Mayo Clinic Complete Book of Pregnancy & Baby's First Year

Mayo Clinic Complete Book of Pregnancy & Baby's First Year

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by Mayo Clinic, Johnson, Mayo Foundation for Medical Education &


For more than a century, the health care professionals at Mayo Clinic have dedicated themselves to the well-being of the family. And in the life of the family, what more significant event can there be than the birth of a baby?

Beginning with the decision to start a

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For more than a century, the health care professionals at Mayo Clinic have dedicated themselves to the well-being of the family. And in the life of the family, what more significant event can there be than the birth of a baby?

Beginning with the decision to start a family, this comprehensive book guides parents through each phase of pregnancy, birth, and baby's all-important first year. Every page offers compassionate, clear answers to the many questions and decisions that accompany conceiving, giving birth, and caring for a treasured new life.

Part One0—Pregnancy

Expectant parents learn how to choose a medical caregiver; what prenatal tests are done and why; what you can do about some of the common discomforts of pregnancy; sensible nutrition and safe exercise routines during pregnancy; balancing work and pregnancy; plus an easy-to-understand, trimester-by-trimester breakdown of what to expect as your pregnancy progresses. A special eight-page section features color photographs of how the baby develops during pregnancy.

Part Two—Childbirth

Today's many birthing options are explained in full, and a detailed description of labor and birth helps parents anticipate this powerful experience. A thorough discussion of baby's first hours addresses every parent's question: "Is my baby OK?" Premature birth, cesarean birth, complications, and adoption are discussed, and an important chapter focuses on the new mother's health after childbirth.

Part Three—Living with and Understanding Your Baby

The first months of parenthood can be a jumble ofjoy and worry. Here you'll find clear explanationsof baby-care essentials, including feeding, soothing and playing with your baby, and how to handle common illnesses and emergencies. Text and photographs detail baby's development during the crucial first year.

Part Four—From Partners to Parents: A Family Is Born

A new baby profoundly changes family roles and relationships. This section helps mothers, fathers, grandparents, and siblings strengthen their bonds asthey welcome a tiny new member into their home.

With more than 130 contributors from Mayo's distinguished staff of obstetricians, family physicians, pediatricians, parent educators, nurses, dietitians, social workers, and other medical specialists-plus contributions from dozens of parents-this extraordinary book is a valuable resource for all expectant parents and young families.

Widely regarded as one of the world's foremost medical centers, Mayo evolved from the nation's first group medical practice, established by Drs. William and Charles Mayo more than 100 years ago. Mayo provides family-oriented health care to pregnant women and their babies for both normal and high-risk pregnancies and births. Nearly 2,000 babies are born at Mayo each year. Consistently rated one of the best providers of health care in the world, Mayo is also the world's largest medical center—a full-service diagnostic and treatment institution embracing state-of-the-art medical care. There are Mayo Clinics in Rochester, Minnesota; Jacksonville, Florida; and Scottsdale, Arizona, as well as a broad system of affiliate practices and managed-care networks in other regions.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Summoning information from the Mayo Clinic's expert staffs in obstetrics, pediatrics, family medicine and parent education, this detailed companion for prospective parents and the parents of very young children offers more than ample guidance on what seems an almost infinite range of subjects and important decisions facing parents. Though focusing for the most part on basic prenatal, birthing and developmental counseling, the book goes well beyond the minimum standard expected. For example, in the chapter ``Pregnancy and Ongoing Medical Conditions,'' the contributors discuss the effects of AIDS and herpes on pregnancy; an entire chapter is devoted to the medical, psychological and bureaucratic aspects of adoption; another counsels mothers on when and how to return to their jobs after childbirth. The tone throughout is refreshingly sober and unhyped, an antidote to the pushy cosiness of some child care tomes; readers with time to spare and a need to learn will relish this. Illustrations not seen by PW. (Dec.)
Library Journal
The Mayo Clinic has done it again. Its new book is one that every expectant mother must have. Effectively combining a pregnancy text with an infant care text, this work answers parents' questions concerning pregnancy and infant care with exceptional completeness. The writing is thorough yet understandable, and the illustrations are wonderful. The one drawback is that the volume discusses the stages of pregnancy by trimester rather than following the changes month by month as do many books, such as Arlene Eisenberg and others' What To Expect When You're Expecting (Workman, 1991). The smaller segments of time can be easier to handle when a woman is growing impatient about being pregnant. Nevertheless, this up-to-date text is essential for all consumer health collections.-Kelly Houtz Griffin. Harrison Memorial Hosp., Bremerton, Wash.
Kathryn Carpenter
For "complete" in the title of this reference on pregnancy, childbirth, parenting, and infant care, read "comprehensive", for the book provides detailed, concise descriptions of the many realities, issues, and decisions expectant and new parents must confront. Editor Johnson draws on the expertise of more than 100 Mayo Clinic health care professionals as well as parents' experiences in order to assemble a practical, clearly written, attractively illustrated landmark in the competitive field of infant care guides. Among the highlights are thorough reviews of prenatal tests and their purposes and of fetal development during the stages of pregnancy, a frank account of labor, advice on coping with the health problems associated with premature birth, and detailed guidance to developmental milestones, health care needs, daily care, and parental fears during the first few months of life. This guide's illustrations, showing, for instance, how wide ten centimeters actually is and including growth charts marked off into percentiles, are equally practical and more useful than those in most parenting guides.
A reference offering sound, conventional advice and information on the gamut of pregnancy, childbirth, and first-year health, well-being, and development issues. The language is clear, the organization is sensible, the range of topics covered is impressive, and the illustrations are attractive (although the photos show almost all Caucasian babies and parents). The book jacket's claim is that this is "the ultimate guide for expectant parents," but the lack of a bibliography is a serious, inexplicable deficiency in a reference covering such a broad range of topics in necessarily brief articles; parents and soon-to-be parents should be encouraged to seek more in-depth treatment and other opinions on many topics covered here. 9x11" Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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You're Planning to Start a Family

