The Working Woman's Pregnancy Book

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This up-to-date guide addresses all the subjects you would expect to find in an authoritative book on pregnancy plus issues of special concern to the 60 to 80 percent of women who hold jobs during their pregnancies: Is my workplace safe for my developing baby? When should I tell my employer that I am expecting? How can I handle the discomforts of pregnancy when I need to work? What laws will protect me when I take medical leave?

Drawing from her experiences as an obstetrician and working mom, and from more than a hundred interviews with mothers, including factory workers, journalists, technicians, attorneys, and teachers, Dr. Marjorie Greenfield includes checklists for multitasking moms-to-be, helpful illustrations, stories and advice from experienced mothers, and information on everything from planning a pregnancy to balancing life after the baby is born.

About the Author:
Marjorie Greenfield, M.D., is a practicing, board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist in Cleveland, Ohio, and associate professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

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Mommy Track'd
"The Working Woman's Pregnancy Book could well turn out to be the last and only book a woman either contemplating pregnancy or already on its journey will need. Eveything she could possibly need or want to know about is here. . . . Written in a friendly and authoritative voice by a practicing ob/gyn mother and packed with useful specifics, this is a must-have resource."—Mommy Track'd

"Greenfield''s book blends medical information, divided into each of the trimesters, with lighthearted pearls of wisdom."—Angela Townsend,

— Angela Townsend

Mary Jane Minkin
“If every woman who is planning on working and having children were to read this excellent book, we'd have a lot healthier and better-prepared mothers and children.”—Mary Jane Minkin, M.D., author of The Yale Guide to Women’s Reproductive Health
Katharine Wenstrom
"This accurate, easy to read book includes answers to every question I have been asked during 25 years as an obstetrician, as well as answers to questions I had while working and pregnant! "—Katharine Wenstrom, MD, President, Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Sylvia Rimm
"Dr. Greenfield has interspersed biological, factual information with sound and critical social-emotional advice. Every career woman considering pregnancy should read this book."—Sylvia Rimm, author of See Jane Win: the Rimm Report on the Childhoods of 1000 Successful Women
Laura A Jana
"If you're looking for a book that truly acknowledges the realities of pregnancy and the working woman—look no further! Filled with support and compassion, you're sure to find yourself wishing that Dr. Greenfield could join you in the delivery room!"—Laura A Jana, M.D., pediatrician & author, Heading Home with Your Newborn: From Birth to Reality
Penny Simkin
"This open-minded and informative resource realistically addresses the concerns of busy working women."—Penny Simkin, author of The Birth Partner: A Complete Guide for Dads, Doulas, and All Other Labor Companions
Stacy Debroff
"Reads like both a visit to the doctor and lunch with a sympathetic friend. This is the all-inclusive pregnancy guide you've been looking for."—Stacy Debroff, founder of Mom Central
Christie Henry
"Dr. Greenfield offers a rigorous, up-to-date reference on pregnancy, with an engaging, utterly reassuring tone. I wish it had been in print for my first pregnancy."—Christie Henry, editor - Angela Townsend
"Greenfield's book blends medical information, divided into each of the trimesters, with lighthearted pearls of wisdom."—Angela Townsend,
Parenting Weekly
". . . thoroughly informative and enjoyable. . . . [C]overs everything you need to know about preconception, pregnancy and caring for your newborn. . . . Greenfield is a medical doctor but reading this book is like having a conversation with your best friend. . . . A must read!" —Parenting Weekly
Women's Digest
"Written by an obstetrician who is also a mother, it . . .takes the reader through the life-changing process starting with a pre-pregnancy life survey and shares fundamental advice for every demographic. . . . An in-depth A+ resource guide."—Women's Digest
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300113242
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 5/8/2008
  • Series: Yale University Press Health & Wellness
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 584
  • Sales rank: 845,305
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Marjorie Greenfield, M.D., is a practicing, board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist, a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and associate professor of reproductive biology at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Dr. Greenfield has written hundreds of articles for the Web and currently blogs about pregnancy for She lives in Cleveland, OH.

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Table of Contents

Preface     ix
Strategic Planning (Before Conception)     1
Are You Ready for Change?     3
Caring for Yourself before Pregnancy     13
Pre-Prenatal Care     20
Mergers and Acquisitions (Getting Pregnant)     25
Trying to Get Pregnant     27
When Nature Isn't Working     38
Adapting to Change (Through Week 13)     49
Pregnant!     51
Your Little Embryo     58
Experiences of Pregnancy, On and Off the Job     67
Pregnancy's Effects on Work, and Work's Effects on Pregnancy     78
Life Changes     95
Buyer's Guide: How to Choose a Doctor or Midwife     111
Prenatal Appointments     130
Going Public (Weeks 14-26)     141
You and Your Baby-to-Be     143
Your Changing Body     156
Your Lifestyle     169
Communication at Work     179
Decision Points: Second Trimester Prenatal Testing     190
Looking Ahead to Your Baby's Birth     202
Double-Digit Growth (Week 27 Until Birth)     215
Getting Bigger     217
Your Very Pregnant Life     233
Medical Care     240
Life on the Job     249
Arranging for Maternity Leave     261
Labor Negotiations: "Birth Plans" and Planning for Birth     272
Getting Ready for the Baby     289
Going Overdue and Other Reasons for Labor Induction     301
Exit Strategy (The Day of Birth)     309
Pre-Labor and Early Labor     311
The Emotional and Physical Stages of Labor     317
Comfort Measures     328
Hospital Routines     346
The Birth of Your Baby     354
Cesarean Section and Other Operations     362
Your Newborn     376
A Sea Change (Parenthood)     383
The First Few Days     385
Crawling Up the Learning Curve     400
Maternity Leave and the Return to Work     415
Birth Control and Other Topics for Your Postnatal Checkup     432
Breastfeeding and Work     445
Finding Your Balance: Advice from Mothers     465
Pre-Pregnancy Resources     485
Additional Information for Pregnant Moms     507
Recommended Reading     541
Acknowledgments     547
Index     549

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