Great Expectations: Your All-In-One Resource for Pregnancy & Childbirth

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Highly praised by expectant parents and childbirth educators alike, this comprehensive pregnancy reference (704 pages) is specifically designed for today’s hurried moms (and dads) for getting them through pregnancy and early baby care. Numerous navigation aides in the volume help parents to rapidly access critical information.

The beautifully-illustrated, Your Pregnancy Week-by-Week section details every body change for both Mom and Baby for nine months with hundreds of timely ...

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Overview

Highly praised by expectant parents and childbirth educators alike, this comprehensive pregnancy reference (704 pages) is specifically designed for today’s hurried moms (and dads) for getting them through pregnancy and early baby care. Numerous navigation aides in the volume help parents to rapidly access critical information.

The beautifully-illustrated, Your Pregnancy Week-by-Week section details every body change for both Mom and Baby for nine months with hundreds of timely coping tips. The Managing Your Pregnancy section includes: strategies for planning maternity leave; exercise guidelines; what to eat and what to avoid; safe and unsafe medications; and how to locate the best childcare and pediatricians. The illustrated Baby Gear Guide warns about unsafe products and offers solid, research-based facts for choosing the safest car seats, cribs, soft carriers, baby diapers and clothing. Your Guide to Giving Birth is the most up-to-date labor and birth resource available to parents today.

Based on brand-new medical evidence, it helps families to realistically plan for labor and delivery, including detailed "you are there" descriptions for every major intervention and medication they’re likely to encounter -- such as epidurals, inductions and cesarean sections. You and Your Baby presents a complete guide for the first six months of life after birth.

There's mom-friendly advice for post-birth recovery, and baby-sensitive care strategies for feeding, bathing, diapering, soothing and helping a baby to sleep. The book’s Resource Guide lists over 100 of the best Internet sites for parents. The comprehensive Pregnancy Dictionary translates 200-plus pregnancy and medical terms into easy-to-understand lay language.

"I have this book as well as What to Expect When Expecting, and I find this book to be so much better as it gives a week to week breakdown of what is happening to both mom and baby. I pick up this book each week as my pregnancy progresses and even though not every issue listed in each week's summary necessarily happens to me, it's good to know what I 'could' expect. I would highly recommend this book to any expecting mom!" -- Cynthia, an expectant mother

"If you are searching for one book for your pregnancy or for that one book to refer all of your expectant clients to, this book is by far the greatest achievement in childbirth education reading material! Sandy Jones and her daughter Marcie Jones have included absolutely everything an expectant woman and her family needs to know. This book should be on everyone's recommended reading list"--Connie Livingston, BS, RN, FACCE (Dona), CCE, CLD, birthsource.com

"Great Expectations is the perfect resource for moms-to-be. Sandy and Marcie Jones speak to the expectant mother of today in a friendly, approachable tone, and present their thorough information in a way that's great for both quick look-ups, and in-depth reading."--Stacia Ragolia, VP, Community & Parenting, iVillage.com

"Accurate, comprehensive, empowering, and current. I see this as being the new Dr. Spock for pregnancy...This is definitely a book I will recommend to my clients who are planning a pregnancy or currently pregnant."--Cherie C. Binns, RN, BS, MSCN

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What People Are Saying

Jennifer James
Great Expectations really is great! I told a girlfriend of mine that, "it's so good it makes me want to get pregnant all over again." (Editor, Mommy Too! Magazine)
Peg Moline
Emotions, physical changes, lifestyle changes, baby development, it's all there. Get ready: This book will get dog-eared from all your reading and then passed along to your best friends and sister. (Editor-in-Chief, FitPregnancy)
Stacia Ragolia
Great Expectations is the perfect resource for moms-to-be. Sandy and Marcie Jones speak to the expectant mother of today in a friendly, approachable tone, and present their thorough information in a way that's great for both quick look-ups and in-depth reading. (VP, Community & Parenting, iVillage.com)
Ann Stadtler
[Great Expectations] is terrific. The style of writing is clear, warm and very supportive. The breath of the information is terrific. It's a great reference for any question that might arrive in pregnancy. I'm sure parents who are asked to s hare their opinion or explanation of everything will find this reference very helpful for enhancing their confidence in forming an opinion of their own. (MSN, CPNP, Director of the Brazelton Touchpoint Center at Children's Hospital in Boston)
Maureen Corry
Consumer friendly book filled with great women's quotes, helpful information and tips for pregnant women and new families. (Executive Director, Maternity Center Association)
Cherie C. Binns
Accurate, comprehensive, empowering, and current. I see this as being the new Dr. Spock for pregnancy....This is definitely a book I will recommend to my clients who are planning a pregnancy or currently pregnant. (RN, BS, MSCN)
Sharon Schindler Rising
Lots of good info and advice for moms and dads….a book that's fun, readable and full of good information...a great combination. I especially liked the embryology/fetal development sections that make it easy to envision how the baby is growing. Helps to make the normal discomforts of pregnancy worth the bother! (MSN, CNM, FACNM, Founder and Executive Director, The Centering Pregnancy & Parenting Association)
Claire Westdahl
This is a book I will gladly recommend to the women I care for. It provides the most up-to-date medical information about the complexities of modern pregnancy and birth care, but most importantly, communicates the belief that women are powerful; pregnancy is a joyous time; and that birth can be an empowering experience. This is a message that pregnant women desperately need to hear. (CNM, MPH, FACNM)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760741320
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 11/2/2004
  • Series: Great Expectations Series
  • Pages: 704
  • Sales rank: 74,673
  • Product dimensions: 5.74 (w) x 8.78 (h) x 1.64 (d)

