What to Expect Before You're Expecting

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Announcing the prequel. From Heidi Murkoff, author of America's bestselling pregnancy and parenting books, comes the must-have guide every expectant couple needs before they even conceive—the first step in What to Expect: What to Expect Before You're Expecting.

An estimated 11 million couples in the U.S. are currently trying to conceive, and medical groups now recommend that all hopeful parents plan for baby-making at least three months before they begin trying. And who better ...

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Overview

Announcing the prequel. From Heidi Murkoff, author of America's bestselling pregnancy and parenting books, comes the must-have guide every expectant couple needs before they even conceive—the first step in What to Expect: What to Expect Before You're Expecting.

An estimated 11 million couples in the U.S. are currently trying to conceive, and medical groups now recommend that all hopeful parents plan for baby-making at least three months before they begin trying. And who better to guide wanna-be moms and dads step-by-step through the preconception (and conception) process than Heidi Murkoff?

It's all here. Everything couples need to know before sperm and egg meet up. Packed with the same kind of reassuring, empathetic, and practical information and advice and tips that readers have come to expect from What to Expect, only sooner. Which baby-friendly foods to order up (say yes to yams) and which fertility-busters to avoid (see you later, saturated fat); lifestyle adjustments that you'll want to make (cut back on cocktails and caffeine) and those you can probably skip (that switch to boxers). How to pinpoint ovulation, time lovemaking, keep on-demand sex sexy, and separate conception fact (it takes the average couple up to 12 months to make a baby) from myth (position matters). Plus, when to seek help and the latest on fertility treatments—from Clomid and IVF to surrogacy and more. Complete with a fill-in fertility journal to keep track of the babymaking adventure and special tips throughout for hopeful dads. Next step? What to Expect When You’re Expecting, of course.

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Pregnancy guru Murkoff (What to Expect When You're Expecting) explains that a healthy pregnancy actually begins long before sperm and egg meet. In fact, she suggests that couples add at least three months to the requisite nine in order to prepare both their bodies for the best outcome. Backed by research and expert advice, Murkoff and Mazel present a preconception program that includes tips on what to eat (and not eat), how to maintain a healthy weight and advice about preconception medical care, such as having a physical and dental checkup. The text points out that dads are vitally important to pre-pregnancy health, with warnings that heavy drinking and smoking can damage or reduce sperm, as can certain sports such as spinning, cycling or heavy workouts. (Shaded boxes throughout the text address the ways in which men can contribute to baby-to-be's successful arrival.) The text also covers fertility issues, clearly explaining "the biology of baby making" and outlining the options available to couples who are facing conception problems. Readers who like to think ahead will also benefit from a detailed fertility planner, which includes a fertility chart to track ovulation and space to record various pre-baby appointments and information. Couples who are trying to conceive will find plenty of useful ideas to consider and implement in the months preceding their baby's debut. (May)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761152767
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/15/2009
  • Series: What to Expect Series
  • Pages: 275
  • Sales rank: 76,998
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

It all started with a baby…and a book. Heidi Murkoff conceived the idea for What to Expect When You're Expecting during her first pregnancy, when she couldn’t find answers to her questions or reassurance for her worries in the books she’d turned to for much-needed advice. Determined to write a guide that would help other expectant parents sleep better at night, Heidi delivered the proposal for What to Expect When You’re Expecting just hours before delivering her daughter, Emma.

Dubbed the “pregnancy bible”, the iconic New York Times bestseller is now in its all-new fourth edition, with over 17 million copies in print, and according to USA Today, is read by 93 percent of women who read a pregnancy book. Other titles in the series include Eating Well When You’re Expecting, What to Expect the First Year, What to Expect Before You’re Expecting (a complete preconception plan), and the newest member of the What to Expect family: What to Expect the Second Year, the must-have guide for parents of toddlers. The What to Expect books have sold more than 34 million copies in the US alone, and are published in over 30 languages.

