rare it is) then you might like this book.

    I have also found the other books in this series to be of a similar tone and in some cases to contain inaccurate information.

    The What to Expect Series of books should be on the list of books to avoid when you are pregnant or have a young child. I preferred Dr. Sears Books....more info
  • Do NOT read this book if you are pregnant
    This is the WORST book to read if you are pregnant. It feeds into the fear culture that unfortunately surrounds birth today.

    I received several of these when I was pregnant the first time and now that I am a seasoned mom of 2 and a childbirth instructor-- I won't even give these away for fear of having another mom misinformed.

    Read
    Henci Goer's "The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth"
    Dr. Sear's "Birth Book"
    Dr. Marsden Wagner's "Creating Your Birth Plan"...more info
  • I hate the layout, poor organization
    I just find it frustrating to have to search for every topic I want to know about. I found a better book that has the information organized into three sections by trimester and chapters by week. Pregnancy is hard enough without having to search through multiple chapters to figure out what is normal each week!

    The book that was a better fit for me is called "I'm Pregnant" by Lesley Regan who is an OB/Gyn professor. It also has amazing pictures....more info
  • MUST BUY!
    If you are pregnant, and especially if this is your first baby, you need this book. Nothing else to say except that it is worth every single penny--no matter what the cost. Buy no other book--except baby name books (but those can be borrowed from family/friends too).
    An absolute MUST HAVE. You will look forward to reading your progress, as well as your baby's progress, each week. Plus, every single possible symptom and topic is addressed in the book. It is written in a fun way that even has my husband interested in hearing!...more info
  • Good Read, Informative
    As a first time expectant mom, I was looking for a book that was informative yet did not bombard me with so much information that I would freak out. I like how this book is organized by month and it answers questions that many expectant mothers like me have. I would recommend it to other first time moms but I am sure it would be a bore for veteran moms. Some of the information is scary but as along as you continue to see your doctor and know that you are OK, the complications section won't bother you. The point people have to understand is that no book will tell you everything you need to know, because every pregnancy is different. This is a good resource book but it's good to have a very open and honest relationship with your doctor also....more info
  • Every Parent should own!
    Every parent should have on hand. Great go to book, when you have any questions it give you clear answers. Would recommend this book for all first time parents....more info
  • Very Informative
    I am a first time mom. I have always heard good things about this book. I have only gotten to the fourth month but so far this book has answered a lot of my questions and concerns. I would recommend this book to any mom that's expecting, whether its your first or not....more info
  • Not as bad as most people are saying
    Here is my honest review, both the good and the bad. I read the three main ones on the home page and I have to say I disagree on almost everything. See, how it works is its mainly a Q&A. If I don't have those symptoms, I don't read it! It tells you what you CAN expect, what happens to SOME women...it doesn't mean you're going to have everything on there. Paranoid people read it from cover to cover which then plays tricks on your mind that you have all that stuff. Do like me and only read what applies to you, then close the book. It's meant to be looked at as a reference, not a novel. Reading the answer to your question/problem can prevent you from freaking out and going to the emergency room for something stupid or drive your doctor crazy on your next appointment.

    I also don't read the food section. I eat what my body tells me. I believe your body will always be your best guide. I'm five months now and healthy, so I'm doing something right. The only thing that SHOULD be in the food section is foods you should always avoid..like raw eggs, undercooked meats and such. The rest to me is fluff.

    Things I found extremely useful were A) list of normal symptoms for each month (most times I have almost the whole list, so this was useful in letting me know I'm ok), B) what to expect for that doctor's appointment (if I have to get pricked, I'd like to prepare, tyvm) and C) the comedy. No one has mentioned this as far as I see, but I found a lot of comfort in the humor. Comedy is always a good way to get me comforted when I'm nervous about something and I was laughing out loud at a lot of things, including the parts about lovemaking with your partner and how interesting it can be during pregnancy.

    It's true...this book is NOT for men. My fiance would be bored to tears. For men I suggest "My boys can swim!", by Ian Davis. It's a total guy's book in layman's terms and can be read in a sitting or two.

