What to Expect When You're Expecting / Edition 4

What to Expect When You're Expecting / Edition 4

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by Heidi Murkoff
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0761148574

ISBN-13: 2900761148578

Pub. Date: 04/10/2008

Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.

Now with over 9.9 million copies in print, What To Expect When You're Expecting is America's pregnancy bible. Featuring an easy-to-follow month-by-month format, this indispensable book reassuringly leads readers through a wealth of information. Here is what parents-to-be need to know about choosing a caregiver, prenatal diagnosis, exercise, childbirth

Overview

Now with over 9.9 million copies in print, What To Expect When You're Expecting is America's pregnancy bible. Featuring an easy-to-follow month-by-month format, this indispensable book reassuringly leads readers through a wealth of information. Here is what parents-to-be need to know about choosing a caregiver, prenatal diagnosis, exercise, childbirth options, second pregnancies, twins, making love during pregnancy, having a cesarean, and coping with common and not-so-common pregnancy symptoms. Also included are step-by-step guides through labor and delivery, postpartum care, and breastfeeding, a full section just for fathers-to-be, and a 24-page of Pregnancy Notes" insert for keeping detailed records of prenatal test results, weight gain, doctor As visits, observations, and more. Updated with each printing, What To Expect When You're Expecting incorporates the most recent developments in medical science and responds to the many letters and queries received from readers. Selection of the Book-of-the-Month Club, the Better Homes & Gardens Family Book Service, and ABA Basic Booklist. Winner of the Parent's Choice Foundation's 1991 Parenting Shelf Award.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900761148578
Publisher:
Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date:
04/10/2008
Series:
What to Expect Series
Edition description:
New
Pages:
640

Table of Contents

Forword to the Second Edition: Another Word From the Doctor ..... XV11
Forword: A word from the Doctor ..... XV111
Introduction to the Second Edition: Why This Book Was Reborn ..... XX
What's in a Month?
Introduction: How This Book Was Born ..... XXII

Part 1: In The Beginning

Chapter 1: Are You Pregnant? ..... 2

What You May Be Concerned About ..... 2
Signs of Pregnancy
Pregnancy Tests
Possible Signs of Pregnancy
Probable Signs of Pregnancy
Positive Signs of Pregnancy
Testing Smart
Due Date
What It's Important to Know: Choosing (and Working with) Your Practitioner ..... 8
A Look Back
What Kind of Patient Are You?
Obstetrician? Family Practitioner? Nurse-Midwife?
Type of Practice
Finding a Candidate
Birthing Alternatives
Making Your Selection
Making the Most of the Patient-Practitioner Partnership
Protecting Yourself Against Malpractice
So You Won't Forget

Chapter 2 : Now That You Are Pregnant ..... 18

What You May Be Concerned About ..... 18
Your Gynecological History
Previous Abortions
Fibroids Incompetent Cervix
Your Obstetrical History Repeating Itself
Repeat Cesareans
Your Family History
Pregnancies too Close Together
Tempting Fate the Second Time Around
Having a Big Family
Being a Single
Mother Having a Baby After 35
Age and Testing for Down Syndrome
The Father's Age
In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
Living at a High Altitude
Religious Objections to Medical Care
RH Incompatibility
Obesity
Herpes
Signs and Symptoms of Genital Herpes
Other STDs (Sexually Transmitted Diseases)
Fear of Aids
Hepatitis B
An IUD Still in Place
Birth Control Pills in Pregnancy
Spermicides
Provera
DES
Genetic Problems
Your Opposition to Abortion
What It's Important to Know: About Prenatal Diagnosis ..... 42 Amniocentesis
Amnio Complication
Ultrasound
Fetoscopy
Maternal-Serum Alpha-Fetoprotein Screening
Chorionic Villus Sampling (CVS)
Reducing the Risk in Any Pregnancy
Other Types of Prenatal Diagnosis

