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As per our Midwife's advice: Throw it away... now!,
This review is from: What to Expect When You're Expecting: Fourth Edition (Hardcover)This book is the worst book any newly pregnant woman can read. It is fear based to a degree that makes you wonder if Murkoff is intending to help you or to avoid a lawsuit. According to the book you are cursed if you do and if you don't. Diets are impossible to follow, and practically everything from green tea to vitamins can cause a birth defect. In terms of literary value, this book is filled with annoying and condescending cliches. Sadly, it becomes evident through the content that Heidi Murkoff has no formal training in these matters.
I followed my midwife's advice and decided to throw it away. Please, do not give it to your girlfriends as a gift. It may say that is the pregnancy bible, but it is in fact a misinformed alarming guide to complete freak out. My anxieties indeed stopped when I got rid of this book.
I would suggest "Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn: The Complete Guide," by Penny Simkin. It is written by actual professionals in the field.
btw, I'm using my husband's account. This review comes from a pregnant woman :)
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Initial post: Jan 9, 2011 7:41:16 AM PST
Kelly Young says:
I totally agree. This book is simpering and full of random information with no basis in any kind of evidence for most of the fear-mongering it contains. For example, the big "nope! No sushi for you, haha sorry, but ISN'T IT WORTH IT FOR YOUR BABY!?!?!" I did a little research into food safety and found that Listeria, the contaminant for which sushi is supposedly high risk and thereby must be avoided, is actually extremely rare because sushi in the U.S. at least is flash-frozen and all germs are killed in the process. Further research reveals that foods more likely to be contaminated include leafy green vegetables and unpasteurized milk. You know how hard you have to look to find unpasteurized milk? And as for mercury content, it depends on the fish. A little bit of critical thinking and five minutes of fact-finding debunks half of this book. I will continue to enjoy my salmon-avocado rolls a couple times a month throughout the remainder of my pregancy, and thank Murkoff for making me worry and restrict my diet unnecessarily when food aversions are already making it difficult enough to eat well.
I'm entering my second trimester, and as I find myself to already be better informed than the author, I think I'll throw this book away.
Posted on Apr 15, 2011 5:49:11 PM PDT
I Feel Fine says:
Burn it! Burn it with fire!
Posted on Apr 18, 2011 10:03:49 PM PDT
R. Koon says:
Completely Agree! The only thing this book is good for is fire starter ... that's where all the copies I pick up at the thrift store go :)
Posted on May 18, 2011 9:12:24 PM PDT
Yes yes! Penny Simkin! I love her! Just be sure to get her newer editions as she has been writing for quite awhile...
In reply to an earlier post on May 19, 2011 3:20:14 PM PDT
J. Crandall says:
Hello! I am a food scientist who works with Listeria monocytogenes and I wanted you to know that it is not killed by freezing. Nor are any foodborne pathogens I can think of (Salmonella, Campylobacter, E-coli, etc.). Not wanting to tell you or anyone what to do, but I wanted this post to get corrected. Thanks!
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 17, 2011 5:59:29 AM PDT
@J Crandall- thanks for the info .
@Tim's wife- thanks for the review!
Posted on Sep 30, 2011 12:27:45 PM PDT
Carolyn Warren says:
If you're looking for an uplifting book on pregnancy, you might like Praying Through Your Pregnancy: An Inspirational Week-by-Week Guide for Bonding with Your Baby
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 13, 2011 1:08:36 PM PDT
E. Wuehrmann says:
That's cool, but i think the OP was rwrong about the concern with sushi - it isn't listeria, but parasites that people worry about. And freezing does kill parasites (and if it didn't it'd only affect you and not the baby, so no reason to avoid in pregnancy if you don't the rest of the time).
Posted on Nov 17, 2011 9:42:52 AM PST
I agree and I'm glad your review is at the top. I posted something similar just now. I'm a research type of person. I get into something new and I read all about it. I mistakenly read that book cover to cover. I had issues during pregnancy and this book put my fear way over the top. It is completely fear based and also misinformed in some places. I credit it for ruining what should've been a happy experience, despite the issues I had. My emotions were all over the place already and this book pushed me over the edge.
Posted on May 17, 2012 5:44:02 PM PDT
L. Donovan says:
I took your advice as a newly pregnant woman - I was thinking about this book but got the "Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn: The Complete Guide," from my library instead. Best idea ever. It was very, very informative and helped me understand what's going on without unduly worrying me (something that's important in pregnancy). It's very clear that I *can* do this, and I can do it on my terms, too.