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What to Expect When You're Expecting: New 3rd Edition Paperback – January 1, 1750
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Now, if you're looking to find out whether you're normal in that you're experiencing any number of things from swelling and bloating to belching, this book will certainly reassure you that you're not alone. But if you actually want to know what the heck is happening internally, for instance in terms of what hormones are higher and lower than normal, you'll have to find a more scientifically written book, which is what I'm planning to do.
This is not to say that this book is not without value; I admire the authors for compiling a thorough and understandable catalogue of pregnancy do's, don'ts, and so on. But the reader who wants her material to have a little more scientific heft than your average issue of "Ladies Home Journal" will probably have to get other, supplemental books as well.
What I don't like: Very little attention is paid to the special challenges of "advanced maternal age." For example, they talk a little about amniocentesis and the potential for facing the difficult decision of whether to terminate a pregnancy based on the results. But they DON'T mention how short the timeframe can be to make and act on such a decision in many states (2 weeks, where I live!). There's almost no mention of fibroids, which will be a factor during pregnancy for something like 1/3 of older women. And, the constant urging to call your doctor about every little twinge is ridiculous. (Don't these people have HMO's?) There are "worries" expressed in the Q&A format that never would have occurred to me, and like many other reviewers, I thought they made the whole tone of the book much too negative. Maybe younger women worry more about this stuff, but I've been around long enough to stand up for myself and make my own decisions in life.
Overall though, this book has been a decent part of my education.
There are a couple of helpful chapters such as the three stages of labor. But I think that one can find both an informative book combined with positive feedback from the author(s) elsewhere.