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The best just got better.
Expect the best! A brand-new fourth edition—filled with the most up-to-date, accurate, and relevant information on all things pregnancy. Realistic, supportive, easy to access, and overflowing with practical tips, covering everything you'll need—and want—to know about life's most amazing journey, from preconception planning to birth to those first miraculous weeks with a new baby. It's all here: the lowdown on lifestyle trends and life in the workplace; the latest in prenatal testing and alternative therapies; the best in birthing options.

Comforting answers to hundreds of questions:
• I'm so queasy I can't even eat for one. How can I eat for two?
• Can I get highlights in my hair? How about my monthly wax?
• I'm only in my second month—why am I showing already?
• Can I stick to my normal workout routine while I’m expecting?
• Why is my skin broken out and blotchy? And how can I cover it?
• What's safe when it comes to sex?
• I think I felt the baby kicking—but I’m not sure. How do I tell?
• Will my body ever be the same after I deliver?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780894808296
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/11/1996
  • Series: What to Expect Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 454
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (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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Chapter 5 - The First Month

Approximately 1 to 4 Weeks

Congratulations-and welcome to your pregnancy! Though you almost certainly don't look pregnant yet, chances are you're already starting to feel it. Whether it's just tender breasts and a little fatigue you're experiencing, or every early pregnancy symptom in the book (and then some), your body is gearing up for the months of baby-making to come. As the weeks pass, you'll notice changes in parts of your body you'd expect (like your belly), as well as places you wouldn't expect (your feet and your eyes). You'll also notice changes in the way you live-and look at-life. But try not to think (or read) too far ahead. For now, just sit back, relax, and enjoy the beginning of one of the most exciting and rewarding adventures of your life.

What You Can Expect at Your First Prenatal Visit

Your first prenatal visit will probably be the longest you'll have during your pregnancy, and definitely will be the most comprehensive one. Not only will there be more tests, procedures (including several that will be performed only at this visit), and data gathering (in the form of a complete medical history), but there will be more time spent on questions (questions you have for the practitioner, questions he or she will have for you) and answers. There will also be plenty of advice to take in-on everything from what you should be eating (and not eating) to what supplements you should be taking to whether (and how) you should be exercising. So be sure to come equipped with a list of the questions and concerns that have already come up, as well as with a pen and notebook (or What to Expect When You're Expecting Pregnancy Organizer) to take notes with.

One practitioner's routine may vary slightly from another's. In general, the examination will include:

Confirmation of your pregnancy. Your practitioner will want to check the following: the pregnancy symptoms you are experiencing; the date of your last normal menstrual period to determine your estimated date of delivery (EDD) or due date (see page 8); your cervix and uterus for signs and approximate age of the pregnancy. A pregnancy test (urine and blood) will most likely be ordered.

A complete history. To give you the best care possible, your practitioner will want to know a great deal about you. Come prepared by checking records at home or calling your primary care doctor to refresh your memory on the following: your personal medical history (chronic illness, previous major illness or surgery, known allergies, including drug allergies); nutritional supplements (vitamins, minerals, herbal, and so on) or medications (over-the-counter, prescription) you are presently taking or have taken since conception; your family medical history (genetic disorders, chronic diseases, unusual pregnancy outcomes); your personal gynecological history (age at first menstrual period, usual length of menstrual cycle, duration and regularity of menstrual periods); your personal obstetrical history (past live births, miscarriages, abortions2), as well as the course of past pregnancies, labors, and deliveries. Your practitioner will also ask questions about your social history (such as your age and occupation) and about your lifestyle habits (how you eat, whether or not you exercise, drink, smoke, or take recreational drugs) and other factors in your personal life that might affect your pregnancy (information about the baby's father, information on your ethnicity).

A complete physical examination. This may include assessment of your general health through examination of heart, lungs, breasts, abdomen; measurement of your blood pressure to serve as a baseline reading for comparison at subsequent visits; notation of your height and your weight (prepregnancy and present); inspection of arms and legs for varicose veins and edema (swelling from excess fluid in tissues) to serve as a baseline for comparison at subsequent visits; examination of external genitalia and of your vagina and cervix (with a speculum in place, as when you get a Pap smear); examination of your pelvic organs bimanually (with one hand in the vagina and one on the abdomen) and also possibly through the rectum and vagina; assessment of the size and shape of the bony pelvis (through which your baby will eventually try to exit).