    What I did agree with some is that the book is informative (there's practically nothing this book has overlooked information wise) but sometimes lacks comfort. Sometimes it does sound like you are reading a technical book (hence the boring to the men and the scary for the women). It did comfort some, but others like explaining exams (which is what most women freak out about) sounded way too techy for my taste. Many mothers like me get nervous and it would be nice to feel like the author is holding you by the hand, and not sounding like some emotionally challenged doctor.

    Sorry for the long review, but thought I'd touch basis on the ups and downs. I give it 4 out of 5 because it could have been a bit more personal and emotional instead of so "instruction-y" sometimes. If you feel you can avoid the questions that don't pertain to you like I have and not add unnecessary worry for yourself, then by all means get this book as you will find vast information at your fingertips and a few laughs along the way. ...more info
  • my review
    this is my first pregnancy and this book has taught me so much
    about pregnancy and different methods they use
    i only had heard of lamaze but after reading i see their are different ways to do things and a safe anesthetic and a great guide for first time mothers....more info
  • Thorough guide to pregnancy
    I used the older edition when pregnant with my first 16 years ago. At the time I was 21 years old and did not have a clue about what to expect. This book was very helpful, and I looked forward to reading about the changes I could expect each month. I found it to be a great reference as a first-time parent, and referred to it often for my next 2 pregnancies 7 and 9 years later. I liked having all the information in one book- including the possible things that could go wrong- as well as the best choices I could make regarding having a healthy baby. I did not feel panicked or alarmed by the tone of this book as other reviewers have mentioned- even when I deviated sometimes from its recommendations. However, I only used it as a guide to make better choices. I was not a worrier, but I know a lot of first-timers may be. Therefore, based on the many reviews about the book creating a scare, it may not be for everybody. ...more info
  • The Ultimate Bible for Pregnant Women
    This book has absolutely everything you need to know about pregnancy, what to eat, complications, your baby's development in utero, questions you might be too embarrassed to ask you OB. I loved it, I used it for both my pregnancies. ...more info
  • Designed to Scare You
    I hated this book. It's poorly organized and seems designed to scare you to death by bombarding you with all of the possibilities of everything that could go wrong, and no reasonable discussion of actual risks. It's especially scary for first-time parents. This may have been the go-to guide back when there were no other options, but now it's just awful. Go with the Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy instead....more info
  • Factual, helpful and reassuring
    Both my husband and I are using it as our official guide to our first pregnancy....more info
  • DO NOT READ THIS BOOK ALONE
    This book scared the crap out of me! I have always heard that it was a pregnant woman's "bible", so when I found out I was expecting it was the first book I bought. After the first night of reading it I was a mess. I felt like no matter what I did was wrong and that I was going to end up doing permanent damage to my child. I was so afraid of eating the wrong thing, drinkng too much sugar, moving the wrong way that I stopped eating and sleeping. Finally, my husband hid the book and told me to trust my body and my instincts. Amazingly, he was right.
    Get the Sears and Sears book instead. They make you excited to be pregnant! ...more info
  • Very informative - good for reference
    I found this book to be great as a reference tool. I would recommend it to first time mom's....more info
  • Great Guide to Pregnancy
    I bought this book in my first trimester, along with Miriam Stoppard's "Conception, Pregnancy & Birth: The Childbirth Bible for Today's Parents". Unlike other reviews, I've read here on Amazon, I still enjoy reading it at 30 weeks.

    After I bought it, I learned my family and friends have also read the book and highly recommend it.

    It gives a month-by-month glimpse on what's going on with your body and baby. Within each month, there are several tidbits on side effects you may experience and tips on exercise, nutrition, etc. The book is useful to me as this is my first baby and not sure what to expect. Therefore, I use the book as a reference as to what I may be experiencing and feeling.

    [...]...more info
  • The Bible
    This book is so informative when you are expecting. It's intuitive. It is a wonderful guide to get you through the most amazing time of your life....more info
  • Inaccurate, misleading, and full of fearful messages
    I picked up this book twice - once before getting pregnant, and once after getting pregnant. On both reads, it frightened me with information I later found out was not in tune with actual practice. I feel its tone and language is unnecessarily scary. Many people have commented on this, so I'll just give one concrete example.

