'What to Expect When You're Expecting the AntiChrist' Is the Antidote to Bummer Baby Books


what to expect antichrist coverWhat drove me crazy about pregnancy books during my own two pregnancies was the unspoken yet very palpable undercurrent of doom they all seemed to have in common. I had one friend who used to refer to the preggers bible What to Expect When You're Expecting as "What to Worry About This Month"; another called it "Neuroses to Expect When You're Expecting." Still another pal preferred "Eating Disorders to Expect When You're Expecting," thanks to the bleak dietary advice (which basically boils down to this: Eat anything besides wheat germ and cottage cheese and you'll give birth to an alien).

That's why I got a huge kick out of the new book What to Expect When You're Expecting the AntiChrist by Stephen Rhinehart-Jones and Josephine Rooney. Part of the End Times Handbooks series, this hilarious send-up of traditional mom-to-be literature calls out every paranoia-inducing "guide" on the shelves.

Forget those gloomy warnings about swollen ankles and gestational diabetes ... chapters like "Avoiding Contact With Priests" and "Visual Indicators of Infestation" put all the average pregnancy "woes" in perspective.

I would totally buy this book as a baby shower gift (provided my gestating friend had a good sense of humor). Because really, what's the most important thing for a mom to learn before baby arrives? How to laugh at this absurd adventure we call "motherhood," of course.

Do you think What to Expect When You're Expecting the AntiChrist would make a great baby shower gift?

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nonmember avatar Cheree

YES! So necessary. After stressing over WTE and other pregnancy books for the first 3 months I realized that my baby probably wouldn't be in the .00003% to get rare-disease-itis and I put the books down. Then I ordered up parenting books - those were the ones I really needed for the next 18+ years anyway. WTE is a rite of passage for just about every new mom so I can't hate (but I can laugh!!)

femal... femaleMIKE

Its sounds like something I would read. 

Jenniy Jenniy

I think I've found the perfect baby showed gift for my friend lol

Zamaria Zamaria

Lol! Probably not the best gift for everyone, but I can think of a few people who would appreciate it, myself included!

i.hea... i.heart.nerds

Yeah because I am just rushing to compare my child to the anti Christ.

Jess Io Townsend

i enjoyed What to Expect. i signed up for their emails, they let me set up an account with my due date. and it seemed like everytime something new in the pregnancy arose and troubled me, i got an email about it the next day. it kept me calm. *shrug*

Mama2... Mama2MonkeyBoys

*Tries to find excuse to leave work and run to the nearest bookstore...*

toope... toopeasinaPOD

I think that would be awesome! If a friend got me that book for my baby shower I would love them forever because they took my mind off of the what ifs and what could happens. I think it would be a great baby shower gift.

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