Pregnancy Instruction Manual: Essential Information, Troubleshooting Tips, and Advice for Parents-to-Be


At last! A comprehensive guide to worry-free pregnancy!
Bringing a baby into the world is one of life’s defining moments. But there’s no getting around it: Being pregnant can feel overwhelming.
Fortunately, The Pregnancy Instruction Manual is here to answer all of your most pressing questions. Will the morning sickness ever go away? How big is my baby at 26 ...

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The Pregnancy Instruction Manual: Essential Information, Troubleshooting Tips, and Advice for Parents-to-Be

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At last! A comprehensive guide to worry-free pregnancy!
Bringing a baby into the world is one of life’s defining moments. But there’s no getting around it: Being pregnant can feel overwhelming.
Fortunately, The Pregnancy Instruction Manual is here to answer all of your most pressing questions. Will the morning sickness ever go away? How big is my baby at 26 weeks? Are beef jerky cravings normal? How do I ward off the unwanted tummy-touch era? And most of all, will I ever get a good night’s rest again? Expectant parents will find the answers here courtesy of veteran mom Sarah Jordan and certified OB-GYN (and three time dad) David Ufberg. 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594742453
  • Publisher: Quirk Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/14/2008
  • Series: Owner's and Instruction Manual Series
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 523,903
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

About the Author:
Sarah Jordan is a National Magazine Award–nominated author who has written for magazines and newspapers including Parents, Parenting, Philadelphia Magazine, and The Philadelphia Inquirer. She is also the coauthor of The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Parenting and The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Weddings. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and two children. David Ufberg, M.D., is a practicing obstetrician and gynecologist at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia. An assistant clinical professor with the University of Pennsylvania Health System, he has written several research publications and received many teaching awards. He is a devoted husband and father of three and has delivered thousands of babies. Paul Kepple and Scotty Reifsnyder are better known as the Philadelphia-based studio Headcase Design. Their work has been featured in many design and illustration publications, such as AIGA 365 and 50 Books/50 Covers, American Illustration, Communication Arts, and Print. Paul worked at Running Press Book Publishers for several years before opening Headcase in 1998. Paul graduated from the Tyler School of Art, where he now teaches. Scotty is a graduate of Kutztown University and received his M.F.A. from Tyler School of Art, where he had Paul as an instructor. Scotty's mother claims he came close to having a brilliant career as a TV baby, but his lack of comic timing kept him on the casting couch. Paul’s mother also thought he should have been a TV baby, but unfortunately no one else agreed.

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Table of Contents

Welcome to Your New Pregnant Body!     9
Ready or Not, You're Pregnant     14
The Science of Conception     17
Ovulation     17
Fertilization     18
Implantation     19
Signs You Are Not Alone     22
So You Think You Might Be Pregnant     24
Dissemination of the Happy News     25
Timing     25
How to Select a Caregiver     29
What to Ask a Potential Caregiver     31
Healthy Intake, Healthy Habits     32
Dietary Additions     33
Subtractions and Reductions     34
Fact from Fiction: What's Really Dangerous to the Baby     36
Pregnant with Multiples: More, More, More     41
First Trimester     44
Synopsis of Baby's Growth, Weeks 3-13     46
Seeing Your Caregiver This Trimester     50
Additional Testing This Trimester     53
Body Building: Woman at Work!     55
Healthy Habits     59
Pregnancy by the Numbers     60
Going Green? Tips for Vegetarian and Vegan Pregnancies     61
Morning Sickness     64
Getting Physical     66
How Hot Is Too Hot?     68
Sex After Conception     69
Second Trimester     74
Synopsis of Baby's Growth, Weeks 14-26     76
Step Right Up and Try Your Luck: Predicting Baby's Sex     80
Seeing Your Caregiver: What Goes on Behind Those Closed Doors     81
All Systems Go? Testing This Trimester     81
Not at Your Local Multiplex: AFP, Triple, and Quad Screenings     85
Body Building: Signs Your Body Is Hard at Work     86
Dressing for Excess     89
Sleeping Skills-in Your Dreams     92
Tips for Sleeping While Pregnant     92
What to Do When You Get a Cold or Flu     94
Traveling for Two     96
Travel Tips     96
Get Some Class: Birthing, Baby Care, and Breast-Feeding     101
Third Trimester     104
Synopsis of Baby's Growth, Weeks 27-40+     106
Seeing Your Caregiver in the Third Trimester; or, Who's Your New Best Friend?     107
Additional Examination Topics     110
Common Late-Term Complications     112
Third-Trimester Tests     112
Woman at Work: Construction Nearing Completion     115
Some Issues to Occupy Your Mind While Your Body Works Overtime     117
Name That Baby     117
Picking a Pediatrician     119
Is It Time for a Personal Staff?     121
Warning! Pre-Labor Ahead     124
Nothing to Fear but Labor Itself     127
The Baby Shower     132
Getting Through Your Baby Shower     134
Layette and Nursery     136
The Bare Necessities     139
Beyond the Bare Necessities     141
The Deferred-Purchase Plan     145
What Every Expectant Dad Should Know     148
Signs That You Really Are an Expectant Father     150
Dad and Doc: Preparing for Prenatal Visits     156
A Birthing Coach's Motto: Be Prepared     158
How to Be the Best Birth Coach You Can Be     161
Cutting the Umbilical Cord     165
The Grand Finale-Here Comes Baby     170
Signs That Labor Is Near     173
Arriving at the Hospital or Birthing Center     180
Joining the Labor Force     182
Stage 1     182
Stage 2     186
Stage 3     186
Pain Management 101     190
Get Me the Meds!     191
Tips from the Trenches: Energy Conservation and the Laboring Mom      194
Capturing the Moment     198
Baby on Board!     200
Welcome to the World, Baby!     202
Babies in Transition     205
Baby's First Tests     206
Postdelivery FAQs     207
Time to Feed the Baby     211
Home, Baby!     213
Everything You Need to Know About Postpartum Recovery     213
You're Somebody's Mom     216
Index     218
About the Authors     224
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