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For many couples, getting pregnant can be a harrowing and emotionally draining experience. In fact, one in every six couples of childbearing age has a problem conceiving. The Everything Getting Pregnant Book is a one-of-a-kind fertility book that outlines the steps to follow when planning for a pregnancy, such as discontinuing birth control methods, exercising, and eating well. This exhaustively researched guide also provides explanations of a wide-range of fertility treatments available today, what they entail, ...

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Overview

For many couples, getting pregnant can be a harrowing and emotionally draining experience. In fact, one in every six couples of childbearing age has a problem conceiving. The Everything Getting Pregnant Book is a one-of-a-kind fertility book that outlines the steps to follow when planning for a pregnancy, such as discontinuing birth control methods, exercising, and eating well. This exhaustively researched guide also provides explanations of a wide-range of fertility treatments available today, what they entail, and their success rates - allowing parents to choose their treatment wisely.

The Everything Getting Pregnant Book helps readers understand:

  • Assisted Reproductive Technology
  • Fertility surgery
  • Low-tech fertility aids
  • Male and female factor infertility
  • Medication therapy
  • Menstrual cycle basics

Whether couples are thinking about pregnancy and want to plan ahead or are already trying and have not yet met with success, The Everything Getting Pregnant Book will have them getting up for 3 A.M. feedings in no time.

Whether couples are thinking about pregnancy and want to plan ahead or are already trying and have not yet met with success, "The Everything Getting Pregnant Book" will have them getting up for 3 a.m. feedings in no time.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593370343
  • Publisher: Adams Media Corporation
  • Publication date: 3/8/2004
  • Series: Everything Series
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Robin Elise Weiss, L.C.C.E. I.C.C.E. -C.P.E. C.D. is the program assistant for the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (The Fertility Center) at the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women's Health at the University of Louisville's School of Medicine. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including Newsweek, Working Mother, the New York Times, and American Baby.

