With 18.5 million copies in print, What to Expect When You’re Expecting is read by 93% of women who read a pregnancy book and was named one of the “Most Influential Books of the Last 25 Years” by USA Today.
This cover-to-cover (including the cover!) new edition is filled with must-have information, advice, insight, and tips for a new generation of moms and dads. With What to Expect’s trademark warmth, empathy, and humor, it answers every conceivable question expecting parents could have, including dozens of new ones based on the ever-changing pregnancy and birthing practices and choices they face. Advice for dads is fully integrated throughout the book. All medical coverage is completely updated, including the latest on Zika virus, prenatal screening, and the safety of medications during pregnancy, as well as a brand-new section on postpartum birth control. Current lifestyle trends are incorporated, too: juice bars, raw diets, e-cigarettes, push presents, baby bump posting, the lowdown on omega-3 fatty acids, grass-fed and organic, health food fads, and GMOs. Plus expanded coverage of IVF pregnancy, multiple pregnancies, breastfeeding while pregnant, water and home births, and cesarean trends (including VBACs and “gentle cesareans”).
Drawing upon her thirty-plus years of experience, Ina May Gaskin, the nation’s leading midwife, shares the benefits and joys of natural childbirth by showing women how to trust in the ancient wisdom of their bodies for a healthy and fulfilling birthing experience. Based on the female-centered Midwifery Model of Care, Ina May’s Guide to Natural Childbirth gives expectant mothers comprehensive information on everything from the all-important mind-body connection to how to give birth without technological intervention.
Filled with inspiring birth stories and practical advice, this invaluable resource includes:• Reducing the pain of labor without drugs--and the miraculous roles touch and massage play
• What really happens during labor
• Orgasmic birth--making birth pleasurable
• Episiotomy--is it really necessary?
• Common methods of inducing labor--and which to avoid at all costs
• Tips for maximizing your chances of an unmedicated labor and birth
• How to avoid postpartum bleeding--and depression
• The risks of anesthesia and cesareans--what your doctor
doesn’t necessarily tell you
• The best ways to work with doctors and/or birth care providers
• How to create a safe, comfortable environment for
birth in any setting, including a hospital
• And much more
Ina May’s Guide to Natural Childbirth takes the fear out of childbirth by restoring women’s faith in their own natural power to give birth with more ease, less pain, and less medical intervention.
It’s no secret that breastfeeding is the normal, healthy way to nourish and nurture your baby. Dedicated to supporting nursing and expectant mothers, the internationally respected La Leche League has set the standard for educating and empowering mothers in this natural art for generations. Now their classic bestselling guide has been retooled, refocused, and updated for today’s mothers and lifestyles. Working mothers, stay-at-home moms, single moms, and mothers of multiples will all benefit from the book’s range of nursing advice, stories, and information—from preparing for breastfeeding during pregnancy to feeding cues, from nursing positions to expressing and storing breast milk. With all-new photos and illustrations, this ultimate support bible offers
• real-mom wisdom on breastfeeding comfortably—from avoiding sore nipples to simply enjoying the amazing bonding experience
• new insights into old approaches toward latching and attaching, ages and stages, and answers to the most-asked questions
• strategies for moms who choose to breastfeed for a short time or who plan to nurse for a year or more
• reassuring information on nursing after a C-section or delivery complications
• recent scientific data that highlight the many lifelong health benefits of breastfeeding
• helpful tips for building your support network—at home or when back at work
• nursing special-needs infants, premies, multiples, and how to thrive no matter what curveball life throws
• guidance on breast health issues, weight gain, day care, colic, postpartum depression, food allergies, and medications
Plus—Internet references for further information, including La Leche League support sites and groups.
Mothers bringing babies into a new world want sustainable, healthy, positive ways to help their children blossom and thrive. There is no better beginning for your baby than the womanly art of breastfeeding.
“Gives moms-to-be a big helping of peace of mind!” —Harvey Karp M.D., bestselling author of The Happiest Baby on the Block
Pregnancy—unquestionably one of the most profound, meaningful experiences of adulthood—can reduce otherwise intelligent women to, well, babies. Pregnant women are told to avoid cold cuts, sushi, alcohol, and coffee without ever being told why these are forbidden. Rules for prenatal testing are similarly unexplained. Moms-to-be desperately want a resource that empowers them to make their own right choices.
