I have always been a planner. Anyone that knows me knows that I am pretty meticulous when it comes to organizing things and getting things done. When I am faced with something new I create a plan as to how I can best accomplish the task at hand or how can I learn something new about it. So when I got pregnant with Emmalyne and I was in unfamiliar territory I reached out to my mom friends about what their favorite books were for pregnancy. The #1 recommendation? What to Expect® When You’re Expecting. Apparently an insane number of people agree because the book has spent a collective 600+ weeks on the New York Times best seller list!
What to Expect® is one of the highest recommended books by moms and doctors alike for a reason. It breaks down pregnancy into easy to understand language and answers pretty much any question you can think of. There are so many “normal” things during pregnancy that just don’t seem normal! This book helped me navigate those waters.
Now, as a budding healthcare professional, I can see why many providers enjoy and recommend this series as well. Providing moms-to-be with a book like this is empowering! It gives women an opportunity to find the answers to their questions without having to drag themselves into the doctor’s office. It also is a very calming tool to potentially help ease some of the anxiety that comes with expecting for the first (or second, or third ….) time. While it will never ever replace a healthcare provider it is a valuable resource that many of my patients on my OB/GYN rotation utilized!
The franchise has now gone further and offers a variety of titles. I had the opportunity to review:
- What to Expect® When You’re Expecting
- What To Expect® the First Year
- What to Expect® the Second Year
I have to say that I am really enjoying What to Expect® the Second Year right now with Bryn! Bryn is SUCH a free spirit and I love the conversation that the book brings. It helps remind me that even when she is driving me crazy she is acting like a perfectly normal 21-month old child. Rather than pull my hair out I am given some ideas about how to manage her LARGE personality without putting out her spark!
I have been a huge fan of these books for literally YEARS now and remember my sister having her copy when she was pregnant with my oldest nephew 16 years ago. However, the editions of the book are constantly being updated to reflect the newest literature and science so you can rest assured that you’re getting quality information. If you are expecting or are a new parent I highly recommend this series for your bookshelf 🙂
Have you read the What to Expect® books? What did you like about them?
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.