A battery of tests. Some tests are routine for every pregnant woman; some are routine in some areas of the country or with some practitioners, and not others; some are performed only when circumstances warrant. The most common prenatal tests include:

  • A blood test to determine blood type and Rh status (see page 29), hCG levels, and to check for anemia (see page 187)
  • Urinalysis to screen for glucose (sugar), protein, white blood cells, blood, and bacteria
  • Blood screens to determine antibody titer (levels) and immunity to such diseases as rubella
  • Tests to disclose the presence of infections such as syphilis, gonorrhea, hepatitis B, chlamydia, and, very often, HIV
  • Genetic tests for cystic fibrosis, sickle-cell anemia, Tay-Sachs, or other genetic disease, if appropriate (see page 45)
  • A Pap smear for the detection of cervical cancer
  • A blood sugar level test to check for any tendency toward diabetes in women with a family history of diabetes and those who have high blood pressure, have previously had an excessively large baby or one with birth defects, or who had gained excessive weight with an earlier pregnancy. (All women receive a glucose screening test for gestational diabetes at around 28 weeks; see page 266.) An opportunity for discussion. Here's the time to bring out that list of questions and concerns.

What You May Be Feeling

You may experience all of these symptoms at one time or another, or only one or two.

What's important to keep in mind from now on is that every woman and every pregnancy is different; few pregnancy symptoms are universal.


  • Absence of menstruation (though you may stain slightly when your period would have been expected or when the fertilized egg implants in the uterus, around seven to ten days after conception)
  • Fatigue and sleepiness
  • Frequent urination
  • Nausea, with or without vomiting, and/or excessive salivation
  • Heartburn, indigestion, flatulence, bloating
  • Food aversions and cravings
  • Breast changes (most pronounced in women who have breast changes prior to menstruation, and possibly somewhat less pronounced if you've had babies before): fullness, heaviness, tenderness, tingling; darkening of the areola (the pigmented area surrounding the nipple). Sweat glands in the areola become prominent, looking like large goose bumps; a network of bluish lines appears under the skin as blood supply to the breasts increases (though, in some women, these lines may not appear until later).


  • Instability comparable to premenstrual syndrome, which may include irritability, mood swings, irrationality, weepiness
  • Misgivings, fear, joy, elation-any or all of these

What You May Be Concerned About

Breaking the News

"When should we tell friends and family that we are expecting?"

This is one question only you can answer. Some expectant parents can't wait to tell everyone they know the good news (not to mention a fair number of strangers who happen to pass them in the street or sit next to them on the bus). Others tell only selectively at first, starting with those nearest and dearest (close relatives and friends, perhaps), and waiting until the condition is obvious before making the pregnancy common knowledge. Still others decide they'd rather put off issuing announcements until the third month has passed, just in case of miscarriage (especially if there's been a previous pregnancy loss).

So talk it over, and do what feels most comfortable. Just remember: in spreading the good news, don't forget to take the time to savor it as a twosome.

Telling the Boss

"No one at work knows I'm pregnant yet-and I'm not sure when and how I should tell them, especially my boss. I'm not sure how they'll react."

Since most expectant mothers are also members of the workforce, pregnancy protocol on the job has become an important issue for employees and employers alike. Official leave policies and benefits vary widely from company to company, as do unofficial policies of family-friendliness. In deciding when and how to broach the subject of your pregnancy with the powers that be at your company, you'll need to consider the following:

How you're feeling and whether you're showing. If morning sickness has you spending more time hovering over the toilet than sitting at your desk; if first trimester fatigue has you barely able to lift your head off your pillow in the morning; or if you're already packing a paunch that's too big to blame on your breakfast, you probably won't be able to keep your secret long. In that case, telling sooner makes more sense than waiting until your boss (and everyone else in the office) has come to his or her own conclusions. If, on the other hand, you're feeling fine and still buttoning your waistband with ease, you may be able to hold off on the announcement until later.

What kind of work you do. If you work under conditions or with substances that could be harmful to your pregnancy or your baby (see page 76), you'll need to make your announcement-and ask for a transfer or change of duties-as soon as you find out you're pregnant.

How work is going. A woman announcing her pregnancy at work may unfortunately-and unfairly-raise many red flags, including "Will she still have the stamina to produce while pregnant?" and "Will her mind be on work or on her belly?" and "Will she leave us in the lurch?" You may head off some of those concerns by making your announcement just after finishing a report, scoring a deal, winning a case, coming up with a great idea, or otherwise proving that you can be both pregnant and productive.

