Remember a few weeks ago when I promised to review some of the 5 or so pregnancy books I’ve read? This is the first of those reviews!
Book: Expecting 411
Author: Michel Hakahha, M.D. and Ari Brown, M.D.
Expecting 411 is one of the first pregnancy books I bought/read, after What to Expect When You’re Expecting (which will get its own review later), and I have to say, I should have stopped with this one. It’s written by two doctors and it’s divided into very practical sections–1st, 2nd, 3rd trimesters, “is it normal?,” etc. The format, other than being divided into practical section, is very easy to read and understand. Each section has some general information, like symptoms and other “stuff” for each trimester, then has a questions/answer section which pretty much covers everything else you might want to know.
There’s two parts of this book that really sell me on it being awesome. First, the “Is it normal?” section. You don’t know how many times I’ve gone to this section to help. I mean, in a completely normal non-hypochondriac way. It’s divided into different sections of the body (mood, skin, stomach, etc.) and addresses pretty much every question you could have. This section lets you know whether you’re being a crazy hypochondriac or whether there’s an actual problem that you should probably see a doctor for.
The other super awesome section in this book is the index. I know. I know. An index. How mundane, right? But good indices are actually pretty hard to come by in pregnancy books. This one is fantastic. For example, if someone, hypothetically, got a terrible sunburn on their stomach and were convinced that this was probably going to result in their baby living in boiling hot amniotic fluid and needed to find out about sunburns during pregnancy, this book has tons of information about sunburns and how they don’t actually cause any harm at all to your baby. Hypothetically. Of course.
Basically, I can’t say enough good things about this book. There’s nothing I don’t like about it and it’s definitely my go-to pregnancy question book.
P.S. This review is my own; no one asked me to do this!