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What to Expect When You're Expecting: 4th Edition

by Heidi Murkoff, Sandee Hathaway, Sharon Mazel

Workman Publishing Co | April 10, 2008 | Trade Paperback

What to Expect When You're Expecting: 4th Edition is rated 2.5455 out of 5 by 11.
Announcing a brand new, cover-to-cover revision of America''s pregnancy bible. What to Expect When You''re Expecting is a perennial New York Times bestseller and one of USA Today''s 25 most influential books of the past 25 years. It''s read by more than 90% of pregnant women who read a pregnancy book-the most iconic, must-have book for parents-to-be, with over 14.5 million copies in print.

Now comes the Fourth Edition, a new book for a new generation of expectant moms-featuring a new look, a fresh perspective, and a friendlier-than-ever voice. It''s filled with the most up-to-date information reflecting not only what''s new in pregnancy, but what''s relevant to pregnant women. 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 fetal development section in each of the monthly chapters, an expanded chapter on pre-conception, and a brand new one on carrying multiples. More comprehensive, reassuring, and empathetic than ever, 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 (more 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 humor (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?.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 640 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.25 in

Published: April 10, 2008

Publisher: Workman Publishing Co

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0761148574

ISBN - 13: 9780761148579

Found in: Pregnancy and Childbirth

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good stuff Great overview of pregnancy. Easy to look up things you might have questions about. While it doesn't replace the doctor's office, it gives good info to put you at ease, follow up with or simply just know. I referred to it several times throughout my pregnancy. Just remember that it is all averages and really no two pregnancies are the same!
Date published: 2014-07-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not Recommended As soon as the pregnancy test gave me confirmation, I went out and bought this book because it's so well-known. At my first doctor's appointment, one of the first things my OB asked me not to do was read this book - one of the primary reasons being that it makes you worry unnecessarily. I had already started reading it and agreed with his position. There are better and more comprehensive resources out there such as the book provided by the hospital or www.babycentre.ca or www.babycentre.com which I really liked and still refer to often. The babycentre app is great too. If you are looking to purchase a book, Canada's Baby Care Book is a good reference.
Date published: 2014-09-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not Recommended for Anyone Who is Expecting I read this book with my first child and it was so ridiculously alarmist. There is no reason to make a woman feel like every single thing she does, every movement she makes is going to somehow cause a miscarriage, birth defect or early labour. Definitely avoid this book unless you like to worry needlessly.
Date published: 2014-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for new moms! As an expectant mother of 23, I found this book to be extremely knowledgeable and up-to-date. As a first time mother you have so many concerns and questions running through your mind at all times, I continually turned to this book as not only a reference guide but as a follow up tool after each appointment. My grandmother purchased this book for me as a congratulations item, however interestingly enough my mother read this while pregnant with me. Another great feature of the updated version of this book is that of the app. From your smart phone you are able to download the 'What to expect when expecting' app - free of charge, and follow along electronically with many great tools such as online forum discussions with other mothers, a tracking device to keep you updated on the size of your baby as well as what to expect for all 40 weeks. I thoroughly enjoyed all the resources this text has to offer from both the literary and electronic aspects and would recommend this to any mother!
Date published: 2013-12-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not recomended This book is not up to date with what actual studies show and is based off the concept that birth is dangerous and interventions are needed when in most cases the it's the other way around. Waste of money and trees.
Date published: 2014-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Baby Book Ever! Includes info on pre-pregnancy as well! Provides all the info you could ever want on pregnancy, before, during, and after!
