What to Expect Before You’re Expecting by Heidi Murkoff
Published May 15, 2009 by Workman Publishing Group
Genres Nonfiction, Pregnancy, Health
I have been doing a lot of reading about pregnancy as we get ready to TTC (trying to conceive) later this fall. Lots of books and lots of blog posts. This is the first pregnancy book I have read; I thought it was a good place to start as it is focused on what to expect before you are expecting. I have found that many pregnancy books are not my “style” as I lead a more natural lifestyle and therefore play on a natural pregnancy and childbirth. However this book was in the middle of the road and just generally gave a lot of good information. Much of the information in this book I already knew from my reading, but for anyone who is just thinking about TTC, I think this would be an excellent book.
The book is divided into 4 parts; Getting Ready to Make a Baby, Making a Baby, Bumps on the Road to Baby and Keeping Track. The first section focuses on preparing your body and making necessary changes before you start TTC. The section has several chapters and goes over things like medications that may or may not be safe, quitting smoking and drinking, exercising and changing your diet. It also covers things like checking with your insurance about what they may or may not cover and finding a care provider. The chapters also included practical questions from readers and advice on how to make certain changes. The second section focuses on the biology of making a baby, how to predict when you are ovulating, questions about your fertility, making a baby and early signs of pregnancy. The section on ovulation actually gave me some information about the actual process day by day that I thought was really interesting and was useful when I tested my LH this month. The third section talks about what to do if you are having a problem getting pregnant, certain fertility challenges, when to seek out help and what to do if you experience a loss. The chapters go over information about drugs like Clomid that are given if a woman isn’t ovulating and procedures such as IVF. The last section is actually entirely for record keeping, which I know is a bit outdated in this day and age when most people track their cycles with apps on their phone. But for people who like to actually write things down, this would be very useful and gives you an idea of the things you could/should be keeping track of.
Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone who is just starting to think about TTC. This book covers a wide variety of information and I feel like even a husband could read through this book and gain a lot of knowledge. Happy reading!