Meet the Author

Sandy Jones, MA, is the author of eight international best-selling parenting books including, Crying Baby, Sleepless Nights; Good Things For Babies; Learning for Little Kids: A Parent's Sourcebook for the Years 3-8; and The Consumer Reports Guide to Baby Products.

Marcie Jones, MA, is a freelance writer and editor. She has written for magazines and newspapers, and has taught writing at the University of Baltimore. She is the mother of a four-year-old daughter.

Created under the editorial guidance of Peter S. Bernstein, MD, MPH, FACOG, Associate Professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Women’s Health of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and Claire M. Westdahl, CNM, MPH, FACNM, Director, Nurse Midwifery, Emory University School of Medicine. Recommended by the American College of Nurse-Midwives.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: A Word from the Authors xiii
Foreword: A Note from Dr. Peter Bernstein xviii
Foreword: Pregnancy for the 21st-Century Woman xx
Chapter 1 Your Pregnancy Week-by-Week
Are You Pregnant? 5
What If I Think I'm Pregnant, But the Test Is Negative?
The Test Is Positive, Now What?
Hearing the News
Whom Should You Tell?
Your First Visit to Your Doctor or Midwife 9
How Your Due Date is Calculated
Making Your Own Pregnancy Calendar
The First Trimester 14
Weeks 1 through 13
The Second Trimester 52
Weeks 14 through 24
The Third Trimester 77
Weeks 25 through 40
Chapter 2 Managing Your Pregnancy
Managing Your Body 112
Head (Hair, Migraines, Dizziness, Eyes, Fatigue)
Skin (Acne, Color Changes, Spider Veins, Itchiness, Stretch Marks)
Neck: The Role of Your Thyroid
Circulatory System: Blood Vessels
Breasts: Function and Changes
Muscles
Arms (Pain and Swelling, Changes to Fingers, Hands and Nails)
Back and Back Pain
Digestive Tract (Nausea and Vomiting, Heartburn, Constipation, Hemorrhoids, Diarrhea, Gas and Bloating)
Reproductive Organs (Placenta, Uterus, Sex and Pregnancy)
Urinary Tract
Legs (Muscle Cramps, Swelling, Varicose Veins)
Feet (Swelling and Pressure)
Managing Your Nutrition 145
Vitamins and Minerals 101 (What's in a Prenatal, Recommended Daily Allowances of Vitamins and Minerals, Organic Food, Vegetarianism, Veganism)
Managing Your Weight and Fitness 154
Should You Worry about Gaining Too Much Weight?
Unpleasant Truths about Pregnancy Weight Gain
What if You're Overweight and Pregnant?
Exercise
Managing Your Care 162
Facilities (Hospitals, Birthing Centers, Giving Birth at Home)
Care Providers: Who They Are and What They Can Do For You (OB/GYNs, Family Practitioners, Certified Nurse-Midwives, Certified Professional Midwives, Other Professionals You May Encounter)
Childbirth Classes: Major Organizations and Philosophies
Genetic Defects and Testing (Most Common Defects, Testing: Risks and Benefits)
Managing Your Medicine Cabinet 195
Common Over the Counter Drugs
Prescription and Recreational Drugs and Their Uses in Pregnancy
Managing High-Risk Conditions 211
What Makes a Pregnancy "High-Risk"?
If You're Over 35
Multiples
Medical Conditions
Drug Use
Viral Infections
If You're at Risk for Pre-Term Labor
A Family History of Genetic Disorders
Vaginal Birth after Caesarian
Coping with Bed Rest
Managing Other Risks 225
If You Get Sick
If You Have An Accident
High Altitudes and Scuba Diving
Insects and Insect Sprays
Cord Blood Banking
If You Became Pregnant While Using Birth Control
Previous Abortions
A Tipped Uterus
Hot Tubs
Saunas and Electric Blankets
Uterine Fibroids
Traveling while Pregnant
Managing Family and Emotional Issues 233
The Strange Dreams of Pregnancy
Depression
This Again? Pregnant with Another
You and Your Child-Free Friends
Unsolicited Advice and Scary Medical Stories
Forgiving Your Parents
Your Partner and Fatherhood
Single Motherhood
