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What to Expect When You're Expecting, Third…

What to Expect When You're Expecting, Third Edition (original 1984; edition 2002)

by Heidi Murkoff

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Cuts through the confusion surrounding pregnancy and birth by debunking dozens of myths that mislead parents, offering explanations of medical terms, and covering a variety of issues including prenatal care, birth defects, and amniocentesis.
Title:What to Expect When You're Expecting, Third Edition
Authors:Heidi Murkoff
Info:Workman Publishing Company (2002), Paperback, 624 pages
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Factual, answered some of my questions but also a bit terrifying to read when you actually are expecting... ( )
  fellanta13 | Feb 14, 2022 |
Not pregnant.

But all the pregnancy advocacy books (and reviews of said books) I read reference this book in some way (clever pun, basic manual, etc.). So I figured it was the birthing bible was curious about it.

I came away with three thoughts.

1: There isn't much here that you can't find on Google. That being said, before the advent of google and Baby.com and all those other sites, this probably could have been helpful. Specific stats and studies would have been interesting. But, given the fact that this book has been through multiple updates, I can see where the writers were coming from.

2. It seemed like half of the reviewers of this book, the birthing bible, hated it. I guess one side-effect of pregnancy is anxiety? The set up of the book didn't help much. The long list of possible complications listed at the back should have been listed as an appendix. But then, given the current anxiety level of women rushing to hire OBGYN's instead of taking advantage of the largely-out-of-US-more-popular midwife, this probably wouldn't really help much anyway.

3. The authors are definitely lightly biased in favor of a hospital birth though, after reading the calm section on "how to give birth by yourself," I'm not sure why. It seemed like something that would be pretty easy, actually. Does that make me a hippie? Probably not because, as mentioned earlier, I also read the extensive list of possible complications that was listed after that page and am now convinced that I will die of preclampsia, giving birth to twins hideously deformed by mumps and the chicken pox. ( )
  OutOfTheBestBooks | Sep 24, 2021 |
What to Expect When You'RE Expecting by Eisenberg (2002)
  arosoff | Jul 10, 2021 |
This is a great book for first and second time moms. It offers enough information that you can read it many times and glean something new each time. ( )
  perkykeri | Mar 2, 2021 |
Has a lot of useful information and is easy to read. Unfortunately, it is way too long and repetitive. ( )
  troelsk | May 8, 2020 |
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Cuts through the confusion surrounding pregnancy and birth by debunking dozens of myths that mislead parents, offering explanations of medical terms, and covering a variety of issues including prenatal care, birth defects, and amniocentesis.

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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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