I admit it. Even though we are expecting baby number six, with each pregnancy, I still drag out my 21year-old copy of What to Expect When You’re Expecting books. I love to read what is happening with the baby every month. I also love reading all the questions and comments about each stage of pregnancy. Each pregnancy comes with its own unique issues and problems and delights. I love looking through the chapters and browsing to see what the “experts” have to say about the little hiccups and bumps along the way. I love the nutrition suggestions, and the coping techniques. I love that someone gives me permission to feel NORMAL, even when I often think I am anything but normal.
Well, that 21-year-old copy looked awfully outdated when my newly pregnant daughter showed me her shiny, new copy. It was expanded dramatically from the one I have been using for all these pregnancies. It was absolutely FULL of new information, and covers many of the topics moms today are facing. Being one who practices being content with what i have, I decided not to worry about it- I will gladly keep my old, outdated copy and thank the Lord that this book I have had all along the way is sufficient for my needs.
Imagine my delight when the What To Expect When You’re Expecting folks contacted me about reviewing their newly revised edition! I was glad to see that all of my favorite features from the older version were still intact.
Each month the book covers:
- Your baby this month – these are broken down by weeks now
- It also includes links to their website where you can see even more relevant information about baby.
- What you may be feeling- physically and emotionally
- A look inside- a nice pic of what is happening in the uterus
- What you can expect at this month’s check-up
- My very favorite section- What you may be wondering about
Right now, I am in my 16th week, so here are some of the topics being covered for 4 months:
- Dental problems
- Pearly white wisdome
- What to do about dental x-rays
- Nasal Stuffiness and Nosebleeds
- Pregnancy insomnia
- Peanut Allergies
- Elevated blood pressure
- Sugar in the urine
- Flu shots
- Fetal movement
- Body image
- Maternity clothes
- Looking slim when you’re building up
- Pre-baby jitters
- Unwanted advice
- Unwanted belly touching
- Exercise during pregnancy
Each of these topics is covered in great detail- some more expanded than others. I love the wide variety of topics. Since some do not pertain to me, I can skim right through them. Some do not pertain to me, but they DO pertain to my now-pregnant daughter, so I can have fun reading the things that relate to her as well, since we talk about everything anyway!
Next, I got the delight of checking out the What to Expect the First Year and What to Expect the Second Year books.
The What to Expect The First Year book is a month-by-month guide to clearly explain everthing from first moments with the baby to first steps. There are many special sections to cover topics like:
- Comforting crying
- Helping baby sleep through the night
- A detailed baby care primer with sections on first aid, safety and keeping the baby healthy.
The What to Expect the Second Year book has one section that covers the timetable for expected milestones, but the majority of the book is set up in a topical manner with topics such as:
- Your Toddler head to toe
- Behavior problems
- Making friends
Since many of these issues will vary in scope for each child they are included in sections together, rather than divided out by months. I thought this was great since my won experience with toddlers is that there is a wide variety of normal and grouping these by topic rather than age made so much sense.
Since May is for Mother’s Day, I thought this would be a perfect giveaway for our blog! The What to Expect people are kindly giving us TWO copies of EACH book to give away to some very lucky readers.
To enter to win, just leave a comment below and tell me WHICH book would be perfect for you OR prefect for a new mom in your life:
- What to Expect When You’re Expecting
- What to Expect the First Year
- What to Expect the Second Year
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About the Author
||Malia Russell is the blessed wife to Duncan, thankful mother to five children, ages 2 to 22 and an author, conference speaker and director of www.homemaking911.com. Visit her site for inspiration, encouragement and practical help in your roles as a godly wife, mother, homemaker or home educator.|
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