Book Review – Expecting 411

My book review today is of a book that is on some ways the polar opposite to the one I reviewed last week. Pregnancy 411 is written by two physicians, an OB, and a pediatrician, who both are also moms to two children each. They are able to write both as professionals and mothers, and the book is richer for their combined experiences.

The authors had several purposes in mind in writing this book, everything from providing lots of information, to giving warnings about what to do and not do during pregnancy, to tackling sensitive questions like ones pregnant sex life to adding subtle humor now and then.

Though the book was easy to read, sometimes I’d get fatigue from all the information and put it down, once to the glee of our cat, Inky, who decided to guard the book (she does this with shoes as well).

The authors give lots of explanations that make sense about certain pregnancy don’ts. For example, they go into details about why getting ill from sushi is so easy during pregnancy, along with the associated risks to baby. They further explain that even ordering cooked sushi might not solve the problem as there could be cross contamination as the same knives and cutting boards would be used for all cut fish. While they recommend just getting tempura, their advice is so solid that now I, a lifelong sushi fan won’t just be avoiding cooked sushi, I’ll just avoid sushi restaurants for the duration of my pregnancy.

One of my favorite parts of the book was all the lists. Lists for what you really need for your take to the hospital bag is invaluable, and I’ll surely be using the list of what you really need for baby’s first year when Matt and I start our baby registry.

The authors seemed very informed and caring to the point where they shared the human side of themselves a lot. It was great hearing how they would know certain things as physicians and then as pregnant women and new mothers who have the same fears as their non physician counterparts. This made them authentic and relatable authors. The authors have a 411 book for new moms and I will read that as well.

Rating – five baby booties out of five

~ Danielle


45 year old mother to our infant son, William, with my husband, Matt. We live in California with our mischievous cat, Inky. I love our local sports teams (Go Giants! Go Sharks!), photography, the beach, WWE, reading and now spending lots of time as a family with one kid and one cat.

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