“What to expect when you are expecting” by Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel

“What to expect when you are expecting” from “What to expect” series by Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel is the World’s bestselling pregnancy manual and referred by most gynecologists and obstetrician. Pocket Books, 2008 have published the Paperback, fourth edition. This book and twelve more in the series have been written by parents, for parents-to-be and new parents (toddlers 0-2 years)

I remember the book on my gynecologist’s table. She highly recommended the book to me. I was advised to keep the book as a 24×7 go to manual. 

It’s a thick book, 600+ pages, which can be intimidating, but it has a lot of practical and helpful advice. It serves as a maternity Bible. It has useful hints and tips.  The book has lots of interesting and humorous advice nuggets, accompanied with cartoons for lifting the spirits in the maternity period. The writing style is expository, simple and has a friendly voice. The information in this book is well-structured, indexed and categorized.

To make it an easy read the book can be read as mentioned below: 

  • Part 1, 2, 5 & 6 serves full-time before and during a pregnancy period. 
  • Part- 3 can be optional, this section is for parents expecting twins, triplets & more
  • Part- 7 can also be optional, this section is for complicated pregnancies
  • Part- 4 is to be referred postpartum. 

The monthly graphical image of the foetal development along with the week-wise development on the topic “Your baby this month” holds a special place in our hearts. 

An excerpt to highlight the lucidity, “Remember that every pregnancy and every woman is different. You may experience all of these symptoms at one time or another, or only a few of them. Some may have continued from last month; others may be new. Still others may be hardly noticed because you’ve become so used to them…” keeps you sorted largely during pregnancy. Also, during the times when the elders at home or other parents around, advise their experiences and experiments a lot, it helps manifolds in keeping oneself optimistic. 

I give 4 out of 5 stars because of the swarming information to consume while expecting. There’s more than ever on pregnancy matters which sometimes feels daunting. So reading this book as per the requirement and partwise, as mentioned above, can serve better. 

I will be reviewing following books in the same genres soon:

  1. Chicken Soup for the Expectant Mother’s Soul: 101 Stories to Inspire and Warm the Hearts of Soon-To-Be Mothers by Jack Canfield,
  2. Your Pregnancy Week by Week by Glade B. Curtis,
  3. Nutritious Recipes for Pregnancy (English) by Tarla Dalal

Genre: Non-fiction, Self-Help