When award-winning economist Emily Oster was a mom-to-be herself, she evaluated the data behind the accepted rules of pregnancy, and discovered that most are often misguided and some are just flat-out wrong. Debunking myths and explaining everything from the real effects of caffeine to the surprising dangers of gardening, Expecting Bettering is the book for every pregnant woman who wants to enjoy a healthy and relaxed pregnancy—and the occasional glass of wine.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
HypnoBirthing founder Marie Mongan knows from her own four births that it is not necessary for childbirth to be a terribly painful experience. In this book she shows women how the Mongan Method works and how parents they can take control of the greatest and most important event of their lives.
So, why is birth such a traumatic event for so many women? And why do more than 40% of births now end in caesarian section, the highest percentage in history? The answer is simple: because our culture teaches women to fear birth as a painful and unsettling experience. Fear causes three physical reactions in the body—tightening of the muscles, reduced blood flow to the birthing muscles, and the release of certain hormones—which increase the pain and discomfort of childbirth. This is not hocus-pocus this is science.
Tia Mowry’s 800,000+ Twitter followers know that she tells it like it is. Now, in a pregnancy guide like no other, Tia leaves no topic off-limits while helping expectant moms stay empowered, pampered, and laughing out loud. From sex during the third trimester to pimped-out strollers, Oh, Baby! reveals what to really expect on that nine-month road to the delivery room.
Sharing her personal experience with cravings (she couldn’t have done it without sourdough bread and Funyuns); maternity clothes (Tia prefers black, with sequins); panty liners (memorize that aisle at the drugstore); vagina exercises (just say No!); and hiding your bump from your coworkers (tricky for Tia, since her character on The Game was in lingerie half the time), the maternity maven also discusses Ask the OB Q&A’s she posed to her own ob-gyn, along with dozens of tried-and-true tips for combating morning sickness, fear, and everything else that might overshadow a radiant glow.
From the time she started showing to the moment she welcomed her new baby boy, Cree Taylor, into the world, Tia was in the spotlight, from Access Hollywood to every glossy magazine and countless online sites. Yet she stayed down-to-earth throughout it all. Keeping it real, Oh, Baby! helps every mommy-to-be stay stylish, maintain her dignity, and trust her gut (no matter how big it gets).
What to Expect Before You’re Expecting has everything that eager-to-be moms and dads need to know about getting pregnant, from getting their bodies ready to make a healthy baby to getting that healthy baby on board faster. You'll find baby-friendly foods to order up (say yes to yams); fertility-busters to avoid (see you later, saturated fat); how to pinpoint ovulation, time baby-making sex, keep on-demand sex sexy, and separate conception fact—it takes the average couple up to 12 months to make a baby—from myth—position matters.
With the latest on health insurance coverage, preconception travel and the Zika virus, sex selection techniques, antidepressants, and information on family-building options for single women and same-sex couples. Plus, for the 1 in 8 couples who experience infertility, the latest on both low-tech and cutting-edge fertility treatments, from medications to IVF and surrogacy. It’s everything you need to know for that baby-making adventure.
The Expectant Dad’s Handbook is a one-stop guide for men on their path to fatherhood. It provides practical answers to all the questions on the mind of a dad-to-be – from what to expect at each stage of pregnancy to how to cope with any worries and fears about becoming a dad. It also reveals unique insights into a dad’s role during labour, showing key strategies for improving the birth.
Both practical and accessible, this guide will provide all the information and advice fathers need for the journey ahead.