Whether reviews are coming up. If you're afraid your announcement might influence the results of an upcoming performance or salary review, wait until the results are in before spilling the beans. Keep in mind that proving you've been passed up for a promotion or raise based solely on the fact that you're expecting (and that you'll soon be a worker and a mother, not necessarily in that order) may be difficult.

Whether you work in a gossip mill. If gossip is one of your company's chief products, be especially wary. Should word-of-mouth of your pregnancy reach your boss's ears before your announcement does, you'll have trust issues to deal with in addition to the pregnancy-related issues. Make sure that your boss is the first to know-or, at least, that those you tell first can be trusted not to squeal.

What the family-friendliness quotient is. Try to gauge your employer's attitude toward pregnancy and family. Ask other women who have been pregnant on the job, if there are any (but keep your inquiries discreet). Check the policies on pregnancy and maternity leave in your copy of the company handbook (if there is one). Or set up a confidential meeting with someone in human resources or the person in charge of benefits. If the company has had a history of being supportive of mothers and mothers-to-be, you may be inclined to make your announcement sooner. Either way, you'll have a better sense of what you'll be facing.

Once you've decided when to make your announcement, you can take some steps to ensure that it's well received:

Know your rights. Pregnant women-and parents in general-have fewer rights in the United States than in most every other industrialized country. Still, some strides have been made on the federal level through the Pregnancy Discrimination Act and the Family Medical Leave Act (see box above), and many others have been made voluntarily by forward-thinking, family-friendly companies. Become familiar with what the law and your company's policies say you're entitled to, so you'll know what you can and probably can't ask for. For instance, some companies offer paid leave, others unpaid. Still others allow you to use sick days or vacation days as part of your leave. All of this should be detailed in a company handbook, if there is one. Or, set up a confidential meeting with someone in human resources or whoever is in charge of benefits.

Put together a plan. Efficiency is always appreciated on the job, and being prepared invariably impresses people. So before you go in to make your announcement, have a detailed plan that includes how long you plan to stay on the job (barring any unforeseen medical problems, including premature labor), how long your maternity leave will be, how you plan to finish up business before you leave, and how you propose that any unfinished business be handled by others. If you would like to return part-time at first, now is when you should propose that. Writing up your plan will ensure you won't forget the details.

Set aside the time. Don't try to tell your boss the news when you're in a taxi on the way to a meeting or when she's got one foot out the door Friday night. Make an appointment to meet, so no one will be rushed or distracted. Try to make it on a day and at a time that is usually less stressful at your office. Postpone the meeting if things suddenly take a turn for the tense.

Accentuate the positive. Don't start your announcement with apologies or misgivings. Instead, let your boss know that you are not only happy about your pregnancy, but confident in your ability and committed in your plan to mix work and family.

Be flexible (but not spineless). Have your plan in place, and open it up to discussion. Then be ready to compromise (make sure there is room for negotiation built into your plan), but not to back down completely. Come up with a realistic bottom line and stick with it.

Set it in writing. Once you've worked out the details of your pregnancy protocol and your maternity leave, confirm it in writing so there won't be any confusion or misunderstanding later (as in "I never said that . . .").

Never underestimate the power of parents. If your company is not as family-friendly as you'd like, consider joining forces to petition for better parental perks. Realize, however, that you and other parents may be met with hostility by childless employees; as family policies become more generous, resentment tends to build among those who can't take advantage of these. Making sure that similar allowances are made for employees who must take time off to care for sick spouses or parents may help unite, rather than divide, the company.


"I'm tired all the time. I'm worried that I won't be able to continue working."

It would be surprising if you weren't tired. In some ways, your pregnant body is working harder even when you're resting than a nonpregnant body is when mountain-climbing; you're just not aware of the exertion. But it's there. For one thing, your body is manufacturing your baby's life-support system, the placenta, which won't be completed until the end of the first trimester. For another, it's adjusting to the many other physical and emotional demands of pregnancy. Once your body has adjusted and the placenta is complete (around the fourth month), you should have more energy. Until then, you may need to work fewer hours or take a few days off if you're really dragging. But if your pregnancy continues normally, there is absolutely no reason why you shouldn't stay at your job (assuming your practitioner hasn't restricted your activity and/or the work isn't overly strenuous or hazardous; see pages 76 and 248). Most pregnant women are happier and less anxious if they keep busy.

