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What To Expect: Before You're Expecting

by Heidi E. Murkoff
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  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
  • Publishing date: 07/01/2010
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 9781847377050
  • ISBN: 184737705X

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Book Description
More and more couples are planning for conception, not only for financial and lifestyle reasons, but in response to recent recommendations from the medical community. In the same fresh, contemporary voice that has made the 4th edition of What to Expect When You're Expecting so successful, Heidi Murkoff explains the whys and wherefores of getting your body ready for pregnancy, including pregnancy prep for both moms and dads to be. Before You're Expecting is filled with information on exercise, diet, pinpointing ovulation, lifestyle, workplace, and insurance changes you'll want to consider, and how to keep your relationship strong when you're focused on baby making all the time. There are tips for older couples; when to look for help from a fertility specialist--including the latest on fertility drugs and procedures--plus a complete fertility planner.



Read Heidi Murkoff's Introduction to What to Expect Before You're Expecting
Pregnancy, as you probably know, is nine months long (or 38 weeks from conception, if you're really serious about keeping count). And if you've ever been pregnant before, you probably think that's plenty long enough. But is nine months really long enough? Does that time-honored baby-making timetable really stand up to the latest obstetrical science?

According to more and more research--and more and more experts (including the Centers for Disease Control, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the American College of Pediatrics)--the answer is maybe not. That traditional nine-month figure is being challenged by a surprising new suggestion: It’s time to add more months to pregnancy.

That's right, more months. At least three more months, in fact, for a full year (or even more) of baby making. But before you panic (three extra months of not seeing my feet? Of passing on the sushi? Of waiting to hold that bundle of joy?), here’s what you need to know: Those extra months aren’t meant to be spent being pregnant, they’re meant to be spent getting ready to be pregnant.

Before you're expecting--and before you even begin trying to expect--is the best time to get both your bodies into tip-top baby-making shape. And that's why I've written What to Expect Before You're Expecting--a complete, step-by-step preconception plan to help you and your partner prep for pregnancy. Whether you're hoping to fill your nest for the first time or the fourth (or more!), a little conception know-how--which lifestyle adjustments you should make now (cut back on caffeine and cocktails) and which you can hold off on (get your sushi while you can!); which foods are fertility-friendly and which are fertility busters (say yes to yams and oysters, so long to saturated fats); how extra weight can weigh on your fertility and his; how to track fertility and pinpoint ovulation--can help you fill that nest faster. What's more, the right preconception protocol can help ensure a healthier and more comfortable pregnancy (think less morning sickness, a lowered risk of premature delivery and gestational diabetes) and a healthier bundle of baby. And the plan doesn't end when you're finished with the prepping. It covers baby-making how-to's, do's, and don'ts--everything you need to know about conception sex (from timing, to logistics, to positions, and more).

Whether you've begun your conception campaign already or you're just starting to think about getting pregnant, it’s never too late--or too early--to start optimizing your preconception profile, giving the baby of your dreams the healthiest possible start in life. So put time on your side, and add a few months to your baby-making calendar. More pregnancy, as it turns out, is more.



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  • helpful
    From Amazon

    Been married for 2 yrs... and I never knew I was so clueless about pregnancy till I read this book. I thought that all I need was to take prenatal vitamins and wala when we're (the hubby & I) ready I'll be pregnant, boy was I wrong. We've been trying for 4 months before I read this book. We are still trying but I'm glad that I look into this book b/c it help me understand the process of preparing my body for a healthy pregnancy. Highly recommend it if you're planning on getting pregnant. BTW if you own an Ipod touch or Iphone there's a great app for this too and it's free!!!!search ="pregnancy" AND GOOD LUCK!!!!!!! =)

  • Mostly applicable
    From Amazon

    Most of this book was applicable. It answered a lot of the questions I had and even ones that I didn't know that I had. The only downside is that it has a strong focus on infertility, which can scare a woman who is just starting to try to get pregnant.

  • What To Expect ...
    From Amazon

    I like this book and it did have a lot of helpful tips. A lot of the material is common sense. I think it's a good, easy to read book for soon-to-be first time moms.

  • Same information on the internet
    From Amazon

    I did not like the questions and answers writing style. I would prefer a straightforward book on trying to conceive. The information on nutrient and the cervical mucus was informative. I wished Murkoff spent more time on making a baby after 35. That section was very brief. If you're trying to conceive, you should not read the chapter "Bumps on the Road to Baby." Reading that chapter terrified me. Overall, I would suggest not purchasing this book because you can find the same information on the internet much quickly.

  • Did she used to write for Cosmo?
    From Amazon

    I have heard over and over how patronizing the What to Expect books are to their readers (a "don't worry your pretty little head and just do what your doctor tells you, sweety" sort of tone). But I figured I'd read them, give them a chance, and then go and find something better. Well, I wasn't disappointed as I began at the beginning, with What to Expect BEFORE You're Expecting. To be fair, I knew most everything described in the first half of the book (the second half is dedicated to overcoming fertility issues and dealing with miscarriages, about which, thankfully, I have no experience). Perhaps this is why I felt like the author was speaking to me like I was a moron. When discussing caffeine intake: "What's too much caffeine when you're trying to conceive? Technically, more than 200mg a day. Too technical for you? Here are some caffeine stats to help you see how your intake adds up. . . ." Um . . . no, thanks, that wasn't too technical. I did manage to pass 8th grade science; I know what an effing milligram is. And if you're worried that your wording or your example does not properly demonstrate the facts, use a different example! "What's too much caffeine when you're trying to conceive? About 200mg per day, or about 2 cups of coffee." Before discussing reproductive anatomy: "But how much do you really know about the science of conception beyond the basics of baby-making biology? If you're like most hopeful moms- and dads-to-be, probably not a whole lot." . . . oh no she did NOT! How dare she assume that her readers don't know anything? I found that incredibly insulting! It nearly made me put the book down right then and there, and made me quite thankful that I had borrowed the book from the library instead of buying it. The fact is that the majority of the readers of this book are actually PLANNING their pregnancies, and therefore have managed to keep themselves from getting pregnant up until now. They KNOW how babies are made, thank you very much. I gave this book 2 stars instead of 1 because there were a few tidbits that I gleaned. I'll have to do some researching to find out if these tidbits are accurate, however, because she does not back up any of the facts with citations or references. If you have no ideas how babies are made (or just want to make sure), it's not a TERRIBLE book. But don't expect grown-up language ("Aunt Flo", "Baby-making dance"? Come on!) or research-based analysis. The Cosmo-style writing does make for a quick read, so at least the amount time it wastes is minimal.

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