What to Expect When You're Expecting

What to Expect When You're Expecting

Book - 2016
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Offers advice, insight, and tips for moms and dads, discussing pregnancy and birthing practices, prenatal screenings, postpartum birth control, and nutrition.
Publisher: New York : Workman Publishing, 2016
Edition: Fifth edition
ISBN: 9780761189244
Branch Call Number: 618.24 Mu
Description: xii, 644 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Lockwood, Charles J.
Mazel, Sharon


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While I can’t say this is my favorite of all the pregnancy books I’ve read, I do feel like it is an important one to know. This is a great resource for questions you may have about what is going on with your body. But remember, if anything concerns you, make sure you call your doctor.

This book should be on the nightstand of every pregnant woman! Reassuring, accurate information for each step of the way.

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alleycat Jul 19, 2017

Ugh, I really really dislike this book: it is and always has been a dreadful pre-pregnancy book. If you want to be better informed please pick up a copy of one of William Sears' books: either The Pregnancy Book, or The Baby Book (which has a lot of good info that might be best read before baby comes).

While the What to Expect series has gained much of a following since its inception, you can be more discerning and don't have to accept what this book offers. In other words, to all of the newly pregnant moms-to-be: please, do not blindly jump on this bandwagon. Question everything and be fully informed.

Jul 18, 2017

If you want to feel scared, worried, or apprehensive before or during your pregnancy, then this book will help you achieve that.

Should you prefer to feel informed, confident and competent, try books like The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth, Dr. Sear's The Pregnancy Book, or the Guide to Childbirth by Ina Mae Gaskin.

You will have a better birth if you feel empowered and confident and if you address concerns from a positive vantage point.

I highly recommend using a program like Hypnobirthing too!

JCLCaitlinT May 25, 2017

I love how this addresses so many aspects of pregnancy. From worrying that you're experiencing X symptom to worrying that you're NOT experiencing X symptom, it has a section for you. I understand why it's referred to as the Pregnancy Bible.

Mar 27, 2017

Some refer to this as the "pregnancy Bible".

Sep 16, 2015

If you want to be filled with unreasonable anxiety throughout your pregnancy, read this book.

If you want to be well prepared and confident about a healthy pregnancy and birth, read something else. The Pregnancy Book by Dr. Sears, or the Healthy Pregnancy Book whose author I can't remember, or anything by Penny Simpkin are all very positive and informative.

Oct 15, 2014

Much preferred the Mayo Clinic's very thorough and steadier "Guide to a healthy pregnancy." It uses a similar approach to What to Expect but it so much more positive, reassuring, and it feels well informed by the consensus of many doctor-parents.

riccimiller15 Oct 09, 2013

I love this book

This book is always available in the PlaneTree Health Information Center @ Cupertino Library. GF 100 M 2008

Dec 13, 2011

i read this book every single day when i was pregnant i think every mom-to-be should have 1

Jul 22, 2011

Very one sided and biased towards medicated hospital births. Watch the buisness of being born to see what is not covered

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Dec 13, 2011

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