Quite rightly dubbed “the bible of American pregnancy,” What to Expect When You’re Expecting is, perhaps, the most trusted pregnancy guide that side of the Atlantic.
Well, it’s there in the title: the pregnant ones; but it’s also about those who plan to get pregnant and about those who want to get their lives back to normal after giving birth. It’s also about dads-to-be – not only because there’s a chapter addressing them explicitly.
With almost 20 million copies sold, it is certainly the bestselling one, and the most influential: it’s not only consistently near the top of The New York Times Best Seller list for a few decades, but it was also selected (back in 2007) by USA Today as one of the 25 Most Influential Books of the past 25 years.
Unsurprisingly, its author, Heidi Murkoff, was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the world by Time magazine four years later.
In a few words, What to Expect When You’re Expecting explains everything– and we do mean everything – you need to know about pregnancy, from pre-conception through week-by-week growth to birth and beyond.
The book has gone through five editions, but please note that the summary below runs through the contents of the fourth one and the fifth one is revised.
Also, you may visit www.whattoexpect.com, the Internet home of the book, where you should find absolutely everything you need.
On a side note, this book may be the only reference book in existence adapted into a movie: even though there’s no story whatsoever between its two covers, the 2012 same-titled blockbuster (starring everybody) is directly inspired by Murkoff’s book.
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