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Here are answers to every kind of question, from the practical ("I'm really overweight-is it safe to diet while I'm pregnant?") to the emotional (I want to go back to work as soon as possible after I give birth-but will it affect my baby?). Mothers-to-be will benefit from the expert yet compassionate advice to questions they may feel uncomfortable asking their doctor, such as whether artificial tanning will harm their baby or whether they are likely to pass stools when giving birth. This ideal pregnancy companion...
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Overview

Here are answers to every kind of question, from the practical ("I'm really overweight-is it safe to diet while I'm pregnant?") to the emotional (I want to go back to work as soon as possible after I give birth-but will it affect my baby?). Mothers-to-be will benefit from the expert yet compassionate advice to questions they may feel uncomfortable asking their doctor, such as whether artificial tanning will harm their baby or whether they are likely to pass stools when giving birth. This ideal pregnancy companion will inform and reassure all expectant mothers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756636876
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/21/2008
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents


Introduction     8
Trying for a baby
We want to be parents: preparing for pregnancy     14
I've had a miscarriage: why did it happen to me?     22
We're not getting pregnant: what do we do now?     27
How will I know I'm pregnant? confirming your pregnancy     34
Now you're pregnant
My test is positive: what happens next?     40
Why is pregnancy so scary? a safe pregnancy     42
What to eat... What not to eat: your diet in pregnancy     47
Should I go swimming? keeping active in pregnancy     55
What do I tell my boss? your rights and benefits     61
Will life ever be the same? special situations     67
Your 40-week journey
Who will handle my care? a guide to prenatal care     74
Sick and tired: the side effects of pregnancy     81
What's a high-risk pregnancy? complications in pregnancy     87
What's happening to my baby? fetal development     94
What's happening to my body? how your body changes     105
Sex in pregnancy: a fulfilling relationship     113
Testing, testing: investigations in pregnancy     116
Twins and multiple births: we're having more than one!     128
Do babies need all this stuff? shopping for your baby     136
The end of pregnancy: what to expect     142
Labor and birth
Where should I give birth? home or hospital?     152
My baby isn't due yet: premature births     161
How will I know I'm in labor? the signs of labor     167
It's all your fault, stop the pain! choices for pain relief     173
How long will it last? all about labor     180
I'm over my due date: do I need to be induced?     190
What can I do to help? partners at the birth     194
Why isn't the baby out yet? assisting the birth     202
They said I need a cesarean: all about cesarean births     206
New parents
He looks like a pixie: is my baby OK?     216
Breast-feeding your baby: why breast is best     226
I don't want to breast-feed: bottle-feeding your baby     236
I just want to go home: the first days with your baby     243
I'm scared of dropping him: caring for your newborn baby     248
Losing a baby: coping with a devastating loss     258
A new life
I still look pregnant: your body after the birth     264
Sleep-what is sleep? life after the birth     273
I'm feeling so depressed: your emotions after the birth     281
I'm sure I saw my baby smile: getting to know your baby      286
We're a family now: your new life together     292
Time out for us: nurturing relationships     298
Glossary     306
Resources     310
Index and acknowledgments     312
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