The moment you find out you’re pregnant your mind becomes a whirlwind of questions. The if’s, but’s, how’s and why’s start filling you with hopes and fears all at the same time and the moment of wonderment can become a bit of blur. I still remember with BBthe moment I took my pregnancy test (at Heathrow airport – and no Heath was never a name option!) and that whilst travelling home, the cross began to fade and disappeared. I began to think I has lost the baby on the way home, so we raced straight into the supermarket to buy ones of those digital tests, so that we Knew for sure.
One of my best friends from University bought me a pregnancy book for me when she found out I was pregnant, and I thumbed it like anything eager to find out as much as I could. I particularly like finding out how big the baby was at each stain, and saying things like ‘Oh now it’s the size of a peanut!’ but each page was a week of your pregnancy and I devoured the book very quickly.
Recently I have been introduced to What To Expect.com, an online resource for parents who are expecting, trying to conceive or are already Mummy’s and it have evolved from the best-selling ‘What to Expect’ book series. I cannot believe I did not know about them when I was pregnant.
What to Expect informed me that 93% of pregnant mother’s in the USA who read a pregnancy guide read ‘What to expect when you’re expecting’ by Heidi Murkoff.
Upon receiving and reading this book it is no surprise why! The book is divided into two parts. The first looks at pregnancy from conception stage, to determine pregnancy and then looking at caring for yourself well during your pregnancy. The second part of the book is the countdown of your pregnancy month by months and is sub divided in to bite sized readable chunks that are easily digested. The section in each month that is my absolute favourite, is the ‘What you may be wondering about’ and this answers every possible query and question that may pop into your mind at those two o’clock in the morning pregnant insomniac moments!
The second book ‘What to expect the first year’ of your child is written in brilliant detail. It discusses preparing for your baby, from what to buy, to breastfeeding and formula feeding advice, and then again goes month by month into you child’s first year of life. Again the section I love is the ‘What you may be concerned about’ and it is like someone is reading your mind with worries you have as a new Mummy. It additionally covers special needs babies, adoption, first aid and family concerns. It really is the full package and does not leave a stone unturned.
The final book in the series is (yes you guessed it) ‘What to expect the Second year.’ Not quite the thickness of the first two books, it is the book I am most interested in as it is where I am at with the twins at the moment. I love the sections on coping and understanding your toddler’s behaviour. My ‘Little Madam’ is the most independent and controlling little lady and we have having a tough time trying to ensure she realizes who is boss. This has really helped me understand her perspective a little more. Additionally the twins are quite slow on speech and so the getting your toddler talking section was of brilliant assistance to me.
So I have been fortunate enough to team up What to Expect.com to offer to lucky readers the chance to win a full set of the What to Expect series. The factor that makes this competition even better is that it is open to both the UK and USA!
All you have to do to enter is follow the instructions below:
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