Review: What to Expect Before You're Expecting

What to Expect Before You're Expecting
What to Expect Before You're Expecting by Heidi Murkoff

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I decided to read [b:What to Expect Before You're Expecting|6287369|What to Expect Before You're Expecting|Heidi Murkoff||6471649] both to scare me into putting off having a baby and to get me mentally prepared for what needs to happen to have a baby. Because my husband and I are not planning on having a baby in the next few months, I am going to have to reread this book, because everything went in one ear and out the other. This is partly my fault, but also partly the fault of the book. The information always seemed either too detailed (so it was overwhelming to memorize) or too basic (so I wasn't paying attention). Also, almost every paragraph ended with "talk with your doctor." As an aside, I think it is important to remind readers about speaking with their doctors and not relying only on books and websites; however, the way the book was written, the reader is left to feel that the author knows nothing. Also, I wish that the author cited her references for her statistics. Some of them seemed a bit off, and I would have liked to see the context of the statistic. Finally, I feel for [a:Heidi Murkoff|53|Heidi Murkoff|], because she had to write a book for someone who is a newbie to getting ready for pregnancy and for someone who has read all websites and books. She tried to make it accessible to both, but I think it failed a bit. I think the book is the strongest when it is not using fun and friendly language like Aunt Flo. The "fun" language just makes the writing sound bad. A book can be accessible without it.

As someone who has not read anything and used this book as a jumping off point, it had a lot of information; however, if you have done any research on the subject, you probably don't need to read this book.

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