Your Pregnancy and Newborn Journey: A Guide for Pregnant Teens

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Sharing experiences and insights that will help other teens face the realities of impending parenthood, pregnant and parenting teens offer young expectant mothers advice for carrying and delivering a healthy baby. Medical concerns such as fetal development, nutrition, and risks related to smoking, alcohol, and drugs are discussed, and labor and delivery are described in detail-often through the words of teenagers who have already delivered. Focusing on the needs of the young mother and those of her partner, this ...
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Sharing experiences and insights that will help other teens face the realities of impending parenthood, pregnant and parenting teens offer young expectant mothers advice for carrying and delivering a healthy baby. Medical concerns such as fetal development, nutrition, and risks related to smoking, alcohol, and drugs are discussed, and labor and delivery are described in detail-often through the words of teenagers who have already delivered. Focusing on the needs of the young mother and those of her partner, this guide also stresses the importance of staying in school, graduating, and gaining job skills. Including numerous quotes from teenage fathers, but sensitive to the fact that many pregnant teens do not have a positive relationship with their baby's father, this book provides knowledge that will improve a young mother's chances of having a satisfying experience with or without a partner's assistance.

Author Biography: Jeanne Warren Lindsay, P.H.N., developed and coordinated the Teen Parent Program at Tracy High School in Cerritos, California, for 16 years. She is the author of 17 books dealing with adolescent pregnancy and parenting. She lives in Buena Park, California. Jean Brunelli, PHN taught prenatal health and parenting in the Teen Parent Program for the ABC Unified School District in Cerritos, California, for 15 years. She has served as the director of the Tracy Infant and Toddler Program for Children with Special Needs and Their Families and is currently an officer of the Infant Development Association of California. She lives in La Palma, California.

Discusses nutritional, medical, and social aspects of teenage pregnancy and teenage parenthood.

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VOYA - Rosemary Moran
Although many adults prefer not to acknowledge the fact that teenagers do get pregnant and raise children, these revised editions of 1991 titles recognize that pregnant teens and teenage parents need books written in terms they can understand and that address the numerous problems specific to their own situations. Featuring abundant comments from teens coping with similar situations and full of common-sense advice and practical information, this series should be very helpful, both in appeal and usage. The importance of staying in school and accepting responsibility is emphasized throughout. Your Pregnancy and Newborn Journey, co-authored by a nurse and a social worker, encourages pregnant teenagers to face the fact of their pregnancy and seek health care early. Other chapters deal with the discomforts of pregnancy, the development of the fetus, good nutrition for the mother and the fetus, labor and delivery, the possibility of adoption, special needs babies, feeding the newborn, baby's first few weeks of life, roles of teenage fathers in raising their children, and birth control information. The authors maintain a non-judgmental, matter-of-fact tone throughout, encouraging girls to face reality and plan for the future. Quotes from teenage parents call attention to both the problems and the joys of this experience. Your Baby's First Year covers practical matters such as feeding the baby and the baby's development over the first few months, as well as information for teenage fathers, and the role of grandparents. The advice is practical and covers expected topics such as the importance of immunizations, ear infections, and feeding solid foods. It also includes advice on choosing diapers, child-proofing the home, toys for the baby, and the importance of reading to very young children as well as the parents' emotional response to the tremendous responsibility of rearing a child. Other books in the Teens Parenting series are Discipline from Birth to Three and The Challenge of Toddlers. All of these books should be available to pregnant teens and teen parents. Written in an easily understandable prose, they should be included in public and school libraries, doctors' offices and clinics, and counselors' offices. They would also make excellent giveaways to pregnant teens and teen parents. Note: Your Baby's First Year: A Guide for Teenage Parents and Your Pregnancy and Newborn Journey: A Guide for Pregnant Teens. Index. Illus. Photos. Biblio. VOYA Codes: 4Q 2P M J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932538014
  • Publisher: Morning Glory Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2004
  • Series: Teen Pregnancy and Parenting Series
  • Edition description: Third edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 224
  • Age range: 12 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 9
Foreword 11
1 Parenting Starts with Pregnancy 14
Your feelings matter
See your healthcare provider early!
Medical expenses of pregnancy
Stay in school!
Your parents' reaction
Mother/daughter relationship
Your partner's reaction
If he's not with you
Safety for Mom and baby
Gangs and pregnancy
Life goes on
2 Dealing with Minor Discomforts 34
Always tired
Morning sickness--all day
"Where's the bathroom?"
Are you dizzy?
Moodiness strikes
You may have heartburn
If constipation is a problem
Varicose veins and hemorrhoids
If you can't sleep
Dealing with backaches
Movement from baby
Danger signs
Pregnancy is not permanent
3 Your Baby's Development 48
Sperm and ovum unite
Female and male reproductive organs
Cells continue to divide
Second, third months
Fourth month ends
Checking on your baby
Prenatal visits lead to healthy babies
You'll feel him move
Sixth month--not ready to be born
Baby gets fatter
4 Eating Right for Baby and You 58
Your baby eats what you eat
Good nutrition helps prevent eclampsia
Importance of protein
Milk for baby's bones, teeth
Fruits and vegetables
Cereals and bread
Take your vitamins
Limit the fat
Calories count
The fast-food dilemma
Eating for your baby
5 "No" to Smoking, Drugs, Alcohol 74
Smoking harms fetus
Baby can't "breathe"
Smokers may have smaller babies
Fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS)
Drugs and pregnancy
"No" to over-the-counter drugs
6 For Some--Adoption Is an Option 82
Adoption is changing
Counseling is important
Father's rights in adoption
Adoption planning is difficult
Grandparents' feelings
Making the final decision
Birthparents will grieve
Supporting an adoption plan
7 Preparing for Labor and Delivery 94
Nine months of preparation
Those early contractions
Prepared childbirth
You need a coach
Relaxation techniques help
Premature labor signs
Prepare a birth plan
Labor--an athletic event
8 Your Baby Is Born 106
Signs of early labor
Timing your contractions
Pain relief medication
Transition stage
Your baby's arrival
Delivery of the placenta
The circumcision decision
For some, a C-section
Baby's first test
9 The Baby with Special Needs 122
How parents feel
How to help baby with special needs
Telling others about the baby
How to help a friend whose baby has special needs
Things to remember
10 Your Fourth Trimester 132
How will you feel?
After-baby blues
Getting help
Lifestyle changes
Bonding with your baby
Handling stress
Take a few minutes off
Your partner relationship
11 Feeding Your Newborn 144
Many choose breastfeeding
Less illness for breastfed babies
Getting started
The art of breastfeeding
Is baby getting enough?
Guarding your health
Breastfeed in public?
Some prefer bottle-feeding
12 What Does a New Baby Do? 158
What does she look like?
Belly button care
How baby develops
What can he see?
Notice her reflex actions
Those first days
Observe him closely
What does baby want out of life?
Infants don't "spoil"
Perhaps she's lonely
He may like swaddling
Be sensitive to her needs
13 Especially for Dad 176
For teen fathers
Perhaps you're older
If you aren't together
Father's rights
Her parents may reject you
Your parents' reaction
Your responsibilities as a father
Don't drop out!
Dad's role during pregnancy
Sharing prenatal care visits
She needs a labor coach
Taking responsibility
It's not easy
14 Another Baby--When? 196
Sex may change relationship
Issues to consider
Other objections to contraception
Lots of options
Birth control pill
Intrauterine device (IUD)
Contraceptive implant
Injections
STD concerns
AIDS--the incurable STD
Caring for yourself and your family
Appendix 211
Annotated Bibliography 213
Index 221
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