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Books – What to Expect Series

Over 3 years ago:

I woke up suddenly in the middle of the night. Again. Sigh. Not because I needed to pee (Although I did need to pee. As usual…), but because my nose suddenly decided once again to evacuate some blood. Onto my pillow. Sigh. It was becoming a daily occurrence. Sometimes in the middle of the night. Sometimes embarrassingly at work. Once right in the middle of a dinner I was having with about 20 other women from my church (whom of course were all then fussing over me and wondering if I was ok. “It’s fine. I told them, happens all the time.”)

The first time it happend, I thought it was just one of those things. A random fluke. Then it happened the next day. And the next. I started to get worried.

But then I read my weekly instalment of What to Expect When You’re Expecting . I read that nosebleeds are common in pregnancy.  Phew. Not usually to the frequency of mine, so I took myself to the doctor, and he wasn’t worried. I continued to get near daily nosebleeds for my entire pregnancy. Then, Hannah was born and it stopped (thank goodness!).


I was contacted to review the What to Expect series.

What? It’s a series? Maybe I’m just silly, but I didn’t know there were more books beyond What to Expect When You’re Expecting, and What to Expect The First Year. Yeah, there’s also What to Expect the Second Year, What to Expect the Toddler Years, THE WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING PREGNANCY ORGANIZER, What to Expect Before You’re Expecting, and What to Expect: Eating Well When You’re Expecting.

Also, there is a website. Totally didn’t know about that either.

I certainly wish I’d known about What to Expect the Second Year when Hannah was 2. I remember when I was pregnant with Hannah excitedly reading the relevant chapter of What to Expect When You’re Expecting every single week. I loved finding out all about how she big she was, which organs were forming when, what she was doing, if what I was feeling/experiencing was normal, and just filling my head with everything baby.

I also had What to Expect the First Year. Every month after Hannah was born I’d read up on what was normal, what wasn’t, what she should be doing, what I should expect, dangers, etc. Without those books, I would have been like a blind man trying trying to read a non-braille book. I’d never been a mom before. I had no idea what I was doing.

I didn’t know that they shouldn’t eat honey before the age of 1 because of botulism. Or that it’s normal for babies to poop many times a day, or once every few days. They’re all different.

The What to Expect Series is a wealth of information that every parent should read and have on hand to look things up when in need (like ‘Uh-oh, does my baby have a fever? Wait, what should their normal temperature be?’).

Not only do the books have the week by week sections (pregnancy), and month by month sections (The First year, The second Year), but they also have special sections with first aid info, and other vital information. I will definitely be reading What to Expect the Second Year each month when Daniel turns 1.


-Broken down into relevant chapters based on gestation/age
-Extensive information
-Special sections for Dads
-Special sections for additional info such as first aid
-Written by Experts
-Exciting to read
-Comes in Kindle format
-Helpful with the second pregnancy/child as by the time you do it all again, you’ve forgotten what should happen when!


-Hmmm…It’s kind of hard to think of any.
-Hard to find time to read the books when you have more than one kid (does that count as a con?)

Wanna win a copy of What to Expect When You’re Expecting, What to Expect The First Year, and What to Expect The Second Year? Of course you do! There are 2 prize packs to be won (1 copy of each book for 2 lucky winners).

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8 Responses to Books – What to Expect Series

  1. Would LOVE to win these! Pregnant atm, due November. Everything crossed!! :))

  2. Coughed in the radiographers at 18 weeks check….you can guess the rest!! Has never happened to me before and nobody noticed but I was checking in at reception at the time and I was so embarrassed!!

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