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It is always a miracle when a baby is conceived and begins its extraordinary growth process within the secret confi nes of the womb. But what's even more of a miracle is how any woman survives the bizarre twists and turns of the 266-day roller coaster ride that follows. When else but in pregnancy is it "normal" to have emotional meltdowns, frequent heartburn, raging acne, leaking breasts, insatiable hunger, and a human being twisting about in your abdomen? And yet, you can expect to gain more than extra weight during pregnancy—you get a whole new respect for your body and its ability to grow a human being; a stronger connection to the person who helped you create your baby; and a deeper level of fulfi llment as you cross into the realm of parenthood. Countdown to Baby will help you survive this peculiar, emotional, life-altering journey by highlighting your accomplishments as your pregnancy progresses and enabling you to take an active role every step of the way. Each new day brings an update on your baby's growth, insight regarding the changes happening to your own body, and tips for keeping both you and baby as happy and healthy as possible.
Countdown to Baby is more than a guide—it's a personal diary; an opportunity to describe your experience of pregnancy so you can track patterns and symptoms, release frustrations or concerns, and build a keepsake of this unique time in your life. Countdown to Baby rewards you with new insight and helps you look forward to each day of your remarkable countdown from Day 266 (conception) to Day 1 (your baby's due date)! Savor the highs and lows as you edge closer and closer to the moment that makes it all worthwhile—meeting your baby for the first time.
How to Use This Journal
Your doctor or midwife should give you a due date at your fi rst prenatal appointment. Enter this date in the space provided at the back of the book next to Day 1. Use a calendar to fi ll in the rest of the dates working backward to Day 266 (conception). While this journal begins on the day your child was conceived, your medical provider will date your pregnancy from the fi rst day of your last menstrual period (LMP), which is about two weeks earlier. To eliminate any confusion, both forms of measurement (Gestational Week and LMP Week) are provided. The fi rst two weeks of this journal describe events that happened before you even knew you were pregnant. Space is provided to describe how you remember feeling in those very early weeks of pregnancy. If you don't remember how you felt, start your personal entries on that unforgettable day when you found out that you were pregnant.