Your Second Pregnancy

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Conceiving and carrying a second baby is not always easier than a first pregnancy. During each stage of the process- conception, pregnancy, labor, and birth- there will be experiences that differ. Your ability to conceive a healthy child and have a vaginal delivery, your risk of suffering certain pregnancy-related conditions, the ease with which you are able to maintain your physical wellbeing and that of your unborn baby while caring for an older child, and your ability to manage a two-child family are only some...

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Overview

Conceiving and carrying a second baby is not always easier than a first pregnancy. During each stage of the process- conception, pregnancy, labor, and birth- there will be experiences that differ. Your ability to conceive a healthy child and have a vaginal delivery, your risk of suffering certain pregnancy-related conditions, the ease with which you are able to maintain your physical wellbeing and that of your unborn baby while caring for an older child, and your ability to manage a two-child family are only some of the challenges you will meet in a second pregnancy. Many second-time mothers are in their late thirties and forties , which has particular relevance when it comes to conceiving and prenatal care. They also have to weigh the additional risks of vaginal birth after a previous cesarean delivery against those of a repeat cesarean. Most pregnancy manuals are directed at first-time mothers, and coverage of further pregnancies can be cursory. This book, therefore, fills a gap in the marketplace. No two pregnancies and births are ever exactly the same-even for the same woman-and this book will explain why.

Coverage of secondary infertility and the assisted conception techniques that have proved successful for later pregnancies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781909066014
  • Publisher: Carroll & Brown Publishers, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/9/2012
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 784,547
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Keith Eddleman, MD, is the Director of Obstetrics and a senior member of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine. In addition to Maternal-Fetal Medicine, he is also board certified in Clinical Genetics. His areas of special interest are reproductive genetics, ultrasound, and diagnostic procedures. As a professor in the Department of OBGYN, he teaches students, residents, and fellows. He also co-authored the books Pregnancy for Dummies and Your Second Pregnancy with Dr. Joanne Stone.

Dr. Joanne Stone took over as the Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellowship Director in 2006. Dr. Stone completed her residency and fellowship at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and stayed on as full time faculty. Currently, she is also the Director of Perinatal Ultrasound and Division Director of Maternal Fetal Medicine. She has a busy consultative and clinical practice, as well as being active in teaching and research. Her areas of interest include ultrasound, fetal therapy, multifetal pregnancy.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 6

1 Achieving a Second Pregnancy 8

Making the decision 9

Optimal spacing 11

Getting pregnant the second time around 14

Infertility evaluation and treatment 14

Choosing the sex of the baby 20

2 Same, Same, But Different 21

Physical considerations 22

Emotional considerations 25

Key decisions 28

Common second pregnancy myths 30

3 Prenatal Care 31

Visits 32

Ultrasound scanning 37

Diagnosing abnormalities 40

Genetic testing 43

4 Taking Care of your Body and Baby 45

Your pregnancy diet 46

Your exercise routine 54

Relaxation 57

Lifting and carrying 58

Taking care of your skin, hair, and nails 62

Creating a relationship with your baby before birth 64

5 Taking Care of your Home and others 67

Getting your home ready 68

Breastfeeding while pregnant 72

Preparing your child for the new sibling 74

Looking after a sick child 76

Preserving your relationship with your partner 80

6 Delivery the Second time Around 83

Choosing where and how to give birth 84

Labor the second time around 88

Trial of labor after a cesarean (TOLAC) 90

Cesarean section 93

Involving your child and partner 94

Baby blues and depression 95

Getting back in shape 96

7 Second Time Parent 99

Immediate concerns 100

Getting through the early days 106

Special parenting situations 112

Involving your existing child 115

Looking ahead 117

Index 125

Acknowledgments 128

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