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1.0 out of 5 stars so condescending!, March 21, 2009
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This review is from: What to Expect When You're Expecting, 4th Edition (Paperback)
This book assumes that pregnant women are idiots, and talks to them accordingly. It's full of cutsey language, puns, and linguistic tics that drove this English major up a wall. In terms of content, it contributes to our culture's position of "better safe than sorry" when it comes to kids - kids and pregnant women must be protected from anything and everything that might be the slightest bit upsetting. It does not provide any information on the research behind their advice, assuming that the pregnant woman is too stupid or lacking in self-control to make an informed decision for herself upon being presented with the facts, relying instead on making across the board recommendations on all kinds of things for which there is no scientific basis. I also hated that the miscarriage section had a big disclaimer warning pregnant women not to read it unless they actually had had a miscarriage, because the knowledge alone that miscarriage could happen would be so emotionally devastating to her that she couldn't handle it. After doing some research on my own and finding out how inaccurate and unnecessary many of their claims are, I find I no longer trust the book at all. I would not recommend it.
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Initial post: Nov 24, 2010 12:57:06 PM PST
SRD says:
I had basically an identical reaction to this book as you did, Sarah. I must say the warnings and disclaimers all over the "complications" section of the book just made me want to read it more... I'm so naughty. :P

I can't tell you how many times I rolled my eyes and audibly groaned while reading Heidi's ridiculously trendy vocabulary choices and ultra mainstream advice. Blech.

I haven't seen many good alternatives suggested in the reviews here so I just wanted to share that I found "Pregnancy, Childbirth, & the Newborn" by Penny Simkin to be an excellent resource with an intelligent, respectful tone. I intend to recommend this highly over "What to Expect" to any pregnant friends in the future.

Posted on Jun 24, 2013 7:58:38 AM PDT
Jen S. says:
Thank you for the warning!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 19, 2014 2:13:17 PM PDT
B. Benson says:
I have a friend that is pregnant and I was looking to buy her a book. I was curious about what people were saying about this book these days and cracked up at the one star ratings. I read this book in 1994 and hated it. Worse yet, I read what to Eat When You Are Expecting and came to the conclusion that eating like the book suggested would require me to quit work and stay home and bake all day. I still remember the suggestion that I pack quarters in my hospital bag so that my husband could get snacks - SERIOUSLY, I am birthing a baby and I am supposed to worry about whether the father to be is capable of getting snacks?? There was no Amazon back then so I had no book reviews to read on the subject and this was "the" book to buy at the time. Glad there are other choices now.
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