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What to Expect When You're Expecting: 4th Edition [Paperback]

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Pages   614
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.25" Width: 6.25" Height: 9"
Weight:   1.9 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 10, 2008
Publisher   Workman Publishing Company
ISBN  0761148574  
EAN  9780761148579  

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Cuts through the confusion surrounding pregnancy and birth by debunking dozens of myths that mislead parents, offering explanations of medical terms, and covering a variety of issues including prenatal care, birth defects, and amniocentesis.

Publishers Description
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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Informative  Jun 1, 2010
Purchased this book for my daughter and she used it alot.
Book arrived in the time it was promised and in excellent
condition. Thank You.
What to Expect When You're Expecting  May 31, 2010
Great!!! I bought this as a new mommy gift for my sister!!
She loves it!!! Very informative!!
Has been beneficial to these two prospective parents.  May 17, 2010
* Note: I have a copy of the Australian edition of this book. I wouldn't think the content would be any different from the original edition, apart from some Australian medical terminology, business names, contact numbers, etc. However reading some of the negative reviews here, it is possible that were some revisions and updates for the Australian edition, since I didn't find many of the criticisms in these 1-star reviews valid.

'What To Expect...' has been a very useful book for prospective first-time parents such as ourselves. The book is split into monthly chapters, with each chapter providing a wealth of useful information for that month. How you'll look, what you'll feel, common questions and problems, how far the baby has developed, what your doctor is likely to say. Other chapters deal with important concerns throughout the whole pregnancy; including food, alcohol, smoking, exercise, medication, and so forth. Labour and childbirth itself are given special sections, and it's good to see an extended section covering the physical and emotional issues a woman (and her partner) face in the postpartum period. There are so many "little" things that first-time couples wouldn't necessarily think about, and the book has certainly proved an eye-opener for the two of us so far.

I'm surprised at the negative comments about "scaring mothers" and the like. The chapter 'When There's A Problem' specifically mentions that mums who have had a complication-free pregnancy to date should skip the chapter to spare them needless anxiety. Doesn't sound much like "scaring" people to me! Really, the book's only crime is that it is comprehensive; it tries to cover all possible problems and issues that might arise, as well as many different types of lifestyles and attitudes to pregnancy. Do you prefer a more alternative or natural approach to modern medicine? Are you a recreational drug user? Are you a single mother afraid of facing things alone? Do you have a chronic health condition that may affect your pregnancy? Would you consider an abortion if your unborn baby was found to have a major problem? This is important information for various types of prospective parents, some of whom may feel frightened or isolated if their situation is not "normal". I don't understand how you can criticise a book for facing up to reality, and giving these prospective parents as much information as possible so they can make informed decisions.

As a prospective father, the only real quibble I would have is that the section for Dads is a bit brief and hand-wavey. There's a bit too much of "well you just need to put your own needs aside and be a strong man for your partner". Dads have real needs, hopes, and fears, and are increasingly involved in the birthing and nursing process. It would have been nice to spend more than 20 out of the books 500+ pages on this section in recognition of this.

That minor criticism apart, my partner and I have found this a very useful and comprehensive book that has gone a long way toward de-mystifying pregnancy for both of us. I personally found it reassuring while still being honest enough to face up to the possibility of things going wrong. Not perfect, but it has been of great benefit to us. Four stars.
Not the best book out there  May 11, 2010
I purchased both this book and the one from Mayo Clinic. I found the information in the Mayo Clinic book to be more well rounded and consistent with current research. The "What to Expect" book presented a lot more don'ts that really aren't current research based, such as the don't eat peanuts thing as it might give your child allergies. Multiple current studies have proven this theory wrong and telling Mom's-to-be not to do this kind of stuff just to be on the safe side is unnecessary and can lead to anxiety and worry over harmless things. I also didn't like the arrangement of the information as a topic my show up in different sections throughout the book and I'd have to flip to all the sections to get the complete information rather than having it all in one easy find place.

Overall this is not my favorite resource. I preferred the Mayo Clinic book for is organizational structure and scientific approach that was research based. What to expect was a little more down to earth, kind of like having a conversation with a friend (who may or may not have their facts straight). As a first-time preggers this book could have left me with a lot of unnecessary anxiety/worry if I hadn't done my own research. This book just doesn't cut it as the go-to resource.
Please enter the 21st century  May 11, 2010
I understand that most couples that are having babies are married and straight. However, that's not everybody, and the fact that the writers of this book seem completely unaware of other types of expectant couples (or worse, aware and completely dismissive of them) was shocking to me. I get so annoyed and dismayed when I read this book that it's practically impossible for me to focus on the substance.

This assumption of the straight/married paradigm is a slap in the face to straight couples that aren't married, for whatever reason (choice, timing, etc), as well as gay couples that are married, can't get married b/c of discriminatory laws, or choose not to get married. Unmarried straight couples and lesbian couples deal with pregnancies all the time; additionally, lots of couples, including many gay men, are using surrogates more and more.

How difficult is it to just say partner instead of husband? Parent instead of dad? A tiny effort to be inclusive would have done wonders, and it is simply stunning and hurtful to me how that effort was not made in a book published in 2008.

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