From Here to Maternity: Pregnancy and Motherhood on the Autism Spectrum

From Here to Maternity: Pregnancy and Motherhood on the Autism Spectrum

by Lana Grant


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From Here to Maternity: Pregnancy and Motherhood on the Autism Spectrum by Lana Grant

Already the mother of five children, Lana Grant's late diagnosis of autism at age 38 transformed her experience of her sixth pregnancy. Based on her own experiences of the challenges and joys of pregnancy and motherhood, this witty, entertaining read provides insight into the unique challenges encountered by mothers on the spectrum and provides tips and strategies for understanding and overcoming them.

From physical and emotional changes, through to changes of routine and a lack of sleep, Lana Grant explains what women on the spectrum should expect in pregnancy and motherhood, as well as preparing them for the inevitable unexpected! Her stories of learning to make allowances for her feelings and her witty anecdotes offer support and a like-minded voice to women on the spectrum. She discusses everything from learning to understand the language used by medical professionals, who to tell what and when, and the dangers of over-sharing, through to sensory challenges during and after delivery, what to expect from staff in the hospital, and the social challenges of interacting with other mums before and after the birth.

The first book on this important topic of pregnancy and motherhood on the autism spectrum, From Here to Maternity provides much needed support, insight and understanding for women on the spectrum, their family and friends, and the professionals working with them during and after pregnancy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781849055802
Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
Publication date: 03/21/2015
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Lana Grant is currently researching a BPhil on gender differences in autism at Birmingham University. She has six children and was diagnosed with autism at the age of 38, after the birth of her fifth child. The diagnosis transformed her experience of her sixth pregnancy. Lana is employed by the Birmingham City Council Local Authority Communication Autism Team and is an active advocate for autism, regularly giving talks and writing articles.

Table of Contents

Preface 9

Chapter 1 What is Autism and Why is it Different in Girls? 13

Chapter 2 Me and My Asperger's 19

Chapter 3 James 26

Chapter 4 Matthew 51

Chapter 5 Daniel 56

Chapter 6 Charlotte 63

Chapter 7 Olivia 73

Chapter 8 Harrison 102

Chapter 9 What Lies Ahead… Adventures of an Aspie Doula 135

Appendix 1 First Trimester Top Tips: Weeks 10-12 145

Appendix 2 Second Trimester Top Tips: Weeks 13-28 151

Appendix 3 Third Trimester Top Tips: Weeks 29-40 Plus 157

Appendix 4 Labour and Birth Top Tips 162

Appendix 5 Let's Talk About Labour and Birth Positions 165

Appendix 6 Birth Wishes (Birth Plan) 169

Appendix 7 My Hospital Bag; What to Pack for Labour 172

Appendix 8 My Hospital Bag: What to Pack for My Postnatal Stay 175

Appendix 9 My Hospital Bag: What to Pack for My Baby 177

Appendix 10 Advice for Medical Staff Working with Pregnant Women on the Autistic Spectrum 179

Appendix 11 How My Autism May Look 181

Appendix 12 How Labour Progresses 185

Appendix 13 Pain Relief for Labour and Birth 189

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