You and Your Baby Pregnancy: The Ultimate Week-by-Week Pregnancy Guide [NOOK Book]


Your ultimate week-by-week guide

As a mom-to-be, you have lots of questions. When will I start to show? How much weight will I gain? What are all those blood tests for? What should I avoid during pregnancy? This informative and reassuring guide provides expert answers to these questions and hundreds more in an easy-to-read format that follows each week of your pregnancy.

From a respected and well-known obstetrician, this is the most up-to-date,...

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You and Your Baby Pregnancy: The Ultimate Week-by-Week Pregnancy Guide

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Your ultimate week-by-week guide

As a mom-to-be, you have lots of questions. When will I start to show? How much weight will I gain? What are all those blood tests for? What should I avoid during pregnancy? This informative and reassuring guide provides expert answers to these questions and hundreds more in an easy-to-read format that follows each week of your pregnancy.

From a respected and well-known obstetrician, this is the most up-to-date, comprehensive pregnancy guide on the market. Now in an all-new edition, it gives you week-by-week coverage of every stage of your pregnancy, as well as information that will take you through your first six months as a new mom to help you make sense of relationships, returning to work, weight, breastfeeding, interpregnancy interval, depression, anxiety, and more.

  • Amazing, full-color in-utero photographs guide you through a visual journey of your growing baby

  • Fascinating facts on fetal development, including growth and development milestones and average baby sizes at every week of pregnancy

  • Solutions to common pregnancy complaints and the latest research on topics that might affect your health or your baby's

  • New information on important developments in obstetrics including coverage of epilepsy, vitamin D, flu shots, common prenatal labs, obesity, immunizations during and after pregnancy, and postpartum birth control

  • Expanded information on what happens when you go to the hospital, new recommendations on eating in labor, and more

If you're an expectant mom or dad, you'll look forward to turning to You & Your Baby: Pregnancy every week of your pregnancy—and beyond.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118206225
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 3/2/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 876,196
  • File size: 7 MB

Meet the Author

Dr. Laura Riley, OB/GYN, is the medical director of labor and delivery at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and a dedicated mom to daughters Natalie and Lauren. She is also assistant professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive biology at Harvard Medical School.
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Table of Contents

Dear Moms-to-be 11

How to use this book 13

Your due date 16

The 1st Trimester

Weeks 1 through 4 18

Conception, implantation, and the fi rst days of life

Early pregnancy anxiety

Time to start taking vitamins and exercising

Risks from obesity, smoking, and alcohol

Week 5 30

Your body starts to change

Family diseases and genetic screening

Miscarriage and ectopic pregnancies

Healthy fi rst trimester diet

Week 6 45

Fatigue and sleeping problems

Surviving morning sickness

Choosing a birthplace and a birth team

Questions to ask a potential practitioner

Week 7 57

Dealing with mood swings

Doubts about motherhood

Healthy weight gain during pregnancy

Sexually transmitted diseases

Week 8 67

Baby's fi rst ultrasound

Colds, flu, and allergies during pregnancy

Hazards and toxins at work and at home

Week 9 77

Your fi rst OB exam and prenatal lab tests

Walking program for beginners

Dealing with back pain and constipation

Week 10 86

What to do when your clothes don’t fi t

Food safety issues with fi sh, meat, and cheese

Great ways for your partner to provide support

Week 11 95

First trimester tests for chromosomal disorders

How your friends react to pregnancy

Food cravings and aversions

Week 12 104

Sleep problems and solutions

High blood pressure and pregnancy

Healthy snacks and nonalcoholic party drinks

The 2nd Trimester

Week 13 110

Importance of dental care during pregnancy

Reading and understanding food labels

Will your second pregnancy be like your fi rst?

Week 14 .116

Heartburn causes and cures

Maternity leave and other work issues

Mood swings, depression, and anxiety

Reducing sodium in your diet

Your partner’s emotional journey

Week 15 126

Preventing varicose veins

All about amniocentesis

Sex—good and bad—during the second trimester

Preparing older children for a new baby

Week 16 136

Late miscarriage: causes and symptoms

Questioning your new identity

Staying motivated to exercise

Week 17 143

Feeling your baby move for the fi rst time

Treating lower-back pain

Pregnancy issues for single moms

Alternative exercises for pregnancy fi tness

Week 18 151

What you might see on an ultrasound

Traveling safely while pregnant

How your partner reacts to your changing appearance

Week 19 158

Signs of trouble to watch for

Tips for your maternity wardrobe

Eating smart while traveling

Week 20 164

All about high-risk pregnancies

Chronic stress: your body and your baby

How your partner can interact with your baby

Week 21 170

Vacationing smart in mid-pregnancy

Sex affected by a growing belly

Stretching exercises for expectant mothers

Week 22 180

Once a cesarean, always a cesarean?

Career protection for working moms

Strategies for coping with nighttime waking

Week 23 189

Iron defi ciency, anemia, and fatigue

Taming your junk-food cravings

Vegetarian diets and pregnancy

Week 24 195

Common skin problems in pregnancy

Keeping your focus at work

Feathering your nest: essential baby gear

The 3rd Trimester

Week 25 204

Breathlessness and other breathing problems

Complete guide to preterm labor and delivery

Multiple births: likelihood, detecting, and risks

Week 26 213

Childbirth, baby-care, and breastfeeding education

Fats in your diet—good and bad

Exercise: fatigue and when it’s time to stop

Week 27 221

Hepatitis and other liver diseases

Fighting the mid-pregnancy blues

Staying hydrated: water and alternatives

Choosing an infant car seat

Week 28 229

Tests during the third trimester

Gestational diabetes: risks, causes, and treatments

Surviving bed rest

Complete guide to cesarean deliveries

Week 29 240

Breech babies—identifi cation and risk

Planning for labor: positions and pain relief

Conquering childbirth fears

Outfi tting a safe nursery

Week 30 254

Numbness in your hands—explanation and relief

Causes and solutions for abdominal pain

The role of a doula

Protecting your job while on maternity leave

Week 31 265

Practicing for labor—a guide to breathing techniques

Placenta previa and placental abruption

Why trying to do it all is overrated

Week 32 277

Due dates: calculations and guesses

Supplies for your baby’s arrival

The ABCs of daycare

Week 33 288

Parenting philosophies and parenting plans

Assembling a complete baby wardrobe

Will you need an episiotomy?