Chapter 3: Throughout Your Pregnancy ..... 52

What You May Be Concerned About ..... 52
Alcohol
Cigarette Smoking
Breaking the Smoking Habit
When Other People Smoke
Marijuana Use
Cocaine and Other Drug Use
Perils in Perspective
Caffeine Sugar Substitutes
Your Pregnancy Lifestyle
The Family Cat
Hot Tubs and Saunas
Microwave Exposure
Electric Blankets and Heating Pads
X-Rays
Household Hazards
Let Your House Breathe
The Green Solution
Air Pollution
Occupational Hazards
Getting all the Facts
Quiet Please
What It's Important to Know: Playing Baby Roulette ..... 76
Weighing Risk vs. Benefit

Chapter 4: The Best-Odds Diet ..... 80

Nine Basic Principles for Nine Months of Healthy Eating
The Best-Odds Daily Dozen
What's in a Pill?
The Best Odds Diet Food Selection Groups ..... 89
Protein Foods
High-Protein Snacks
Vitamin C Foods
Calcium-Rich Foods
Calcium-Rich Snacks
Green Leafy and Yellow Vegetables and Yellow Fruits
Other Fruits and Vegetables
Whole Grains and Legumes
Iron-Rich Foods
High-Fat Foods BEST ODDS RECIPES ..... 93
Cream of Tomato Soup
Best-Odds Fries
Power-Packed Oatmeal
Bran Muffins
Whole-Wheat
Buttermilk Pancakes
Double-the-Milk Shake
Fig Bars
Fruity Oatmeal Cookies
Vegetarian
Complete Protein Combinations
Dairy Complete Protein Combinations
Fruited Yogurt
Mock Strawberry Daiquiri
Virgin Sangria

Part 2: Months and Counting: From Conception to Delivery

Chapter 5: The First Month ..... l00
What You Can Expect at Your First Prenatal Visit ..... 100
Wbat You May Look Like
What You May Be Feeling ..... 102
What You May Be Concerned About ..... 102
Fatigue
Depression
Morning Sickness
Excessive Saliva
Frequent Urination
Breast Changes
Vitamin Supplements
Ectopic Pregnancy'
The Condition of Your Baby
Miscarriage
Possible Signs of Miscarriage
Stress in Your Life
Relaxation Made Easy
Overwhelming Fear About Baby's Health
Picking Up Other Children
What It's Important to Know Getting Regular Medical Care ..... 116
A Schedule of Prenatal Visits
Wben to Call the Practitioner
Taking Care of the Rest of You

Chapter 6: The Second Month ..... 119
What You Can Expect at This Month's Check-up ..... 119
What You May Be Feeling ..... 119
What You May Be Concerned About ..... 120
Venous Changes
What You May Look Like
Complexion Problems
Waistline Expansion
Losing Your Figure Heartburn and Indigestion
Food Aversions and Cravings
Milk Aversion or Intolerance
Cholesterol
A Meatless Diet
A Vegetarian Diet
Junk-Food Junkie
Eating Fast Food
Best-Odds Cheating
Chemicals in Food
Reading Labels
Eating Safe
What It's Important to Know: Playing It Safe ..... 133

Chapter 7 : The Third Month ..... 134
What You Can Expect At This Month's Checkup ..... 134
What You May Be Feeling ..... 134
What You May Look Like
What You May Be Concerned About ..... 135
Constipation
Flatulence (Gas)
Weight Gain
Headaches
Trouble Sleeping
Stretch Marks
Baby's Heartbeat
Sexual Desire
Oral Sex
Cramp After Orgasm
Twins and More
A Corpus Luteum Cyst
What It's Important to Know: Weight Gain During Pregnancy .... 47
Breakdown of Your Weight Gain

