Your Pregnancy and Newborn Journey: A Guide for Pregnant Teens

Your Pregnancy and Newborn Journey: A Guide for Pregnant Teens


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Your Pregnancy and Newborn Journey: A Guide for Pregnant Teens by Jeanne Warren Lindsay, Jean Brunelli

Sharing experiences and insights that will help other teens face the realities of impending parenthood, pregnant and parenting teens offer young expectant mothers advice for carrying and delivering a healthy baby. Medical concerns such as fetal development, nutrition, and risks related to smoking, alcohol, and drugs are discussed, and labor and delivery are described in detail—often through the words of teenagers who have already delivered.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781932538007
Publisher: Morning Glory Press
Publication date: 05/28/2004
Series: Teens Parenting Series
Pages: 222
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

1Parenting Starts with Pregnancy14
Your feelings matter
See your healthcare provider early!
Medical expenses of pregnancy
Stay in school!
Your parents' reaction
Mother/daughter relationship
Your partner's reaction
If he's not with you
Safety for Mom and baby
Gangs and pregnancy
Life goes on
2Dealing with Minor Discomforts34
Always tired
Morning sickness--all day
"Where's the bathroom?"
Are you dizzy?
Moodiness strikes
You may have heartburn
If constipation is a problem
Varicose veins and hemorrhoids
If you can't sleep
Dealing with backaches
Movement from baby
Danger signs
Pregnancy is not permanent
3Your Baby's Development48
Sperm and ovum unite
Female and male reproductive organs
Cells continue to divide
Second, third months
Fourth month ends
Checking on your baby
Prenatal visits lead to healthy babies
You'll feel him move
Sixth month--not ready to be born
Baby gets fatter
4Eating Right for Baby and You58
Your baby eats what you eat
Good nutrition helps prevent eclampsia
Importance of protein
Milk for baby's bones, teeth
Fruits and vegetables
Cereals and bread
Take your vitamins
Limit the fat
Calories count
The fast-food dilemma
Eating for your baby
5"No" to Smoking, Drugs, Alcohol74
Smoking harms fetus
Baby can't "breathe"
Smokers may have smaller babies
Fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS)
Drugs and pregnancy
"No" to over-the-counter drugs
6For Some--Adoption Is an Option82
Adoption is changing
Counseling is important
Father's rights in adoption
Adoption planning is difficult
Grandparents' feelings
Making the final decision
Birthparents will grieve
Supporting an adoption plan
7Preparing for Labor and Delivery94
Nine months of preparation
Those early contractions
Prepared childbirth
You need a coach
Relaxation techniques help
Premature labor signs
Prepare a birth plan
Labor--an athletic event
8Your Baby Is Born106
Signs of early labor
Timing your contractions
Pain relief medication
Transition stage
Your baby's arrival
Delivery of the placenta
The circumcision decision
For some, a C-section
Baby's first test
9The Baby with Special Needs122
How parents feel
How to help baby with special needs
Telling others about the baby
How to help a friend whose baby has special needs
Things to remember
10Your Fourth Trimester132
How will you feel?
After-baby blues
Getting help
Lifestyle changes
Bonding with your baby
Handling stress
Take a few minutes off
Your partner relationship
11Feeding Your Newborn144
Many choose breastfeeding
Less illness for breastfed babies
Getting started
The art of breastfeeding
Is baby getting enough?
Guarding your health
Breastfeed in public?
Some prefer bottle-feeding
12What Does a New Baby Do?158
What does she look like?
Belly button care
How baby develops
What can he see?
Notice her reflex actions
Those first days
Observe him closely
What does baby want out of life?
Infants don't "spoil"
Perhaps she's lonely
He may like swaddling
Be sensitive to her needs
13Especially for Dad176
For teen fathers
Perhaps you're older
If you aren't together
Father's rights
Her parents may reject you
Your parents' reaction
Your responsibilities as a father
Don't drop out!
Dad's role during pregnancy
Sharing prenatal care visits
She needs a labor coach
Taking responsibility
It's not easy
14Another Baby--When?196
Sex may change relationship
Issues to consider
Other objections to contraception
Lots of options
Birth control pill
Intrauterine device (IUD)
Contraceptive implant
STD concerns
AIDS--the incurable STD
Caring for yourself and your family
Annotated Bibliography213

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