In 2005, Heidi expanded the What to Expect (WTE) brand online with WhatToExpect.com – the interactive, state-of-the-internet companion to the WTE books, and home to a vibrant, vast, yet close-knit community of 3 million parents. In 2009, WTE went mobile with the WTE Pregnancy Tracker (the most popular pregnancy app in the world), the WTE Fertility Tracker, the WTE Baby Name Finder, and the WTE First Year Tracker.
Heidi’s passionate commitment to moms and babies led to the creation of the What to Expect Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping underserved families expect healthy pregnancies, safe deliveries, and healthy, happy babies. With a beautiful, culturally appropriate low-literac

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Table of Contents

Contents:
Acknowledgements
Foreword by Charles J. Lockwood, M.D.
Introduction: What Can You Expect Before You’re Expecting

Part 1: Getting Ready to Make a Baby
Chapter 1: Prepping Before You’re Expecting
Chapter 2: Weighing In Before You’re Expecting
Chapter 3: Eating Well Before You’re Expecting

Part 2: Making A Baby
Chapter 4: The Biology of Baby Making
Chapter 5: Predicting Ovulation
Chapter 6: Figuring Out Your Fertility
Chapter 7: Getting Busy Making a Baby
Chapter 8: Are You Pregnant?

Part 3: Bumps on the Road to Baby
Chapter 9: Challenges to Fertility
Chapter 10: When You Need a Little Help
Chapter 11: Beginning Again After a Loss

Part 4: Keeping Track
Chapter 12: Your Fertility Planner
TTC Glossary
Your TTC Journal
Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2012

    Interesting but...

    Interesting but not a good layout for reading on your Nook. In fact it sucks reading it on an e-reader. These types of books should be specifically restructured to be interactive with the reader with pop-ups & pictures...similar to what some magazine publishers have done to attract readers with Nooks and other devices. I'd say you're better off NOT buying this in the electronic format.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 21, 2011

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    Got me pregnant! =)

    I read this book, took its advice and the next time my spouse and I tried to conceive, a baby appeared! I am currently 22 weeks pregnant with my first child, a baby girl. They do give you really good advice and they make it really easy to pinpoint ovulation but the advice was kind of the sme thing over and over again. Recommended but borrow it, dont waste money on something that gives you the same advice over and over again without going on to something new.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 23, 2010

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    Very Informative for a New Mother to Be

    This is the first pregnancy book that I purchased when my husband and I decided to start trying for baby. I wanted a book that could guide me past the basic information that everyone learns in sex education to more detailed information. I found the book to be quite informative about the direction that I needed to move in first before becoming pregnant. The book is written in question and answer format which I did not like. My questions about some topics were answered and others were not. This is a perfect way to create your list of questions for you doctor.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 13, 2009

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    Good Prep Book for Beginners

    I picked this book over "What to Expect When You're Expecting" because I thought it would more specifically target a person TTC. There isn't much in this book that can't be found in the "When You're Expecting" version, so that's why I rated it lower in some areas. I would skip this selection and just go for "When You're Expecting" if given the choice again for myself or for others that have some ideas of what preconception planning brings. This book is a good choice for someone who really feels lost and doesn't know where to start, but unless that is you just skip it.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 12, 2010

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    Ok, but a lot of fluff

    This book could easily be 50 pages and be just as effective. While I think it's worth a quick read through, I found some of it to be redundant and some of it to be downright irritating. As a grown woman trying to conceive a baby, I would rather my period not be referred to as "Aunt Flo," and sex called the "baby dance." There is a huge amount of sappy word play that makes the book seem a lot longer than it really is.

    That said... it definitely has some useful information! I love the fertility planner in the back that helps you keep track of predict ovulation.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2010

    Not only for soon to be moms but dads too!