    I am 42, expecting my first child, and, because of my age and risk factors, was advised to have an amniocentesis. The language in "What to Expect" emphasizes: 1. The large size of the needle, 2. The risks of the procedure, and 3. Pain. Of course, after reading this I was a basket case! "What to Expect" did nothing create fear where there was nothing to worry about - none of those frightening things turned out to be true. There are many other examples of this fear-based language within its covers.

    I also can relate to other reviewers' comments about this book in terms of labor and delivery. Although it explains procedures, it does not emphasize a pregnant woman's rights to refuse those procedures if she chooses, and take ownership of her medical care during this crucial time. I find that this book makes pregnancy, labor, and birth seem unnecessarily difficult and unmanageable, and fosters a feeling of helplessness. I'm glad I put this book down and discounted its approach. My advice is not to purchase this book, and instead use common sense, supplemented by books that offer the expectant mother a more positive and powerful message....more info
  • Good book
    Very useful book, especially for a first pregnancy. For advice about how to manage relationship challenges with your husband/boyfriend during the pregnancy, visit [...]
    The book is terrific at explaining physical changes. Love the Q&A sections. I would like to see a little bit more about the baby blues and some advice on how to prevent and manage it....more info
  • Revised Title: What PROBLEMS to Expect When You're Expecting
    After reading this book, I am amazed there are any successful, healthy pregnancies at all. This book has kept me on edge for the entire duration of the pregnancies with its monthly list of complications. I would have definitely been happier with a book that outlined all of the things that you personally can do to ensure a healthy pregnancy, and focus less on possile complications which are beyond your control!!!...more info
  • Read this if you like having meltdowns
    To make a long story short, after getting about 120 pages into this book, I called my best friend nearly in tears. I told her I was reading the book, and before I could go into details, she said "oh for goodness sakes, don't read THAT! It's all about what you can't do and what can go wrong."

    Turns out that three other friends of mine echoed the same sentiments with no prompting.

    This book is a great way to make a (probably already nauseous) pregnant woman even more miserable. ...more info
  • great intro to pregnancy
    I bought two copies, one for my daughter and one for me. It has been so many years since I was pregnant that I had forgotten (or repressed) most of my memories. This book brought back to me the joy of pregnancy and updated me on current theories and practices. Now I can share this experience with her without looking like an old fogey....more info
  • Great Book Compared to 3rd Edition
    I read both the 3rd edition and the new 4th edition. Although they cover pretty much the same material, I felt like the 4th edition had a better overall tone and quality then the 3rd edition. I would recommend reading this edition, even if it may cost you a bit more!...more info
  • pregnancy book
    Great book. I got this when I was pregnant and then bought it for a friend who was pregnant....more info
  • Thank you
    Great book. My wife reads a chapter a week. It has been very helpful....more info
  • Excellent resource for information
    This book has many common questions answered for expectant moms and dads. Very helpful when wondering if a symptom is "normal" or not. Lots of good information of what to expect throughout entire pregnancy....more info
  • Did it again!
    When your expecting the first time, this book will be like a bible to you. Although I had the older version (the 3rd Edition), I can only imagine what the newer version is like... Obviously better!...more info
  • A Keeper
    I really liked this! My mom bought it for me out of frustration after listening to me complain about "Your Pregnancy Week by Week" and how terrifying and clinical it was, and I found this to be a welcome relief. I'm surprised that the main criticism of other reviewers is that it's scary and made them worry about their pregnancies. I didn't find that to be the tone of the book at all. In fact, when I was experiencing some scary stuff, I found this book to be quite reassuring, along with my doctor's advice, of course.
    My only criticism is the cutesy voice it takes sometimes (enough parenthetical asides, already!). But overall, I found it much more enjoyable to read than the cumbersome, cold, and completely clinical "Week by Week"....more info
  • What to expect when you're expecting? From this book, expect terror!
    I bought this book thinking it would be helpful, but it reads more like a lecture from some know-it-all jerk. I have to agree with another reviewer who commented about the condescending tone of this book. It seems in every other passage, there are some subtle (and often not-so-subtle) comments about weight gain, which, I suppose, are supposed to be "funny" or "cute" but simply fall flat. Also, there are helpful "hints" throughout it that simply advertise additional books published by these people (advertising snippets) to try to brainwash you into purchasing more of their garbage. In addition, the diet plan is ridiculous. I slammed the book shut for good when I got to the part about (I'll paraphrase it) "walking to ease morning sickness and so you don't get fat! But before you go for a walk, make sure you always wear sunscreen!!!!" Gee, thanks, Captain Obvious. Every chapter lectures about weight gain, which is a good thing to keep an eye on, but seriously, it's in every other paragraph. This book talked to me as if I were a complete utter moron, and made me paranoid about preservatives, that I HAD to HAVE a completely 100% organic diet, and that if I didn't, I could just READ ON ABOUT EVERY POSSIBLE BIRTH DEFECT or terrible situation that could occur. Don't buy this book...I expressed my feelings to a friend and she, totally understanding, said she threw that book out. She then handed me a well-worn copy of "Your Pregnancy, Week By Week", which was written by a physician in an intelligent style. I'm taking this book of terror back to Borders!...more info
  • What to Fear When You're Expecting!!
    This book is awful. If you want to be scared that every little ache and pain during your pregnancy could be the uterus rupturing or the baby in distress, then buy this book. My husband absolutely hates it as well - he's nervous enough already and this book just puts him over the top. You'll be calling your midwife every five minutes if you follow the advice here. Do yourself a favor and try Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn - much better book, not fear-based. Ask your midwife for other recommendations too if you want a good book!...more info
  • Lots of info
    I purchased this new edition for my sister-in-law. I read the previous version for my now 18-month old daughter and it was extremely helpful to the point that I also read What to Expect the first year and also toddler years....more info
  • informational!!
    this is a good book that talks about what to expect month by month. It also covers what to expect at the doctors visit which is a good guideline.

