By Catherine Mallette, McClatchy Newspapers
For the past 25 years, Heidi Murkoff’s “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” (Workman Publishing, $12.95) has been one of the go-to advice books for new moms. That book is now in its fourth edition, and Murkoff reigns over a mini-empire of related tomes: “What to Expect the First Year,” “What to Expect the Toddler Years,” “What to Expect Pregnancy Planner,” … well, you get the idea.
As you might expect, Murkoff is at it again, this time with info about how to form a “preconception plan.” As with all her books, the book is uber-practical, packed with tips and ideas and Q&As.
There are four parts: Getting Ready to Make a Baby (prepping, eating well); Making a Baby (biology, ovulation, fertility); Bumps on the Road to Baby (challenges, troubleshooting); and Keeping Track (a fertility planner).
The book is written in Murkoff’s straightforward, jargon-free style. She makes medical issues approachable and understandable.