Heidi Murkoff thought of the plan for What to Expect When You’re Expecting during her first pregnancy. When searching to find answers to her questions in other pregnancy books, she failed to find the advice and reassurance she needed. Heidi made the proposal for What to Expect When You’re Expecting just hours before her daughter, Emma, was born.
What to Expect When Your’re Expecting, a New York Times bestseller now in its fourth edition, has over 17 million copies in print. According to USA Today, it is read by 93 percent of women who own a pregnancy book. Other titles in the series include: Eating Well When You’re Expecting; What to Expect the First Year; What to Expect Before You’re Expecting (a complete preconception plan); and What to Expect the Second Year (a wonderful guide for parents of two year olds.) The What to Expect books have sold more than 34 million copies in the United States and are published in over 30 languages.
Heidi Murkoff has appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America, The CBS Early Show, Oprah, BBC Breakfast, and Good Morning Australia. In May 2012, Lionsgate plans to release a film of What to Expect When You’re Expecting.
Some of the negative reviews of What to Expect When You’re Expecting include: criticism of the style of the writing in the book; criticism calling the text “alarmist”; others, generally, state the author’s lack of this or that. One negative review even indicates that the book is “guilt-inducing.” Guilt, from any source, can only occur when personally allowed. The book presents many situations and includes honest information on pregnancy complications; it is up to the reader to determine whether to incorporate that information or not. What I have found particularly strange is that most of the negative reviews are not merely critical, they are hateful; it is as if the book itself has taken on a human form.
Pregnancy is as different for each individual as there are differences in babies. I have had six of my own children and two miscarriages…not ONE of the pregnancies were the SAME, although there were similarities. I had the last of my six children in 2006 and I found What to Expect When You’re Expecting…to be exactly as I expected and more. Was it my “pregnancy bible” – No. I already have a Bible and didn’t need another. Was it useful as a resource tool and informative? – Absolutely! The book has information for practically every situation that could be present during pregnancy. No book can be a substitute for responsible family decisions and proper healthcare. What the book CAN do is provide an excellent resource tool that busy moms and dads can use to find the information they are searching for; a resource that allows each of us to make informed personal choices for pregnancy and beyond!
*Heidi Murkoff’s passionate commitment to moms and babies led to the creation of the What to Expect Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping underserved families expect healthy pregnancies, safe deliveries, and healthy, happy babies.
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