Pregnancy and Parenting after Thirty-Five: Mid Life, New Life

Pregnancy and Parenting after Thirty-Five: Mid Life, New Life


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More and more women are having babies after the age of thirty-five and experiencing the joy of motherhood. But mothers-to-be in this age group sometimes face unique medical, emotional, and social challenges. Conception may be difficult and the risk of miscarriage during early pregnancy is higher, as is the potential for complications such as hypertension and diabetes. And having a child later in life can also be surprisingly disruptive to well-established domestic routines and carefully cultivated careers.

Michele Moore and Caroline de Costa—two physicians who have been down this road themselves—offer reliable medical expertise and personal reassurance to women tackling these challenges. Pregnancy and Parenting after Thirty-Five covers a broad range of issues for mothers in mid life, from the possibility of Cesarean section to the awkwardness of being the oldest mom at PTA meetings to the joy of holding your infant in your arms.

Incorporating the stories of real women who have gone through mid-life pregnancy, Moore and de Costa have created a valuable resource that will help other women do so realistically and with confidence. One of the few books devoted to prospective mothers over thirty-five, this one also includes information on surrogacy, adoption, and the first few months of being a new mother.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801883217
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 04/13/2006
Series: A Johns Hopkins Press Health Book
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.62(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Michele C. Moore, M.D., has a practice that emphasizes integrated preventive health care, focusing on chronic illnesses, allergies, environmental medicine, and acupuncture. She has written and lectured extensively on women's health care and holistic medicine and is the author of The Only Menopause Guide You'll Need and co-author, with Caroline de Costa, of Cesarean Section: Understanding and Celebrating Your Baby's Birth. Caroline M. de Costa, M.D., is a practicing obstetrician and professor of obstetrics and gynecology at James Cook University Medical School, Cairns, Australia.

Table of Contents

Part I: Planning a Pregnancy
1. Thinking about Pregnancy
2. Making Choices about Work
3. Fathers, Partners, and Surrogate Fathers
Part II: Getting Pregnant
4. Natural Conception
5. Assistance with Conception
6. Assisted Reproductive Technology
7. Medical Conditions That May Affect Pregnancy
8. Pregnancy following Cancer and Precancer
9. Other Roads to Motherhood
Part III: Being Pregnant
10. Screening for Chromosomal Abnormalities
11. Prenatal Tests
12. Miscarriage
13. Termination of Pregnancy
14. Lifestyle during Pregnancy
15. Minor Maladies of Pregnancy
16. Pregnancy Month by Month
17. Assessment of Fetal Well-being
18. Problems That May Arise during Pregnancy
19. Twin Pregnancy
Part IV: Birth
20. The Process of Birth
21. The Experience of Birth
22. Pain Relief in Labor
23. Problems That May Arise during Labor
24. Operative Vaginal Delivery
25. Cesarean Section
Part V: After the Birth
26. Going Home with Your Baby
27. Breastfeeding
28. Being an Older Parent
A. Drugs and Other Substances That Are Harmful to the Fetus
B. Drugs and Chemicals Not Shown to Be Harmful to the Pregnant Woman or Fetus
C. Body Mass Index Table
D. Caffeine Content of Common Sources
E. Iron-rich Foods
F. Calcium-rich Foods
G. The Loss of a Baby
H. Summary of Medical Tests

What People are Saying About This

Esther Eisenberg

A highly accessible and comprehensive resource for women thirty-five and over who are pregnant or contemplating pregnancy. The many real-life stories of motherhood give the feeling of talking to a group of friends.

Esther Eisenberg, M.D., Vanderbilt University Medical Center

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