What They Don't Tell You About Having A Baby

"Bringing a baby into the world is one of the most beautiful, natural parts of life, but that certainly doesn't mean it is easy!"
What They Don't Tell You About Having A Baby
An Obstetrician's Unofficial Guide to Preconception, Pregnancy, and Postpartum Life

This guide covers everything from tips and tricks for a smooth conception, how much caffeine is really okay during pregnancy, how to survive those first several confusing postpartum weeks and everything in between. Dr. Heather Johnson shares the lessons she's learned from years of experience and includes conversations she's had with her own patients along with her Dr. J's Pearls in an effort to help others. Babies don't come with an owner's manual, but "What They Don't Tell You About Having a Baby" is a great start.

Read full excerpts on Amazon.com

Buy The Book
What They Don't Tell You About Having a Baby
Available on

Buy The Book


Available on
Barnes and Noble

Buy The Book


Available on

Buy The Book


Available on

Buy The Book


The reviews are in!

Highly recommended

"What a life well lived as a health care practitioner. This was 40 years of love poured into word for us to share. This book is a roadmap for young women and a great study guide for medical students interested in this area of practice. Highly recommended."

Solanges Vivens

MUST READ if trying to conceive or pregnant

"This book is very informative and easy to comprehend. The beginning is extremely insightful as I try to conceive my first child, and I will follow the recommendations provided. I learned that google isn’t always accurate based on some of the questions I previously researched. I highly recommend this book to anyone trying to conceive and to those who are already pregnant."

Talia C.

An Approachable Book

"I think so many books out there about pregnancy are so alarmist but yet don’t seem to truly prepare you. The author, though a retired OB, has an approachable voice that is research based and truly meant to help moms. This is a must read."

Nidhi R.

Comprehensive Quick Review

"I received this copy after entering a book give-away contest. As a mother of two, I revisited the contend and found it comprehensive and a great guide for inquiring minds. I actually ended up forwarding to a friend who’s expecting in 4 months. I trust that she too will pass it along to other mothers-to be friends."

Collette Cooley

I’m recommending this book to my patient, friends and family

"I’m also an Obstetrician and this has become my go to book recommendation for patients, friends and family who are pregnant or considering pregnancy. It’s well written, a quick read and full of useful, pertinent information. The perfect resource for parents to be. I highly recommend it."

Joking Jacks

Dr. Johnson is THE BEST!

"My wife’s friend recommended this book to her. I purchased it for her upon the birth of our second child, and she absolutely LOVED it! ..."

Mr. Miguel Hernandez

Physician and Mom recommended

"As a physician, and as a mother, I can’t recommend this book enough. It is a treasure trove of relatable stories and reliable information from one of the DC Metro area’s most esteemed physicians. ..."

Beth Salcedo, MD

A must read for Moms-to be

"This is a simply delightful informative straightforward book about what to expect when you are expecting. Using humor and anecdotes from her personal and professional experience, Dr. Johnson concisely and clearly conveys important factual information from getting pregnant to life after delivery. ..."

John J. Devine

Easy to read. Accurate.

"This volume is quite comprehensive and accurate for one so slim. It covers pregnancy through infancy in just enough detail to be useful and informative but not boring or too granular. ..."

Karen Lowe

So good!

"This book was exactly what I was looking for ... Felt like I'd gotten the opportunity to have one super long doctors visit and get all of my questions answered. I will revisit this many times throughout my pregnancy!"


Real book for real parents!

"... My husband and I were very fortunate to have a good pregnancy, up until delivery time. I (and my husband) are thankful for the "real" info in this book that prepared us for the good, the challenging and eventually the best blessing that one could ask for."

Erica Fischer-Cartlidge

I wish I had this guide before I was expecting.

"I find the information so down to earth, nonjudgmental, and useful. Dr. Johnson's guide is easily accessible and not overwhelming. It's like having a conversation with a friend who happens to be an expert in the field. I will definitely be recommending this book to my clients and friends!"

Patricia Anderson

The guide covers everything

"As and ob/gyn I am delighted to find a book that can provide such useful information to patients! Dr. Johnson is very knowledgeable, and experienced. The guide covers everything from preconception to postpartum issues. I will recommend it to my patients and give it as a gift to friends and family who are expecting!"

Dr. Alicia Armstrong

I really liked this book ...

"The tone of the book is collaborative not preachy... She does not come across as pedantic, but as extremely helpful in a nonjudgmental manner. I also like the support that she provides for the fathers to be."

Arthur C. Johnson III

Fun and very informative

"What an amazing book full of great information for an expecting parent. Dr. Johnson provided great insight and I learned so much. Highly recommended if you are pregnant or thinking about getting pregnant!"

Juliana Parker

Truly Informative

"Truly informative for mom-to-be, couples, and woman who are thinking of getting pregnant and having kids one day. It discusses the pre pregnancy, pregnancy, and postpartum phases in depth."


Short and sweet

"This is probably the most simplistic breakdown of what to expect but it was a really good starting point for someone brand new to pregnancy, labor, postpartum, etc. There is so much information out there that it was nice to ease in with the most important facts with some anecdotal stories sprinkled throughout. If you're a novice like me, I recommend this book. If you're a pro at it then skip it."


Personal stories told with benevolence

"I loved her personal stories, and learning from a professional in the Field of helping women deliver children was very helpful. I am preparing to have children and this book helped me realize some things I didn't know because my Field of Study is different. Learning from Heather Johnson was really nice because her experience speaks to guiding a woman through the processes that occur within the stages of motherhood, from a Doctor's perspective. Thank you Doctor Heather Johnson for being benevolent."


Clear, concise, engaging, and easy read

"This book is no frills and well thought out. I skimmed it the day it arrived and feel like it's going to be a resource I come back to for easy advice. It feels like the perfect little handbook to prepare myself mentally for getting pregnant! I find lots of books overcomplicate, add tons of detail. This one is direct, to the point and makes me feel more confident to start this journey."

Michelle G.
Want more?
Dr. J's Pregnancy Pearls
Bite-sized advice and information from Dr. Heather Johnson.
Medical Advice Disclaimer



Dr. Heather L. Johnson

Board Certified OB/GYN (retired 12/31/2023)

Dr. Heather Johnson is a recently retired, award-winning obstetrician gynecologist (OB-GYN), practicing for more than 45 years and delivering more than 3,500 babies. Prior to her retirement, Dr. Johnson was Managing Physician at Reiter, Hill & Johnson, an Advantia practice, with offices in Washington, DC, Chevy Chase, MD, and Falls Church, VA.

Dr. Johnson received her M.D. at Yale University School of Medicine and completed her residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, then located in Washington, DC. Dr. Johnson is Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology, as well as a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She served in the U.S. Army for eight years prior to going into private practice in 1987. She has two children and two grandchildren.

Bookings & Appearances

Amy Goldman
Allera Strategies, LLC
Public Relations

Contact the Author

Dr. Heather Johnson

Wholesale & Bulk Orders

Atlantic Publishing Group
1405 SW 6th Ave.
Ocala, FL 34471