Pregnancy and Birth: Your Questions Answered

Pregnancy and Birth: Your Questions Answered

by Christoph Lees


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Pregnancy and Birth: Your Questions Answered by Christoph Lees

Now revised and updated to reflect the latest research and best practices, Pregnancy & Birth: Your Questions Answered is a complete guide to pregnancy and childbirth, from preconception to the sixth week of a baby's life.

Using a simple question-and-answer format addressing over 900 questions on every aspect of having a baby, Pregnancy & Birth: Your Questions Answered provides straightforward advice on all aspects of pregnancy and information including: caring for a newborn, feeding and nutrition, encouraging sleep, everyday care, crying and comforting, growth and development, family life, and child health.

Pregnancy & Birth: Your Questions Answered offers personal and professional insights from two experts: Dr Christoph Lees (consultant in Obstetrics) and Grainne McCartan (qualified midwife and mother).

Dr. Christoph Lees MD, MRCOG , Bsc is a Consultant in Obstetrics & Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge, England. His particular interest is in dealing with high-risk pregnancies. Grainne McCartan RGN, RM, BScHons, MA worked as a general nurse in Northern Ireland and as a midwife in hospital and community settings in London. She is a qualified reflexologist, family planning nurse, and aromatherapist.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780756692650
Publisher: DK
Publication date: 04/16/2012
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Dr. Christoph Lees is a consultant in Obstetrics & Maternal-Fetal Medicine. His special interest is the diagnosis and treatment of high-risk pregnancies. Dr. Karina Reynolds has practiced obstetrics at several major hospitals. She is currently a consulting gynecologist. Grainne McCartan is a registered nurse and has worked as a community midwife. She is also qualified in reflexology and aromatherapy.

Table of Contents

Introduction 8

1 Preparing for Pregnancy

Preparing Yourself 12

Fertility and Conception 14

If You Lose Your Pregnancy 18

Now That You're Pregnant 20

2 Your Prenatal Care

Choosing Prenatal Care 26

Prenatal Visits 28

Special Tests 33

Approaching Parenthood 42

3 Your Developing Baby

How Your Baby Grows 48

Twins and Multiple Births 70

4 Your Changing Body

How Your Body Changes 74

Family Changes 88

Twins and Multiple Births 92

Sex During Pregnancy 94

Your Changing Emotions 96

5 Staying Fit and Healthy

Taking Care of Yourself 100

Eating For Health 102

Healthy You, Healthy Baby 106

Naturally Healthy 108

Exercise in Pregnancy 110

Rest and Relaxation 116

Massage in Pregnancy 118

Work and Travel 120

6 Jissues in Pregnancy

Common Disorders 126

High-Risk Pregnancies 130

If Something is Wrong 144

7 Labor And Birth

Preparing For Labor 148

Giving Birth in a Hospital 150

Preparing For a Home Birth 154

Your Choices in Childbirth 158

The First Signs of Labor 166

In the Hospital 168

Induction of Labor 170

The First Stage of Labor 172

The Second Stage of Labor 177

The Third Stage of Labor 184

After Your Delivery 186

What Can Go Wrong 188

What If My Baby Dies? 192

An Assisted Delivery 194

A Cesarean Birth 196

A Breech Birth 198

Twins and Multiple Births 199

8 The First Six Weeks

Your First 48

Hours 202

Your Recovery 206

At Home With Your Baby 208

Baby Care 210

Breast-feeding Your Baby 216

Beginning Bottle-feeding 220

Family Concerns 224

Concerns About Young Babies 226

The Intensive-Care Baby 228

Life After Birth 236

Your Postpartum Check 244

Postpartum Issues 246

Your Baby's Six-week Checkup 250

Enjoying Life With Your Baby 252

Your Rights and Benefits 254

Useful Contacts 256

A Guide to Drugs in Pregnancy 257

Glossary 258

Index 259

Acknowledgments 264

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