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What to Expect When You're Expecting Paperback – Poster Calendar, April 1, 2002
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Eighteen years after it first hit the shelves and having sold more than 10 million copies, What to Expect When You're Expecting is still on nearly every mother-to-be's reading list. This completely revised and updated edition is packed with answers to hundreds of questions and worries expectant parents may have. The information is presented in a month-by-month format starting with planning a pregnancy and choosing a practitioner, and follows through to six weeks after delivery. Each chapter begins with an explanation of what to expect at a particular month's prenatal visit and a brief description of how mom and baby are growing and changing before getting to the heart of the matter: What You May Be Concerned About. Topics are presented as questions ranging from "Should I be taking vitamins?" to "What if I forget everything I learn in childbirth education class?" to "Will I be able to breastfeed?" The answers are generally reassuring and provide enough information to soothe a worried mom between prenatal visits. Despite the reassuring answers, however, the sheer volume of worries discussed may alarm an otherwise calm mom-to-be.
The book also features a complete nutrition plan (though many women may find it difficult to follow), a special chapter just for expectant dads, and extensive information about dealing with minor illnesses, chronic conditions, and pregnancy complications. What to Expect has guided countless women through their pregnancies and makes an informative addition to the mainstream pregnancy and childbirth bookshelf. --Jennifer Lindsay
From Publishers Weekly
This revised third edition of the popular pregnancy guide offers the authoritative yet reassuring advice that parents have come to rely on from all the titles in the What to Expect series. The book is arranged by month, from pregnancy test through labor and delivery. Each section offers answers to frequently asked questions, along with features such as "What You May Be Feeling" and "What You May Be Concerned About." Every imaginable issue is addressed, including the small but nagging subjects that women may not want to discuss with their doctors, such as how their bodies will look at seven months, or why some pregnant women "glow" while others have acne. While readers who already own this book won't have to rush to buy the new edition, the revised volume does offer a number of excellent expanded sections and illustrations, including a more detailed discussion of postpartum depression. There are also new illustrations and more text on breast-feeding, with diagrams showing different feeding positions. The travel section offers specific suggestions for "jettisoning jet lag" in addition to standard advice on traveling while pregnant. This book remains an indispensable guide for pregnant women and their partners.
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When it arrived and I placed it on the countertops. She saw it and was EXCITED to read it herself.
Purchased at 19 weeks, and we just hit the 30 week mark. The book has been spot on for virtually every situation you will encounter on this beautiful journey.
They also have a large section on an ideal pregnancy diet. I read this part early in pregnancy when nausea was ruling my life, but it feels just as ridiculous now that that’s passed. You would need to be massively organized and meticulous to make this thing work, and it would never allow for any freedom in your schedule. Again, it feels like they’re encouraging pregnant women to just give up their own lives and immediately turn everything to they do over to the baby.
I guess it depends on your pregnancy/parenting philosophies. This was not my cup of tea. I’d recommend Expecting Better by Emily Oster as an alternative that’s steeped in research and leaves a lot of autonomy with the mother instead of offering hard and fast rules.