The Bradley Method®, used and praised by women for almost seventy years, prepares you for drug and surgery-free childbirth and puts you in control by providing the tools to navigate evidence-based care. Certified childbirth educator Susan McCutcheon, one of Dr. Bradley’s first students, now makes this natural approach to childbirth more accessible than ever. You will learn:
• Exercises and nutrition to get your body ready for birthing
• To defuse fear by understanding all aspects of laboring
• How to involve your partner as a birth coach and a fully engaged participant
• What’s driving the induction epidemic and how to avoid an unnecessary induction
• What’s driving the cesarean surgery epidemic and how to reduce your risk
• How to get the information you need to make informed decisions about your birth
“The Bradley Method’s simple objective, through relaxation, breathing, and visualization, is a birth free of the interventions frequently offered to women in the different stages of childbirth: fetal monitors, drug-induced labor, anesthesia, episiotomy, and Caesarean section. (Its) other defining feature, the husband’s active participation in the delivery, is critical to this overall goal of an intervention-free birth.”—Mothering
Based on a comprehensive investigation of a vast array of scientific research, It Starts with the Egg reveals a groundbreaking new approach for improving egg quality and fertility. With a concrete strategy that includes minimizing exposure to toxins such as BPA and phthalates, choosing the right vitamins and supplements to safeguard developing eggs, and harnessing nutritional advice shown to boost IVF success rates, this book offers practical solutions that will help you get pregnant faster and deliver a healthy baby.
"This timely synthesis of scientific literature is essential reading for both women and men wanting practical, evidence-based recommendations to enhance their fertility." - Dr. Loretta McKinnon, Epidemiologist, Princess Alexandra Hospital.
"A thoroughly-researched and eye-opening account of how small, simple lifestyle changes can have powerful, positive effects on your health and fertility. A must-read for women wanting the best chance of conceiving a healthy baby." - Beth Greer, bestselling author of Super Natural Home
A departure from its predecessor, What to Eat When You’re Expecting, which has 976,000 copies in print, Eating Well loses the whole-wheatier-than-thou attitude, and comes with a light, reader-friendly tone while delivering the most up-to-date information. At the heart of the book are hundreds of pressing questions every mother-to-be has: Is it true I shouldn’t eat any food cooked with alcohol? Will the caffeine in coffee cross into my baby’s bloodstream? Help!—I’m entering my second trimester, and I’m losing weight, not gaining. Is all sushi off limits? How do I get enough calcium if I’m lactose intolerant? I keep dreaming about a hot fudge sundae—can I indulge? Guess what: the answer is yes.
Dude, relax; you’re going to be fine. But it wouldn’t hurt to get a few pointers—a road map of what lies ahead. That’s what this book is for.
From Dude to Dad gives you the need-to-know essentials on pregnancy, birthing, and parenthood, and how it’s okay to be scared out of your mind. You’ll learn what the expecting mom is going through during each trimester, how you can be the best partner and dad-to-be, and how to immediately start bonding with baby.
Be prepared for the arrival that will ultimately change your life in the best way possible.
In today's world, men are more involved in their wives'pregnancies than ever before. This 2nd Edition of Dad'sGuide to Pregnancy For Dummies gives new fathers a hands-onguide that covers all of the logistical, physical, and emotionalaspects of pregnancy. It is a wealth of information on topics, suchas setting up the nursery, childbirth 101, and how to take care ofyour newborn. The book includes ideas for knowing the right time tobreak the news and the pregnancy timeline. Once the baby arrives,this handbook gives you the low-down on what you can expect duringthe first six months, such as how to change diapers and feed thelittle one.
You'll also explore much more in-depth topics such as the newtechnology behind ultrasounds, and the information that is gleanedfrom them, the lowdown on vaccination updates, information to takethe fear out of cesarean sections, tips on prenatal depression, newdevelopments on infertility treatments, and so much more!Helps to take the fear out of fatherhood with down-to-earthadvice and informationReveals how smoking leads to development problems and thepossible dangers of e-cigarettesShows new dads a playbook for how they can help throughout thepregnancy and during the deliveryOffers practical tips for chronicling baby's life fromultrasound to year one
If you're going to be a new dad, this is a survival guide ofwhat to expect as your bundle of joy is on the way is the complete,easy-to-read resource for preparing with your partner.
For the last half-century, control over childbirth has been in favor of doctors. Many pregnancy guidebooks are conventional, fear-based, and written by male physicians deeply entrenched in the old-school medical model of birth.
