The Mommy Docs' Ultimate Guide to Pregnancy and Birth

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The pregnancy resource you can trust: medically reliable information, mom-to-mom advice.

If you want the real deal on pregnancy, you've come to the right book! Drs. Yvonne Bohn, Allison Hill, and Alane Park are three top obstetricians who have personally welcomed more than 10,000 babies into the world. But they've been on the other side of the ultrasound too--as mothers themselves, they have each experienced the joys and anxieties of pregnancy firsthand. Morning sickness . . . ...

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Overview


The pregnancy resource you can trust: medically reliable information, mom-to-mom advice.

If you want the real deal on pregnancy, you've come to the right book! Drs. Yvonne Bohn, Allison Hill, and Alane Park are three top obstetricians who have personally welcomed more than 10,000 babies into the world. But they've been on the other side of the ultrasound too--as mothers themselves, they have each experienced the joys and anxieties of pregnancy firsthand. Morning sickness . . . unexpected contractions . . . midnight feedings . . . even serious complications . . . they’ve been there! Now they share everything you need to know about this exciting, life-changing journey.

Written in a clear and friendly style, The Mommy Docs' Ultimate Guide to Pregnancy and Birth offers the most up-to-date medical guidance. It's packed with real-life stories from new moms and practical tips straight from the Docs' office. From pre-conception to postpartum, you'll find answers to your most pressing questions, including:

  • Can birth control pills cause fertility problems?
  • When will I start showing?
  • Which prenatal tests do I really need?
  • Is my baby getting the right nutrition?
  • Is it true that I can't touch a cat, eat sushi, or color my hair for nine months?
  • If I get a cold, is it safe to take medication?
  • How do I create a birth plan?
  • What if I go into labor alone?
  • If I've had a cesarean delivery before, will I need to have one with my next pregnancy?
  • How can I make breastfeeding easier?

This extraordinarily comprehensive guide also includes chapters on diet and exercise, high-risk pregnancies, and the most often-repeated myths. Complete with illustrations of your baby's development, The Mommy Docs' Ultimate Guide to Pregnancy and Birth is your reassuring resource for a healthy and stress-free pregnancy.

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The three co-authors of this guide are certified ob/gyns, but they are also women who have personally experienced all the pangs, problems, and miracles of pregnancy. Consequently, this hospitable resource doesn't simply recap medical school anatomy and physiology classes; it addresses all those pre-conception to postpartum questions that mothers-to-be want answered. Thus, the range of expertise covers everything from bumps in the night and morning sickness; to prenatal tests, breastfeeding, and pregnancy nutrition; to cold medications and cesareans. An ultimate guide: The title does not lie.

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BookPage, May 2011
“Full of…useful tidbits…With common-sense information and advice on everything from breastfeeding to baby blues, these are the doctors every new mommy wants at her side. The comparisons to the seminal What to Expect When You’re Expecting are inevitable, but the Mommy Docs write in a more conversational, matter-of-fact tone…A thorough and useful guide from conception to pregnancy and delivery.”

Kiwi (website), 5/1/11
“This definitive guide on pregnancy and birth was written by a team of doctors who happen to be moms, too. So, you have all of the accuracy and dependability of consulting a board-certified OB-GYN, but a touch of friendly advice you’d get from a girlfriend, too. The combination works.”

Deseret
News, 5/1/11
“A comprehensive guide to pretty much everything that happens from preparing for pregnancy through the ‘fourth trimester’ after birth.”
 
Tucson Citizen, 5/12/11 “What could be better than a guide to pregnancy and birth written by doctors who are also moms?...[A] comprehensive new book…Written in a clear and friendly style. Packed with real-life stories from new moms and tested practical tips, this extraordinary guide is a reassuring resource for a healthy and stress-free pregnancy.”

 
Library Journal, 6/1/11
“Throughout, the authors deliver practical tips and emotional support for coping with both complicated and uncomplicated pregnancies as well as the things that can go wrong, such as miscarriages or infertility. Individual stories add a personal dimension to the medical information conveyed…A great resource for anyone seeking information on pregnancy, childbirth, and the first weeks after birth.”
 