Since your fatigue is legitimate, don't fight it. Consider it a sensible signal from your body that you need more rest. That, of course, is more easily suggested than done. But it's worth the effort:

Baby yourself. If you're a first-time expectant mother, enjoy what will probably be your last chance for a long while to focus on taking care of yourself without feeling guilty. If you already have one or more children at home, you will have to divide your focus. But either way, this is not a time to strive for Supermom-to-Be status. Getting adequate rest is more important than keeping your house white-glove-test clean or serving four-star dinners.

Keep evenings free of unessential activities. Spend them off your feet when you can, reading, watching TV, or scouring baby-name books. If you have older children, read to them, play quiet games with them, or watch classic children's videos with them rather than traipsing off to the playground. If they're old enough to pitch in, enlist them in household chores you normally do. (Fatigue may be more pronounced when there are older children at home, simply because there are so many more physical demands and so much less time to rest. On the other hand, it may be less noticed, since a mother of young children is usually accustomed to exhaustion and/or too busy to pay attention to it.)

And don't wait until nightfall to take it easy. If you can afford the luxury of an afternoon nap, by all means indulge. If you can't sleep, lie down with a good book. A nap at the office isn't a reasonable goal, of course, unless you have a flexible schedule and access to a comfortable sofa, but putting your feet up at your desk or on the sofa in the ladies' room during breaks and lunch hours may be possible. (If you choose to rest at lunch hour, make sure you have a chance to eat, too.) Napping when you're mothering full-time may also be difficult, but if you can time your rest with the children's naptime (if they still nap), you may be able to get away with it-assuming you can tolerate the unwashed dishes and the dust balls under the bed.

Let others baby you. Make sure your spouse is doing his fair share (or preferably more) of household chores, including laundry and marketing. Older children can help out, too. Accept your mother-in-law's offer to vacuum and dust the house when she's visiting. Let your folks take the older kids to the zoo on Sunday. Enlist a friend to baby-sit so you can have a night out occasionally.

Get an hour or two more sleep each night. Skip the eleven o'clock news and turn in earlier; ask your spouse to fix breakfast so you can turn out later.

Be sure that your diet isn't deficient. First-trimester fatigue is often aggravated by a deficiency in iron, protein, or just plain calories. Double-check to make certain you're filling all of your Pregnancy Diet requirements. And no matter how tired you're feeling, don't be tempted to rev up your body with caffeine and candy bars. The energy won't last for long, and after the temporary lift, your blood sugar will plummet, leaving you more fatigued than ever.

Check your environment. Inadequate lighting, poor air circulation or quality ("sick building" syndrome), or excessive noise in your home or workplace can contribute to fatigue. Be alert to these problems and try to get them corrected.

Take a hike. Or a slow jog. Or a stroll to the grocery store. Or do a pregnancy exercise or yoga routine. Paradoxically, too much rest and not enough activity can heighten fatigue. But don't overdo the exercise. Stop before that exercise high dissolves into a low, and be sure to follow the precautionary guidelines on page 190.

Though fatigue will probably ease up by month 4, you can expect it to return in the last trimester (could it be nature's way of preparing you for the long sleepless nights you will encounter once the baby has arrived?).

When fatigue is severe, especially if it is accompanied by fainting, pallor, breathlessness, and/or palpitations, it's wise to report it to your practitioner (see Anemia, page 187).

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Table of Contents

Part 1: First Things First
Chapter 1: Before You Conceive
•    Preconception Prep for Moms
•    Preconception Prep for Dads
Chapter 2: Are You Pregnant?
•    What You May be Wondering About
•    Choosing and Working with Your Practitioner
Chapter 3: Your Pregnancy Profile
•    Your Gynecological History
•    Your Obstetrical History
•    Your Medical History
•    Prenatal Diagnosis
•    First Trimester
•    First and Second Trimester
•    Second Trimester
Chapter 4: Your Pregnancy Lifestyle
•    What You May be Wondering About
•    Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Chapter 5: Nine Months of Eating Well
•    What You May be Wondering About

