Wednesday, April 25, 2012

What To Expect When You're Expecting Series GIVEAWAY

When I found out I was pregnant with my first child I remember the feeling of being in a daze much of the time. I'd just zone out, lost in thought about this little being that my body was taking care of. I imagine most first-time moms feel that way. You have SO many questions and SO many concerns. My husband and I took a trip to the local bookstore to get some books to have on hand because I wanted to read up on each stage and get the pregnancy play-by-play. Of course the first book I reached for was What To Expect When You're Expecting by Heidi Murkoff/Sharon Mazel. It's first incarnation was "born" in the 80's and it's been a staple for expecting mamas ever since, with over 16 million copies sold. It's a classic, but unlike a classic, it's always changing and being updated. I purchased the 4th Edition of the book and devoured every chapter. It walks you though each phase, month by month, from Before You Conceive to Labor and Delivery and beyond.

I am someone who wants to know as much as humanly possible about what's going on with my body, ESPECIALLY while pregnant. I want pictures, I want details, I want timelines. What To Expect provided all the details but what I liked is that it featured sections like, "What to Expect at this Month's Checkup" and  "Pregnant Worker's Rights"- things that I didn't even THINK to ask about but loved to know. Every base was always covered. I toted it around with me and each month I'd read about the next phase in my pregnancy. I'd see what the baby was "up to" in there, see what my body would be up to and what I had to look forward to that month. And I felt... relief. You can't always call your doctor with questions and eventually your mom and friends with kids are going to get sick of answering questions! And let's face it, not everyone has the same experience. What to Expect offers many perspectives on the topic though, with all the angles covered. So if I wanted to know why my left hip hurt so bad allllllll day when I was 4 months pregnant, I could just look it up. Or if I wondered why breathing was so difficult toward the end, I could just look it up. It became my pregnancy Bible. I was so grateful.

What To Expect When You're Expecting also covers the postpartum phase as well as topics like difficult pregnancies and pregnancy loss. It's truly a wonderful resource.

Then my baby was born. I had no clue what to do. NOW WHAT?

Thankfully, Heidi Murkoff, et al wrote What To Expect the First Year and What To Expect The Second Year! Can you say, "lifesaver"? When my baby was little I had a copy of What To Expect the First Year by my bed and I'd read it the same way I did when I was pregnant. I'd check to see what I should be looking for the baby to be doing each month and would address timely issues with varied perspectives on each. That's what I love about this series. It presents topics in an informative, loving way, unlike many doctors who tend to have a "my way or the highway" perspective. For example, I was just reading about my six month old and the topic of sharing a bed was addressed. What To Expect gave a detailed run down of the basics of co-sleeping and a reference to an attachment style parenting section later in the book for more information. That's how it communicates- gives you all the information and allows you to choose what works best for you.

I have three children now and the What To Expect series has gotten me through some rough times. Colic. Nipple biting. Toddler tantrums. Language delays. First Aid 101. When to start sippy cups. The list is so long! But it's chapters like "From the Only Child to the Older Child" and "Traveling With Your Toddler" that make this series special. Many books go through the baby's development in the womb. Many books go through laboring techniques. Many books review baby eating habits or toddler discipline. What To Expect has it all though. One series of books that will calm your fears, inform your decisions and help you look at the big picture. Someone has been there before and they gathered alllllll this information for you so that you'll have an easier time of it.

I also have to mention and the What To Expect iPhone app. What awesome resources! The iPhone version of What To Expect was my best friend this last time around. I also signed up for the What To Expect newsletter and get updates and info right in my inbox!

Lucky for you, the kind people at What To Expect would like to give away TWO SETS of their hugely popular book series. That means that two readers will win What To Expect When You're Expecting What To Expect the First Year and What To Expect The Second Year! To enter, please fill out the form below. Good luck!

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Chantal said...

Awesome giveaway! I love this series, it's been so helpful through pregnancy and now that I have a baby.

Stacy Shinas said...

This book has the best information about exactly what it says... what to expect!

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