Chapter 8: The Fourth Month ..... 150
What You Can Expect At This Month's Checkup ..... 150
What You May Be Feeling ..... 150
What You May Look Like
What You May Be Concerned About ..... 152
Elevated Blood Pressure
Sugar in the Urine
Anemia
Breathlessness
Forgetfulness
Hair Dyes and Permanents
Nosebleeds and Nasal Stuffiness
Allergies
Vaginal Discharge
Fetal Movement
Appearance
Maternity Clothes
Reality of Pregnancy
Unwanted Advice
What It's Important to Know MAKING LOVE DURING PREGNANCY ..... 164
Understanding Sexuality During Pregnancy
When Sexual Relations May Be Limited
Enjoying It More, Even if You're Doing It Less

Chapter 9: The Fifth Month ..... 170
What You Can Expect At This Month's Checkup ..... 1 70
What You May Be Feeling ..... 1 70
What You May Look Like
What You May Be Concerned About ..... 1 7 1
Fatigue
Faintness and Dizziness
Hepatitis Testing
Sleeping Position
Backache
Carrying Older Children
Foot Problems
Fast-Growing Hair and Nails
Late Miscarriage
Abdominal Pain
Changes in Skin Pigmentation
Other Strange Skin Symptoms
Dental Problems
Travel
Eating Out
Eating Out, Best-Odds Style
Wearing a Seat Belt
Sports
Vision
A Low-Lying Placenta
Outside Influences in the Womb
Carrying Baby, Fifth Month
Motherhood
What It's Important to Know: Exercise During Pregnancy ..... 189
The Benefits of Exercise
Developing a Good Exercise Program
Don't Just Sit There...
Playing It Safe
Choosing the Right Pregnancy Exercise
If You Don't Exercise

Chapter 10: The Sixth Month ..... 199
What You Can Expect At This Month's Checkup ..... 199
What You May Be Feeling ..... 199
What You May Look Like
What You May Be Concerned About ...... 200
Pain and Numbness in the Hand
Pins and Needles
Baby Kicking
Leg Cramps
Rectal Bleeding and Hemorrhoids
Itchy Abdomen
Toxemia, or Preeclampsia
Staying on the job
Clumsiness
The Pain of Childbirth
Labor and Delivery
What It's Important to Know: Childbirth Education . . . . . . .209
Benefits of Taking a Childbirth Class
Choosing a Childbirth Class
For Information on Childbirth Classes
The Most Common Schools of Thought

Chapter 11: The Seventh Month ..... 214
What You Can Expect At This Month's Checkup ..... 214
What You May Be Feeling ..... 214
What You May Look Like
What You May Be Concerned About ..... 215
Increasing Fatigue
Concern About the Baby's Well-Being
Edema (Swelling) of the Ankles and Feet
Overheating
Orgasm and the Baby
Premature Labor
Don't Hold It In
Approaching Responsibility
Accidents
Lower Back and Leg Pain (Sciatica)
Skin Eruptions
Fetal Hiccups
Dreams and Fantasies
A Low-Birthweight Baby
A Birthing Plan
What It's Important to Know: All About Childbirth Medication ..... 226
What Kinds of Pain Relief Are Most Commonly Used?
Making the Decision

Chapter 12: The Eighth Month ..... 233
What You Can Expect At This Month's CheckupS ..... 233
What You May Be Feeling ..... 233
What You May Look Like
What You May Be Concerned About ..... 234
Shortness of Breath
Not So Funny Rib Tickling
Stress Incontinence
Your Weight Gain and the Baby's Size
How You're Carrying
Presentation and Position of the Baby
Hospitals and Cesarean Rates
Making the Cesarean Birth a Family Affair
Travel Safety
Driving
Braxton Hicks
Contractions
Bathing
Relationship With Your Spouse
Making Love Now
What It's Important to Know: Facts About Breastfeeding ..... 251
Why Breast Is Best
Why Some Prefer the Bottle
Making the Choice
When You Can't or Shouldn't Breastfeed
Making Bottle-Feeding Work