This chapter begins at the very beginning, even before pregnancy starts. If you aren't already pregnant but you plan to start a family, this chapter begins with an overview of preparing for pregnancy. If you believe you are pregnant, the section that begins on page 53 covers tests used to confirm pregnancy and includes a calendar that shows key dates during pregnancy. For couples who have so far been unsuccessful in conceiving, there's a section on infertility, beginning on page 8.

Getting ready to have a baby can be similar to planning a wedding. Some couples begin wedding preparations far in advance. Every detail, from choosing the date and guest list to deciding on the wedding dress, flowers and cake, is coordinated and organized. Other couples might prefer to elope or to have a small, private ceremony.

Plans to start a family can range from well orchestrated to spontaneous or unexpected. Whether you feel more comfortable knowing as much as you can and being as prepared as you can or you adopt a more take-it-as-it-comes attitude, it's important to realize that you can't plan or control everything about your pregnancy. Planning a birth is perhaps more like planning an outdoor wedding. On the one hand, you can't control the rain clouds that threaten to postpone the ceremony; on the other hand, you couldn't have ordered the beautiful rainbow that appeared afterward.

This book is not about how to have the "perfect" pregnancy. There is no such thing. There will be high points during the next year that you never imagined would be so good. And there will besurprises along the way, regardless of how prepared you have tried to be.

Preparing for Pregnancy

Before you become pregnant, you can take steps to promote a healthy pregnancy. That's not to say you won't have a healthy pregnancy if you skip these recommendations, but by following them you can feel confident that you're helping to create the best conditions for your baby to grow and develop:

  • If you have been taking oral contraceptives your doctor may recommend using alternative methods of birth control for the first month or two after stopping use of the birth control pills.

  • Your doctor may recommend stopping use of certain medications, or changing dosages, before pregnancy.

  • Planning a pregnancy can be an excellent incentive to stop smoking. (See page 103 for more information about the hazards of smoking while you're pregnant.)

  • Avoiding alcohol while you're trying to become pregnant and during pregnancy prevents exposing your baby to its harmful effects. Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol during pregnancy can cause a serious condition called fetal alcohol syndrome. There is no known safe level of alcohol consumption during pregnancy. (See page 105 for more information about fetal alcohol syndrome.)

  • Because elevated maternal body temperature can increase the risk of neural tube defects in the baby, avoid prolonged use of a hot tub during early pregnancy. (See page 110 for more information on precautions about hot tubs.)

  • If your doctor considers that you have a higher than normal risk of having a baby with a birth defect, genetic counseling might be recommended. (See page 55 for more information on risks for birth defects.)

Avoid these medications if you're planning to become pregnant

If you are taking these medicines, ask your doctor about possible adjustments or precautions to follow before becoming pregnant:

  • Contraceptive medications

  • Accutane, a prescription medication to treat acne

  • Anticonvulsant/ seizure medications

  • Prednisone or prednisone-like medications

  • Anticoagulant medications, such as warfarin (Coumadin, Panwarfin), that are used to prevent blood clots

  • Antithyroid medications, such as propylthiouracil or methimazole, that are used to suppress activity of the thyroid gland

  • Tetracycline, an antibiotic that is sometimes used to treat acne

  • Medicines used for treatment of cancer

Preconception Medical Care

Your health care. Instead of waiting until you suspect you are pregnant to see your health care provider, you may consider preconception medical care, which is becoming more and more popular. Preconception medical care encourages optimal health for you and your partner at the time your child is conceived. This may be particularly important for women with chronic medical conditions such as diabetes mellitus, asthma or epilepsy. Also, decisions regarding fetal or genetic testing may be easier to make before a pregnancy begins.

A preconception visit is similar to the first prenatal visit (see page 45). However, seeing your health care provider before you become pregnant has a few advantages. For example, a preconception visit allows your health care provider to make sure that you are immune to certain infections, such as rubella, that could cause serious birth defects in a developing baby. If you are not immune, your health care provider may recommend a vaccination at least three months before you try to become pregnant. For women who have some type of ongoing medical condition, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma or lupus, making sure the condition is controlled before pregnancy occurs is an important safeguard for your health and that of your future baby. Pregnancy places extra demands on a woman's body, so even conditions that have remained under control before pregnancy may require special medical management during pregnancy. A preconception visit also allows your health care provider to review any other factors about your health and lifestyle which could improve your chances for a healthy pregnancy.

Sometimes laboratory tests are done at a preconception visit, and others are deferred until you are pregnant. If you need certain tests, such as mammography, that are best deferred during pregnancy, now may be a good time to take care of these concerns.

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