What to Expect Before You're Expecting

What to Expect Before You're Expecting Review

Looking for a TTC (trying-to-conceive) book to read?

If so, I just finished, What to Expect Before You’re Expecting. I have had it in my book pile for awhile now, but to be honest, I had heard from a lot of my friends that they really didn’t like the book. So my expectations were pretty low as I began reading it this weekend.

Turns out though, that I wished I had picked it up sooner. In general, it was a worthwhile read. It was jam packed with lots of information on every topic you can imagine. One thing I really liked was that it was set up in a question/answer format, making it easy to navigate through. I find that as I read TTC books, I tend to scan for the parts that are most relevant to me. So I love it when it is easy to identify the beginning and end of new topics, no matter how trivial they may seem. Another plus was that there were sections for both the moms and dads-to-be. I think the author was hoping that couples would sit down and read and/or discuss the book together. And lastly, there was a whole section devoted to recording information about doctor appointments, fertility treatments and BBT charting that were really nice to have.
On the flip side however, there were a few things that did gnaw at me as I was reading. It may have been more about the mood I was in when I read it, but I did find the tone of the book a bit annoying. There were a lot of cutesy jokes that seemed too forced and intentional for the text. And although I liked the attempt at keeping the book “light,” there were times that I wished the author (Heidi Murkoff) would have just left them out. Along the same lines, there was a few times where I felt as if the tone was a little condescending. There were statements that implied that the reader might not understand what she was trying to say. Again, it may have been that I was feeling a little bit more sensitive than normal! :)
One last impression had to do with the target audience for the book. If you are just starting out the TTC journey and struggling to become pregnant, I think this is a great resource. If you have been actively trying to conceive for awhile and have done a lot of reading on the topic, you may not find a whole lot of new information.
That being said, I would definitely recommend picking up this book and looking through it. 
Happy reading!!!!!!!!!!!


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