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What to Expect When You’re Expecting

Series: What to Expect
Length: 32 hrs and 43 mins
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Summary

A completely revised and updated edition of America’s pregnancy bible, the longest running New York Times best seller ever.  

With 18.5 million copies in print, What to Expect When You’re Expecting is read by 93 percent of women who read a pregnancy book and was named one of the “Most Influential Books of the Last 25 Years” by USA Today.  

This cover-to-cover (including the cover!) new edition is filled with must-have information, advice, insight, and tips for a new generation of moms and dads. With What to Expect’s trademark warmth, empathy, and humor, it answers every conceivable question expecting parents could have, including dozens of new ones based on the ever-changing pregnancy and birthing practices and choices they face. Advice for dads is fully integrated throughout the book. All medical coverage is completely updated, including the latest on Zika virus, prenatal screening, and the safety of medications during pregnancy, as well as a brand-new section on postpartum birth control. Current lifestyle trends are incorporated, too: juice bars, raw diets, e-cigarettes, push presents, baby bump posting, the lowdown on omega-3 fatty acids, grass-fed and organic, health food fads, and GMOs. Plus expanded coverage of IVF pregnancy, multiple pregnancies, breastfeeding while pregnant, water and home births, and cesarean trends (including VBACs and “gentle cesareans”). 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, an accompanying PDF of charts and diagrams will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©1984, 1988, 1991, 1996, 2002, 2008, 2016 What to Expect, LLC. (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

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  • Kanukipper
  • 04-06-19

Narration Grating, Tone Somewhat Condescending

I know this is supposed to be the pregnancy bible, but I am not a fan.

I gave it overall 3 stars because the information is there, but I was really not a fan of the narration. I usually can listen to audiobooks for hours while I clean, take walks, commute etc, but the author's voice has a tone to it that would cause my ears to hurt. If I listened too long (in my case about an hour), I started getting a headache. The author is not the only narrator. There was a woman who seemed to pipe in with the more science type passages. I MUCH preferred her voice.

I also felt like the author was condescending but trying to hide it with obnoxious, cutesy expressions and puns. The condescending tone is in the language, but I think having the author read the book herself made it more obvious. For a pregnancy bible, I would like the information without the undertones of "this is what you should do if I were you".

I listened to this book because my husband and I are preparing to have children. I should note that I'm also a fan of the Great Courses and listened to the book Scientific Secrets for Raising Kids Who Thrive. In that book, some interesting pregnancy information was provided, and I wanted to get more scientific information specifically targeted to pregnancy. Since this is the pregnancy bible, this is where I started. I would say the book is science-lite mixed in with those infantile expressions (I plan on having an infant, that doesn't mean I want to be talked to like an infant) and suggestions. I suspect there has been criticism in the past because there were several times when the author made statements at the beginning amounting to "even if you are from (insert nontraditional background or role here) this book is still for you".

I'm disappointed because I was hoping for something that provided the facts and information without an agenda. I will say that compared to other books, the agenda is not as in your face, but the agenda while more subtle is still there. (Not going to lie, I wish there were a Great Courses version of this...)

I was happy to encounter more modern day topics such as the low carb (keto) diet, paleo, and raw food diets as well as things like e-cigarettes discussed (even though none of them apply to me). They seemed to be trying to address modern issues that are coming up.

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  • Ryan
  • 30-05-19

Terrible narrator!

The narrator of this title is very difficult to listen to and has a grating and annoying voice. Instead of letting the author narrate her own book, they should have hired a professional!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-07-19

great

very long but jam-packed with very helpful details on almost everything that you can think of

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  • Melanie Abundo
  • 26-06-19

Obvious statements with overly technical jargon

Spent hours talking about common sense ideas like not drinking or doing drugs. Of course that's bad! I know learned nothing about this process because this was either overtly obvious Do's and Don'ts with opinionated non factual based statistics like what to eat and in what quantity. No one is measuring Everything they eat for 9-10 months and what qualifies you to say stay away from 'Google' when you yourself have no educational background or expertise to speak of. You wrote this book for complete idiots who will throw money at a problem rather than seeking expert medical advise.

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  • Lindsey Arnold
  • 16-06-19

Too much of everything and not enough specifics

It feels like the reason this book has been so successful is because it has a great title.

This book covers pregnancy in broad strokes. It spends a lot of time on what to eat, and jumps back to eating often. It also spends a lot of time on beauty upkeep. Which I find to be annoying. It’s hard to skip through the BS because of it being an audible. I also find the over use of baby puns annoying.

It also is written to speak to a very traditional family archetype. They clearly made an addition to it where they said hey— this is to represent all families even though we say mom and dad throughout the entire book. Just pretend we’re talking to you & your circumstance. Woo woo.

I am certain there are better pregnancy books than this one. Save your credits and find one. This is one feels dated, despite being updated often and tries to hard to cover a very broad audience.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-06-19

Very informative

My husband and I found this very informative! We are going to be first time parents and getting all this information made us feel more prepared for our future baby. Definitely worth buying!

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