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What to Expect When You're Expecting [Paperback]

Arlene Eisenberg , Heidi E. Murkoff , Sandee E. Hathaway
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)

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5 Aug 2002 What to Expect
We're expecting again! Announcing the COMPLETELY REVISED AND UPDATED THIRD EDITION of this bestselling pregnancy book, WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU'RE EXPECTING. Two years in the making, it's a cover-to-cover, chapter-by-chapter, line-by-line revision and update. Everything that the original did - and did extraordinarily well with ten million copies in print - the THIRD EDITION does better. Incorporating the most recent developments in medicine and responding to the many queries and letters received from readers, the book contains both the most accurate information available and, even more importantly, is the most reader-friendly. The THIRD EDITION includes more information on working while pregnant, more in-depth coverage of complementary and alternative birthing techniques and greater attention is paid to pre-conception, alternative families, second pregnancies, the role of the father and lifestyle. There's a completely new look at the Best-Odds diet, which is better suited to the needs of busier women with less time. All-new black and white illustrations give this classic a fresh, new look.

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  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd; 3rd Revised edition edition (5 Aug 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743231430
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743231435
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Heidi E. Murkoff, Arlene Eisenberg and Sandee E. Hathaway are the authors of the bestselling WHAT TO EXPECT series. Arlene Eisenberg is also co-author of THE RECOVERY BOOK. Heidi Murkoff is also author of the WHAT TO EXPECT KIDS series.

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a useful book for a UK reader 18 May 2007
I was astounded at how badly edited this book was for its so-called UK edition. I have read other American pregnancy books which weren't re-written for a British audience, and which turned out to be far more helpful and easier to read.

Apart from the constant focus on what can potentially go wrong, the assumption is very much that you will choose your obstetrician (on the NHS?!), and that midwife care is the exception, rather than the norm, which really doesn't fit in with the typical British pregnancy experience. Add to that the many references to American institutions, drug names etc, and the whole thing just starts to become irritating after a while. So I'm sorry to say that I would not recommend this book to anyone. Unless they were having their baby in the USA, and medicalised scaremongering was what they were looking for in a pregnancy book...
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Prim, Prissy and not good for UK NHSers 19 April 2008
By Lucy S
I loathe the style this book is written in, it is extremely prissy and presents a very US, medicalised and narrow-minded approach to pregnancy. it assumes you have a partner (straight and married) and that you have constant medical care, from the same person who acctually gives a damn. The first GP i saw for my first pregnancy (who i never saw again), did no tests and basically couldn't have cared less. I NEVER saw the same person twice during my pregnancy and the birth. The book is also totally hopeless in regards to anything even slightly 'alternative', in fact i think it borders on scaremongering. Also whoever wears clothes like the poor lady on the cover should be shot - there is NO excuse to dress in leggings and a peach sweater - EVER!!!

The only positive I can say is that i do like the structure and although I hate the style of writing it does cover a lot of material.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a help! 13 Dec 2005
By A Customer
This was the book I relied upon throughout both my pregnancies. It was incredibly helpful, up-to-date and informative and I heartily recommend it to anyone who wants to know every relevant detail. (For those who don't you can dip in as you like as it is extremely well-indexed.) Otherwise, you can read month-by-slow-month as your pregancy runs its course and understand what your body (and baby) is going through.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This it not like other pregnancy books! 20 May 2003
If you want to be reassured during your pregnancy - don't buy this book. It is alarmist and frightening and designed to make you feel guilty and inadequate. If you do want to hear about worst case scenarios and want to worry about things which hadn't occured to you (ie. how oral sex during pregnancy can be fatal) then DO buy this book. Moreover, if you are buying from the UK you will find that all information about hospitals and ante-natal care is US based and not helpful.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Scaremongering...... 25 April 2008
I was very disappointed by this book. Yes, it's full of information, but it is presented in a very detached and negative way. Perhaps americans like to know all the possible problems of pregnancy but I prefer some reassurrance with the possibility of further information if I need it. I have found other books to present the same information in a much more positive light, with complications and further information listed in a separate section... It felt cold, too clinical... No colour, no personal input... Not a book I am turning to on a regular basis! Where is the JOY?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars sorry I bought it 5 Mar 2008
Like a number of other reviewers I found this book too negative, too American and, despite the focus on all that can go wrong, it didn't actually deal with my pregnancy related complications.

Thankfully, a friend lent me her copy of Dr Lesley Regan's "Your pregnancy week by week" and I no longer had to refer to "what to expect".
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
A friend gave me this book and during the entire duration of my pregnancy it has been extremely useful. Don't bother buying pregnancy magazines to try and glean info about your pregnancy questions/worries/aches and pains etc etc - this book is well informed and knowledgeable and several times has answered queries I have had. It tells you what to expect during each month of pregnancy - and has been correct every time in my case, answering questions and soothing worries, and helping me to enjoy my pregnancy.
Buy this book and you will find it is the only book you need!
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - practical and informative 28 April 2003
By A Customer
This book truly is a bible for pregnant mothers! If you're only going to buy one book relating to pregnancy, this has to be it! There's no messing around, the chapters are done according to the month you're in, and each one is laid out in a similar format, so you can check how you may be feeling emotionally and physically, as well as having an idea of what to expect from the check-ups. Another thing I found really useful was the glossary at the back - no matter what you look up, no matter how silly or irrelevant it may seem to you at the time, you can find information on it in the book. It takes the mystery out of pregnancy and to me it's been a real companion! Several of my pregnant friends have the book also and have commented on how good it is, while those who don't have it are going to buy it, having compared it to the ones they had.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for factual information
Referred to this book quite often throughout pregnancy, it has very good information but can be a little too serious at times. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Greenangel
3.0 out of 5 stars Helpful if you need answers
This is a great book for first time mums to ensure you get all your questions answered. Only gave it 3 stars as many of the questions and sections in the book are very obvious and... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Sabrina Willett
3.0 out of 5 stars Basic
Anything in this book can be found online free like on babycentre. But it was handy to have on the book shelf when i wanted a quick reference and to read month by month what to... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Alisa
5.0 out of 5 stars item as described
What to Expect When You're Expecting is a great book. very useful, particularly in thse first weeks before the first midwife appointments & scans,
Published 16 months ago by N. Machin
5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful and informative.
A friend of mine suggested I read this book and I am so glad she did! This book addresses all issues starting from preconception all the way to the baby's birth. Read more
Published on 21 Jun 2011 by nano-zak
4.0 out of 5 stars What to expect when expecting
Excellent book, I bought this for my daughter who is expecting for the first time and she has found it very helpful, refers to it constantly, has given her peace of mind in many... Read more
Published on 11 Jun 2011 by Bing B
5.0 out of 5 stars Phew!!!
I think this books history speaks for itself!
I dont know a mum who doesnt recognise it & know how much info is there for you as you enter a whole new phase of life!
Published on 27 Aug 2009 by julmagic
5.0 out of 5 stars The most helpful during my pregnancy
Well, I hadn't planned to be pregnant and when I was, I was in a total shock because I just did not know what to do next. Read more
Published on 11 Aug 2009 by Ms. N. K. Josan
1.0 out of 5 stars AWFUL BOOK
I found this book outdated and irrelevant as a UK reader. It places far too much importance on silly things like following a faddy 80's style diet and is peppered with confusing US... Read more
Published on 10 July 2009 by A. Taylor
1.0 out of 5 stars if your not frightened... read this book
My wife and I were looking for a accurate but positive book that reflected the realities of pregnacy in a balanced way. Read more
Published on 22 Jun 2009 by bookworm
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