Part 2: Nine Month & Counting
Chapter 6: The First Month
•    Your Baby This Month
•    What You May be Feeling
•    What You Can Expect at Your First Prenatal Visit
•    What You May be Wondering About
•    Your Pampered Pregnancy
Chapter 7: The Second Month
•    Your Baby This Month
•    What You May be Feeling
•    What You Can Expect at This Month’s Checkup
•    What You May be Wondering About
•    Weight Gain During Pregnancy
Chapter 8: The Third Month
•    Your Baby This Month
•    What You May be Feeling
•    What You Can Expect at This Month’s Checkup
•    What You May be Wondering About
•    Pregnant on the Job
Chapter 9: The Fourth Month
•    Your Baby This Month
•    What You May be Feeling
•    What You Can Expect at This Month’s Checkup
•    What You May be Wondering About
•    Exercise During Pregnancy
Chapter 10: The Fifth Month
•    Your Baby This Month
•    What You May be Feeling
•    What You Can Expect at This Month’s Checkup
•    What You May be Wondering About
•    Sex and the Pregnant Woman
Chapter 11: The Sixth Month
•    Your Baby This Month
•    What You May be Feeling
•    What You Can Expect at This Month’s Checkup
•    What You May be Wondering About
•    Childbirth Education
Chapter 12: The Seventh Month
•    Your Baby This Month
•    What You May be Feeling
•    What You Can Expect at This Month’s Checkup
•    What You May be Wondering About
•    Easing Labor Pain
Chapter 13: The Eighth Month
•    Your Baby This Month
•    What You May be Feeling
•    What You Can Expect at This Month’s Checkup
•    What You May be Wondering About
•    Breastfeeding
Chapter 14: The Ninth Month
•    Your Baby This Month
•    What You May be Feeling
•    What You Can Expect at This Month’s Checkup
•    What You May be Wondering About
•    Prelabor, False Labor, Real Labor
Chapter 15: Labor & Delivery
•    What You May be Wondering About
•    Childbirth
•    Stage One: Labor
•    Stage Two: Pushing and Delivery
•    Stage Three: Delivery of the Placenta

Part 3: Twins, Triplets & More
Chapter 16: Expecting More than One
•    What You May be Wondering About
•    Multiple Childbirth

Part 4: After the Baby is Born
Chapter 17: Postpartum: The First Week
•    What You May be Feeling
•    Getting Started Breastfeeding
Chapter 18: Postpartum: The First 6 Weeks
•    What You May be Feeling
•    What You Can Expect at Your Postpartum Checkup
•    What You May be Wondering About
•    Getting Back Into Shape
•    Phase 1: Twenty-Four Hours After Delivery
•    Phase 2: Three Days After Delivery
•    Phase 3: After Your Postpartum Checkup

Part 5: For Dads
Chapter 19: Fathers are Expectant, Too
•    What You May be Wondering About

Part 6: Staying Healthy When You’re Expecting
Chapter 20: If You Get Sick
•    What You May be Wondering About
•    Medications During Pregnancy
Chapter 21: If You Have a Chronic Condition
•    What You May be Wondering About
•    Getting the Support You Need

Part 7: The Complicated Pregnancy
Chapter 22: Managing a Complicated Pregnancy
•    Pregnancy Complications
•    Uncommon Pregnancy Complications
•    Childbirth and Postpartum Complications
•    If You’re Put on Bed Rest
Chapter 23: Coping With Pregnancy Loss

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2000

    A Must Have Prenatal Book.

    A friend gave me this book after I found out I was expecting my first child, and out of all the 'prenatal' books I found, this one was by far the best one. I really like the fact that it had very short and to the point questions and answers. I found myself refering to it almost on a daily basis. It even has those 'dumb questions' you are to embarrassed to ask anyone. This is a must have book for any expecting mother.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2006

    This is my 2nd time around, and the 1st thing I must have is a copy of this book

    This is the ALL TIME BEST baby book for expectant mothers. With my first pregnancy, I looked and looked for a book that could guide me and I just kind of stumbled across this one and it was like a 'GOD' send. Now that we are expecting again (after 6yrs), I knew that I must find another copy somewhere. This book is definitely one of the most comprehensive, when it comes to expectant mothers & fathers! I have recommended it to all of my friends!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2006

    A must have for mom's and dad's

    This is the greatest pregnancy book ever, I had about 8 books and this was the most comprehensive book of all of them. It covers just about everything, has great advice, and really helps with those little questions you are too embarassed to ask. I would buy it for anyone who is pregnant, oh, and make dad read it too, it will help him understand why you are the way you are when you are in a family way.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2004

    This book was so helpful in 1999 w/my 1st born....

    This book was given to me in early 1999, and I found it to be so helpful. Between the years I don't know what happened to it, but now that i'm expecting my 2nd born in April 2005, I had to go out and buy this book. It's a newer edition than the one I had before and includes alot more. So bottom line if I just had to go out and find this book again it's obviously worth alot to me. Thanks So Much.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2003

    Very Helpful

    I thought the book offered as much information as it could. I experierenced many symtoms that the book spoke of and was relieved to hear that they were pregnancy related and not anything more serious. Every pregnancy is different so this book, I guess, is not for everyone, but I was glad my doctor gave it to me as a gift. I recommend it to all my friends who are pregnant.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2003

    As helpful as a book can be...