Chapter 13: The Ninth Month ..... 256
What You Can Expect At This Month's CheckupS ..... 256
What You May Be Feeling ..... 257
What You May Look Like
What You May Be Concerned About ..... 258
Changes in Fetal Movements
Fear of Another
Long Labor
Bleeding or Spotting
Lightning and Engagement
When You Will Deliver
Do-It- Yourself Labor Induction?
Labor and Delivery Rooms
The Overdue Baby
How Is Baby Doing?
What to Take to the Hospital
Membrane Rupturing in Public
Breastfeeding
Mothering
What It's Important to Know: Pre Labor, False Labor, Real Labor ..... 268
Prelabor Symptoms
False Labor Symptoms
Real Labor Symptoms
When to Call the Doctor
Best Medicine for Labor?

Chapter 14: Labor and Delivery ..... 2 7 1
What You May Be Concerned About ..... 2 7 1
Bloody Show
Rupture of Membranes
Darkened Amniotic Fluid (Meconium Staining)
Induction of Labor
Having a Short Labor
Calling Your Practitioner
During
Labor
Back Labor
Irregular Contractions
Not Getting to the Hospital in Time
Emergency Delivery En Route to the Hospital
Enemas
Shaving the Pubic Area
Emergency Delivery If You're Alone
Routine
IVs
Fetal Monitoring
Emergency Home (or Office) Delivery
The Sight of Blood
Episiotomy
Being Stretched by Childbirth
Being Strapped to the Delivery Table
The Use of Forceps
Apgar Table
The Baby's Condition
What It's Important to Know: The Stages of Childbirth ..... 288
Labor Positions
The First Stage Of Childbirth: Labor ..... 290
The First Phase: Early or Latent Labor
If You Aren't Making Progress
The Second Phase: Active Labor
On to the Hospital
The Third Phase: Advanced Active or Transitional Labor
Pain Risk Factors
The Second Stage Of Childbirth: Pushing and Delivery ...... 299
A Baby Is Born 1 A First Look at Baby
The Third Stage Of Childbirth: Delivery of The Placenta, Or Afterbirth ...... .305
Breech Delivery ..... 306
Cesarean Section: Surgical Delivery ..... 307

Part 3: Of Special Concern

Chapter 15: If You Get Sick ..... 310
What You May Be Concerned About ..... 310
Coming Down With a Cold or Flu
Gastrointestinal Ills
German Measles (Rubella)
Toxoplasmosis
Cytomega- lovirus (CMV)
Fifth Disease
Group B Strep
Lyme Disease
Measles
Urinary Tract Infection
Hepatitis 1XIV
Mumps
Chicken Pox (Varicella)
Fever
Taking Aspirin and Nonaspirin
Taking Medications
Herbal Cures
What It's Important to Know: Staying Well ..... 323

Chapter 16: Coping With a Chronic Condition ..... 325
What You May Be Concerned About ..... 325
Diabetes
Safe Exercise
Heart Rate for Diabetic Pregnan-cies
Asthma
Chronic Hypertension
Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
An Eating Disorder
Physical Disability
Epilepsy
Phenylketonuria (PKU)
Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
Sickle-Cell Anemia
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)
What It's Important to Know: Living With The High-Risk Or Problem Pregnancy ..... 339
Moms Helping Moms

Chapter 17 : When Something Goes Wrong ..... 342
Conditions that May Cause Concern During Pregnancy ..... 343
Hyperemesis Gravidarum
Ectopic Pregnancy
Bleeding in Early Pregnancy
Bleeding,In Mid- or Late Pregnancy
If You've Had a Miscarri4ge
Early Miscarriage, or Spontaneous Abortion
Late Miscarriage
Trophoblastic Disease (Hydatidiform Mole
When a Serious Fetal Defect Is Detected
Partial Molar Pregnancy
Choriocarcinoma
Gestational
Diabetes
Chorioamnionitis
Preeclampsia (Pregnancy-Induced Hypertension)
Eclampsia
Lowering the Risks for the Baby at Risk
Intrauterine Growth Retar-dation (IUGR)
Repeat Low-Birthweight Babies
Placenta Previa
Placenta Accreta
Abruptio Placenta
Premature Rupture of the Membranes (PROM)
Cord Prolapse
Ve-nous Thrombosis
Preterm or Premature Labor
Conditions that May Cause Concern During Childbirth ..... 362
Uterine Inversion
Uterine Rupture
Shoulder Dystocia
First Aid for the Fetus
Fetal Distress V
aginal and Cervical Lacerations
Postpartum-Hemorrhage 1
Postpartum Infection