Religious Matters
Managing Your Finances 249
When to Tell the Boss You're Pregnant
What Laws Apply to You
Other Considerations: Who's Going to Stay Home
Financial Planning: Wills and Life Insurance
Chapter 3 Your Guide to Giving Birth
How Birth Starts 261
Your Baby's "I'm Ready!" Signal
Signals That Labor Is on the Way
The Benefits of Getting Started at Home
When Your Baby Is Overdue
Non-Medical Ways to Encourage Labor to Start
Getting Admitted to the Hospital
Your Rights as a Patient
Tips for Managing Your Hospital Birth
All About Labor 281
Stage 1
Stage 2 (The Pushing Stage)
Stage 3
Stage 4
Coping with Labor Pain 298
Factors That Affect Labor Pain
Non-Drug Approaches
Medications for Pain Relief
During and After Birth 323
Your Baby's Heartbeat
First Breaths
Clamping and Cutting the Cord
Your Recovery after Giving Birth
The Non-Hospital Birth Experience 331
Preparing for a Home Birth
Instructions for Emergency Childbirth
Special Situations 334
Artificial Augmentation and Induction
Cesarean Section
Vaginal Birth after Cesarean
Giving Birth to Twins and Multiples
Rarer Medical Conditions and Complications
Chapter 4 You and Your Baby
Your Complete Mother's Manual 361
Post-birth Body Discomforts
Those "New Mother" Feelings
New Dads Have Feelings Too
Physical Recovery from Birth Interventions
Your Six-Week Checkup
New Mother Nutrition
Getting Your Shape Back
Rare Postpartum Problems
Postpartum Depression
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Postpartum Psychosis
Your Baby Care Guide 388
Your Real Baby Vs. Your Dream Baby
Your Baby's Basic Body Language
Why Babies Cry
Sleep Tight, Baby, Please?
Your Baby From Head To Toe
The Complete Guide to Feeding Your Baby (Breastfeeding, Bottle-Feeding Basics)
Pacifiers
Diaper Changing 101
Positioning Your Baby in the Crib
Understanding Colic
Baby Bathing Basics
Eye Cleaning
Skin Rashes
Parent-Baby Communication
You and Your Baby's Healthcare
When a Baby is Too Small or Too Large
Your Guide to Choosing Good Child Care
Air Travel With Your Baby
When a Baby Dies
A Final Note
Chapter 5 Baby Gear Guide
Our Baby Shopping Primer 458
Baby Shower Themes and Games
Where to Shop for Bargains
Product Dangers
Baby Gear A to Z 473
Automatic Baby Swings
Baby Bouncers
Baby Clothes
Bathing Aids
Birth Announcements
Bottles and Nipples
Breast Pumps and Breastfeeding Aids
Car Seats
Changing Tables
Cribs and Other Sleeping Options
Diaper Bags
Diapers
Digital Cameras and Camcorders
High Chairs & Booster Seats
Monitors
Play Yards
Rockers and Gliders
Safety Gates
Soft Carriers
Strollers
Toys
Walkers & Exercisers
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2008

    2nd time around

    I bought this the first time I got pregnant and loved it!! I had What to Expect also but this was much better. It gives you the week-by-week breakdown, instead of just month-to-month and lots of extra info no one else every told you about pregnancy and childbirth. It was so good I'm buying it again since I gave my first copy away!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2012

    Modern, comprehensive, insightful, comforting, realistic, and al

    Modern, comprehensive, insightful, comforting, realistic, and all-encompassing of the various choices you can made with your pregnancy and delivery. For a (hopefully!) soon to be mom, this book as been an excellent resource that I look forward to putting into practice. It is not condescending in any way and seems to be written by people who actually care about how women expereince their pregnancies, rather than trying to make a buck while promoting antiquated ideas ("what to expect" I'm talking about you). Great Expectations is fabulous and empowering, it won't let you down!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

    Wonderful resource for 1st-time moms.

