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What to Expect When You're Expecting [Paperback]

Heidi E. Murkoff , Sharon Mazel
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Book Description

6 April 2009
We're expecting again! Announcing the COMPLETELY REVISED AND UPDATED FOURTH EDITION of this bestselling pregnancy book. This is a cover-to-cover, chapter-by-chapter, line-by-line revision and update. It's a new book for a new generation of expectant mums, featuring a fresh perspective and a friendlier-than-ever voice. 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 foetal development section in each of the monthly chapters, an expanded chapter on pre-conception, and a brand new one on carrying multiples. 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 (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 humour (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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  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; 4th Revised edition edition (6 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847373755
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847373755
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 15.4 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (205 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 174 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'It is considered the undisputed baby bible, with 93% of literate women buying it in the US within weeks of discovering they are pregnant' Kirk Jones (the film's director), Mail on Sunday

'She [Heidi Murkoff] is quite possibly the most globally influential, economically successful and revered pregnancy and baby expert since Dr Spock' --Irish Examiner

My pregnancy bible, it starts with the section 'before you conceive' and ends with your six week check, and along the way tells you everything you could possibly want to know --Mother & Baby

An in-depth manual, this offers practical guidance on every stage of pregnancy. It feels as though it s written by a friend --Pregnancy & Birth

About the Author

Heidi E. Murkoff is one of the world's leading experts in pregnancy and childcare. She is the principle author of all the titles in the WHAT TO EXPECT series. She lives in Southern California with her husband Erik and two children.

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88 of 92 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AAAAAAAAAAAGGGHHH WE'RE PREGNANT !!!!!! 8 Jun 2009
After the initial shock of learning that in almost no time at all there's going to be a mini me squawking up at me for food, nappy change, cuddles,etc. I realised just how unprepared I was and how little I knew. So being a bit of an informationaholic the quest began. This book happily was the second one I picked up and it does not disappoint.

It's broken into seven fairly substantial parts :

1 First things first.
This contains all things pre-conceptual and preparation for both mums and dads with information on gynecological,obstetrical and medical history and also ante-natal diagnosis.

2 Nine months and counting.
This is a fantastic section containing month by month and week by week descriptions of the baby's growth and progress. Also the range of symptoms of pregnancy is so diverse it can be almost impossible to remember everything on a brief doctors visit. This book is excellent in the fact that it's sheer detail will go some way towards allaying a nervous mums fears and assure her that everything is normal. It certainly helped us on numerous occasions. This section contains detail on labour and childbirth and again is extremely pragmatic and helpful.

3 Twins, triplets and more.
The heading says it all but don't panic, count slowly backwards from ten, then panic.

4 After the baby is born.
This contains a lot of information on breast feeding and focuses on what the mother may be feeling after the initial buzz has died down. Also contained is a brief piece on getting back into shape and post natal depression.

5 For dads.
Sometimes we get forgotten about but thankfully this book acknowledges the important role played by the dad to be and this section explores some of the issues the arise.
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77 of 82 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Full of information - it's everything you need 17 Jun 2010
By J. Moat
I bought this book when I was about 4 weeks pregnant, so a lot of the information in the first chapter (all about how to prepare your body to conceive) wasn't needed and I skipped a lot of it and went straight to the month by month 'what to expect". I have to say that a lot of the information about scans and tests freaked me out a little bit, so I skipped a lot of that too; I figured I would go back to it when I was about to have those tests and only read the ones that were relevant. I found all of the month by month detail really fascinating though and really useful to find out that a lot of the stuff going on in my body, things I didn't realise were related to the pregnancy, were all inter-linked.

Unfortunately I miscarried a month later, but while it was happening (it took 3 days of waiting to see whether I actually was miscarrying) the book had all of the information I needed and which I'd been searching for on the internet without much luck; I knew what to look out for (i.e. pregnancy symptoms that had suddenly stopped), and it helped me to gradually come to terms with the fact that I was losing my baby. The book also has a chapter on how to cope with the loss of a pregnancy, which really helped me to realise that I wasn't alone, it wasn't my fault and it won't necessarily happen next time we try, it's just one of those things that just happens sometimes. It also helped me to get everything straight in my head so I felt ready to talk it through with my partner, because it was all happening to him as well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By jiayi
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I bought this book because it's known as THE book to get but I'm not sure it really deserves this title anymore. Despite the fact it is updated and written for a British audience, the layout and language still betrays its American roots. I read this on my Kindle and found the layout you often have with American books, where boxes of text sit within the main text quite annoying on the Kindle as it meant you'd be part way through a sentence and then need to skip through the next 3 pages of boxed text and remember where you left off. I personally found the Netmums series and the Dr Miriam Stoppard (which has plenty of pictures) more useful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Cheesy and patronising 12 Nov 2013
By Will
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The book contains a lot of the information I wanted to know, yet the style it uses is so patronising that I had to keep putting the book down. I would only recommend this book to people who don't mind being talked down to while they're learning about pregnancy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I dont like this book 18 July 2013
By Emma k
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I don't doubt that the info in this book is good, but like another reviewer said its cringe worthy. I hate the tone in which its written and I dont like the format, this information doesn't flow and I feel like its giving me a headache. There is a whole host of topics I want to read about but I just feel like sticking my fingers up at the author, sorry Heidi, maybe its my hormones, perhaps you wrote a patronising paragraph about that too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This book is a must have for pregnant ladies! It gives you weekly information and advice and appears to have the answer to every niggling doubt I have!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Informative 14 May 2009
The book is very informative for first time parents. I and my husband were all at sea as to how to go about things since I discovered that I was expecting but this book has given us good bearing and information about how we should approach the coming months. We think all expecting parents should own a copy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative and easily explained away her worries during her...
Bought this book for my daughter at the early stages of pregnancy. Very informative and easily explained away her worries during her pregnancy.
Published 4 days ago by J. Field
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Helping my step daughter with first baby.
Published 7 days ago by Kathryn S.
1.0 out of 5 stars Dull!!
Got this as it's meant to be the pregnancy bible but it's poorly written and laid out and very dull. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Snoozer
4.0 out of 5 stars good if you know already or not.
I brought this for my sister and her boyfriend, Her second baby his first. I had a quick read through. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Pregnancy bible.
Absolutely loved this book. Was recommended by a family member as a must have when we announced our pregnancy. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Steph
1.0 out of 5 stars Not necessary
You don't need this. I read it thinking it was essential but common sense and mothering instinct takes over and you'll do equally as well not having bought and read this.
Published 1 month ago by Andrew Ross
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Great read, gives lots of information about how your baby and you could be feeling and how you are both developing week by week
Published 1 month ago by Jacqui Carter
4.0 out of 5 stars A useful reference book
A comprehensive guide through all stages of pregnancy from conception to some time after birth. A very useful reference book, but less depth than I would have liked in some areas -... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Hazel382
5.0 out of 5 stars pregnancy bible
You need to buy this book if you're a first time mother. it gives lots of details about each stage of your pregnancy. Read more
Published 1 month ago by L. Bertolatti
4.0 out of 5 stars Really useful for first time mums
Very informative and easy to refer to throughout your pregnancy would recommend this book and will keep for reference s
Published 1 month ago by Miss AL Evans
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