Big, Beautiful and Pregnant: Expert Advice and Comforting Wisdom for the Expecting Plus-Size Woman

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Almost half of all pregnant women are overweight in the U.S. today, but there are few places they can turn for reliable information and helpful advice on the special set of challenges they'll face during the nine-month adventure that lies ahead. In Big, Beautiful and Pregnant, Cornelia van der Ziel, a highly sought-after obstetrician who specializes in plus-size pregnancies, and Jacqueline Tourville, a plus-size mom who's lived the experience, offer a warm, witty, medically-sound guide for overweight women who ...

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Overview

Almost half of all pregnant women are overweight in the U.S. today, but there are few places they can turn for reliable information and helpful advice on the special set of challenges they'll face during the nine-month adventure that lies ahead. In Big, Beautiful and Pregnant, Cornelia van der Ziel, a highly sought-after obstetrician who specializes in plus-size pregnancies, and Jacqueline Tourville, a plus-size mom who's lived the experience, offer a warm, witty, medically-sound guide for overweight women who want the skinny on what to expect from pregnancy and childbirth. They answer all the questions pregnant moms may have, including: Is my pregnancy doomed to be difficult because I'm overweight? How can I find a sympathetic doctor? Am I destined for a c-section because of my extra pounds? Are there special medical risks to my unborn child? Where can I find maternity clothes in extra-large sizes? A unique combination of impeccable medical advice, fun, and down-to-earth charm, Big, Beautiful and Pregnant provides plus-size pregnant women with information, inspiration, a sense of sisterhood, and reassurance that they can have a healthy and happy pregnancy.

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The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology has stated that obese pregnant women are at greater risk for health problems, as are their babies. While there are many publications addressing "normal" pregnancy experiences, few deal with the plus-size population. Obstetrician Van der Ziel (Harvard Medical Sch.) and childbirth professional Tourville have written an extremely accessible and thorough guide for expectant mothers who are overweight or obese. Combining clinical experience and personal anecdotes, the authors have incorporated a wonderful blend of factual information with testimonials and support from women who have "been there." This concise book covers fertility, prenatal care, nutrition, exercise, a trimester-by-trimester description of what to expect, gestational diabetes (a common health risk for overweight women), labor and delivery, and postpartum life. This book is an important addition to the literature and is suitable for all public and consumer health libraries.-Mary Grace Flaherty, Sidney Memorial P.L., NY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781569243190
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2006
  • Pages: 273
  • Sales rank: 657,963
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Cornelia van der Ziel, M.D., is a highly sought-after obstetrican in private practice who specializes in plus-size and high-risk pregnancy. Currently a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Harvard Medical School, she lives in Boston.

Jacqueline Tourville is a childbirth professional who gives plus-size seminars at hospitals, schools, birthing centers, and numerous other venues. A plus-size woman herself, Tourville lived the big, beautiful and pregnant experience and gave birth to a healthy baby girl in 2002. She lives with her family in New Hampshire.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2006

    Excellent book for all plus-size moms-to-be!

    This is a positive and encouraging book that tells you exactly what you need to do in order to have a healthy plus-size pregnancy (diet, exercise, how to find a good doctor). Beyond that, there is a ton of understadable medical info about plus-sized pregnancy, and an excellent chapter on childbirth. I liked the fact that the book includes lots of ideas for how to enjoy being pregnant and a long list of where to buy plus-size maternity clothes. I highly recommend Big, Beautiful and Pregnant!

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