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Table of Contents

Top Ten Ways to Prepare for Pregnancy x
Foreword xi
1 Deciding to Have a Baby 1
Are You Emotionally Ready? 2
Physical Fitness: A Whole New Definition 5
Fiscal Responsibility: Family Style 6
Taking Family Medical/Maternity Leave 8
What Will Your New Baby Need? 9
Only Child or More? 11
2 Body Basics: Preparing for Pregnancy 13
Acting Pregnant 14
Avoiding Alcohol 15
Nicotine and Smoking 16
Caffeine's Common Effects 17
Chemical and Workplace Hazards 17
Enjoying Yourself 18
Physical Readiness: Not Just for Women 22
Pre-Baby Checkup 23
3 Menstrual Cycle Basics 25
Understanding Hormones 26
Putting Them All Together 27
The Ovulation Process 29
Determining Gender 30
Four Phases of the Menstrual Cycle 31
Tracking Your Cycle 32
Lifestyle Effects on Your Cycle 34
4 Sex: Procreative Recreation 37
Sex--Conception and Myths 38
Getting Physical: Positioning 40
Positioning for Special Situations 44
Location, Location, Location 46
It's All About Timing 47
Talking About Sex with Your Partner 48
Getting Out of the Birth Control Mentality 48
Keeping the Romance Alive 49
5 Boosting Your Odds of Conception: Fertility Charting 51
How Pregnancy Occurs 52
Listening to Your Body's Signals 53
Checking Your Cervical Mucous 53
The Position of Your Cervix 55
The Consistency of Your Cervix 56
Taking Your Temperature 56
Charting the Data 58
Natural Family Planning 61
Confusing Your Body's Signals 62
6 Low-Tech Fertility Aids 63
Ferning Testers 64
Herbal Aids 65
Home Fertility Testing Kits 67
Fertility Charting as a Diagnostic Tool 69
Charting Software 71
Fertility Monitors 71
Using Information Wisely 72
7 Am I Pregnant? 73
Signs You May Be Pregnant 74
Pregnancy Tests 75
When to Test 77
Blood Tests 78
Using Ultrasound for Confirmation 79
Pregnancy Symptoms 80
Sharing the Good News 82
8 Facing Fertility Problems 85
What Is Infertility? 86
Measures of Infertility 87
Talking to Others 88
Deciding to Get Help 90
Where to Go from Here 92
9 Male Factor Infertility 93
How It Should Work 94
Sexual Dysfunction 96
Sperm Production 97
Structural Defects 99
Endocrine Problems 102
Other Causes 103
Vasectomy Reversal 105
10 Female Factor Infertility 107
Menstrual Disorders 108
Ovulation Disorders 109
Endometriosis 111
Tubal Factor 113
Uterine Anomalies 115
The Endocrine System 116
Other Medical Issues 116
11 Pregnancy Loss 119
Miscarriage 120
Bleeding in Pregnancy 124
Blighted Ovum 126
Molar Pregnancy 126
Ectopic Pregnancy 128
Stillbirth 131
Repeated Loss 132
Emotions 133
12 Secondary Infertility 137
What Is Secondary Infertility? 138
Getting Your Doctor to Listen 139
Causes of Secondary Infertility 140
Fitting in Between Two Worlds 142
Dealing with Family and Friends 143
Talking to Your Children 144
13 Choosing a Fertility Specialist 147
Who Cares for Fertility Patients? 148
Specialist Training 149
Getting Recommendations 151
Services Offered 151
Treatment Facilities 152
Who's Who at the Infertility Clinic 153
Questions to Ask 156
14 Your Fertility Workup 157
Self-Help Tools 158
Hormone Levels 158
Ultrasound 161
Cervical Mucous 163
Post Coital Test (PCT) 163
Semen Analysis 164
Hysterosalpingogram (HSG) 165
Endometrial Biopsy 166
Laparoscopy 166
Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) 167
Unexplained Infertility 167
15 Insemination as Treatment 169
Who Benefits from Inseminations? 170
The Collection Process 170
Washing the Specimen 172
Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) 173
Intracervical Insemination (ICI) 175
With or Without Medications 176
Super Ovulation 176
Donor Insemination 178
16 Medication Therapy 181
First Line Medications 182
Ovulation Induction Medications 183
Medications for Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) 184
Supplemental Medications 187
Medications for Men 188
Administering Meds 190
Medication Emergencies 193
17 Fertility Surgery 195
Hysteroscopy 196
Laparoscopy 197
Laparotomy 199
Myomectomy 200
Fallopian Tube Reconstruction 201
Lysis of Adhesions 202
Endometriosis 203
Uterine Repair 203
Male Surgeries 204
Preparing for Surgery 205
18 Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) 207
Is Advanced Treatment for Me? 208
In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) 209
Assisted Hatching 212
Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injections (ICSI) 213
Frozen Embryos 214
Other Alphabet Soup Treatments 215
Emotional Aspects of ART 216
Unsuccessful Cycles 217
19 Egg Donation 219
Who Can Benefit? 220
The Egg Donation Process 220
Selecting a Donor 221
Cycle Synchronization 225
Shared Cycles: Divvying Up the Eggs 227
What It Takes to Become an Egg Donor 227
20 Third-Party Reproduction 231
Egg Donation 232
Sperm Donation 233
Surrogacy 233
Embryo Adoption 235
Infant Adoption 236
Ethical Debates 239
21 Financing Fertility 241
Health Insurance 242
Shared Risk 244
Special Programs 245
Shopping Around 246
Loans 248
Choosing the Right Options 249
22 Fertility Support 251
Staying Sane 252
Living Your Life 252
Keeping the Love Alive 253
Peer Support 254
Support Groups 255
Internet Support 256
Counseling/Therapy 258
Living in a Fertile World 259
23 Congratulations! You're Pregnant! 261
Emotional Roller Coaster 262
Who's Who in the Birth World 263
What to Look for 265
Multiples 268
Asking for Referrals 269
Your Outlook on Pregnancy 269
Your First Prenatal Visit 270
Appendix A Resources 274
Appendix B Basal Body Temperature Chart 283
Index 284
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