Kirkus Reviews, 6/1/11
“Comprehensive and engaging.”

Bookviews, June 2011
“As complete a tome on the subject as one could want…If the answer you’re looking for in this guide cannot be found, the question is not worth asking. From preparing your body for pregnancy to birth, this is an impressive piece of work.”
 
WomanAroundTown.com, 5/27/11
“If you or a friend are expecting, pick [it] up immediately…As the title suggests, it’s written by women who are both moms and doctors, and they totally get it…They deal with frequently asked questions, and refute some pretty interesting myths.”
 
InfoDad.com, 6/9/11
“So filled with medically sound advice, intelligently presented case histories, extensive debunking of myths, and all-around sensible writing, that the book itself becomes a thing you might not expect while expecting: a super-clear, super-helpful, easy-to-read and easy-to-use guide that beautifully balances the medical with the personal.”
 
DeseretNews, 6/12/11
“An entertaining, easy-to-read guide for new mothers and mothers-to-be…The anecdotal excerpts are a great plus for this book…A very informative resource for expectant mothers.”

Georgia Family, July 2011
“[A] reassuring resource for a healthy and stress-free pregnancy.”

ForeWord, July/August 2011
“It’s the Mommy Docs’ comforting tone that makes this guide both invaluable and appealing. Recognizing that pregnancy is as much about emotional changes as it is about physical changes, they set their guide apart from others by providing heartfelt personal experiences and those of many of their patients. Whether it’s a reader’s first, second, or even third child, there’s good advice for every kind of pregnant mother.”

ColoradoParent, 9/4/11
“I’m impressed by how much information this book gives moms-to-be! I especially like that the book doesn’t end with delivery but continues on with a section called ‘The Fourth Trimester.’…I’d recommend this book to anyone who is pregnant.”
 
PortlandBook Review, September-November 2011 “Written in an easy to understand way…Every woman who is pregnant or wishing to get pregnant will find this book a great resource.”

TulsaBook Review, November 2011
“What makes this book stand out from the dozens of books available on the subject of pregnancy is the book’s light, conversational style.”

Mid-OhioValleyParent (WV), January 2012
“This book’s tone has a ‘been there’ approach that readers will relate to, like talking to a sister or friend.”

Library Journal
Bohn, Allison Hill, and Alane Park are OB/GYNs, mothers, stars of the cable reality show Deliver Me, and bloggers at www.mommydocs.com. Writing from their more than 45 years of combined experience and having delivered more than 10,000 babies, they seek to debunk urban legends and old wives' tales. Chapters are arranged from preparing for pregnancy to first, second, and third trimesters; birth; and early days at home. Additional chapters handle complications of early pregnancy, high-risk pregnancies, and "frequently asked questions…and frequently repeated myths." They offer reassurance for a healthy pregnancy even for those with health conditions such as hypertension or diabetes. Throughout, the authors deliver practical tips and emotional support for coping with both complicated and uncomplicated pregnancies as well as the things that can go wrong, such as miscarriages or infertility. Individual stories add a personal dimension to the medical information conveyed. VERDICT A great resource for anyone seeking information on pregnancy, childbirth, and the first weeks after birth.—Jodith Janes, Cleveland Clinic Fdn.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738214603
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 5/3/2011
  • Pages: 544
  • Sales rank: 1,358,089
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author


Drs. Yvonne Bohn, Allison Hill, and Alane Park are board certified ob/gyn's, who have been in private practice in Los Angeles for more than a decade. They are all also moms.

Melissa Jo Peltier is a New York Times-bestselling author and Emmy-winning writer and producer living in Nyack, New York.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Delivering Miracles 1

