I’m a huge bookworm, so it should come as no surprise to anyone that the second that I found out that I was pregnant with Baby Z, I went out to the nearest bookstore and bought the most popular “Bible” for expectant mothers: What To Expect When You’re Expecting. I even purchased it in print and in the Kindle version, just in case I needed immediate on-the-go answers.
I haven’t finished reading through the entire book yet, but I’ve read through enough to say a big…
WTF to WTE.
Seriously, What to Expect is quite possibly the worst book that I’ve ever had the misfortune to purchase (twice)! As a first time Mom, I want practical, informative, factual information from a legitimate and trusted doctor on my pregnancy. Instead, what I’m finding in WTE is a disorganized, poorly written, condescending, overly-simplistic pile of a horror novel. I’m not one to scare easily, but I find the way that the author presents every pregnancy scenario with a million things that could be or go wrong to be extremely off-putting and unnecessary. For example, early on in my pregnancy I looked up pregnancy fatigue – and WTE tells me that while feeling tired can be normal, it can also mean that Baby Z can have severe mental and physical disabilities ranging from sprouting three tails to having a forked tongue. (Ok, I made up the last two examples, but you get the idea.)
Moreover, there are way too many long-winded and ridiculous sections in the book to drive the former book editor in me NUTS. There’s a whole section with questions such as, “How do I know if I’m pregnant?” Um, trust me, no one is purchasing a book called What to Expect When You’re Expecting to find out if they’re pregnant. Even worse, the version that I picked up now contains several “new and improved” section for today’s women, such as a section on…”looking slim when you’re bulking up.” Seriously?! I didn’t purchase this book for fashion tips. Just stick to what I need to know – babies and birth, thanks.
Last but not least, when I purchased the book, I didn’t realize that the author, Heidi Murkoff, is NOT a medical professional whatsoever. Wut. If I wanted advice about childbirth from a non-medical professional, I would’ve just called my mother.
Side note: I’m now reading the Mayo Clinic’s Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy, and already, I’m finding it to be a much more informative, factual, matter-of-fact guide. At least, that’s this Mom-to-be’s humble opinion.
p.s. I’m always on the hunt for a good read! If you have any recommendations for books on pregnancy, babies, children’s books…anything and everything – please send them my way!