    As a first time mother to be I have lots of questions and concerns. I bought this book the day I found out I was pregnant and have read and reread it three times so far. It is informative and helpful in the best way that a book can be...after all experience is the best teacher...therefore I am using the book as a guide NOT a bible to my pregnancy and asking lots of question of my doctor, friends and family members...Good luck to all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2002

    This book is useless!!

    I am a first time mother with absolutely no idea of what to expect from my pregnancy. After buying this book, I still don't know what to expect. There was no information about the various aches and pains that I was experiencing. It has absolutely no information to answer the questions I have about my pregnancy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2002

    Fun and great!

    This book is fun and well thought out, I loved it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2002

    Almost Perfect

    I found this to be a very informative and helpfull book, but the diet section is too extreme. It makes it sound like you will kill your baby if you eat one thing that they consider 'bad'. This is simply not true and for anyone who is newly pregnant and wondering what to eat, just use your common sense, eat what you know is healthy and don't stress yourself out over everything you eat...that will do more damage than the junk food ever could. Your instincts will kick in if you already know what is healthy. If not see a dietician for a more realistic plan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2002

    A little scary

    As a first time expectant mother I thought this would be a great choice and with some great info. It does contain some interesting and helpful tidbits, but it also scared the heck out of me. Since this is my first experience, I admit to being a little neurotic, so everything I feel is freaking me out. The book offered no reassurance. I was glad to read I'm not the only one who felt this way.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2001

    I don't know what I did without it!

    I didn't buy this with my first pregnancy, just flipped through it at the book store. I am glad I bought it this time around because I can read it in full detail. Great book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2001

    Couldn't live without it!!!

    I absolutely lived by this book throughout my pregnancy, it answers every question possible. I had no worries after reading this book, I still continue to keep it just in case I have another one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2001

    Excellent help for expectant mothers

    This book was an excellent help for me while I was pregnant. I got it right after I found out I was pregnant and it became the most used book in my house. It had the answer to about every question I had. It even answered obscure questions, like 'what is that shooting pain in my wrists that wakes me up at night.' This book will definitely save you from calling your doctor with symptoms that are not dangerous.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2001

    Maybe if you're June Cleaver (but more neurotic)

    The authors do provide a great deal of information on medical issues related to pregnancy but their book could use a reality check. So much of it seems to be written solely for the anything-but-modern woman. Perhaps some women do gain too much weight during pregnancy, but not everyone lives in fear of this -- and not everyone is in danger of putting on too much weight, whether they follow the authors' spartan diet or not. If calorie-counting sometimes leads to anorexia and the authors are advocating calorie-counting.... Also, the section on how to endure painful post-partum sex left me bewildered. Maybe that section was written for women with the kind of sex drive that doesn't listen to pain, but the book never made it clear -- and left me wondering if the target audience was the sort of woman who feels obligated to provide her husband with sex even if doing so results in 'severe pain.'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2001

    Loved It!

    I used this book during two problem pregnancies and found it very informative and supportive.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2001

    Very informative and easy to read!

    I recommend this book to all my expecting friends! Every woman that is pregnant has some type of concern. This book is written with answers to a lot of questions that you wanted to ask but didn't have a chance at a once a month doctors appointment. It is also very easy to read. Buy the book you'll love it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2001

    Makes a great bedtime story

    I absolutely loved this book. My OB/GYN gave this book to me on my first visit and I have given copies to many friends. It had a lot of the answers to questions that came up. This left my doctor's office free to answer other paitents calls. Many many nights this book became my best friend. It was the last thing I saw at night and the first thing I saw in the morning. It even helped me figure out how to control my nausea and vomiting. Once you read it, you won't leave home without it. Trust me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2001

    For Guys Too

    I read my wife's copy of this book when we were expecting and it helped me a lot to understand what she might be feeling and going through. I was often able to answer her questions about pregnancy because I read faster than she did.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2001

    Stop the Madness!

    If you want to be terrified your entire pregnancy, this is the book for you. There is way too much medical babble and not enough basic material for first time mothers. This book does not help you to maintain a positive outlook on your pregnancy and what is happening to your body. 'What To Expect In the First Year' is a great book for after you've had the baby, but please by-pass this book unless you are a medical professional or you want to spend your entire pregnancy depressed and afraid to even move!

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