What to Expect When You’re Expecting 5th edition & What to Expect Eating Well When You’re Expecting 2nd edition (Book Review)


America’s pregnancy bible answers all your baby questions.

  • When can I take home a pregnancy test?
  • How can I eat for two if I’m too queasy to eat for one?
  • Can I keep up my spinning classes?
  • Is fish safe to eat? And what’s this I hear about soft cheese?
  • Can I work until I deliver? What are my rights on the job?
  • I’m blotchy and broken out—where’s the glow?
  • Should we do a gender reveal? What about a 4-D ultrasound?
  • Will I know labor when I feel it?

Your pregnancy explained and your pregnant body demystified, head (what to do about those headaches) to feet (why they’re so swollen), back (how to stop it from aching) to front (why you can’t tell a baby by mom’s bump). Filled with must-have information, practical advice, realistic insight, easy-to-use tips, and lots of reassurance, you’ll also find the very latest on prenatal screenings, which medications are safe, and the most current birthing options—from water birth to gentle C-sections. Your pregnancy lifestyle gets equal attention, too: eating (including food trends) to coffee drinking, working out (and work) to sex, travel to beauty, skin care, and more. Have pregnancy symptoms? You will—and you’ll find solutions for them all. Expecting multiples? There’s a chapter for you. Expecting to become a dad? This book has you covered, too.


Before reading this book, a lot of people were telling me not to waste money on it, and that it is a waste of time to read. But in compete honesty, I am glad I purchased this book, it has all the updated information necessary as it is the 5th edition. It was also what helped me get through 9 months of my Pregnancy without freaking out over every possible symptom I get.

There were a lot of stuff I was able to skip, like the beginning talked about before pregnancy, and well.. I purchased the book after finding out I was pregnant. I was able to skip a lot of the information about health concerns, and having multiples and etc.. literally anything that didn’t apply to me, but when it came to all the pregnancy symptoms that could happen each month, I made sure to read all of that, so in case something did happen, I knew it was normal. It is also good knowing that if anything did change with my health, I could just easily go over the chapter that I skipped, because I had it all accessible in my hands.

I also really like that the original What to Expect When Expecting book gets updated as the years go by. More access to research = more information needing to be shared and known. And it avoids only getting outdated information from 13 + years ago.

Overall book review: *****


Announcing a brand-new edition of the pregnancy food bible. With over 1.4 million copies in print, What to Expect: Eating Well When You’re Expecting is the essential companion to What to Expect When You’re Expecting. This cover-to-cover update provides a fresh, fun, realistic, and body-positive approach to help moms-to-be navigate healthily and tastily through the nine months of pregnancy—at home, in the office, over the holidays, in restaurants. Thorough chapters are devoted to nutrition, including all the latest facts on superfoods, food trends, food safety, foods to chow down on, foods (and drinks) to limit, and those to cut out altogether. How to eat well when you’re too green to come face-to-fork with broccoli, or too bloated to eat at all. How to eat well on a budget. On the run. Whether you’re vegan or a red-meat eater, a carb craver or a gluten-free girl, a confirmed fast-food junkie or slow-food foodie. Readers hungry for nutritional facts (which vitamins and minerals the pregnant body needs and where to find them) will get their fill of those, too. Plus, how to put it all together with dozens of practical tips and 175 recipes that are as delicious as they are nutritious, as easy to love as they are easy to make.

At the heart of the book are hundreds of pressing questions that every reader has: Do I have to skip my morning latte—or my afternoon energy drinks? I’m too sick to look at a salad, never mind eat one—do I have to? Help! I’m entering my second trimester, and I’m losing weight, not gaining. How do I get enough calcium if I’m lactose intolerant?

Written with Heidi Murkoff’s trademark warmth, empathy, reassurance, and humor, it is the must-have guide for a new generation of moms-to-be.


I read some reviews where people took this book in as just another diet book, or they thought it was just a book entirely full of recipes. Honestly, if you’re looking for a book that isn’t going to tell you what you should eat, you really should not be buying this book (lol).

This book was exactly what I expected it to be and more. It broke down exactly what foods fall into which vitamin and mineral category and why it is important for the expected mom-to-be to eat those specific nutrients. It also goes more into depth health wise, like if you are experiencing a specific situation, that is when you should be eating more of this and etc..

Another good thing I liked about the book is that it went into depth of what you should not be eating, more so what foods are dangerous to the baby and it compares empty calories verses smart calories. It also taught me how to read the nutrition labels at the grocery stores more smart, because sugar and sodium are some times hidden with words we don’t even think about. It also goes into depth of how to be smart when eating out or when always on the go, so you don’t fall into the bad habits of eating the most worst foods possible.

A very good chunk of the book (maybe more than half) is all recipes. Gives you ideas of what to eat for breakfast, lunches, dinners and even snacks. I do wish I read this book earlier on in my pregnancy, I kind of read it so slow that I reached 9 months in, so I unfortunately did not get to try any of the recipes myself, but I did learn a lot about eating, shopping and cooking smarter. I do plan taking the information I have read to heart and will apply it to when I am attempting to Breast Feed my baby along with when I am trying to get back into a more healthier nutritious routine post-partum (cause lets face it… I was far from healthy prior to getting pregnant and only started making wiser choices when I had another human dependent on me for nutrition).

Overall book review: *****

P.S: I highly recommend both books to all expecting MAMA’s to be.


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