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Don't let it be your first choice! I read "The Girlfriend's Guide" first, thankfully. I found What to Expect very alarmist. While they are covering all bases, there was a lot of negative impact information that was not very helpful at all. My midwife suggested disposing of the book immediately!!! It doesn't cover the Canadian health care system at all, & seems to be slanted against midwifery altogether. I picked up "The Mother of All Pregnancy Books" & found it very helpful.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from AVOID AT ALL COSTS I bought this series when I was a young teen, curious about the birth process and I was left feeling paranoid about it all because the authors have what I like to call a ‘fear-based’ approach. Virtually all of the modern hysteria associated with pregnancy can be traced back to this nightmarish excuse of a book. I found it insulting to my intelligence to be honest. The book is comprehensive but the information is dated; lacking in current research, and inattentive to the psychological aspect of pregnancy. It has a bossy and condescending tone, using guilt as its main weapon to turn the most natural experience into a serious medical condition. It is full of idiotic statements and scare tactics and the majority of the "information," it seems, is about all the discomforts of pregnancy and none of the joys. The book only offers the hospital model of care and even downplays the idea of birthing naturally as if it would be foolish to attempt. It mentions some birthing alternatives at the beginning of the book but offers no tangible information, pretty much dismissing them as a possible course of action. They don’t even mention homebirth at all. The book also constantly harps on the Pregnancy Diet as the cure to all ills and makes women feel guilty for eating even one spoonful of icecream. Seriously, there are many more studies out there linking maternal stress to pregnancy complications and later development problems than there are studies linking the consumption of icecream to catastrophic pregnancy failure. Again, important psychological issues are not even addressed. I was especially shocked at the cavalier attitude towards interventions and c-sections. It applauds the use of pain medication without outlining the risks to mother and baby claiming it to be in the best interest of both parties such as when labor is long and complicated claiming: “..pain stress can lead to chemical imbalances that can interfere with contractions, compromise blood flow to the fetus, and exhaust the mother, reducing her ability to push effectively.” This is complete bullocks, because they’re insinuating that it is the birth ‘trauma’ that is causing the stress and not all the other interventions they did previously that lead to the dreaded ‘failure to progress’. It is a false statement and should make you question the validity of the other so called ‘information’ they are giving throughout the book. Even more insulting is the emphasis on watching your figure in the section dealing with the father’s concerns. They even offer a list of suggestions for the father-to-be who wants to keep his wife trim and slim post-pregrancy. It makes it seem like gaining weight during pregnancy is a sin when it is in fact what you’re aiming for since you’re growing a child! If my husband pestered me on my weight I would deck him, I don’t know about you guys. All in all, I would suggest picking up a book that will treat you like an intelligent, thinking woman by arming you with the facts you need to make the best possible choices for your baby. This book does not. It doesn’t even go in depth in any of the issues they do choose to mention such as cesarean sections which they barely touch upon and don’t even look at the physiological or psychological ramifications of it. There are WAY better books out there for moms-to-be.
Date published: 2014-10-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Don't waste your money! I had purchased this book while conceiving, thinking it would be a good resource once we got pregnant. Boy was I wrong! There is a lot of incorrect information in the book (as an example, red raspberry leaf tea does not induce labour as the book says) and it promotes the ideology that childbirth should be feared. The only worthwhile part of the book are the paragraphs at the start of each chapter relating to the baby's development. There are so many more books out there that are worth investing in!
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Helpful! I read this (actually skimmed it) during my first pregnancy. It was very helpful in many areas. It was interesting to read about the development during each month and many of the FAQ were ones that I wanted to ask as well. I would recommend this to a first time mom-to-be. But, I would also recommend that you have your own thoughts too - it is not the be all, end all.
Date published: 2013-10-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good compliment to Your Pregnancy Week by Week I bought this book along with Your Pregnancy Week by Week by Glade B. Curtis. What to Expect When You Are Expecting has a much more general & 'frequently asked questions' type of format. It is well written but at times repears itself a little bit. I would definitely recommend this book to new mothers; however as a compliment to Your Pregnancy Week by Week which I found to be much more precise. I found that the two books together was all I needed to be well-informed to enjoy this wonderful experience!
Date published: 2013-10-29

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What to Expect When You're Expecting: 4th Edition

by Heidi Murkoff, Sandee Hathaway, Sharon Mazel

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 640 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.25 in

Published: April 10, 2008

Publisher: Workman Publishing Co

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0761148574

ISBN - 13: 9780761148579

About the Book

Announcing a brand-new, cover-to-cover revision of America's pregnancy bible. The perennial "New York Times" bestseller and one of "USA Today's" 25 most influential books is a must-have for parents to be.