    overall ... a good read....more info
  • GREAT ASSET!
    MY WIFE LOVES THIS BOOK, IT ARRIVED JUST IN TIME AND WE HAVE USED IT AS THE BABY BIBLE EVER SINCE. I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT!...more info
  • Don't waste your time with the sample
    Don't waste your time with downloading the sample. It only includes two pages of review comments (all raves of course), a half dozen pages of dedications and the TOC. No actual content at all. What a waste of time....more info
  • Not required reading
    This book is full of information unfortunately, it is all the scary information. For first time parents, it will scare the heck out of you and make you feel that your pregnancy is a sickness. Pregnancy is not a sickness, it is a natural biological process. I don't recommend this book especially if it is the only book you read about your pregnancy....more info
  • Loved it then, love it now!
    I bought the previous version of this book 16 years ago when I was pregnant with my first child. It was a life saver for me. There were very few questions I had that it didn't answer. I went on to pass the book around to several relatives and friends who all loved it also. I recently found out we are expecting again so I bought the 4th edition to have more updated information. I don't know what I would do without it! It's wonderful!...more info
  • Good Reference Book
    I bought this book just because that's what you're supposed to get when you find out you're pregnant. I've heard glowing reviews and not so great reviews. I think it is great to get some answers regarding specific problems in between your Dr.'s appointments. Reading each section for each month and trimester is sometimes torture. A LOT of the info in here is common sense, and I find it a tad bit embarrassing that some women actually ask questions like "Can I get a tatoo while I'm pregnant?". However, it has been helpful to get some home remedies for heartburn and what to do about my bleeding gums when I brush my teeth. I've found that it is best to just skim through each month as I approach that month in my pregnancy, and see what information actually applies to me. The first large chunk of the book did not apply to me at all, but I can see how it could be helpful to other expecting mothers in their late 30s and up. I bought this book along with The Pregnancy Countdown Book and have found that I really like the combination of the two. ...more info
  • Nice resource, worry-warts beware!
    This book is a great source of information. It is broken into nice sections by month. The index makes it easy to find various symptoms.

    However, if you are a worrier use this book with caution. You will over analyze every cramp, ache, or pain.

