Pregnancy Books – What to Expect When You’re Expecting

As I have said before I have been doing a lot of reading up pregnancy and babies, so I thought I would discuss some of the books I have been reading. I am not going to give a comprehensive review of these books but I plan to briefly introduce some of them in a series of short posts. First in line is the first pregnancy book I ever looked at and the mother of all pregnancy books:

What to Expect When You’re Expecting

This is massive book that covers just about everything you could possibly want or need to know about pregnancy plus a lot of stuff you do not want or need to know! It is not the kind of book you read from cover to cover but is basically set out by month of pregnancy so I have started at the beginning and have been working slowly through the whole thing, skipping the parts that don’t apply to me, such as information on vegetarianism and pregnancy, eating disorders, etc.

It is worth noting that I have found some gems in this book that I had not seen elsewhere. For example, it was in this book that I read that drinking large amounts of green tea can affect your body’s ability to absorb folate! As a result I have dramatically cut down on my daily green tea consumption. After all, what’s the point of spending all that money on pregnancy supplements if the folate in them is not being absorbed?

Should you read it?

If I want to find something out, like when the first trimester ends and the second trimester begins, I look here first and in that sense it is inavaluable. But it is not something I read for entertainment – it is very dry and my eyes often start to droop after 15 minutes or so! In that sense I would say it is good for dipping into in short bursts.

Where can you get it?

This book is so well known that it won’t be hard to track down a copy. I got mine at Maruzen but Amazon would definitely have been a better deal. Also, the edition available here is the U.S. edition so if you’re looking for a less American perspective I would suggest looking online or picking up a copy in your home country. If, however, reading the U.S. edition is not a problem you may be lucky enough to track down a second-hand copy at Good Day Books, Book Off, or the Blue Parrot. I even found a copy at my local library, the Saitama Central Library in Urawa!

Unfortunately I was not able to download an image for this book but the What to Expect When You’re Expecting website is well worth looking at!


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