The Pregnancy Care Book


The essential companion for prospective parents.

This comprehensive reference on pregnancy is written by doctors from the renowned Mount Sinai Hospital. These experts provide easy-to-understand information and careful counsel on everything related to pregnancy, from preconception to birth.

The information is organized in the following ...

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The essential companion for prospective parents.

This comprehensive reference on pregnancy is written by doctors from the renowned Mount Sinai Hospital. These experts provide easy-to-understand information and careful counsel on everything related to pregnancy, from preconception to birth.

The information is organized in the following user-friendly sections:

  • Before You Become Pregnant — from genetics basics to parenting styles to avoiding risks like food toxins
  • Your First Trimester — information on screening tests, diet and nutrition
  • Your Second Trimester — expected body changes, personal care and comfort, exercising safely
  • Your Third Trimester — birth and newborn planning, childbirth classes, preparing for labor
  • Your Labor and Delivery — from birthing positions and the stages of labor to special deliveries
  • After Your Baby Is Born — newborn care, healthy parenthood, diet and exercise advice for breast-feeding mothers.

An important feature is the extensive coverage of health conditions, concerns and complications specific to each stage of pregnancy. Frequently asked questions reassure expectant mothers and fathers every step of the way, and there are numerous charts, tables and illustrations in color.

The Pregnancy Care Book is essential reading and study material for every soon-to-be parent.

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Editorial Reviews

American Reference Books Annual - Ralph Lee Scott
This beautifully illustrated guide to pregnancy will help expectant parents know what to expect from the experience, from preconception through the first several months after birth. The work is written in an easy-to-understand style that will especially appeal to first-time parents. The chapters are arranged so that they chronologically reflect the pregnancy... The title is written by and contributed to by a wide range of medical doctors and obstetricians in a style that will appeal to a wide range of users. It is a title that can be read from cover to cover or used as a reference by using the comprehensive index. Throughout the well-written text are sidebars with relevant information, charts and diagrams, and color photographs. This work will answer many questions that expectant parents will have and will ease their minds as well.... Highly recommended for public and consumer health library collections.
Atlanta Parent - Kate Parrott
What sets this prenatal manual apart from the plethora of others on the market is the easy-to-understand information (including everything from suggested exercise routines to delivery comparisons to complications women may encounter during delivery), along with full-color photographs. Real women are featured throughout the 480 pages (there are some illustrations, too), showing everything from birthing to breastfeeding.
SciTech Books News
For pregnant women, Farrugia et al...offer a practical and easy-to-understand guide to pregnancy that covers the process from preconception to birth and care of the newborn.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780778802266
  • Publisher: Rose, Robert Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/2009
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 7.72 (w) x 10.48 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Michèle Farrugia is a staff obstetrician and gynecologist at Mount Sinai Hospital and an assistant professor at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Jacqueline Thomas is a staff obstetrician and gynecologist at Mount Sinai Hospital and an associate professor at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Paul Bernstein is the head of the General Obstetrics and Gynecology Division at Mount Sinai Hospital and an associate professor at the University of Toronto.

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Part 1: Before You Become Pregnant
Planning Your Pregnancy
Fertility & Conception
Genetics Basics
Optimizing Your Health

Getting into shape for Pregnancy

Special Nutrient Needs
Avoiding Risks
Alcohol & Drugs; Smoking; Prescription Medication; Over-the-Counter Medications; Food Toxins; Specific Foods; Environmental Pollutants; Hot Tubs & Saunas

Consulting Health-Care Professionals
Delivery Options
Home Birth
Birthing Room
Hospital Room
Water Birth

Feeding Choices
Health Conditions & Complications
Chicken pox; Parovirus; Herpes;
Rubella; Syphilis; HIV; Hepatitis B; Gonorrhea; Chlamydia; Cancer


Part 2: Your First Trimester (Months 1 to 3)
First signs of Pregnancy
Visiting Your Doctor
Growth & Development
Screening Tests
Diet & nutrition

Increasing Energy Demands
Healthy Weight Gain
Meal Planning
Foods to Avoid

Health Conditions & Complications
Listeriosis; Gingivitis; Leg Cramps; Nausea & Vomiting of Pregnancy; Anemia; Constipation & Hemorrhoids; Heartburn; Pica


Part 3: Your Second Trimester (Months 4 to 6)
Growth & Development
Visiting Your
Your Body Changes

Hormone Levels
Blood Circulation
Respiration & Metabolism
Hair, Tails & Skin
Stretch Marks

Personal Care & Comfort
Maternity Clothing

Exercising Safely
Relaxation Strategies
Working Safely
Traveling Safely
Safe Sex
Health Conditions & Complications
Rashes of Pregnancy; Cholestasis; Gestational Diabetes Mellitus; Thyroid Disorders


Part 4: Your Third Trimester (Months 7 to 9)
Growth & Development
Visiting Your Doctor
Life in the Womb
Birth & Newborn Planning

Birth Plan
Birthing Facility
Birth Partner
Childbirth Classes
Baby Furnishings & Clothing
Bed & Sleeping Safety

Multiple Pregnancy Preparations
Preparing for Labor
Body Changes
Exercises & Massages
False Labor

Health Conditions & Complications
Group B Streptococcus


Part 5: Your Labor and Delivery

Labor Signs
Early Sign
Imminent Indications

Birth Positions

Labor Stages
Early or Latent Labor

Active Labor

Special Deliveries
Multiple Delivery
Premature Delivery

Pain Relief
Forceps & Vacuum Extractors
Cesarean Section

Health Conditions & Complications
Babies: Birth Abnormalities
Mothers: Postpartum Infections; Postpartum Hemorrhage; Uterine Prolapse


Part 6: After Your Baby Is Born
First Moments

First Breath & Cry
Health Assessment

Newborn Care
Your Baby
Changing Your Baby
Holding Your Baby
Caring for the Umbilical Cord
Caring for Circumcision
Dressing Your Baby
Bathing your Baby
Carrying Your Baby

Visiting Your Doctor
Breastfeeding & Formula-feeding
Diet & Exercise for Breastfeeding Mothers
Weight Loss
Meal Plans
Exercise Routines

Healthy Parenthood
Sleeping & Feeding Routines
Emotional Demands
First Aid

Healthy Childhood
Growth Charts
Development Milestones

Health Conditions & Complications
Mothers: Blocked Milk Ducts; Mastitis;
Cracked ipples; Thrush; Letdown Failure; Urinary Incontinence
Babies: Constipation; Diarrhea; Fever; Colds; Group B Streptococcus; Meningitis; Oral Thrush; Eczema; Blocked Tear Ducts; Conjunctivitis; Neonatal Jaundice; Hypoglycemia



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