The Pregnancy Bible: Your Complete Guide to Pregnancy and Early Parenthood

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With contributions from the top medical experts in gynecology, obstetrics, fetal medicine and pediatrics, The Pregnancy Bible is an extensive, accessible, up-to-the minute sourcebook of everything expecting parents need to know. The Pregnancy Bible combines the knowledge and experience of many medical specialists and healthcare providers -- all under the direction of two practicing and widely-published obstetricians.
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With contributions from the top medical experts in gynecology, obstetrics, fetal medicine and pediatrics, The Pregnancy Bible is an extensive, accessible, up-to-the minute sourcebook of everything expecting parents need to know. The Pregnancy Bible combines the knowledge and experience of many medical specialists and healthcare providers -- all under the direction of two practicing and widely-published obstetricians.
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American Reference Books Annual, Volume 35 - Shannon Hysell
[Review of earlier edition:] Written in an easy-to-understand style that will especially appeal to first-time parents... Throughout the well-written text are sidebars with relevant information, charts and diagrams, and color photographs... highly recommended for public and consumer health library collections.
Nashville Parent Magazine - Susan Brooke Day
[Review of earlier edition:] Offers everything both parents will ever need to know, presented clearly and with keen up-to-the-minute information.
San Gabriel Valley Tribune - Linda Hutchinson
[Review of earlier edition:] Well-designed and the text is easy to understand... enhanced by color photography... lots of good practical advice.
Island Parent - Sue Fast
[Review of earlier edition:] A comprehensive guide that addresses both the medical and emotional aspects of pregnancy... aesthetically pleasing layout and design allow readers easy access to a wealth of information... the new have-to-have pregnancy book.
Los Angeles Daily News - Mariko Thompson
[Review of earlier edition:] Walks moms- and dads-to-be through all aspects of having a baby... detailed medical information and has two doctors serving as consulting editors.
Georgia Family
[Review of earlier edition:] Complete guide... well-organized and inviting-to-read book, crammed with color photographs, does a wonderful job of informing expectant parent(s).
Parents Express
[Review of earlier edition:] Easy-to-read, full color sourcebook.
E-Streams - Lise L. Hackett
[Review of earlier edition:] An excellent resource for expecting parents... practical information in an easy to follow format... comprehensive, well written, informative, and timely.
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This sourcebook for expectant parents combines advice from gynecologists, obstetricians, fetal medicine physicians, midwives, psychologists, dieticians, geneticists, pediatricians, and teachers from North America and the UK. It covers what happens during pregnancy and labor, prenatal care, healthy eating and exercise, managing emotions and intimacy, fatherhood, and childbirth classes and labor choices. Stone and Eddleman (obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive science, Mount Sinai School of Medicine) then provide chapters on the newborn, taking care of the baby and oneself, and overcoming problems. Reference pages on genetic counseling, pregnancy, complications, emergencies, miscarriage, newborn medical problems, birth abnormalities, and other topics are included. Many color illustrations are incorporated throughout. There is no bibliography.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781552978481
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/6/2003
  • Pages: 392
  • Product dimensions: 7.75 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Joanne Stone, MD, and Keith Eddleman, MD, are associate professors of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 6
Part I Miraculous Beginnings
1 The Story of Pregnancy 8
Sperm meets egg 10
The journey to the uterus 14
Your baby's inheritance 17
The first signs of pregnancy 19
Your pregnant body: 1st trimester 24
Your pregnant body: 2nd trimester 27
Your baby week by week 30
Your pregnant body: 3rd trimester 52
How your baby is born 55
Part II Enjoying Your Pregnancy
2 Your Pregnant Body 59
Inner changes 60
Outer changes 63
Will it harm your baby? 75
Everyday hazards 78
Working safely 79
Traveling safely 81
3 Your Prenatal Care 83
The basics of good care 84
Your first visit 87
Subsequent visits 91
Special pregnancies 93
4 Nine Months of Healthy Eating 97
Making healthy adjustments 98
How to eat a balanced diet 101
The essential nutrients 106
Avoiding food hazards 110
5 Keeping Fit 113
Preparing for exercise 114
Planning your program 117
Using relaxation techniques 124
6 Looking Great 129
Top-to-toe care 130
Your maternity wardrobe 135
7 The Secret Life of Your Unborn Baby 139
The safety of the uterus 140
Your baby's senses 142
Your active baby 145
The birth instigator 148
8 Managing Your Emotions and Intimacy 149
Your response to pregnancy 150
You and your partner 155
Minimizing labor worries 159
9 Pregnancy for Dads 161
New to fatherhood 162
Redefining your relationship 164
Your role at the birth 166
Thinking about the future 170
10 Choices in Childbirth 171
Childbirth classes 172
Deciding where to give birth 174
Support measures for labor 177
Interventions and procedures 186
11 Getting Ready for the Birth of Your Baby 189
Decisions about your baby 190
Shopping for your baby 195
Preparing for labor 201
Going overdue 208
12 Your Labor and Birth Experience 209
Recognizing labor 210
The stages of labor 215
Special medical interventions 227
Your baby's experience of birth 233
Part III Prenatal Reference
Prenatal tests 236
Genetic counseling 246
Complicated labors 250
Pregnancy complications 252
Pre-existing medical conditions 264
Medical emergencies 272
Bleeding in pregnancy 275
Miscarriage 278
Part IV Now You're a Family
13 Your Marvelous Newborn 281
What your baby looks like 282
Your baby's postpartum care 286
What your baby can do 288
14 Taking Care of Your Baby 293
Feeding basics 294
Starting to breastfeed 297
Bottlefeeding your baby 303
Meeting your baby's needs 306
15 Looking After Yourself 319
Your body after the birth 320
Enjoying motherhood 327
A healthy postpartum diet 331
Getting back into shape 334
16 Enjoying Parenthood 339
Early days as a parent 340
Overcoming problems 345
Settling into family life 350
Part V Postpartum Reference
Maternal complaints and treatments 356
Newborn medical problems 360
Your baby's health and development 367
Babies needing special care 373
Birth abnormalities 374
The loss of a baby 382
Index 384
Acknowledgments 392
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Preface

