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What to Expect Before You’re Expecting

The Complete Guide to Getting Pregnant
Series: What to Expect
Length: 13 hrs and 36 mins
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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 in the books she turned to for much-needed advice. Now with five editions and more than 19 million copies in print, the book—widely dubbed the pregnancy bible—is the longest-running title of all time on the New York Times best-seller list. Heidi expanded the world’s popular pregnancy and parenting series—which has sold more than 42 million copies in 38 countries and 34 languages—with What to Expect the First Year, Eating Well When You’re Expecting, and the pregnancy prequel, What to Expect Before You’re Expecting. Adapting her brand across new platforms, she created WhatToExpect.com, which features the #1 rated pregnancy app and is home to an active community of 13 million moms. She personally answers questions from the community in her weekly column, Help Me, Heidi. Her iconic book was also adapted into a feature-length comedy in 2012 starring Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, and Chris Rock. Heidi’s passionate commitment to moms and babies led to the creation of the What to Expect Project, a nonprofit dedicated to helping mothers in need expect healthy pregnancies and safe deliveries. So far, the Project’s groundbreaking Baby Basics has supported more than 950,000 expectant at-risk moms-to-be in the US, Liberia, and Bangladesh. The WTE Project has also teamed with International Medical Corps to provide life-saving maternal-child healthcare and midwife training in Africa and the Middle East, and Heidi serves as a First Responder with this team of humanitarian healthcare workers. In partnership with the USO, she and her husband Erik created Special Delivery, a program that celebrates and supports expectant military moms, active duty and spouses—hosting more than 170 baby showers at bases around the world over the last six years. Heidi actively advocates on a variety of issues impacting families, from healthcare to childcare to prison reform to Zika virus, meeting and appearing often with members of Congress. In 2011, Time magazine named Heidi one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World—though she prefers to be known as a mom on a mission.

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Must listen before TTC

It's really well written and easy to follow even if you don't know what TTC is.

I enjoyed how they made it easy to follow the abbreviated words and that it covers everything including infertility and how to cope with miscarriage.

I will also be reading /listening to the rest of this series.

Thank you

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Better as a physical book, most is common sense

There's nothing like the excitement of planning a baby with your partner to get your need for information and to-do's in gear (at least, if you're a Type A personality). Knowing the great reputation for this book's sequel, What to Expect When You're Expecting, I figured this would be the endless fountain of the information every uterus-owning person planning on a baby would want and need to know. What I got was a textbook, read by someone whose tone is less gal-pal and more slightly condescending nurse with bad attempts at humor and slightly sexist jokes. It's all a bit eyeroll-inducing. The first few chapters are all things anyone could guess at without even trying, followed by information that comes up after a quick Google search. "Planning a baby? Eat healthy, get your weight where the doctors tell you it should be, and stop drinking, smoking, or taking recreational drugs." That's literally the summary of the first third of the book, without the condescending tone.

The audiobook might have been better if you knew easily what sections you could skip, or if the narrator's tone weren't the same up-down pitch that sounds like the lady at the office who is fake-nice. It doesn't sound natural or conversational at all, but rather like someone who is the audio version of a motivational poster. I downloaded this on the first of the month and still haven't finished listening to it - it's that much of a chore.

The rest of the book does have some good information, but honestly would be more useful as a tangible book that you can take a highlighter to and just notate the stuff that's relevant to you personally. It's also still information that you can just as easily Google or ask your GP/Nurse Prac. Also, if you have anxiety, this might not be a good book since every symptom of conception and pregnancy is summarized as "It could be pregnancy, PMS, or -insert horrible medical thing here.-" Almost everything just says to ask your doctor. Um, thanks?

Find the book used cheap at Half Price Books and just mark up what you need with a highlighter, and save your monthly credit for something more entertaining.