The Mother of All Pregnancy Books [NOOK Book]

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The ultimate guide to conception, birth, and everything in between

Unlike those other bossy, tell-you-what-to-do pregnancy books, this funny, entertaining guide presents expectant parents with all the facts they need to know about conception, birth, and everything in between. Celebrating the 10th anniversary of this favorite guide to pregnancy and birth, this new edition is easier-to-use, fully updated, and has a fresh and appealing new design....

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Overview

The ultimate guide to conception, birth, and everything in between

Unlike those other bossy, tell-you-what-to-do pregnancy books, this funny, entertaining guide presents expectant parents with all the facts they need to know about conception, birth, and everything in between. Celebrating the 10th anniversary of this favorite guide to pregnancy and birth, this new edition is easier-to-use, fully updated, and has a fresh and appealing new design.

The Mother of All Pregnancy Books features a friendly, fresh, and fun approach to the greatest adventure life has to offer. Based on the best advice from over 100 parents and a panel of experts, it is packed with tons of nuts-and-bolts information and presents expectant parents with all the facts on such perennial hot topics as pain relief during labor, episiotomy, and circumcision, and empowering expectant parents to make informed personal choices.

  • A complete guide to how it may feel—both physically and emotionally - to be pregnant
  • "The Pregnancy Roadmap:" a week-by-week; month-by-month; and trimester-by-trimester overview of the key pregnancy milestones
  • Pregnancy Q&As
  • Baby Gear 101
  • Your postpartum body
  • The truth about "pregnancy brain"

If you're looking for the inside scoop on what it's really like to have a baby, you've come to the right place.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118283424
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 7/9/2012
  • Series: Mother of All , #2
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 600
  • Sales rank: 177,046
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Ann Douglas is an award-winning journalist and the author of The Mother of All Baby Books, The Mother of All Toddler Books, The Mother of All Parenting Books, and The Mother of All Pregnancy Organizers. Known for her lively anecdotes and real-world advice, Ann makes frequent appearances on both radio and television and is regularly quoted in such publications as Parenting, Parents, Fit Pregnancy, American Baby, and Working Mother.

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Table of Contents

MEDICAL DISCLAIMER • V

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS • XIII

INTRODUCTION • 1

CHAPTER 1: ARE YOU REALLY READY TO HAVE A BABY? • 5

A Question of Timing • 6

What it really costs to raise children • 8; Career considerations • 11; The age issue • 13

A Baby? Maybe... Protecting Your Fertility • 17

Now or never? The health wild card • 22; I get so emotional, baby • 23

The Truth About Baby Fever: Not Everyone Catches It • 25

When you and your partner don’t agree • 26; When Mother Nature has other plans • 27

CHAPTER 2: YOUR PRE-GAME PLAN • 29

Training For the Big Event • 29

Watch your weight—but not too carefully • 30; Do a nutrient check • 34; Kick your smoking habit • 39; Pass on that glass of wine • 42; Just say no to drugs • 43; Kick your coffee habit • 44; Don’t douche • 45; Keep your stress level down • 45; Delegate the dirty work • 47; Watch out for workplace hazards • 47; Dad’s the word: More reproductive health issues for fathers-to-be • 48

Your Pre-Conception Checkup: The Insider’s Guide • 50

CHAPTER 3: SPERM, MEET EGG • 66

The Numbers Game • 66

The Science of Conception • 68

A tale of two phases • 70; The sperm connection • 74; What you can do to increase your odds of conceiving quickly • 77; Know thy cycle • 78; Make love on the right days • 85; Have unbelievably great sex • 86; Don’t get too much of a good thing • 86; Create a “sperm-friendly” vaginal environment • 87