Introduction

Since it was first published in 2003, The Pregnancy Bible has proved to be invaluable to the expectant mothers and fathers who acquired a copy. Pregnancy is a unique experience and one that you will want to enjoy while doing what's best for your baby. Today, a great deal more is known about the risks to a baby's normal development, and also what a woman needs to do to successfully meet the challenges of pregnancy, labor, and delivery than was possible in the past. However, all the information that is now available, particularly relating to situations that may be, evenly remotely, out of the ordinary, is rarely known in total to a single physician, no matter how well trained and experienced he or she is. That is why, to produce a thoroughly researched book, The Pregnancy Bible was created with a team of experts in every related field including genetics, midwifery, gynecology, and obstetrics, pregnancy nutrition and exercise, psychology, fetology, and pediatrics. Additionally, teachers in natural childbirth techniques, breastfeeding, and baby care were consulted. Five years on, we've gone back to the experts to ensure that the information is thoroughly up to date.

This revised edition of The Pregnancy Bible continues to cover every aspect of pregnancy, birth, and new parenthood. Although it cannot replace the care and attention that you'll receive from your healthcare providers, who'll know you as an individual, it can supplement that advice, explain procedures, give handy hints, and answer many questions that you may not have thought of asking.

It also contains many special features such as life-size illustrations, color photography, and the very latest 3-D images, which allow you to see how your baby develops week by week. Special gatefold pages give you an at-a-glance guide to what you can expect in each of the three trimesters.

Comprehensive sections on nutrition, exercise, and what you should do to maintain good health will help you achieve a healthy pregnancy and prepare for the birth that you want. There is also advice on the emotional aspects of pregnancy for both you and your partner. Once your baby is born, further chapters contain information on how to take care of yourself and how to respond to, bond with, and feed, bath, change, dress, and carry your newborn.

Two reference sections form an in-depth guide to the tests and procedures that may be used during your pregnancy and to the treatment of the medical complaints and problems that can affect you or your newborn.

Most importantly, The Pregnancy Bible has been designed to help you achieve a positive attitude, which has been shown to be one of the most significant factors in a rewarding birth experience. With knowledge and understanding, you can take on pregnancy and parenthood with confidence.

Joanne Stone, MD and Keith Eddleman, MD

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2009

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    A MUST HAVE for all women who are expecting or planning!

    This book by far is the best book I have read so far. There is so much information in this book to learn from, especially for a first time pregnancy. It gives you day by day & week by week information along with pictures to show the changes. It covers way more then just the baby bump!
    Great gift idea also! This was the Second Edition version that I read.