Chapter 17: When Something Goes Wrong ..... 342
Conditions That May Cause Concern During Pregnancy ..... 343
Hyperemesis Gravidarum
Ectopic Pregnancy
Bleeding in Early Pregnancy
Bleeding in Mid-or Late Pregnancy
If You've Had a Miscarriage
Early Miscarriage, or Spontaneous Abortion
Late Miscarriage
Trophoblastic Disease (Hydatidiform Mole)
When a Serious Fetal Defect is Detected
Partial Molar Pregnancy
Choriocarcinoma
Gestational Diabetes
Chorioamnionitis
Preeclampsia (Pregnancy Induced Hypertension)
Eclampsia
Lowering the Risks for the Baby at Risk
Intrauterine Growth Retardation (IUGR)
Repeat Low-Birthweight Babies
Placenta Previa
Placenta Accreta
Abruptio Placenta
Premature Rupture of the Membranes (PROM)
Cord Prolapse
Venous Thrombosis
Preterm or Premature Labor
Conditions That May Cause Concern During Childbirth ..... 362
Uterine Inversion
Uterine Rupture
Shoulder Dystocia
Fist Aid for the Fetus
Fetal Distress
Vaginal and Cervical Lacerations
Postpartum Hemorrhage
Postpartum Infection
Coping With Pregnancy Loss .....366
When Multiple Fetuses Aren't Thriving?
Loss of One Twin
Why?

Part4: Last But Not Least: Postpartum, Fathers, and the Next Baby

Chapter 18: Postpartum: The First Week ..... 374
What You May Be Feeling ..... 374
What You May Be Concerned About ..... 375
Bleeding
Your Postpartum Condition
Afterpains
Pain in the Perineal Area
Difficulty with Urination
Having a Bowel Movement
Excessive Perspiration
Adequacy of Your Milk Supply
Engorged Breasts
When to Call Your Practioner
Engorgement If You're Not Breastfeeding
Bonding
Rooming-In
Going Home
Recovery from a Cesarean Section
What It's Important To Know: Getting Started: BreastFeeding ..... 388
Breastfeeding Basics
Baby and Breast
A Perfect Feeding Team
When the Milk Comes In
Best-Odds Nursing Diet
Sore Nipples
Occasional Complications
Medication and Breastfeeding
Breastfeeding After a Cesarean
Breastfeeding Twins

Chapter 19: Postpartum: The First Six Weeks ..... 396
What You May Be Feeling ..... 396
What You Can Expect At Your Postpardom Chechup ..... 397
What You May Be Concerned About ..... 397 Fever
Depression
Returning to Prepregnancy Weight and Shape
Breast Milk
Long-Term Cesarean Recovery
Resuming Sexual Relations
Lack of Interest in Making Love
Easing Back into Sex
Becoming Pregnant Again
Hair Loss
Taking Tub Baths
Exhaustion
What It's Impotant To Know: Getting Back Into Shape ..... 408
Ground Rules
Phase One: 24 Hours After Delivery
Phase Two: Three Days After Delivery
Phase Three: After Your Postpartum Checkup

