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4.0 out of 5 stars Good But not the Best
The drawback for this book is it clearly explains almost every possible complication. With the monthly format it is a lot to read at a time. The list of complications and possible symptoms each moth can be very daunting. Yet with all of that the book is also a great resource. It gives you many things to consider that you may never have thought of. It is much more...
Published on July 23 2006 by Steven R. McEvoy
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for me
This book is quite high-level and gets into very little detail. The Q&A format is not my favourite and I found the style a bit patronizing. It is also a U.S. book and doesn't provide any information on Canada-specific options. The Mother of All Pregnancy Books is a better resource and I recommend it for anyone seeking this "overview" kind of literature...
Published on Nov. 12 2004 by Charlotte G.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good,
This review is from: What to Expect When You're Expecting: 4th Edition (Paperback)Book arrived fast enough, and was in good shape; not banged up or anything. Full of good info for new moms, or moms to be :)
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read,
This review is from: What to Expect When You're Expecting: 4th Edition (Paperback)I had the What to Expect Before You Are Expecting prior to purchasing this book. The layout is easy to read.
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect!,
This review is from: What to Expect When You're Expecting: 4th Edition (Paperback)This is probably the most necessary book to have while you're pregnant! It covered just about everything I was wondering about plus more!
5.0 out of 5 stars So helpful,
This review is from: What to Expect When You're Expecting: 4th Edition (Paperback)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.
3.0 out of 5 stars Lots of Info,
This review is from: What to Expect When You're Expecting: 4th Edition (Paperback)If you only plan on reading one book about pregnancy get this book. It has a section on everything you can think of but often gives info that is not useful and frequently gives generalized warnings that are over-cautious.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, couldn't have done it without it!,
This review is from: What to Expect When You're Expecting (Paperback)I'm not too sure what all the negative comments are about regarding this book because I think it is wonderful. If you're a first-time mom, this book explains absolutely everything you're experiencing. If you have difficulties, before you run and call your ob, check out this book first. Plus, it really tells you when and when not to worry, and when to call the doctor if there's a problem. I really could not have been without this book. I used it throughout my entire pregnancy and was extremely grateful that I had purchased it. It makes a great shower gift or just a new announcement of someone who is expecting. It offers guidelines on nutrition but it's best to follow your doctor's advice. You don't want to gain too much weight but you have to be sure to eat things that are healthy and not potato chips. Ginger snaps are awesome in helping getting rid of morning sickness. No herbal tea though! There's tons of helpful advice in this book and it really is a great resource especially for new moms. I just loved it!
5.0 out of 5 stars A potential life-saver: get it,
This review is from: What to Expect When You're Expecting (Paperback)Pregnancy should be fun, and wonderful. It isn't always. Some problems are merely uncomfortable. Others are much more serious. This book describes the good and the bad.
It's important to know what's normal what's not, and how best to determine which is which.
Granted, it's not warm and fuzzy to learn that excruciating cramps and bleeding might mean an ectopic pregnancy. But such advice--which this book contains--could very possibly save your life. In my experience, the book precisely and accurately described the symptoms of that condition. Fortunately, I lived to tell the tale.
This book is a potential life saver. Get it.
---Alyssa A. Lappen
11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! I wasn't expecting this!,
This review is from: What to Expect When You're Expecting: 4th Edition (Paperback)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.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reference, not as scary as it's made out to be,
This review is from: What to Expect When You're Expecting: 4th Edition (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.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really Informative,
This review is from: What to Expect When You're Expecting: 4th Edition (Paperback)I am 4 months pregnant and this book has become my best friend. I find this book very informative and the advice is tempered. The author often stresses how each pregnancy differs and how you ultimately must do what's best for you - offering options etc... I have also been informing myself online and I have found that the information is pretty much the same across the board. It would be nice if they went into more details on certain areas like fitness & nutrition. However, for in depth perspective of what to expect, I think it's as good as you're going to get in one book.
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What to Expect When You're Expecting: 4th Edition by Heidi Murkoff (Paperback - April 10 2008)
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