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  • Posted October 26, 2009

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    The MUST have for new moms-to-be

    I have read many, many sources on this subject, yet none cover the need-to-knows with as much depth and yet candor as the Pregnancy Bible. Full color illustrations, timelines, pictures- of you as mom, growing and changing, as well as baby. It truly is the most down-to-earth and real self-help guide for pregnant moms. It even covers many abnormailities, has a complete great index for all those words you've never heard before, and sheds light on things like sex when you're huge and how dad may be feeling during all the changes you are going through.
    All in all, I have bought 5 of these darn books, because one was bought for me, a 'old school' mom to 'gonna be' mom thing (the first of many, might I add) and now I make sure that I get one for every new up-and-coming lil momma in my life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2009

    It wasnt was I was looking for

    THe book is really good but I was looking for a pregnancy guide with midwives and this book wasnt it so I returned it.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2008

    A must have!

    This book was great! The book covered many topics from a week to week explaination of the baby's development, different problems that could possibly happen, and even taking care of an infant. It was very simple to understand, not too many big medical terms. I really liked the pictures of what the baby looked like each week! This book lives up to its name!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2007

    Loving this book!

    First time mom here... And I read 'What to expect...' and still didn't feel satisfied. I also spent time in barns and nobles and found this book. I was impressed with how detailed it was. When I finally got enough cash together I went back and bought it. I haven't regretted it since. Very detailed. Not only tells you the basics, but explains medical terminology & testing, and what to do after birth! I feel more prepared and informed than I have ever before! Thank you for a wonderful pregnancy book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2007

    First time mommy to be!

    I was in barnes and noble, looking through tons of pregnancy books, Then i came upon the Pregnancy Bible. I could not have chosen a better book. I love the details on whats going on in ur belly wekk by week. workouts that you can do. And detailed pictures. I recomend this book to anyone who has tons of questions like i did. great work!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2007

    Very Helpful!!

    I just bought this book yesterday and ended up reading it until 6 a.m.! It is WONDERFUL for new mothers who are unsure of a lot of things and have many questions. It's also very well put together and easy to read. All the pages are in color and there are a lot of helpful instructional pictures. If you are low income and need answers, this is the one book you need to buy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2006

    Definately the best pregnancy book I read!!!

    I looked at many books during my pregnancy and this was by far the best. I found it an easy read and my husband (who doesn't like to read) also loved it. I thought it was very easy to find things when I had questions. Will use it again for my next pregnancy as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2006

    Awesome

    I love this book! I like all the pictures of how big the belly is getting and whats going on with you and the baby at every week. I liked comparing my belly to the one in the book to see if Im getting there or not! If your afraid of 'nakedness' then this might not be for you, but if not, its great to see how big your gonna be in a few weeks and what changes are coming. Definitely recommend!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2005

    Complete book but only for women

    The book is very complete and informative but I could do with out the naked pictures of a pregnant women's body as it changes week by week. It also shows naked people in sexual positions with only their lower private parts covered by each others body. Good book but I couldn't show it to my father or my husband¿s brothers because of the Nakedness! If nakedness doesn't bother you or your husband then this is the book for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2005

    The best pregnancy book

    I spent 3+ hours at Barnes & Noble going thru all the recommended 'pregnancy books' and found this book was by far the best one. It answered all the questions I had & the pictures were just amazing! It explains & shows detailed pictures, week by week as to how your baby is growing & how your body is changing. I found it was the best book for first time parents who want to know everything there is to know about pregnancy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2005

    The PERFECT Book for ALL Moms!

    This one blows away 'WHAT TO EXPECT...' I'm a first time mom and this book definately IS the Bible for new moms! Its wonderfully illustrated with actual pictures, a TON of information..theres absolutely NOTHING this book doesnt cover. I've recommended it to EVERYONE..previous and new moms alike and so far I've barely been able to keep my own copy becuase everyone wants to see it..its the best pregnany book out there EVER!! You HAVE to have this one!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2004

    A wonderful book!!

    I have recommended this book to other first time parents. My husband and I love this book. It answered every possible question that I have had. It also provides visuals (actual pictures, not drawings)of the mother and the baby's development. Its great!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2004

    perfect for the information starved!!!

    This book not only tells you what is going on with your baby and your body, it shows you!! It doesn't stop there. It has a picture and an explanation for just about any question you might have, from sexual postions to birhting choices. I LOVE this book!

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