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Product Details

  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Co.; 4th edition (April 10 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761148574
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761148579
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 862 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #305 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Publishers Weekly

Murkoff is back with yet another edition of the indispensable What to Expect When You're Expecting—this time with a largely rewritten and revised edition of the comprehensive guide she introduced 24 years ago. The book has undergone an extensive overhaul, beginning with the cover, which depicts a stylish expectant mom dressed in jeans and a form-fitting shirt—a far cry from the original text's comfy, frumpy mom seated in a rocking chair. Inside, the author has added a number of new features, including a chapter that draws upon current research to steer parents-to-be to a healthier lifestyle even before conception begins, chapters on healthy eating and giving birth to multiples (a growing trend) and expanded sections on working during pregnancy. While the general layout and appearance of the book will be familiar to readers, Murkoff has successfully broadened and sharpened the material while keeping the overall style and presentation intact. (Apr.)
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From the Back Cover

The best just got better.
Expect the best! A brand-new fourth edition—filled with the most up-to-date, accurate, and relevant information on all things pregnancy. Realistic, supportive, easy to access, and overflowing with practical tips, covering everything you'll need—and want—to know about life's most amazing journey, from preconception planning to birth to those first miraculous weeks with a new baby. It's all here: the lowdown on lifestyle trends and life in the workplace; the latest in prenatal testing and alternative therapies; the best in birthing options.


Comforting answers to hundreds of questions:
• I'm so queasy I can't even eat for one. How can I eat for two?
• Can I get highlights in my hair? How about my monthly wax?
• I'm only in my second month—why am I showing already?
• Can I stick to my normal workout routine while I’m expecting?
• Why is my skin broken out and blotchy? And how can I cover it?
• What's safe when it comes to sex?
• I think I felt the baby kicking—but I’m not sure. How do I tell?
• Will my body ever be the same after I deliver?

Customer Reviews

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AL on July 1 2013
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I had been given mixed reviews from friends about this book, so I am very glad that I ignored them and tried it out for myself!

Granted, this book is very long, and can be very overwhelming if you let it be. I preferred to use it as a reference book; instead of reading it cover-to-cover, I looked up what I wanted to know when I needed to know it. I found the information very informative and reassuring, and I honestly felt I got better answers from this book than I did from my doctor!

I highly recommend this book to new Moms. The index is extensive, and you can easily find an answer to every worry you may come across during your nine-month journey.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. Grist on June 29 2010
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This book was very indepth, but didn't have a lot of info that isn't general knowledge anyway, it was great as far as straight information, but not a lot of tips/info on how to practically apply a lot of the knowledge, and not a lot of practical 'how-to's' for specific issues during pregnancy. Good to read through once but I wouldn't have purchased it. Most of the info here is info your doctor gives you anyway, or is easily gained from reputable sources online.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lindsay on Feb. 2 2014
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The ultimate guide for women who are expecting or are planning to. A complete guide to pre pregnancy, pregnancy, child birth and post partum. This edition has been updated. Keep in mind though that this book was written in the United States- so some medical factors arent the same as Canadian.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By manda on Aug. 20 2012
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As a first time mom, I was freaking out about all the little things that I didn't know. (about the pregnancy and about the baby inside of me) It helped me to stay informed and to know what was coming next (i love knowing things in advance). I would highly recommend this to any of my friends.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By L. Laushway on Jan. 13 2010
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First off, this is not a cover-to-cover read. That's common to the three pregnancy/parenting I currently own (including The Pregnancy Bible: Your Complete Guide to Pregnancy and Early Parenthood and Parenting For Dummies). Don't expect to find everything within pregnancy reference books to be relevant to your case.

That said, I noticed that a lot of reviews of this book were somewhat negative of the way that the information was presented. Specifically, most reviews I read here stated that this book raised anxieties about how the expectant mother was somehow permanently damaging her unborn child by doing common day-to-day activities. I found nothing in this reference book which said that anything I, or any other expectant mother, was doing was definitely causing harm to her fetus. One thing that this book makes very clear is that there are numerous possible risk factors involved when a fetus is developing, but that there's very little concrete evidence that any particular behaviour (obviously, smoking and drinking are highly discouraged) causes abnormalities. If the risk behaviours which this book raises are taken strictly as guidelines for how to keep a fetus healthy as it develops, there's nothing in here to cause an expectant mother anxiety.

So I personally found this the most useful pregnancy reference book I own, and have given it five stars. It delves a lot into fetal development, how to keep yourself and the baby healthy, and how pregnancy progresses. I thought it was great and plan on recommending it to the other expectant moms in my life.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Raynbow_brite on Feb. 23 2010
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This book is a pregnant (or soon to be pregnant) woman's bible!! I love this book! It gives great nutritional advice, great pre-pregnancy advice, and week by week, month by month information. It tells you how you're baby is changing and growing every single week, and for each month it answers tons of questions you may have. There have been a few symptoms that I've personally experienced that made me a little nervous and paranoid, and reading through the Q&A section of the month I was in completely put my worries to rest. They really did think of everything when writing this book! I guess it's the #1 best selling pregnancy book for a reason!! I would definitely recommend this book to everyone who's pregnant or wants to become pregnant! Fathers too!!
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By a reader on April 2 2008
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This is a really great read. It has everything you ever wanted to know about pregnancy and were either too embarrssed or too shy to ask your doctor about! I loved the way it was divided into month by month and found just about everything I needed. I also go to it whenever I feel I need something explained. Terrific! I also liked another pregnancy book and would recommend it along with this one. It was called You Know You're Pregnant When. Reflections on the Longest Nine Months of My Life and it's a lighter and less serious.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M. Trudelle on Oct. 30 2008
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The book has some useful information but there are much better pregnancy books in my opinion. Too alarming and very "medical model".
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