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What to Expect Before You're Expecting
     

What to Expect Before You're Expecting

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by Heidi Murkoff, Sharon Mazel (With)
 

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What to Expect...The First Step

Expecting to Expect? Plan Ahead.

Everything you need to know before you're expecting to help you prepare for the healthiest possible pregnancy and the healthiest possible baby. Filled with practical tips, empathetic advice, and savvy strategies all designed to help you get that baby of your dreams on board faster. How to get your

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What to Expect...The First Step

Expecting to Expect? Plan Ahead.

Everything you need to know before you're expecting to help you prepare for the healthiest possible pregnancy and the healthiest possible baby. Filled with practical tips, empathetic advice, and savvy strategies all designed to help you get that baby of your dreams on board faster. How to get your bodies into tip-top baby-making shape. Which foods feed fertility. Which lifestyle habits to quit and which to cultivate. How to have sex for conception success (from timing to positions to logistics). And when to seek fertility help. There's even a fertility planner to help you keep track of your conception adventure.

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Publishers Weekly

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:
05/15/2009
Series:
What to Expect Series
Pages:
275
Sales rank:
51,410
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

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“The book to read before the journey of pregnancy begins—the one resource that will fully prepare you and your partner for one of life’s most miraculous experiences, at the time when preparation will benefit your future baby most: before you’re expecting.” —Charles J. Lockwood, M.D.

Meet the Author

Heidi Murkoff is the author of the What to Expect® series of pregnancy and parenting books. She is also the creator of WhatToExpect.com and the WhatToExpect app, which reach over 11 million expecting and new parents, and the What to Expect Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping underserved families expect healthy pregnancies, safe deliveries, and healthy, happy babies.

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What to Expect Before You're Expecting 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 121 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
NOOK_obsessed More than 1 year ago
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.
DVBWalker More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pleased with information in book, but disappointed about how it reads in Nook form
krystal0212 More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
WordCandie More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be very interesting and informative. It's great for anyone that is entertaining the idea of getting pregnant.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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"!!
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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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