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Announcing a brand new, cover-to-cover revision of America's pregnancy bible. What to Expect When You're Expecting is a perennial New York Times bestseller and one of USA Today's 25 most influential books of the past 25 years. It's read by more than 90% of pregnant women who read a pregnancy book--the most iconic, must-have book for parents-to-be, with over 14.5 million copies in print.

Now comes the Fourth Edition, a new book for a new generation of expectant moms--featuring a new look, a fresh perspective, and a friendlier-than-ever voice. It's filled with the most up-to-date information reflecting not only what's new in pregnancy, but what's relevant to pregnant women. Heidi Murkoff has rewritten every section of the book, answering dozens of new questions and including loads of new asked-for material, such as a detailed week-by-week fetal development section in each of the monthly chapters, an expanded chapter on pre-conception, and a brand new one on carrying multiples. More comprehensive, reassuring, and empathetic than ever, the Fourth Edition incorporates the most recent developments in obstetrics and addresses the most current lifestyle trends (from tattooing and belly piercing to Botox and aromatherapy). There's more than ever on pregnancy matters practical (including an expanded section on workplace concerns), physical (with more symptoms, more solutions), emotional (more advice on riding the mood roller coaster), nutritional (from low-carb to vegan, from junk food-dependent to caffeine-addicted), and sexual (what's hot and what's not in pregnant lovemaking), as well as much more support for that very important partner in parenting, the dad-to-be.

Overflowing with tips, helpful hints, and humor (a pregnant woman's best friend), this new edition is more accessible and easier to use than ever before. It's everything parents-to-be have come to expect from What to Expect... only better.


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  • Publication Date: 4/10/2008
  • Pages: 616
  • Reading Level: Age 0 and Up

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2.7

(based on 10 reviews)

40%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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        • First time parent (5), Parent of two or more children (5)

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      3.0

      Alternative to What to Expect

      By Janelle

      from Seattle, WA

      About Me Child Care Professional, Parent of Two or More Children

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          Comments about What to Expect When You're Expecting:

          As an alternative to What to Expect, I would recommend Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn by Simkin et al. (Disclaimer: I am one of the co-authors of this book, so I am definitely biased here!) We have attempted to write a book which is comprehensive, unbiased, user-friendly, and reassuring. I personally do not find What to Expect covers all topics adequately. For example, their section on cesarean birth is approximately 2 pages long - in the U.S. 33% of women give birth by cesarean - there needs to be more content on it for a book to adequately address the needs of pregnant women.

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          4.0

          Not as terrible as some say...

          By MamaMandy

          from Tucson, AZ

          About Me First Time Parent

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          • Applicable
          • Informative
          • Realistic

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            Comments about What to Expect When You're Expecting:

            After reading the reviews of this book I was saddened to see so many negatives. This book is not as bad as some make it out to be. I wouldnt rely on it 100%, as one should always do continuous research. I read this during my pregnancy and was never frightened and scared by it, but then again I am more of a realist than most people. Bad things happen, whether you read this book or not and I would rather know going in what I am up against than be blindsided. A first time pregnancy is scary no matter what, and you cant blame a book for presenting the facts. I would recommend this book to my friends (and I do) but I would also tell them to use as it as one of many resources.

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            1.0

            awful

            By Julian's Mama

            from Dickinson, ND

            About Me First Time Parent

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                Comments about What to Expect When You're Expecting:

                Read Dr. Sears' baby books instead. He's an actual licensed doctor who sees ACTUAL infants and toddlers in his practice on a daily basis, and himself has like 6 kids. This book is a joke, it makes you worry too much, not to mention the advice and some of the attitudes towards certain things are...well...unrealistic and also potentially harmful.

                NEITHER of this books authors have any medical training whatsoever, much of this is opinion based. I wouldn't say it is not a somewhat factual book; all of the information about dieases, complications, etc are correct, but its hard to tell opinion and "educated guesses" from fact in this book so avoid it altogether!

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Great Book

                By GreenMom10

                from Belfast, NY

                About Me Parent of Two or More Children

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                  Comments about What to Expect When You're Expecting:

                  I recieved this book from my doctor's office when I found out I was pregnant with my first child. I used it quite a bit with my first pregnancy. I found it very helpful and informative. It helped me learn about what my body was going through and how the baby was developing as well as prepare me mentally for labor.
                  I did find that some parts where a bit extreme, but I asked my doctor about it (ex: the food/diet info.) and she gave me more simplified advice.

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  Bad presentation, some bad information

                  By Angie L.

                  from Moreno Valley, CA

                  About Me Parent of Two or More Children

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                  • Organization
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                  Cons

                  • Scary
                  • Unnatural

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                  • Kindling

                  Comments about What to Expect When You're Expecting:

                  This book sets up the reader (usually a first time mom) to be terrified of the things she faces in pregnancy and childbirth. There are much better books out there, this one just happens to have a great title.

                  Try a book by Penny Simkin or Ina May Gaskin or Dr. Sears.

                  If you're a mom wanting a calm or a natural pregnancy and/or birth, do not read this book. And don't trust the bit they have on cloth diapering either: do your own research. Talk to moms who have done it recently.

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                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  WORST pregnancy book EVER

                  By Momof4

                  from Birmingham, AL

                  About Me Parent of Two or More Children

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                    • Unrealistic

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                      Comments about What to Expect When You're Expecting:

                      This book is an abysmal disappointment and I was sorry to see it on this site, particularly in the absence of books that present pregnancy and birth as normal, natural, and something women's bodies are built for and capable of. We often call this book 'What to Expect When You're Expecting the Worst,' because it does its best to strike fears of worst-possible (and thankfully RARE!) outcomes into the hearts of moms-to-be everywhere.

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                      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      1.0

                      NOT reccommended to ANYONE

                      By ITeachNaturalChildBirth

                      from FL

                      About Me First Time Parent

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                            Comments about What to Expect When You're Expecting:

                            This book is clearly written from a close minded medical point of view and does not give any insight on how to avoid situations such as "pregnancy diseases" or give options/alternatives to standard medical procedures. If you want to get scared and read about all the negative aspects that could happen, read this book. But you would want more positive approach; then stay away from this book. You want good sound educational book that will guide you through the wonderful aspects of being pregnant and tell you how to stay low risk but also will informs you on the "what if's", not tell you this will what happens.

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                            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            I LOVE THIS BOOK

                            By mom of 2 boys

                            from connecticut

                            About Me Parent of Two or More Children

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Read
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Effective
                            • Interesting

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                              • Daily Use
                              • To Keep On Hand

                              Comments about What to Expect When You're Expecting:

                              Great book. I lived by it durning my first pregnancy and went back to it when I was pregnant with my second child. It has so much information in an easy to read format. I loved this book and will give it as a gift for every new mother i meet. I dont know how I would have made it through my pregnancys without it. It is a must have!

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                              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Great!!

                              By Andrea

                              from Des Moines, IA

                              About Me First Time Parent, Medical Professional

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                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Not Messy

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                                • Daily Use
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                                Comments about What to Expect When You're Expecting:

                                I got this as a gift. It was so easy to use and follow. Great for first time mothers!

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                                (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                2.0

                                Not the best book

                                By Jess

                                from Las Vegas, NV

                                About Me First Time Parent

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                                Pros

                                • To the point

                                Cons

                                • Not in depth on anything

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                                  Comments about What to Expect When You're Expecting:

                                  This book basically describes for you how to be a good patient in a maternity ward. WTEWYE does not go into prescient debates on today's birthing environments, or discuss a woman's options for birth. I recommend "The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth" by Henci Goer. Even though it was published in 1999, it provides better information than WTEWYE.

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