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Thursday, September 15, 2005

well what did you expect?

well played, jodi kantor of the new york times. well played.


Blogger Candace said...

I recieved a copy of What to Expect when I was pregnant with #1.

I hated it. I ended up throwing it in the recycling bin.

9/15/2005 11:02 AM  
Blogger emjaybee said...

I've managed to avoid it in favor of the Dr. Sears books; though really, I sometimes wonder about him and his wife. They have 8 kids, and sometimes I think, did they keep having them to facilitate their baby-book empire? And they can come on a bit patronizing and it bugs me. Also, the artwork is kind of crappy. But overall, the info seems to be pretty good in them. And they don't freak you out nearly as much as What to Expect.

The most fun book to read is Spiritual Midwifery by Gaskin, because it's such a hippie commune throwback, and all the birth stories have phrases like "she had the most beautiful aura" and "we had to learn how to be real with each other". Also lots of pictures of happy hippies with their kids living in soy-growing commune bliss.

9/15/2005 12:04 PM  
Blogger TC said...

It is good to know that there are other people that dare question the advice given in the What to Expect books.

9/15/2005 4:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I couldn't bring myself to read any part of that total crap. My wife was a total wreck the entire pregnancy, everytime I saw her with the book in hand I grabbed my keys and checkbook. - Our boy is 100% healthy but by the book standards we should have been having a three eyed toad with a slight limp in his walk.

9/16/2005 3:04 PM  
Blogger momma of 2 said...

I received a copy for pregnancy #1, and I made the mistake of bringing it with me to an appointment, asking about this, and that, and this, and another thing. My wonderful Doctor, proceded to take the book out of my hands, and very carefully tossed it in the garbage. The Hubby was never happier! and my pregnancy seemed to go much smoother after that... sometimes it's the unnecessary worry that causes some of those problems....

9/16/2005 4:27 PM  
Anonymous wifeofsahd said...

We like to call it "What to expect when you're expecting...a dead baby."

9/17/2005 10:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The biggest waste of money imaginable, that book. For a lighter read..The Girlfriends Guides To Pregnancy, the first year, etc. are pretty good. At least they won't have you on the phone to find out funeral costs after the first chapter.

9/19/2005 11:00 AM  

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