Read from the Book

Chapter 5 - The First Month Approximately 1 to 4 Weeks Congratulations-and welcome to your pregnancy! Though you almost certainly don''t look pregnant yet, chances are you''re already starting to feel it. Whether it''s just tender breasts and a little fatigue you''re experiencing, or every early pregnancy symptom in the book (and then some), your body is gearing up for the months of baby-making to come. As the weeks pass, you''ll notice changes in parts of your body you''d expect (like your belly), as well as places you wouldn''t expect (your feet and your eyes). You''ll also notice changes in the way you live-and look at-life. But try not to think (or read) too far ahead. For now, just sit back, relax, and enjoy the beginning of one of the most exciting and rewarding adventures of your life. What You Can Expect at Your First Prenatal Visit Your first prenatal visit will probably be the longest you''ll have during your pregnancy, and definitely will be the most comprehensive one. Not only will there be more tests, procedures (including several that will be performed only at this visit), and data gathering (in the form of a complete medical history), but there will be more time spent on questions (questions you have for the practitioner, questions he or she will have for you) and answers. There will also be plenty of advice to take in-on everything from what you should be eating (and not eating) to what supplements you should be taking to whether (and how) you should be exerci
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Table of Contents

Part 1: First Things First Chapter 1: Before You Conceive . Preconception Prep for Moms . Preconception Prep for Dads Chapter 2: Are You Pregnant? . What You May be Wondering About . Choosing and Working with Your Practitioner Chapter 3: Your Pregnancy Profile . Your Gynecological History . Your Obstetrical History . Your Medical History . Prenatal Diagnosis . First Trimester . First and Second Trimester . Second Trimester Chapter 4: Your Pregnancy Lifestyle . What You May be Wondering About . Complementary and Alternative Medicine Chapter 5: Nine Months of Eating Well . What You May be Wondering About Part 2: Nine Month & Counting Chapter 6: The First Month . Your Baby This Month . What You May be Feeling . What You Can Expect at Your First Prenatal Visit . What You May be Wondering About . Your Pampered Pregnancy Chapter 7: The Second Month . Your Baby This Month . What You May be Feeling . What You Can Expect at This Month''s Checkup . What You May be Wondering About . Weight Gain During Pregnancy Chapter 8: The Third Month . Your Baby This Month . What You May be Feeling . What You Can Expect at This Month''s Checkup . What You May be Wondering About . Pregnant on the Job Chapter 9: The Fourth Month . Your Baby This Month . What You May be Feeling . What You Can Expect at This Month''s Checkup . What You May be Wondering About . Exercise During Pregnancy Chapter 10: The Fifth Month . Your Baby This Month . What You May be Feeling . What You Can Expect at This Month''s Che
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From the Publisher

Announcing a brand new, cover-to-cover revision of America''s pregnancy bible. What to Expect When You''re Expecting is a perennial New York Times bestseller and one of USA Today''s 25 most influential books of the past 25 years. It''s read by more than 90% of pregnant women who read a pregnancy book-the most iconic, must-have book for parents-to-be, with over 14.5 million copies in print.

Now comes the Fourth Edition, a new book for a new generation of expectant moms-featuring a new look, a fresh perspective, and a friendlier-than-ever voice. It''s filled with the most up-to-date information reflecting not only what''s new in pregnancy, but what''s relevant to pregnant women. 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 fetal development section in each of the monthly chapters, an expanded chapter on pre-conception, and a brand new one on carrying multiples. More comprehensive, reassuring, and empathetic than ever, 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 (more 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 humor (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?.

From the Jacket

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?

About the Author

It all started with a baby and a book. Heidi Murkoff conceived the idea for What to Expect When You''re Expecting during her first pregnancy, when she couldn''t find answers to her questions or reassurance for her worries in the books shed turned to for much-needed advice. Determined to write a guide that would help other expectant parents sleep better at night, Heidi delivered the proposal for What to Expect When You''re Expecting just hours before delivering her daughter, Emma. Dubbed the pregnancy bible, the iconic New York Times bestseller is now in its all-new fourth edition, with over 17 million copies in print, and according to USA Today, is read by 93 percent of women who read a pregnancy book. Other titles in the series include Eating Well When You''re Expecting, What to Expect the First Year, What to Expect Before You''re Expecting (a complete preconception plan), and the newest member of the What to Expect family: What to Expect the Second Year, the must-have guide for parents of toddlers. The What to Expect books have sold more than 34 million copies in the US alone, and are published in over 30 languages. In 2005, Heidi expanded the What to Expect (WTE) brand online with WhatToExpect.com the interactive, state-of-the-internet companion to the WTE books, and home to a vibrant, vast, yet close-knit community of 3 million parents. In 2009, WTE went mobile with the WTE Pregnancy Tracker (the most popular pregnancy app in the world), the WTE Fertility Tracker, the WTE
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