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What to Expect When You're Expecting: 4th Edition [Paperback]

Heidi Murkoff
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Book Description

April 10 2008 What to Expect
Announcing a brand new, cover-to-cover revision of America's pregnancy bible. What to Expect When You're Expecting is a perennial New York Times bestseller and one of USA Today's 25 most influential books of the past 25 years. It's read by more than 90% of pregnant women who read a pregnancy book—the most iconic, must-have book for parents-to-be, with over 14.5 million copies in print.

Now comes the Fourth Edition, a new book for a new generation of expectant moms—featuring a new look, a fresh perspective, and a friendlier-than-ever voice. It's filled with the most up-to-date information reflecting not only what's new in pregnancy, but what's relevant to pregnant women. Heidi Murkoff has rewritten every section of the book, answering dozens of new questions and including loads of new asked-for material, such as a detailed week-by-week fetal development section in each of the monthly chapters, an expanded chapter on pre-conception, and a brand new one on carrying multiples. More comprehensive, reassuring, and empathetic than ever, the Fourth Edition incorporates the most recent developments in obstetrics and addresses the most current lifestyle trends (from tattooing and belly piercing to Botox and aromatherapy). There's more than ever on pregnancy matters practical (including an expanded section on workplace concerns), physical (with more symptoms, more solutions), emotional (more advice on riding the mood roller coaster), nutritional (from low-carb to vegan, from junk food–dependent to caffeine-addicted), and sexual (what's hot and what's not in pregnant lovemaking), as well as much more support for that very important partner in parenting, the dad-to-be.

Overflowing with tips, helpful hints, and humor (a pregnant woman's best friend), this new edition is more accessible and easier to use than ever before. It's everything parents-to-be have come to expect from What to Expect...only better?.

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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?



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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as I had 'expected' June 29 2010
Format:Paperback
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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Format:Paperback
I find this book puzzling. It seems to cover most topics but in the end fails to give important information (risks associated with instrumental deliveries, pelvic organ prolapse). It also seems to normalise faecal incontinence after birth and in my view doesn’t give the correct advice as to what to do if this happens to you. Not a good book.
More detailed review here:
https://forcepsthefollowonblog.wordpress.com/2014/11/09/book-review-what-to-expect-when-youre-expecting/
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By kara
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
it was ok, in the day and age of blogs, podcasts and other free media it seems a bit redundant. The information on nutrition as needs to be updated. Telling a mom to be to watch her fat intake is ridiculous. Moms need tons of good fats!! (avocado, EV olive oil, etc.) If this is the first thing you read then you may find it useful.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Bialia
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
It's like this book is written to scare pregnant women into feeling guilty and inadequate and fearful of doing or eating anything. To many unnecessary "Just in Case!" precautions are given. I highly recommend reading books with a less strictly medicalized, more empowering approach such as Pregnancy Day By Day, or Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn: The Complete Guide. Both are better organized, better written books with beautiful photographs, layout and presentation, and much more valuable information, that don't rely on guilt and fear of the unknown to "keep you safe." Both books take a more relaxed, realistic approach, use less patronizing cutesy language.

Keep calm, stay sane, trust yourself, and avoid condescending tripe like this.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE this book!! Feb. 23 2010
Format:Paperback
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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4.0 out of 5 stars condition of the book Feb. 24 2014
By Gisele
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
It was in a great condition for a second hand book. it was a pleasure to get it at a reasonable price being for my daughter,S FIRST BABY there are lots of expenses
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful Feb. 12 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
My wife found this very helpful during her pregnancy. It answered a lot of question she had. Every new mother should get this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good condition of hardcover
Published 23 days ago by Tina Modi
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A great book as a simple resource during pregnancy. Other more complete products exist out there.
Published 1 month ago by R. Carrier
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good read
Published 2 months ago by Kirsten Grant
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Wife liked it a lot
Published 2 months ago by Victor Bello
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT book for expectant mothers and fathers!
While every pregnancy is different, this book covers a lot of the most common things of what to expect. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Anon
5.0 out of 5 stars What to Expect When You're Expecting
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. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Lindsay
5.0 out of 5 stars Daughter really liked this book.
I recommend this book if you or someone is expecting. Great book for reference for your pregnancy. Daughter enjoyed it.
Published 10 months ago by Darlene
1.0 out of 5 stars Why is this recommended to all pregnant women?
Everyone recommends this book (including my GP), and I have no idea why. It's terrible. It makes you feel bad (umm, you're basically behind on what you are supposed to be doing... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Reggie
5.0 out of 5 stars great!!
something every women expecting needs! it truely is a bible. refer to this book very often and compared to internet info and very accurate
Published 10 months ago by Amanda
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