- 出版社: Workman Publishing Company; 1 (2009年5月15日)
- 外文书名: 期待之前的期待
- 平装: 275页
- 语种： 英语
- ISBN: 0761152768
- 条形码: 0019628152763, 9780761152767
- 商品尺寸: 15.2 x 2.1 x 22.9 cm
- 商品重量: 454 g
- ASIN: 0761152768
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What to Expect Before You're Expecting (英语) 平装 – 2009年5月15日
From Publishers Weekly
Pregnancy guru Murkoff (What to Expect When You're Expecting) explains that a healthy pregnancy actually begins long before sperm and egg meet. In fact, she suggests that couples add at least three months to the requisite nine in order to prepare both their bodies for the best outcome. Backed by research and expert advice, Murkoff and Mazel present a preconception program that includes tips on what to eat (and not eat), how to maintain a healthy weight and advice about preconception medical care, such as having a physical and dental checkup. The text points out that dads are vitally important to pre-pregnancy health, with warnings that heavy drinking and smoking can damage or reduce sperm, as can certain sports such as spinning, cycling or heavy workouts. (Shaded boxes throughout the text address the ways in which men can contribute to baby-to-be's successful arrival.) The text also covers fertility issues, clearly explaining œthe biology of baby making and outlining the options available to couples who are facing conception problems. Readers who like to think ahead will also benefit from a detailed fertility planner, which includes a fertility chart to track ovulation and space to record various pre-baby appointments and information. Couples who are trying to conceive will find plenty of useful ideas to consider and implement in the months preceding their baby's debut. (May)
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From the Back Cover
Expecting to Expect? Plan Ahead.
Everything you need to know before you’re expecting to help you prepare for the healthiest possible pregnancy and the healthiest possible baby. Filled with practical tips, empathetic advice, and savvy strategies all designed to help you get that baby of your dreams on board faster. How to get your bodies into tip-top baby-making shape. Which foods feed fertility. Which lifestyle habits to quit and which to cultivate. How to have sex for conception success (from timing to positions to logistics). And when to seek fertility help. There’s even a fertility planner to help you keep track of your conception adventure.
Answers to all your baby-making questions:
- How can I tell when I’m ovulating if my cycles aren’t regular?
- Should we be having sex everyday? Every other day? Three times a day?
- I’ve heard certain sex positions can help you conceive—true?
- I’m overweight—does that affect my chances of getting pregnant?
- Can certain foods help you get pregnant?
- I’m 37. Does that mean I’ll have a harder time getting pregnant?
- How long should we keep trying to conceive before we get some help?
“The book to read before the journey of pregnancy begins—the one resource that will fully prepare you and your partner for one of life’s most miraculous experiences, at the time when preparation will benefit your future baby most: before you’re expecting.” —Charles J. Lockwood, M.D.
Heidi Murkoff is the author of the What to Expect® series and author of Eating Well When You're Expecting, The What to Expect Pregnancy Journal & Organizer, What to Expect the First Year, The What to Expect Baby-Sitter's Handbook, and the What to Expect Kids series from HarperCollins. Her interactive website is www.whattoexpect.com, and she lives with her family in Los Angeles, California.
Aside from the authors tone (another reviewer nailed it when they likened it to Cosmo-style writing) and very off-putting sense of humor (my partner begged me to stop reading before page 100 as I would read aloud every awful pun I came upon), I also found the book a little lacking in content (considering the size, it seemed there should have been more, and it should have come before I was halfway through the book). By page 80 I felt I had only learned 1 page worth of information, most of the new knowledge being random little factoids that were interesting, but not going to help me or provide me new direction in the process.
On validity of content, there is definitely some out-of-date info, which is the nature of the beast when writing about policy/medicine/health/science. Not the author's fault by any means, but I say it as a reader beware: if you are reading this, and it is your primary source of info on pre-conception/pregnancy, some of this info may have changed. (For example, the insurance section contains a few statements that are no longer accurate).
The formatting was also frustrating, and I often found myself having to flip back and forth through pages as a diagram would be on one page, with the text referencing it 1-3 pages later. They also added some little boxes of text (and some 2 page blocks) that breaks up the reading. Unfortunately, due to the sloppy formatting, this means you'd have to break off mid-sentence to read the box, or flip on (sometimes another 2 pages) to finish the sentence you're in the middle of before flipping back to get the box of info.
I also took issue with some of the nutrition advice in the book. Many of the options continually referenced (especially for those looking to lose weight) are just packed with sugar, and are foods that are often given a health-halo, though they are likely to do more harm than good to those seeking to lose weight. Pushing yogurt and whole-grain cereal just doesn't seem like the best advice, at least not without further instructing people to look at the sugar content. Yogurt and whole-grain products can (and most commonly are) PACKED with sugar or high-fructose corn syrup. Lots of folks following the advise in this book might be frustrated by the results they get, because the author provides just enough information to get folks into trouble, without the details they need to make truly informed decisions (which--hello--is why they are reading a book like this).
I definitely would not recommend anyone use this book's nutritional section as an authoritative or sole source. It covers the basics that anyone who hasn't been living under a rock for the past 10 years would know, but falls short of providing anything of any substance or value.
On the plus side, there is some content, and some of it is valuable. Due to the book being written at a somewhat low reading level, you can get through it pretty fast, so there's not too much time wasted. The style reveals itself right away, so if it bothers you enough to stop, you won't have gone so far you feel like you just need to push through. Unfortunately, as I feel somewhat desperate for information on the subject (as I imagine many readers will), I felt I had to push through, less I miss all the good information that--no matter how far I read--I was always worried might be on the next page.
I purchased this book because when I was in the military, the base Ob-Gyn's recommended the "What to Expect When You're Expecting" to mom's-to-be, and lots of the ladies seemed to find it a great resource. So I figured another book in the series would be a good place for me to start my book reading (having been doing other reading online for some time).
I would not recommend this book (especially to anyone who's read any other book on the subject).