Chapter 20: Fathers Are Expectant, Too ..... 412
What You May Be Concerned About ..... 412
Feeling Left Out
Fear of Sex
Moodiness
Impatience With Your Wife's Mood Swings
Sympathy Symptoms
Anxiety Over Your Wife's Health
Anxiety Over the Baby's Health
Anxiety Over Life Changes
Your Wife's Looks
Falling Apart During Labor
Bonding
Exclusion During Breastfeeding
Feeling Unsexy After Delivery

Chapter 21: Preparing for the Next Baby ..... 424

Appendix ..... 429
Common Tests During Pregnancy
Non-Drug Treatments During Pregnancy
Keeping Moist
Best-Odds Calorie and Fat Requirements
Sources and Resources

Pregnancy Notes ..... 439
Index ..... 462
Afterword ..... 479

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What to Expect When You're Expecting 3.7 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 384 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading this book, I have no idea why it comes so highly recommended by so many people. Huge portions of the book dwell on possible complications and frightening scenarios without stressing that, though possible, most of these scenarios happen in a small majority of cases. I found the book to be remarkably condescending particularly with its repeated warnings to lay off alcohol and drugs; I'm not disputing the importance of avoiding each, I'm saying that it's really not necessary to repeat the warnings so often at the expense of not offering other suggestions on health and well being. In addition, the book gave the impression that for the duration of pregnancy you more or less cease to be an individual and instead are charged with the lone task of incubating your baby. Most women I know, myself included, took the job seriously but didn't feel that they needed to sacrifice most aspects of themselves in the process. I also thought many of the book's suggestions were highly unrealistic. For example, one segment suggested that if you're a caffeine junkie or looking for a subsitute for something like a drink after work to try and subsitute something healthy for you and the baby. Their suggestion? Scrubbing some vegetables. Yeah. Because scrubbing vegetables comes even close to something you do to pamper yourself. All told, I just didn't feel that the book was that positive or did much to address positive solutions to questions.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Seriously, MUCH better books out there. This was a scary ride! I threw it out when I was about halfway through it. Pregnancy is not a condition or illness which is what this books make you feel like it is. Not impressed. And what is up with it making it sound like your giving birth in 1900? Need to get up to speed with womens rights and all information.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a first time pregnant mother, this book has made me afraid of being pregnant! Every terrible thing that could possibly happen to your unborn child is clearly laid out in this book. I finally had to quit reading it and just put it away. I agree it is important to be informed, but books like this just scare any new mother and take the fun out of being pregnant!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The mother-hating message that oozes through this text nullifies whatever decent information you could get from it. Yes, the book breaks down 'what to expect' month by month. But a lot of good pregnancy books do the same. The other portion of the text is medical advice, most of which is in the vein on what you, The Evil Mother, can do to avoid all the selfish habits you have and stupid things you might do. Fantastic advice on pregnancy, such as going on a Nazi diet plan (you know, when you're vomiting your brains out and your gut is slowly quiting on you) with enforced meal times ('never, never skip a meal' - you might kill your fetus. Huh? About 50% of women spend 3-4 months or longer chucking up at least one meal a day.) and a required ton of vegetables, preferably raw (yeah, that will go down well). In the chapters on labor, the patronizing tone becomes something out of a 1950's manual: try timidly asking your doctor if you can avoid being shaved or having an enema during labor, with the understanding that he has the final say (really? I thought it was a woman's choice what treatment she had). The same holds true with having an IV, an episiotomy, a drink of water (contrary to what most people are told, the chances of aspirating and then dying under general anesthesia is about the same as winning Powerball), even touching your baby's head during crowning ('If your practioner approves'). How about this gem - advice to the labor coach that if the expectant mother requests pain medication, relay the information to the nurse, but ask her to wait a while to see if Mom changes her mind. By the time a woman requests pain meds, she's likely to have been in agony for some time. That appears not to be a factor. When the physician approves of pain medication (pain medication being necessarily good, because hospitals back the use of them), the Evil Mother must allow herself the pain relief while remembering 'the innocent bystander', the baby she is imposing her selfish need for pain relief on. Seriously, the biggest qualms I have with this book is that it is misleading about a woman's rights to treatment and