    The book has a website that is pretty good. [..]...more info
  • so condescending!
    This book assumes that pregnant women are idiots, and talks to them accordingly. It's full of cutsey language, puns, and linguistic tics that drove this English major up a wall. In terms of content, it contributes to our culture's position of "better safe than sorry" when it comes to kids - kids and pregnant women must be protected from anything and everything that might be the slightest bit upsetting. It does not provide any information on the research behind their advice, assuming that the pregnant woman is too stupid or lacking in self-control to make an informed decision for herself upon being presented with the facts, relying instead on making across the board recommendations on all kinds of things for which there is no scientific basis. I also hated that the miscarriage section had a big disclaimer warning pregnant women not to read it unless they actually had had a miscarriage, because the knowledge alone that miscarriage could happen would be so emotionally devastating to her that she couldn't handle it. After doing some research on my own and finding out how inaccurate and unnecessary many of their claims are, I find I no longer trust the book at all. I would not recommend it. ...more info
  • Great Book
    This book is great. My wife and I read it and it was right on track during her pregnancy so I bought it for my sister....more info
  • I have never understood the popularity of this book
    This book represents to me the worst in our alarmist culture and medicalized pregnancy and birth. I dislike it to the extent that when visiting my doctor's office I want to remove it before any unsuspecting pregnant woman reads it. If you want a book on pregnancy and childbirth try Active Birth by Janet Balskas or anything by Ina May Gaskin or Sheila Kitzinger. Or how about Birth Without Fear by Michael Odent? (And please do not miss the wonderful Operating Instructions by Anne Lamott!) Are there risks associated with pregnancy and childbirth? Yes. Are there risks associated with being alive? Yes. Is it helpful for a wildly popular book to be so laden with warnings and fear? Absolutely not....more info
  • written like women's magazines
    This is a bullet-pointed, anxiety-driving writing that somehow induces guilt and encourages self-absorption in the same condescending baby-talk you get from women's magazines. Think bad skin or weight loss. I'm a smart person who likes to read books, and read both of the thoughtful books I bought for my husband (in the Expectant Father series) with relief. I want to throw this book out the window every time I see it or look at it. At least those books acknowledge that there may be another adult involved in having a baby....more info
  • Dangerous
    The future for many babies being born today and our pregnant women and children is so concerning. We have doctors and dieticians promoting low fat foods to the very group that needs a diet rich in these nutrients, animal fats and cholesterol; high in the fat soluble vitamins essential for proper mineral assimilation and development.
    The best thing a mother can do for herself and her baby is to check out the teachings and discoveries of Dr Weston A Price. 14 indigenous groups around the world with perfect health and immunity to disease, no mental illness, dental decay or problems with birthing. Healthy babies who never had colic, sleeping or teething issues. And their prized foods?????? Animal FATS like soft egg yolks, butter and RAW WHOLE MILK, and cream, tallow, lard, and organ meats like liver cooked rare and shell fish! Visit www.westonaprice.org don't waste your time and money on this rubbish. We need to re- learn what our great grandparents knew all along, back in the days where birth defects, disease, obesity and Autism were almost non-existant, TRADITIONAL FOODS and the less medical intervensions! This book promotes dangerous modern diets that are toxic, and useless medical intervensions that takes power away from woman replacing it with fear and anxiety.
    Cathy, Australia...more info
  • Disorganized, hysterical mess
    This book feels like a year's worth of pregnancy magazine articles stuck together. There is no flow or organization to the book; articles just appear randomly in the middle of chapters. One minute you're reading about what the baby is doing in month two and how you may feel, and the next minute you're treated to a 6 page dissertation on hair coloring. This leads to the second big problem with the book: It's completely hysterical. If you believe this book, you must lie in bed for 10 straight months eating organic mush, because otherwise, you will kill your baby.

    I highly recommend the Girlfriend's Guide to Pregnancy instead....more info
  • Would recommend to all 1st time moms...
    This is my first pregnancy and I have had tons of questions. I have been able to answer many of them using this book and the website. If you don't want to buy a baby book or just need some quick info, the website has TONS of information and you can sign up for daily/weekly emails that are great.

    My husband has really enjoyed the quick overview of what to expect for each week/trimester and what to expect at our doctor appointments. It has put both of our minds at ease....more info

 

 
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