What to Expect with My Pregnancy

by Erika Torres

pregnancy tips, expecting moms advice, pregnancy expectations adviceWhile I am the first to admit that this pregnancy hasn’t been all rainbows and butterflies (mostly because I’ve been having such a hard time with the physical and emotional changes), I will say that when I first got pregnant, I was absolutely thrilled and couldn’t wait to learn absolutely everything about what my body would be going through. A friend had given me her baby books, and with that stack came the classic What to Expect When You’re Expecting.

If anyone knows me, they know that I love to arm myself with as much education as possible before I take on a project. When I get ready to book a vacation, I do hours of research before making reservations. So learning about becoming a mom wasn’t any different to me—I just needed to get educated.

The book has been phenomenal in detailing exactly what changes your body is going through each month and the development of the baby.

Each chapter discusses a month of pregnancy by giving you an overall picture, and then several questions and answers are given at the end of each chapter. Trust me, there have been questions I have been way too embarrassed to even Google, so I was happy to see them addressed in the book! It makes me feel so much more normal.

As I read more and more of the book, my fear definitely started to increase a little bit. While I had two younger brothers and had babysat a lot in college, I haven’t really been around a baby for an extended period of time in a long time.

Furthermore, I am now going to be expected to be in charge of a human full-time! Talk about a mini-freak-out session!

SO I was actually thrilled—seriously, so thrilled—when I was offered a set of What to Expect books, including What to Expect the First Year and What to Expect the Second Year.

whattoexpectThese follow-up books to the popular New York Times bestseller will be sure to be classics just like its predecessor. Just recently, it was announced that the What to Expect original hit a record-breaking 600+ weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. That should tell you something about how many women have found this book invaluable during their pregnancy.

Now, I don’t take everything in these books as bible, but they definitely help to give me an overview of, well, what to expect!

Suddenly, I don’t feel as lost. And while I’m still somewhat freaking out now that it’s becoming more and more real, I think there is also a lot of excitement and anticipation mixed in.

I’m happy that generations of moms-to-be have such a wonderful and valuable resource available for years to come.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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Amy @ Army Amy July 6, 2015 - 8:51 am

I read a blog once that suggest reading about the next stage of life before you get there. So reading about pregnancy before you get pregnant, reading about parenthood before the baby arrives, that kind of thing. I definitely like that idea, but it sounds like a lot of work. Haha! And I probably wouldn’t know what questions I would have until I reached that stage, ya know? And I have to add that I’m so curious to know what you’d be too afraid to google!

Jayson @ Monster Piggy Bank July 4, 2015 - 4:47 pm

Congrats! When is the baby coming? My wife has this book too.

Shannon July 2, 2015 - 9:22 am

You look beautiful!

MomofTwoPreciousGirls July 1, 2015 - 2:40 pm

What to expect had me freaking out constantly I couldn’t read it! As far parenting books the below was my favorite:
The BabyCenter Essential Guide to Your Baby’s First Year: Expert Advice and Mom-to-Mom Wisdom from the World’s Most Popular Parenting Website

Hubby enjoyed this one:
The Baby Owner’s Manual: Operating Instructions, Trouble-Shooting Tips, and Advice on First-Year Maintenance

These are exact titles for easy Amazon search!

Alice @ Earning My Two Cents July 1, 2015 - 2:38 pm

Congratulations on your pregnancy!! So excited for you and your hubs! I am also a person who reads everything available on a topic before I do something, be it vacation or home buying. My friend also gave me her copy of What To Expect When You’re Expecting for my future reading pleasure when I need it (not yet though). I’ll bet those other follow up books are just as good!


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