CHAPTER 4: MISSED CONCEPTIONS • 90

Do You Have a Fertility Problem? • 90

The infertility workup • 91

The Major Causes of Infertility • 100

The Brave New World of Assisted Reproduction • 107

Damned lies and statistics • 108; Reading between the lines • 109

Riding the Infertility Roller Coaster • 111

If You Don’t Manage to Conceive • 114; If You Do Manage to Conceive • 115

CHAPTER 5: WINNING AT BABY ROULETTE • 117

A Little Bit Pregnant • 117

Testing, one, two, three . . . • 121; How you may feel about being pregnant • 122; Sharing your news with the world • 125; Sharing your news at work • 126; Choosing the right caregiver • 129; Hospital, birth center, or home birth? • 134

Your First Prenatal Checkup • 141

What your due date really means • 142

Early Pregnancy Worries • 145

I’m worried that I’ll experience a miscarriage • 146; I don’t feel pregnant anymore • 147

CHAPTER 6: OPERATION HEALTHY MOTHER, HEALTHY BABY • 149

The No-Worry Guide to Eating During Pregnancy • 149

The basics • 150; Dietary fiber • 151; Fruits and vegetables • 151; Healthy fats • 151; Meals and snacks that will go the distance • 152; Water • 153; The big five: the nutrients you need most during pregnancy • 155; The supporting cast: other key nutrients • 165; Vegetarian and vegan diets • 168; Not wanted at the dinner table: avoiding food-borne illness • 169

Your Pregnancy Gain Plan • 172

Wrapping your head around the idea of gaining weight • 173; New pregnancy weight-gain recommendations • 173; Too much of a good thing • 176; The best-laid plans • 178; Gaining too little • 179

Work It, Baby: Prenatal Fitness • 183

Quitting Time: Smoking, Drinking, and Drugs • 192

Smoking • 192; Drinking • 195; Drugs • 196

Sleeping for Two • 197

Sleep and health • 203

(Don’t Get Too) Stressed About Stress • 205

Depression during pregnancy • 209

Staying Healthy During Pregnancy • 211

Take steps to avoid illness • 211; Other steps to staying healthy • 218

Staying Safe at Home • 221

Medications • 222; Herbal products • 223; Toxins • 228; Diseases carried by pets and other animals • 231; Accidents and falls • 232; Domestic violence • 233

Staying Healthy at Work • 236

CHAPTER 7: THE PREGNANCY ROAD MAP • 242

The Complaint Department • 242

What’s normal and what’s not • 243

Pregnancy Complaints From A to Z • 243

Abdominal muscle separation • 247; Acne • 248; Backache • 248; Belly button soreness • 250; Bleeding gums • 250; Bleeding and spotting, vaginal • 251; Braxton Hicks contractions • 252; Breast tenderness and enlargement • 252; Breathlessness • 254; Carpal tunnel syndrome • 255; Constipation • 255; Cramping • 256; Cravings • 257; Ear changes • 257; Eye changes • 258; Faintness and dizziness • 258; Fatigue • 259; Food aversions • 260; Gassiness and bloating • 260; Headaches • 261; Heartburn (a.k.a. refl ux) • 262; Hernia, hiatal • 263; Hemorrhoids • 263; Hip soreness • 264; Insomnia • 265; Itchiness (abdominal) • 266; Laryngitis, pregnancy-induced, and voice changes • 267; Leg cramps • 267; Morning sickness (a.k.a. nausea and vomiting of pregnancy) • 267; Nasal changes • 274; Perineal aching • 275; Pubic-bone pain (osteitis pubis) • 276; Rashes • 277; Restless leg syndrome (rls) • 278; Round ligament pain • 279; Saliva, excessive (ptyalism) • 280; Sciatica • 280; Skin changes • 281; Smell, heightened sense of • 284; Stretch marks • 284; Sweating • 285; Swelling and fluid retention • 285; Thirstiness • 286; Urinary incontinence • 287; Urination, increased frequency of • 287; Vagina, changes to the • 288; Vaginal secretions, increased • 288; Varicose veins • 289; Weepiness • 290; Yeast infections • 291

CHAPTER 8: YOUR INCREDIBLE GROWING BABY • 293

The First Trimester: The Beginnings of Life, and the Start of a Whole New Way of Life • 294

