What to expect when you're… going to be a grandmother: Daughter of hit pregnancy book writer to have a baby of her own (and guess who's giving her advice!)
15:06 GMT, 14 September 2012
The woman who was her mother's inspiration for writing what millions of pregnant women consider their bible, What to Expect When You're Expecting, is now pregnant herself.
Emma Bing, 29, daughter of author Heidi Murkoff, is due on her second wedding anniversary, February 18, and guess who's going to be in the delivery room.
'Are you kidding me Of course,' Mrs Murkoff, 53, gushed in an interview yesterday. 'I wouldn't miss it.'
Expecting… Emma Bing, 29, daughter of What To Expect author Heidi Murkoff, is due on her second wedding anniversary, February 18
Ms Bing, who lives near mom in Los Angeles, will be blogging her pregnancy and parenting experiences, along with fashion and beauty advice, for her fellow millennial moms on Whattoexpect.com, from today.
Mrs Murkoff wrote the book proposal for What to Expect while pregnant with Emma, her oldest of two, and delivered it to her publisher the day she went into labor.
Bestseller: What To Expect When You're Expecting came out in 1985; there are now 17m copies in print
The book came out in 1985 and now has more than 17 million copies in print, spawning several more about the early years of parenting, eating healthy while pregnant and even a prequel, What to Expect Before You're Expecting.
The work of Mrs Murkoff, including a
foundation that helps pregnant women in the developing world, earned her
a spot on Time magazine's list of 100 most influential people in the
world last year.
She was also executive producer of the movie inspired by the book, aptly named What to Expect When You're Expecting.
But is Mrs Murkoff her daughter's go-to source on all things pregnancy
'I wouldn't have it any other way,' Ms Bing said. 'I'm not going through this without her.'
Mrs Murkoff said her daughter hits her up for advice eight to ten times a day in text, email and phone calls.
Silver screen hit: The bestselling book even inspired a movie of the same name, starring Elizabeth Banks and Brooklyn Decker
'I was finally, like, don't you have a book' she quipped.
The answer is yes, of course, but Ms Bing finds herself asking mom about everything from appetite to stomach pains, anyway, then running to What to Expect to confirm her answers.
'It's really funny,' she said. 'It's like I forget who she is.'
Ms Bing is married to Russell Ali, a guitarist and music producer, who, by the way, will also be on hand for the birth.