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What to Expect When You're Expecting: 4th Edition Paperback – Apr 10 2008

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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: 748 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars 343 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,925 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?

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Great book for inducing panic and fear! This book is full of scary things that are very unlikely to ever happen, and promote a pregnancy full of paranoia. I didn't realize until after I bought this that most modern midwives and doctors do NOT recommend this book for that exact reason. Although this book does have some milestone and developmental stuff in it too, there is way too much emphasis on complications. I thought the worst on several occasions, but now I have a happy and healthy 5 month old. Do yourself a favour and do not get this book!
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Lots of information. Hard to read, small tight type written out in columns like an encyclopedia. Most friends refused to read it anymore after a chapter or 2 as it was too overwhelming & "scary".
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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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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. Unlike "What to Expect," it is Canadian, and a more detailed book that covers an equal or greater breadth of topics. It is also less focused on the negative, though it covers issues and fears in detail.
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We are halfway through our first pregnancy. Four months ago, we bought this book, along with Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn (Simkin) and Your Pregnancy Week-by-Week book (Curtis). Of the three, we like Simkin's book best, and Curtis's book the least. The What to Expect book, while not as informative as the Simkin's book, is in our opinion very good.
Many of the things the other reviewers said about this book are true: the authors' diet suggestions border on the fanatical (it seems as if they are writing for obese parents-to-be), and the tone of the book is definitely patronizing. The amount of knowledge about the biological aspects of pregnancy is also minimal---the book is very light on technical terms and diagrams.
However, if you click on the image of the book at the top of the screen, you will notice a sentence that highlights the strongest point of the book: "...reassuringly answers the concerns of mothers- and father-to-be." We couldn't agree more.
Several times throughout the pregnancy, my wife has had various symptoms that, while quite normal, were alarming for a first-time pregnant couple. Neither of the other two books said very much about these symptoms, but the What to Expect book reassuringly and accurately helped us evaluate whether the symptoms were anything to worry about. Examples are: Is extreme fatigue a sign of danger? Are nosebleeds anything to worry about? What about abdominal cramps during the second trimester? In most cases, the What to Expect was the best book of the three, allowing us to quickly find these concerns in the index, and read about them at length.
Most importantly, the What to Expect book described the symptoms in sufficient detail to allow us to distinguish them from the truly serious.
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Awful book. Please spend your money on better books like' "Expecting better" or Birthing from within. Or any book by Ina May. So much bad information and advice in this book and too much to install worry. For example talks about ring JUICE over breast milk to a 9 month old' wtf??
There are SO MANY better options out there. Don't just pick this one because its the "norm" or mainstream. At least don't spend money on it - go rent from the library for free. smh.
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Worst pregnancy book ever. Each chapter has only a page or two of your baby's growth and then 20+ pages of symptoms and what could go wrong. It is written in a condescending tone (reminding you to wear a helmet when bike riding) and does not have a lot of medical evidence backing up their claims.

And do not get me started on the Pregnancy Diet which accuses mothers of child abuse if they do not follow it to a T. It says, "you would not feed your baby a doughnut so why would you share every bite with it when you are pregnant". As someone who suffered from severe morning sickness, I had to eat carbs because they were the only thing that stayed down - and my OB approved.

After discussing concerns with my OB she told me to throw the book in the trash and to not bother passing it on to any other mama to be as she doesn't consider it a reliable source.
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