Week 34 296

Reduced fetal movements—when to be concerned

Baby gear guide: strollers, backpacks, and more

The truth about back labor

Week 35 303

Turning breech babies before delivery

Grandparents and your new baby

Planning for postpartum weight loss

Week 36 312

Delivering more than one baby

Packing for the hospital

Problems with your amniotic fl uid

Week 37 317

Considering circumcision for your baby boy

The earliest signs of labor

Should your older children be in the delivery room?

Starting a breastfeeding diet

Week 38 327

Treating persistent headaches

Contraception choices for after pregnancy

Nesting and a need for solitude

Week 39 335

Forceps delivery and vacuum extraction

Labor day surprises

What if you can’t make it to the hospital?

Week 40 341

The truth about home remedies for inducing labor

Your doctor’s reasons and techniques for inducing labor

Postpartum exercise and fi tness classes

Labor and delivery 349

Feeding your baby 363

Postpartum and baby care 373

Six months postpartum 411

Questions for your doctor 423


Body mass index 430

Resources 432

Prenatal tests 435

Newborn tests 442

Labor and delivery terms 444

Index 449

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2011

    Loved it, A must have for all expectant mothers

    this book has so much useful information, from the color photos to the due date calculator. I loved how much information it gave you for each week. Some books only have one or two paragraphs per week, but this one has a whole chapter dedicated to every week. Its a great gift for first time mothers as well as those who already have kids.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Best Pregnancy Book

    I absolutely loved this pregnancy book. It was the best one I found. It normally had several pages for each week, which was better than most books. There were also color pages showing several stages of fetal development. There was also a large section on postpartum, as well as breastfeeding and formula feeding. I used this book for my first pregnancy and would recommend it to all mothers-to-be.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2009

    Best Pregnancy Book I Found

    I looked through several pregnancy books and was given several others. This was by far my favorite pregnancy book. Most every other book seemed intent on scaring the mother into following particular advice, eating certain foods or abstaining from activities. This book was more of an overall encouragement of good health and little bits of information about fetal development that I did not pick up from other sources. Another poster suggested that she preferred reading stuff online, but I find that there are more horror stories on the internet than need be. This was a comforting read. I read it week by week aloud to my husband and he enjoyed hearing the sections about fetal development and what the father may be thinking about or feeling. It was good dialogue starter since my husband really didn't know what he should be trying to talk to me about and didn't even know where to begin with asking questions about what was going on with my body. I absolutely love this book and give it as a pregnancy gift to friends and family.

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  • Posted February 24, 2009

    I am not sure about this one.

    I prefer the internet to be honest. I feel like I wasted my money. This book does have good information but I also find that it lacks a lot of fun information and has all the risks and problems that may occur instead. I am all about knowledge but I want to know all the wonderful things about pregnancy, not just the facts and the risks.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2008

    Great not just for 1st time moms

    This is the best pregnancy book that's out there. It's great for 1st time moms, as well as those who already have a child. This book is extremely well planned out, with spaces to write down the questions you need to remember for your upcoming appointments, as well as a place to write the baby and mother's stats from each OB visit. It's easy and enjoyable to read and extremely up to date. My OB looked through the book at my 1st appointment and stated that she was very impressed with it and how up to date it was, much more than with some of the other popular books on expecting. It's got great pictures of the fetus in utero so you can see what your baby looks like at various points in gestation. I will buy this book again for my next pregnancy and recommend it to all my friends who are expecting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2007

    Best book for knowing what is going on weekly!

    This book is probably the best book to read for those first time moms 'or any mom for that matter.' It gives you weekly information 'rather than monthly' that matches exactly what you are going through and has some great visual photos and drawings. Not only do I love reading the current week that I am on, but my husband gets to experience it as well and have a better understanding of how the baby is progressing!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2006

    Excellent Choice for First time Moms

    I am in the middle of my first pregnancy and this book was more helpful than any other. It breaks it all down in weeks which is so much better than months because each week can be different - a month is a long period of time in a pregnancy to generalize. This book breaks it up into sections within the week too - your baby and your self and a couple others varying on the week. We really enjoy this because it gives you objects to compare the size of your baby to so you feel like you know a little better what it looks like. And then it goes into detail as to what is developing that week - like eyelashes or that your baby is learning to use it's muscles. It then tells you what changes your body is going through and what symptoms you can expect or expect to go away. My husband and I each read the week I am in and don't allow each other to read ahead. It has turned into a wonderful weekly tradition in preparation for our first little one. In general this book covers all the bases. If you were buying one book, this is it. It even has some great chapters on baby's first weeks. Enjoy!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2006

    A terrific book for expecting parents!

    I have read many of the books out there, and this book offers some new and exciting changes. Week by week advice on interesting topics, a fantastic postpartum section (details for mom and baby) and glossy, color pictures. A must read for moms and dads. My husband has really enjoyed reading it too!

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