bodily integrity during pregnancy. For instance, the book advises '...you can't always make the decision over whether or not you should have an IV.' Um, yes you can. You simply say, 'I refuse to have an IV and accept responsibility for that decision.' Eisenberg, Murkoff and Hathaway are apparently so desperate to get official approval from physicians and hospitals that they are making up their own laws! Other books have the same information, but without the condescending, mother-hating (even woman-hating) attitudes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Be careful before you buy this book. It will scare the pants off of you if you are a first time pregnant mom. You will feel as if you are doing nothing right and everything you do is hurting the baby. There are many other books out there that are more informative and helpful. Even my doctor told me not to read this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is terrible. As if in pregnancy, you're not emotional enough. The second I opened the book and began reading, the whole book is about everything that can POSSIBLY go wrong in pregnancy. Forgive me, but I like to think optimistically, and this book has no optimism whatsoever. If you like the idea of reading about your child possibly dying in utero in millions of different ways, then by all means, but I would never suggest this as a pregnancy read. NOT AT ALL! Just a forwarning.
Guest More than 1 year ago
They should rename this book 'What Could Possibly Go Wrong When You're Expecting.' This book is written in an alarmist fashion ... the last thing you need when you're pregnant. They tell you what awful things could be signaled by certain symptoms; often your chances of getting said awful thing is low, but they don't tell you any percentages. They'd rather freak you out...even if chances are, your symptoms are normal. I don't know why this book is so popular. Every page is a downer...Just look at the woman on the cover illustration. Does she look happy? No. Probably because the book in her hand is this one, she just read it, and it's freaked her out! I picked up a week-by-week book at K-Mart (see below,) and it is wonderful. I threw this book away...I didn't even want to give it to someone else. Reading this book, you wouldn't imagine, but some women actually find pregnancy the best experience of their lifetime. Get the advice of your doctor when something goes wrong or if you're worried. Don't buy this book. Enjoy your pregnancy.
Heather Britton More than 1 year ago
overall, I found that this book was fearmongering.....it made pregnancy and childbirth sound like something horrid.....there are 100s of better childbirth/pregnancy books to choose from!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Being a first time mother-to-be, I read this book almost cover to cover. After reading this book, I was completely paranoid and frightened of everything I did and ate. Pregnancy became a frightenning experience instead of a joyous one. I called my obgyn every single time I found out information that didn't coincide with hers. Each and every time I read about a symptom, I began to feel it and called my doctor right away. I ended up telling my husband to hide the book somewhere I would not be able to find it, so that I would enjoy the rest of my pregnancy. Although this book may be informative on some topics, I would not recommend it for first time moms.
FirstTimeMommy More than 1 year ago
I ordered two different books on pregnancy after finding out I am expecting my first baby. I have never been pregnant before and this book gives me all the information I need. My husband and I have been reading it every week for more than 5 months now. I never even refer to the other book I ordered any more. It answers all my questions and is a great resource, especially for first time moms!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a frightening look at what is one of the most normal and intimate of human experiences. The tone is often condescending and the information basic, at best. It approaches pregnancy and childbirth as 'medical conditions', as if women are incapable of making sense of a pregnancy on their own. I have 3 children- with birth experiences in a hospital setting and at home and CANNOT RECOMMEND this book to anyone, in particular those who view pregnancy as a normal condition.
ALowell More than 1 year ago
It is loaded with bad information which is sure to make an expectant mother more nervous than she already is, much more than she ever should be. There are much better books available that have better information, presented in a much less threatening and intimidating way. Try the book by Simkin and Klauss, Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn. It's so much better and you won't regret it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has an overly medical approach to pregnancy. It will leave you paranoid and will hinder you in decision making. This tells you everything that can go wrong and treats invasive interventions as routine. I would not waste my time and money on it, if I were you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was a pregnant rookie and this book filled my head with dread. It should be retitled "You Can's Do Anything When You're Pregnant", meaning if you do anything but excersize and eat right then you are doomed to harm your unborn fetus in unimaginable ways. Instead, listen to your own better judgement. You're baby will be fine (even if you do eat fast food and yes, dare I say it, smoke cigarettes).
