Every Pregnant Woman's Guide to Preventing Premature Birth: A Program for Reducing the Sixty Proven Risks That Can Lead to Prematurity: A Program for Reducing the Sixty Proven Risks That Can Lead to Prematurity

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Most women don't realize how much they can do to reduce their risks and improve the health of their unborn babies. Every Pregnant Woman's Guide to Preventing Premature Birth is the only book of its kind to present practical, scientifically sound information on the sixty most important risk factors identified with prematurity and how to reduce them. This book begins with a questionnaire to help you assess your personal risk factors for premature birth (e.g., family background; gynecological, obstetrical, and ...
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Overview

Most women don't realize how much they can do to reduce their risks and improve the health of their unborn babies. Every Pregnant Woman's Guide to Preventing Premature Birth is the only book of its kind to present practical, scientifically sound information on the sixty most important risk factors identified with prematurity and how to reduce them. This book begins with a questionnaire to help you assess your personal risk factors for premature birth (e.g., family background; gynecological, obstetrical, and medical risks; stress levels; home and work environment), and makes practical recommendations for reducing those risks that you can change. Many of these suggestions are as surprising as they are effective. Did you know that vacuuming is one of the most stressful activities you can perform while pregnant? Or that noise increases your level of stress-related hormones (turn down that radio!)? Dr. Luke explains step-by-step how to make small changes in your lifestyle that can have huge health benefits for your child. The program in this book is based on Dr. Barbara Luke's twenty years of clinical experiences studying prematurity and on a national program in France that lowered the prematurity rate there by 32 percent in its first ten years. The book's foreword is by the director of that program, Emile Papiernik, M.D., professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, head of Maternity, Maternite Port-Royal. The preface is by George Wilbanks, M.D., president of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Discusses the sixty most important risk factors identified/w prematurity & how to reduce them.

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Luke, a registered nurse and researcher, has written the first book addressing the avoidance of risk factors that lead to premature birth. After observing the link between high levels of stress and long hours on one's feet and the number of premature births in the nurses with whom she worked in a busy nursery, Luke studied the work of French obstetrician Emile Papiernik, whose initiatives led to a significant lowering of the premature birthrate in France. Factors identified were nontraditional in nature and included such things as standing, long hours, noise, fatigue, and stress. The author outlines the risk factors in home and work environments, lifestyle, and nutrition and offers suggestions to reduce those risks. She includes a preassessment test for the to ascertain how high her risk might be and a postassessment to help her see where she has and can make significant changes to prevent premature birth. This very readable book accomplishes the author's purpose quite well. Recommended for consumer health collections.-Mary J. Jarvis, Methodist Hosp. Medical Lib., Lubbock, Tex.
Kathy Broderick
Today in the U.S., 1 in 10 babies is born prematurely. Luke, the director of the reproductive and perinatal epidemiology section at Rush-PresbyterianSt. Luke's Medical Center in Chicago, has for many years been concerned with prematurity, its possible causes, and its long-term emotional and financial effects. Here she offers a personal risk assessment covering a woman's family background, obstetrical and gynecological history, home and work environments, lifestyle, and nutrition to ascertain the stresses that might cause early contractions and labor. She comments on the importance of modifying behavior that can be modified--smoking, taking drugs, working long hours--because other factors that play a statistical role in preterm labor can't be modified, such as race, body size, or whether it is a first pregnancy or a multiple pregnancy. In advancing her thesis that prematurity can be prevented, Luke teaches women to recognize uterine contractions, change the environment that contributed to them, and adapt to a slower, easier pace. Appended: prenatal exercises, sample menus, laws concerning maternity leave, a glossary, and extensive notes about the clinical studies referenced in the text. A sound purchase.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812924725
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/10/1995
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 239
  • Product dimensions: 5.77 (w) x 8.53 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Barbara Luke received her nursing and public health degrees from Columbia University, her degree in nutrition from New York University, and her Doctorate in science from Johns Hopkins University. Currently she is an Associate Professor of Obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Michigan Medical School. She is a member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American Dietetic Association, the American Public Health Association, and the Society of Perinatal Obstetricians. Barbara Luke is the author of eight medical textbooks as well as research and review articles on obstetrics, nutrition, and public health. She lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Foreword
Preface
1 Prematurity and Its Consequences 3
2 Traditional Risk Factors: What Your Doctor Is Likely to Ask You 23
3 The Physiology of Preterm Labor: What's Going On in Your Body? 46
4 Your Home and Work Environments 67
5 Your Lifestyle: Risks and Rewards 92
6 Nutrition: You (and Your Baby) Are What You Eat 121
7 Adding Up Your Total Risk and Planning a Course of Action 160
8 The U.S. Laws on Work and Pregnancy 168
Glossary 195
Notes 199
Bibliography 225
Index 229
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