I am a woman who likes to be prepared and I suppose I am one of ‘those’ Mother’s who likes to read baby books. With my first pregnancy I read everything I could get my hands on; I obsessively followed up on week-by-week development, reading out snippets of information to my husband in bed. This pregnancy has been so different to my previous pregnancy, aside from the obvious (that we are expecting twins) I also felt more comfortable and less anxiety this time round. I didn’t immediately whip out my pregnancy book when I found out I was pregnant but as time went out I realised there was some information I was unsure of. Even after only two years of conceiving Lucas I had forgotten so much and then added to that the bombshell that we are expecting twins I was suddenly back to my previous ill-informed state. My old pregnancy book was extremely unhelpful with almost no information on multiple pregnancy so when the lovely people at What To Expect offered me a chance to have a read of the new edition of their ‘Pregnancy Bible’ I jumped at the chance.
I wish I had had this book in my life first time round! It is so full of information and one of my favourite things about it is that is a relatively small paperback; so easy for me to pick up and read of a night and take around the house with me for a sneaky read if something occurs to me. The first thing I did when I received the book was skip to the back and look up twins in the index, I love, love, love that there is a whole chapter dedicated to multiple birth! I found information in there that I hadn’t previously found online and it’s so much easier to have a quick read of a book rather than going to a screen. Having a read through I found little extra bits of twin information in the other chapters too which I was pleased to see.
I found the book easy to read and it’s great for just picking up and reading a few pages when you have time. No, it isn’t full of glossy photos of those damn lovely, glowing pregnant women but it is chock full of everything else: diagrams, information, questions and answers. If you are lucky enough to have a partner who is hungry for baby information then there is a section for Dads-to-be; my husband liked the layout of it and found it ‘to the point without the waffle.’ Surely a big plus for most men! I’ve had a good read through the Eating Well section as I’m more concious of a healthy pregnancy diet this time round and of course I’m following the monthly development chapters; I really like the ‘What to expect at check-ups’ section.
I honestly don’t know how I missed this book with my first pregnancy as it would have been amazingly helpful. This version is the new 4th Edition by Heidi Murkoff, the lady behind What To Expect When You’re Expecting. It really does have everything I am looking for in a pregnancy manual; I keep looking though it and finding something new and relevant to me and even in a second pregnancy it has been invaluable. The book is available through Amazon and you can find more information on the What To Expect website. They are very friendly people with lots of information at hand and you can stop by and say hello to them on Twitter.