    Overall, this is a great book for anyone who is looking to plan on TTC or is TTC. This book explains all the little things that health class in high school didn't tell you and beyond. I stongly recommend this book for anyone who may be having fertitlity issues. Lots of charts and such to keep you on track. I lost three lbs just by reading chapter 2 about healthy weights for TTC.
    Easy read for soon to be mom and dad!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 3, 2013

    I am 28 and plan on getting pregnant in the next year or so. Th

    I am 28 and plan on getting pregnant in the next year or so. This book helped my feel more prepared. I was feeling overwhelmed, and I didn't really know what to do. Now, I feel like I have a solid game plan! I plan on buying the other books in this series as well. They are very easy to read and are enjoyable! Just buy the book, and you will not regret it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2012

    Informative!

    This book helped me and my husband know what to expect during my pregnancy! Now that we have beautiful triplets I thank this author for helping me stay calm during the stressful lif of pregnancy ! This is definitley worth five stars !!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    Great book

    This is like one of the best things i have read!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2011

    Highly Recommend

    I found this book to be very interesting and informative. It's great for anyone that is entertaining the idea of getting pregnant.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 25, 2010

    A very basic guide of the ins and outs of trying to concieve.

    I purchased this book during talks with my wife about trying to concieve. I was looking for something that could inform her on what to do and what not to do while enlightening me somewhat on the process all-together. I am very pleased with the information contained in the book, as well as the method in which it is organized. I would definately reccomend this book to anyone wishing to concieve in the future.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2009

    very helpcul

    My husband and I purchased this book in May. I thought this book was very helpful and organized. The charts in the back were also very helpful. We had thisbook for almost 3 months now, and we jus found out July 24th that we are Pregnant!! we're about 5 weeks along now and are going to the bookstore to purchase "What to Expect while you're Expecting"!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2014

    My Issue

    This book has amazing advice. But it just seemed so overwelming. It got to the point where i started crying in the waiting room of my doctors office because i was deadly afraid to do somthing bad to effect the baby. However, after i followed everyword of what this book had to say i got preagnet and we are due for our little girl, Edith in May. My advice is: Don't overwelm your self. Its not good for you. But do take it into concerderation what this book says. Good Luck!:)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2013

    Disappointed in formatting of Nook book

    Pleased with information in book, but disappointed about how it reads in Nook form

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2013

    very basic

    Good for anyone who has no insite into how to conceive or what makes for a healthy pregnancy

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2013

    My twelve children are happy and strong, so I plan to have a thirteenth.

    This book is very informetive, as well as readable. My eldest daughter is planing to have a child next yaer, so when my son/daughter comes I might as well pass it down.My childrens names are nice, and this is what they are.Mary, the one want the child, is 20; Jauq, (pronounced Jack) is about to get maried to a girl named Felisha, and is about 18;along with his twin, Tyler, who has ten trophies for science fair projects, is about 17;and the triplets, Lisa, Terisssa, and Anibella,all math freaks and are 15.All the others were burnt in a fire and once heald got adopted.They are in great homes now and I get to visit them. It would be great to have one more.

    0 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2012

    The book failed to keep my attention by not providing fresh,new

    The book failed to keep my attention by not providing fresh,new insight.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2012

    Very Insightful

    This book was very insightful on what you should and shouldn't do before & during your trying to conceive (ttc) journey. I learned a lot about my body that i did not know before & i feel very educated in the baby making process after completing this book! I recommend this if you and your loved one are thinking about TTC or are currently!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2011

    Do not waste your money

    If you really want this book, ask your doctor or a friend that has children. This book only pertains to "typical" pregnancies, which is a small percentage. Everyone us different, so dont rely on a book to tell you how you're going to feel and what you're going to go through. I suggest giving it to the daddys so they stop asking "what's wrong?".

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 20, 2009

    Overall, highly recommended!I really enjoyed this book.

    The way the book is organized makes it a quick and inforamtive read. My husband and I are actively trying to concieve so the helpful hints were great. Thsi think it is geared towards women who are just thinking about getting pregnant and also those who have bene trying for a while. Although a lot of the book I found was common sense, that may not be the case for everyone. I am looking forward to reading 'Wha To Expect When You Are Expecting', when I am expecting. Overall, I really enjoyed this book.

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