Your Over-35 Week-by-Week Pregnancy Guide: All the Answers to All Your Questions About Pregnancy, Birth, and Your Developin g Baby [NOOK Book]

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Know What to Expect Week-by-Week
Preparing for the arrival of a new baby is both a joy and a challenge. This is true at any age, but as an expectant mother over the age of 35 you want real answers for your unique needs and concerns. With wisdom and compassion, Dr. Kelly Shanahan shares her own experiences as an obstetrician and over-35 mom. Her detailed and reassuring approach will help you understand the significant changes in your body and ...
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Your Over-35 Week-by-Week Pregnancy Guide: All the Answers to All Your Questions About Pregnancy, Birth, and Your Developin g Baby

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Overview

Know What to Expect Week-by-Week
Preparing for the arrival of a new baby is both a joy and a challenge. This is true at any age, but as an expectant mother over the age of 35 you want real answers for your unique needs and concerns. With wisdom and compassion, Dr. Kelly Shanahan shares her own experiences as an obstetrician and over-35 mom. Her detailed and reassuring approach will help you understand the significant changes in your body and life as well as your baby's development. Inside, you will find:
·Explanations and answers for your special health concerns
·Advice about making career, relationship, and lifestyle adjustments
·Practical tips for safe weight gain, exercise, and travel
·Excerpts from Dr. Shanahan's journal of her over-35 pregnancy
From pregnancy planning and proper nutrition to labor and delivery, this informative book will fully prepare you for the birth of your healthy, happy baby.
"A must-read for expectant couples over the age of 35 and a valuable reference for pregnancy at any age." —Lynn D. Montgomery, M.D., director, Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Rocky Mountain Perinatal Center, Missoula, Montana
"This book addresses virtually all of the questions commonly asked by expectant couples. Great job." —E. Albert Reexed M.D., professor and chairman, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Temple University
"A work of art and a work of love, with a lot of good science thrown in along the way." —R. Daniel Braun, M.D., FACOG, clinical professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Indiana University School of Medicine
"What a great, week-by-week, commonsense journey through pregnancy!" —William F. von Almen II, M.D., FACOG, editorial adviser, obgyn.net


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307781789
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony
  • Publication date: 3/30/2011
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 368,644
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author

M. Kelly Shanahan, M.D.:

When I was a small child, I wanted to be a jockey, but I soon grew too tall. Then, when I was 11, a fall from a trampoline changed by life: I ruptured my spleen and had major surgery. From that time, I knew what I wanted to be when I grew up: a doctor.

My course never faltered. I graduated from high school, attended Bryn Mawr College, majoring in biology, and was accepted at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. When doing my obstetrics rotation and delivering a baby to a woman having her fourth child, I found my specialty. I did my ob/gyn residency at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia. It was trial by fire. The program at the time was in a state of transition and we were short-handed and under supervised, but I learned how to think on my feet. I came out of that program well equipped to handle any emergency.

After almost three years in practice, I decided to look West for a more balanced life. I found a job at Lake Tahoe, with another woman. Shortly after I moved here, I met a wonderful man, and we were married. He always knew he wanted children, and convinced me that starting a family would be a good idea. I agreed, and being the successful physician who had always accomplished everything I set out to do figured getting pregnant would be easy.

I was wrong. I was not ovulating. I embarked on the rocky pathway of infertility, treating myself for almost a year. I got pregnant on Clomid, but miscarried. I miscarried again in 1997. That loss was devastating. I felt like I was a double failure—both as a woman and as an ob/gyn. I joined an e-mail support group and told my story on the Women's Health Forum at obgyn.net, a site for which I acted as an advisor and expert. It took me six months to get the courage to try again.

I conceived, and thanks to treatments for the antiphospholipid syndrome that was the cause of my miscarriages, this third time was a charm: after Pergonal, progesterone, aspirin and twice daily heparin shots, I delivered my daughter on 12/1/98. She is a miracle, and I am so grateful to have her. I now know how lucky we really are; in May 2000, I miscarried again, despite treatment.

I am still very proud of the "MD" after my name—I worked very hard to get it—but now it stands for more than "Medical Doctor." Now it stands for something much more important and rewarding "Mother/Doctor."


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  • Posted October 4, 2009

    If only this book had a later edition!

    There were basically only two problems with this book. One was that the writer is obviously addressing herself to upper-class women in places, which was very annoying to me as my husband was out of work as I was reading the book. The author seems to think that all women will identify with going off to a spa or to some exotic foreign location for a vacation. In my case, dream on.
    The other problem, which is much more serious and substantial, is that it's unsure how updated some of the information in the book is. For instance, I was praying that the information on Down syndrome (namely, the percentage of risk of it for a mother at any given age) was accurate, but because the book was published so long ago (ten years ago is my recollection), I wasn't at all sure about this. The book badly needs a new edition.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2002

    Older and Wiser

    I am starting over again with a new husband and a new baby on the way. I had my first child when I was 20 and I'm 40 now. This book is great at helping me relearn all about being pregnant, and learn for the first time about things like amnios and high blood pressure. I really like the ultrasound pictures, too.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2001

    Your Over-35 Week-by-Week Pregnancy Guide: All the Answers to All Your Questions About Pregnancy, Birth, and Your Developing Baby

    At 45, after not using birth control for years, boy was I shocked when I got pregnant for the first time. I immediately rushed out and bought every book I could find on pregnancy in older women. This one is by far the most comprehensive. I'm halfway through my pregnancy and halfway through the book, and it has helped calm alot of my fears and answer a lot of my questions.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2001

    Your Over-35 Week-by-Week Pregnancy Guide: All the Answers to All Your Questions About Pregnancy, Birth, and Your Developing Baby

    My first baby is due in three months, and I've read all the books out there. As an older mom (42!!!) and a business woman, I found this book concise, humorous and empowering. It has given me the information I need to ask my doctor intelligent questions, plus the week-by-week format makes it easier to find what I want to know right now.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2001

    Your Over-35 Week-by-Week Pregnancy Guide: All the Answers to All Your Questions About Pregnancy, Birth, and Your Developing Baby

    This book was recommended by my doctor. I found it very helpful in answering my questions. I think my doctor liked it because it saved him time! It really helped me when I was deciding about whether or not to have an amnio.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2001

    Your Over-35 Week-by-Week Pregnancy Guide: All the Answers to All Your Questions About Pregnancy, Birth, and Your Developing Baby

    The title really says it all -- this did answer all my questions about me and my baby. It was easy to read, like talking to a real person. And even though the one reader didn't like it, I thought the information on miscarriage was more than most of my other pregnancy books. And I've had 4 miscarriages before this baby. I liked the space to write down what's going on with me, and I will save the book for Sam (it's a boy!) after he is born.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2001

    Discouaging!!

    Don't read this if you are attempting a pregnancy after age 35. It is simply a journal of the doctors pregancy, as well as a bragging forum to let us know how much of a superwoman she felt that she was. It is lacking in key areas of concern to older moms ( miscarriage info is very brief). This was the least informative pregnancy book I have ever read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2001

    Your Over-35 Week-by-Week Pregnancy Guide: All the Answers to All Your Questions About Pregnancy, Birth, and Your Developing Baby

    My friend gave me this book as a shower gift -- I have 2 kids already, but I'm 36 now. I found the information on amniocentesis and Downs syndrome very helpful in making my decision. I also really liked the personal notes. It's nice to know that doctor's get excited about being pregnant too. My own doctor would never be so open about her feelings, and it was refreshing to see that some doctors at least are human! My doctor is hard to talk to and the question section fills in the blanks for me. I'll give this to my friends who are having babies, even if they aren't older than 35.

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