Pre-embryonic stage: The first three weeks of development • 294; Embryonic stage: Your baby begins to develop human characteristics • 297; Fetal stage: Your baby’s body systems mature • 300; The second trimester: Goodbye nausea, hello maternity jeans • 302; The third trimester: Your incredible growing belly • 304

CHAPTER 9: THIS IS YOUR (SOON-TO-BE) LIFE • 308

Decisions, Decisions . . . • 309

Pregnant and chic • 309; Prenatal classes: Who needs them? • 312; Umbilical cord blood banking • 315; The circumcision decision • 318; Deciding to breastfeed • 321; The name game • 327; Planning for your maternity leave • 331; Planning your “babymoon” • 333

Other Things You Can Do to Make the Early Weeks Less Stressful • 339

Put your support team in place • 339; Consider hiring a postpartum doula • 343; Stock your home with healthy, easy-to-prepare foods • 344; Keep on top of chores on the home front • 347; Get the rest of your life in order • 349

Sex and Relationships: Top Worries • 357

Sex during pregnancy • 357; The last hurrah • 362; Oops, we did it again . . . • 370; The stuff of which pregnancy nightmares are made • 373

CHAPTER 10: WHEN PREGNANCY ISN’T PERFECT • 376

To Test or Not to Test? • 377

What prenatal testing can—and can’t—tell you • 378; Is prenatal genetic testing the right choice for you? • 379; Screening tests versus diagnostic tests • 384; What to do if the test brings bad news • 390

What Does the Term “High-Risk Pregnancy” Really Mean? • 392

The Unique Challenges of a Multiple Pregnancy • 403

Preterm Labor • 407

Possible health problems • 408; Risk factors • 408; Prevention • 410; Welcoming a premature baby or a baby with special needs • 413

When A Baby Dies • 416

What can go wrong • 417; Miscarriage • 418; Ectopic pregnancy • 426; Molar pregnancy • 428; Stillbirth • 430; Intrapartum death • 433; Neonatal and infant death • 434

Grieving the Loss of Your Baby • 438

Preparing for Another Pregnancy • 445

CHAPTER 11: LABOR DAY • 450

Eight Months and Counting • 451

Pre-labor symptoms • 453

Decision Time • 455

Pre-birth planning • 456; Why doulas are a mom’s best friend • 464; Writing a birth plan • 466; What’s up down there? • 469; Pain relief during labor • 473

The Top Labor-Related Worries • 482

Going Overdue • 497

Is my baby at risk? • 498; To induce or not to induce? • 499; What to expect during an induction • 501

What Labor is Really Like • 502

The three stages of labor • 502; What other mothers want you to know • 503; The great cesarean debate • 510; Vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) • 516; How you may feel about meeting your baby • 518

Parting words • 519

APPENDIX A: GLOSSARY • 520

APPENDIX B: PLANNING FOR YOUR BIRTH • 536

Birth Wishes • 537

Personal information • 537; About your labor support team • 537; Labor environment • 537; Choices about the labor • 538; Laboring positions • 538; Pain relief • 538; Induction/augmentation of labor • 539; Delivery • 539; After the birth • 539; Cesarean section • 540; Circumcision • 540; Length of stay (if you’re having a hospital birth) • 540; Birthing philosophies • 541

APPENDIX C: EMERGENCY CHILDBIRTH PROCEDURES • 542

Emergency childbirth supplies to have on hand • 542; How to deliver your baby if you’re alone and without assistance • 542; How to assist a woman who’s about to give birth • 543

APPENDIX D: ONLINE RESOURCES • 545

APPENDIX E: PRENATAL RECORD • 551

INDEX • 555

ABOUT THE AUTHOR • 584

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    I hate to read and i could not put this book down! It's so helpful! The book takes you from before you conceive all the way to the end of your pregnancy and how to deal with the unexpected. This book makes you think about things that i would have never though in a million years. It was the best book i have read so far.

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