What to Expect When You're Expecting (What to Expect)
Introducing a completely Revised & Updated Third Edition of America's bestselling pregnancy book, What to Expect When You're Expecting. Two years in the making, it's a cover-to-cover, chapter-by-chapter, line-by-line revision and update.
Incorporating the most recent developments in medicine, and responding to the many queries and letters received from readers, the book
This book got me through my pregnancy. Period.
I wasn't overwhelmed by the amount of information; instead I found it to be the only friendly, comforting book out there. While other books were telling me that if I'd had a glass of wine before I knew I was pregnant, my child would have extra limbs and no face, What to Expect... reminded me how minute the chances actually were. When the my overly clinical other books told me to panic if I hadn ...more
This book was not that friend.
Instead, everytime I read this book, I found myself getting more and more agitated. It exposed me to almost TOO much information, verging on the point of overload. You know how medical students become c ...more
It infantilizes pregnant women and tells them to just go along with whatever the doctor says they should do. I also remember it being very hetero-normative.
A much better book is The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth by Sheila Kitzinger.
The only thing What to Expect When You're Expecting is good for is starting a fire to keep the expectant mother warm.
I had zero ambivalence about being pregnant, but I imagine that for other thinking women less sure they want a baby, this book could do a lot to make the ...more
The books in this series may be helpful if you know absolutely nothing about how pregnancy and birth are managed in mainstream America, or if you hate asking questions from your doctor. But in my opinion, there are many, many books out there that educate and prepare women to understand, deal with and manage their pregnancies and births as partners with their health care providers, not ...more
What to Expect answers questions such as what to watch out for when you are pregnant, tips for buying a layette set and how to help you and your husband bond with the newborn. In a ...more
Starting with this one, ...more
Trust me, if you want to be a nervous wreck, run out and buy this book. Otherwise, relax. Babies are hearty little suckers. Just because you take Tylenol for h ...more
Overall, I found "Expecting" to be:
- user friendly
- easy to read
- clearly laid out
- fairly moderate & inclusive in its opinions & advice
Was this book my only resource during pregnancy? Absolutely not! Was it my favorite resource? Nope! Was ...more
It does have diet guidelines that are healthy goals. I personally didn't follow them but they might be useful for someone who thinks that it is ok to gorge on whatever you want just because of being pregnant.
I was gifted a copy of this book when I was about a month and a half pregnant. I started reading it immediately and read it through to my ninth month, from start to finish, following along with each week. I always looked forward to hitting a new week and reading up about it in the book throughout my pregnancy. I really enjoyed it and felt that it covered pretty much everything you could ever want to know about pregnancy. Not only did I read it from cover to cover (which probably isn't recom ...more
If you want these things, just ask your doctor. Don't read this book. It's full of benchmarks for "normal" pregnancies, and I met only about half of them. After spending the first 3 or 4 months worried about every discrepancy between my situation and the book, and then asking my doctor ...more
This is an extensive reference guidebook covering the stages of pre-conception, pregnancy, childbirth, and post-postpartum--not something I'd recom ...more