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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: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #253 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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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Grist on 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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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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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 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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bialia on Jan. 15 2013
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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 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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By Gisele on Feb. 24 2014
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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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By Johnny Hammer on Feb. 12 2014
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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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