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What to Expect When You're Expecting, 4th Edition (original 1984; edition 2008)

by Heidi Murkoff, Sharon Mazel

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Title:What to Expect When You're Expecting, 4th Edition
Authors:Heidi Murkoff
Other authors:Sharon Mazel
Info:Workman Publishing Company (2008), Edition: 4th, Paperback, 640 pages
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What to Expect When You're Expecting by Heidi Murkoff (1984)


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This book definitely explains in a ton of detail everything a mother should know before becoming pregnant. This book gives you a great deal of information you needed to get started with pregnancy planning. I recommend this book. ( )
  carloperezz37 | Apr 23, 2016 |
Factual, answered some of my questions but also a bit terrifying to read when you actually are expecting... ( )
  nike13 | Mar 10, 2016 |
What to Expect When You’re Expecting by Heidi Murkoff


This book has been around for an astounding 28 years (and have been through several revisions) and is known for many as a staple in the genre – in fact it was the first book I thought of when I found out I was pregnant.

This book has a lot of good information – but a lot for me to skip over. I’m not having multiples (thank goodness), I’m not over 35, etc but obviously it’s a good overview for people of all ages and all types so it’s good info to have, even if I didn’t need it. Some of the sections made me roll my eyes, such as “What if I am taking cocaine or other hard drugs while pregnant?” 1 – If you don’t know the answer, you probably should not be pregnant and 2 – I have a feeling those that are into hardcore drugs probably aren’t too antsy to buy this book, probably not the top of their priorities (I could be wrong in my assumptions, but come on), but hey whatever, can’t say the book doesn’t cover it’s bases. With the use of internet today many of the questions and concerns can be found just as quickly on one of the thousands of pregnancy sites as it is to sift through this book. And of course, never take a book as the know-all of everything, always best to consult a doctor with any serious questions – telling your doctor “well the book said…” will only lead to eye rolling. An informational book but best taken in small chunks.
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  UberButter | Feb 9, 2016 |
Gives expecting mothers too much information about rare negative outcomes. It made my roommate sick for days, and she wasn't even pregnant. ( )
  heathrel | Dec 24, 2015 |
This seems to be a pretty ubiquitous pregnancy manual, so I got it from the library, but thought it was awful. Although this is the British edition, so the spellings are (mostly) British (this hasn't been thoroughly checked) and references to medical care are to the NHS, it still comes across as overwhelmingly American. There are confusing bits where the information seems to be more from a US medical point of view, than a British one. It's written in a really twee style, that mostly made me want to throw up (and no, that wasn't morning sickness) and instead of having straightforward sections of information is written in more of a 'problem page' style. I didn't find it particularly helpful. And it really need a proper editor. ( )
  Daisydaisydaisy | Oct 1, 2015 |
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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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Eighteen years after it first hit the shelves and having sold more than 10 million copies, What to Expect When You're Expecting is still on nearly every mother-to-be's reading list. This completely revised and updated edition is packed with answers to hundreds of questions and worries expectant parents may have. The information is presented in a month-by-month format starting with planning a pregnancy and choosing a practitioner, and follows through to six weeks after delivery. Each chapter begins with an explanation of what to expect at a particular month's prenatal visit and a brief description of how mom and baby are growing and changing before getting to the heart of the matter: What You May Be Concerned About. Topics are presented as questions ranging from "Should I be taking vitamins?" to "What if I forget everything I learn in childbirth education class?" to "Will I be able to breastfeed?" The answers are generally reassuring and provide enough information to soothe a worried mom between prenatal visits. Despite the reassuring answers, however, the sheer volume of worries discussed may alarm an otherwise calm mom-to-be.

The book also features a complete nutrition plan (though many women may find it difficult to follow), a special chapter just for expectant dads, and extensive information about dealing with minor illnesses, chronic conditions, and pregnancy complications. What to Expect has guided countless women through their pregnancies and makes an informative addition to the mainstream pregnancy and childbirth bookshelf. --Jennifer Lindsay

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We're expecting again! Announcing the completely revised and updated third edition of America's best-selling pregnancy book, What to Expect When You're Expecting. Two years in the making, it's a cover-to-cover, chapter-by-chapter, line-by-line revision and update. Everything that the original did-which, at just shy of 10 million copies in print, it did extraordinarily well-the third edition does, and better. Incorporating the most recent developments in medicine, and responding to the many queries and letters received from readers, the book contains both the most accurate information available, and the most reader-friendly. The third edition includes more information on working while pregnant. It offers more in-depth coverage of complementary and alternative birthing. Greater attention is paid to pre-conception, alternative families, second pregnancies, HMOs, the role of the father, and lifestyle. There's a completely new look at the best-odds diet, which is better suited to the needs of busier women with less time. An updated cover and all-new black-and-white illustrations give the classic a fresher look.… (more)

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