Guest More than 1 year ago
While this book has a lot of info in it, it also has a lot of TMI. Chances are you will never need to know most of the stuff in this book and it will just scare the bejeezes out of you with the long lists of all things that could possibly go wrong not to mention the part at the end with the so called 'ideal' diet. It never had any information on some of the stuff I wanted to know more about, and just made me more paranoid.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was disappointing to read. It did not provide adequate information as to what is going on for fetus growth and development during each week. It discusses in detail that drugs, alcohol, and smoking are dangerous, and this is covered over and over in the book (not necessary).
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book offers the most very basic information only. The childbirth section provides more instruction on how to be a patient of the OB, hospital, nurse, etc. than on how to cope with labor and everything it entails. Wow -- talk about teaching a woman how to be a lemming!!!! Do yourself a favor and buy a more comprehensive book that explores OPTIONS instead of telling you how to be the perfect lemming. Of the 20+ books I have read on pregnancy, this was the very worst one, and yet you hear about it all the time! A first-time mom especially deserves to read a more comprehensive book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book does a good job of answering those weird questions all pregnant moms have, but leans towards the paranoid. If you want a painful, medicalized pregnancy & birth, this is the book for you!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Contrary to what I heard, this book was quite disappointing. Upon becoming pregnant, I instantly ran out and bought it, thinking it was the 'bible' of pregnancy. That was not the case at all. The information was antiquated and biased, not being supportive of individual choices a woman might make. It did provide some facts, but also some silly suggestions and put a lot of worry into me. The fact is, pregnancy is a normal healthy thing, it's not a medical condition.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Essential when pregnant. It helped me with the birth of my first son Alexander and I felt comforted having it by my side when I became pregnant this March. 
lent More than 1 year ago
This book is very good. It is well written with many answers to the questions I have had. Many times its put my mind at ease because what I was experiencing is considered normal. It gives good advice on what to eat, how to exercise, and what not to do. Unlike many, I don't feel that it was offensive or alarming. If the subject had nothing to do with me or what I was going through, I skipped it. And most of the issues this book deals with are everyday issues, such as fatigue. I am a first time mother, and I really liked this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting from many points of view, not as much as I expected tough. It gives a general view of the problems you may have during pregnancy, but nothing that I didn't already know. Especially regarding the natural and holistic remedies, there's just about nothing. I don't think it's a "must have".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I almost wish I had of bought the actual book because on my nook (which is e-ink with the little color touch screen) its sometimes hard to follow. I have figured out it's because in the actuall book there are sometimes insets on a page (like a text box thats seperated from the rest of the text. BUT on my nook youre reading about something and then all of a sudden you are reading about a slightly different topic with only a line as a warning. Then it of course goes back to the original topic when you are done with the inset part. I would also be very interested in seeing the pictures and such that I'm sure are in the actuall book. Overall though I'm glad I have the book in any form!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a great resource for any expectant mother. However, I don't recommend the book in this format the book is used as a reference and you may read one section and it say see pg... when you go to that page its different on the Nook. Not so helpful.
epholdstein More than 1 year ago
This is a great book. Obviously. And you will hear that from every pregnant person you know, and every person who has ever been. It's informative and comforting. But keep in mind that it's not the ONLY accurate, informative book ever written on pregnancies. I almost prefer "Your Pregnancy, week by week". It answer all the same questions and gives you more week by week guidance, including an actual size estimator for each week of your baby's development (until closer to birth of course) which I really enjoy. Plus it's written by a mother who is also a doctor. I like that aspect too. But in What To Expect its easier to skip around to parts applicable to only you thanks to the Q&A format. I'd buy it again.