What Is the Book "What to Expect When You Are Expecting" About?


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According to Good Reads, “What to Expect When You're Expecting” is a resourced, self-help guide for women who are expecting a child. The book was written by three women who went through pregnancy and childbirth and wanted to share their experiences with other expectant women. Topics covered include pre-planning, medical decisions and parental lifestyle changes during the nine months of pregnancy.

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According to the What To Expect Bookstore, the book was first published Feb.15, 1969, with subsequent editions that added new information such as obstetric developments, pregnancy's impact on relationships, advice on staying active, and tips on health and nutrition. On the New York Times bestseller list for many years, the book was named by USA Today to be one of the 25 Most Influential Books of the Past 25 Years, selling over 17 million copies. Translated into over 30 languages, it is available in paperback or hardcover.

"What to Expect When You're Expecting" is intended for parents who are experiencing their first pregnancy, though the book offers detailed information for anyone seeking guidance through the stages of pregnancy.

One of the book's authors, Heidi Murkoff, wrote additional reference books in the "What to Expect"series that focus on different stages of childhood growth that are available from the What To Expect Bookstore.

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