    I am an ob / gyn. I give it to my new moms. Great gift for daughter, grand daughter, and daughter-in-law.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2009

    The best of both worlds

    "What to Expect" is ok, but I really don't like the Q&A format. This one is great!! It combines all the great info that's in "What to Expect", with "Your Pregnancy Week by Week" Trust me. I work at B&N, and I've looked at them ALL.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2014

    2004 copywrite

    It says 2010 so I am glad I got the sample pages before buying. It is actually 10 years old. I have two pregnancy books that are older. I was looking for an updated, current book. I will keep shopping.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 14, 2010

    Fulfilled Expectations

    Great book! Gives a comprehensive week by week view of pregnancy along with explanations of what happens during and after childbirth. It's extremely informative and is a good supplement for everyday questions that may arise.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2009

    Very thorough and complete

    This is an excellent book for the first time mom-to-be. It was very well organized and complete but still an enjoyable, easy read. I particularly appreciated the elaboration on facts and suggestions with their rationale as well as the citations of studies scattered throughout.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2009

    Very well organized information for those "what's happening, what's next,am I O.K? questions first time pregnant women have.

    Wonderful resource, very informative, clear explanations.

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  • Posted February 17, 2009

    Great Book

    This book have been very helpful and right on target when it came to the diffrent things going on in my pregnacy. I would recommend this book to any one who is expecting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Great expectations!

    I think what drew me to this book was the title, cause that's what we're all dealing with--expectation. And yet, it was a really good read for pregnancy and not at all scrary or condescending. Like it a lot.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 10, 2008

    Great Expectations for Pregnancy is a fabulous book.

    This book is the most helpful book I have read on pregnancy. Week by week information that is accurate and informative plus the information that is available by category. Just about any question is answered in this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2008

    this book is amazing

    this book is wonderfull. pretty much every question i had about my pregnancy was answered in this book. if you like an informative, un-sugar coated, realistic insight into pregnancy i would recomend this book. it has a week by week section about your growing fetus and has endless information on anything you could imagine. its accurate and to the point. i was very pleased!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2008

    This is my FAVORITE book for pregnancy.

    This book answered ALL of my questions. There is a little information on everything and LOTS of suggestions on where to find more information if you feel you need it. From what to expect while you are pregnant to labor and delivery to after the baby is born. Every little thing is addressed in this book. You won't need any more books. It is worth EVERY penny.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2008

    better then the others...

    I love this book!! I have 'what to expect..' and 'Your pregnancy week by week' but this book is much better. It doesn't scare you about all of the horrible things that could be wrong with your baby but it does give you info. on any problems there could be. Every week it is so much fun to see how big the baby is and get info on what your baby needs (like eating more 'good fats') for the developing brain. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2008

    This is a okay book!

    I am not so much satisfied by this book.It covers week-by-week guide(Great in no way since it is only 1.5 pages each),nutrition guide as well as unwanted advices like forgiving parents,etc.This book is special in NO WAY.There are other good pregnancy books than this one.SInce it also covers a baby gear guide I think this book was written as a source for buying things out like advertising certain things'since the author is a journalist'.In my opinion this book was not written keeping pregnancy women in mind moreover ways to sell this book keeping attractive headings.No useful Info too,just plain ones we hear day by day.I dont recommend this book.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2007

    Love it

    I simply love this book. The week-by-week guide is great, and I'm really enjoying the pros and cons listed for everything related to baby gear. You will not regret buying this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2006

    Great Book !!!!

    I love this book. It is so much better than the other pregnancy books on the market. This is my second pregnancy and I still had questions. Great Expectations helped alive a lot of my worries. Week by week I check to see where my baby is and get thoughts on how I may be feeling through out the pregnancy. I recommended this book to all of my pregnant girl-friends.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2006

    best pregnancy book on the market

    I actually read several pregnancy books before I got pregnant, and they weren't very informative. But this one I bought couple of weeks before I found out I was pregnant. My pregnancy was just like the book had said a pregnancy would be like. The book made sense.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2006

    Great book!

    It is always good to have as much information as possible when you are pregnant for the first time. Refresher info is always good too! This book is good in that it is a week by week guide, keeping you coming back!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2006

    Detailed and Specific Information!

    I bought this book when my husband and I were trying to get pregnant. It is so helpful and explains everything in detail in an easy to read week by week guide. I love it so far - and I just found out I'm pregnant, so I look forward to referring to this book throughout my pregnancy.

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