Our Experiences 3

Why We Became Doctors 4

Three Peas in a Pod 7

Why Women Trust Us 7

Countering Meddling and Fear Mongering 9

How to Use this Book 10

Chapter 1 Preparing for Pregnancy 12

Before You Get Pregnant 13

Preconception Testing for Genetic Diseases 27

Getting Pregnant Takes Time 32

Getting Pregnant the Second Time 42

Choosing Your Doctor 45

Choosing a Midwife 49

A Life-Changing Moment 53

Chapter 2 Diet, Exercise, and Your Pregnancy 54

Weight Gain 56

Undereating 58

Your Diet 61

Foods to Avoid 71

Other Pregnancy Don'ts 75

Exercise 76

More Ways to Take Care of Your Body (and Baby) 82

What's Okay-and Not Okay-for Your Baby 86

Chapter 3 The First Trimester: 0 to 14 Weeks 96

Congratulations, You're Pregnant! 97

First Trimester Development of Your Baby 103

First Trimester Symptoms 104

First Trimester Tests 114

First Trimester Screening for Genetic Diseases 117

Chapter 4 The Second Trimester: 15 to 28 Weeks 130

Welcome to the Second Trimester! 130

Second Trimester Development of Your Baby 132

Feeling the Baby Kick 138

Second Trimester Symptoms 139

Adjusting Your Activities 152

Second Trimester Tests 153

Potential Complications in the Second Trimester 164

The Second Trimester Comes to an End 167

Chapter 5 The Third Trimester: 29 to 42 Weeks 169

The Final Haul 169

Third Trimester Development of Your Baby 173

Third Trimester Symptoms 177

Potential Complications in the Third Trimester 186

Activities in the Third Trimester 188

Your Baby's Changing Positions 191

Planning for the Delivery 196

Growing Belly, Growing Concerns 199

The Birth Plan 206

What to Bring to the Hospital 212

Delivery Timetable 213

Chapter 6 The Birth Day 219

Labor 221

At the Hospital 233

The Stages of Labor 240

Inducing Labor 249

Pain Management 257

Your Delivery Position 267

Forceps and Vacuum Extractions 270

Cesarean Delivery 271

The VBAC Controversy 277

The Baby Arrives 279

After You Deliver 285

Before You Bring Your Baby Home 286

Bringing Baby Home 289

Chapter 7 The Fourth Trimester 290

Welcome to the Fourth Trimester! 291

Your First Days Home 292

A Baby's Life: Sleeping, Eating, Peeing, and Pooping 297

Feeding Time 298

When Your Baby Cries 318

Pacifiers 319

Baby's Sleep Cycle 320

Your Sleep Cycle 323

A Night Nurse 325

Emotional Changes 326

Getting Back to "You" Again 336

Reentering the World 341

The Fourth Trimester Is Not Forever 345

Chapter 8 Complications in Early Pregnancy 347

Fertile or Infertile? 347

Fertility Treatments 351

Surrogates 357

The Odds of Multiples 359

When a Pregnancy Doesn't Take 361

Miscarriage 362

Managing an Abnormal Pregnancy 364

Recurrent Miscarriage 365

Ectopic Pregnancies 368

Chapter 9 High-Risk Pregnancies 372

Monitoring High-Risk Pregnancies 373

Preeclampsia 374

Diabetes 379

Cervical Insufficiency 383

Placenta Previa 388

Placental Abruption 391

Placenta Accreta, Placenta Increta, and Placenta Percreta 392

Premature Rupture of Membranes 394

Umbilical Cord Prolapse 397

Preterm Birth 398

Preterm Babies 400

Multiples 405

Postpartum Hemorrhage 409

Stillbirths 413

Intrauterine Growth Restriction 415

Macrosomia 418

Post-Term Delivery 421

Chapter 10 Things You Never Expect When You're Expecting: Coping with Curveballs 426

Pregnancy: The Forty-Week Emotional Roller Coaster 426

Too Much Information 429

Unsolicited Advice 430

Bonding with Your Unborn Child 431

Relationship Issues 432

Single Motherhood 440

Kids and Their New Siblings 442

Parents, In-Laws, and Other Interested Parties 446

Having a Sick Baby or Special Needs Child 448

Work-Related Issues 451

Our Final Words to You 453

Chapter 11 Frequently Asked Questions and Frequently Repeated Myths 454

Getting Pregnant 454

Pregnancy Symptoms 456

Foods and Medications 460

Activities 462

Labor and Delivery 465

Frequently Repeated Myths 467

Notes 471

Glossary 477

Acknowledgments 493

Index 497

About the Authors 525

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