But change is underway. A groundswell of women are taking back their pregnancy and childbirth and embracing a natural way. Genevieve Howland, the woman behind the enormously popular Mama Natural blog and YouTube channel, has created an inspiring, fun, and informative guide that demystifies natural pregnancy and walks mom through the process one week at a time.
The Mama Natural’s Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth is the modern (and yet ancient) approach to pregnancy and childbirth. “Natural” recognizes that pregnancy and birth are normal, and that having a baby is a wondrous biological process and rite of passage—not a medical condition. This book draws upon the latest research showing how beneficial and life-changing natural birth is for both babies and moms.
Full of weekly advice and tips for a healthy pregnancy, Howland details vital nutrition to take, natural remedies for common and troublesome symptoms, as well as the appropriate (and inappropriate) use of interventions.
Peppered throughout are positive birth and pregnancy stories from women of all backgrounds (and all stages of their natural journey) along with advice and insights from a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) plus a Registered Nurse (RN), doula, and lactation consultant. Encouraging, well-researched, and fun, The Mama Natural’s Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth will be an essential companion for women everywhere to embrace natural pregnancy and reap all the benefits for both baby and mama.
Trying to get pregnant is enough to make any woman impatient. The Impatient Woman’s Guide to Getting Pregnant is a complete guide to the medical, psychological, social, and sexual aspects of getting pregnant, told in a funny, compassionate way, like talking to a good friend who’s been through it all. And in fact, Dr. Jean Twenge has been through it all—the mother of three young children, she started researching fertility when trying to conceive for the first time. A renowned sociologist and professor at San Diego State University, Dr. Twenge brought her research background to the huge amount of information—sometimes contradictory, frequently alarmist, and often discouraging— that she encountered online, from family and friends, and in books, and decided to go into the latest studies to find out the real story.
The good news is: There is a lot less to worry about than you’ve been led to believe. Dr. Twenge gets to the heart of the emotional issues around getting pregnant, including how to prepare mentally and physically when thinking about conceiving; how to talk about it with family, friends, and your partner; and how to handle the great sadness of a miscarriage. Also covered is how to know when you’re ovulating, when to have sex, timing your pregnancy, maximizing your chances of getting pregnant, how to tilt the odds toward having a boy or a girl, and the best prenatal diet.
Trying to conceive often involves an enormous amount of emotion, from anxiety and disappointment to hope and joy. With comfort, humor, and straightforward advice, The Impatient Woman’s Guide to Getting Pregnant is the bedside companion to help you through it.
Your Pregnancy Week by Week tells you everything you need to know about your pregnancy. On a week-by-week basis, you can learn how your baby is developing, how and why your body is changing and what you can do to ensure a smooth and comfortable pregnancy, every step of the way.
With clear, authoritative advice that demystifies complex medical jargon, this indispensable guide takes you through each stage of pregnancy, addressing common concerns and questions to ensure a healthy start for your baby.
Praying Through Your Pregnancy was a 2011 Christian Book Award Finalist.
Approximately 1 million Hispanic-American women give birth each year. This is a book for the mother-to-be who either doesn't speak English or doesn't feel comfortable with her English; for the doctor who is having trouble communicating with a patient; for the expectant parents at a stressful time when what's most familiar—their first language—is most welcome. The book will be the book to turn to for the broad range of Spanish-speaking Americans in the United States—be they Puerto Ricans in the Northeast, Cuban-Americans in Florida, Mexican-Americans on the west coast, Dominicans, and Spanish-speaking Americans of Spanish, and Central and South American descent.
Since the original publication of The Birth Partner, new mothers' partners, friends, relatives and doulas (professional birth assistants) have relied on Penny Simkin's guidance in caring for the new mother from the last few weeks of pregnancy through the early postpartum period. Fully revised in its fourth edition, The Birth Partner remains the definitive guide for preparing to help a woman through childbirth and the essential manual to have at hand during the event.
This completely updated edition includes thorough information on:Preparing for labor and knowing when it has begunNormal labor and how to help the woman every step of the wayEpidurals and other medications for laborNon-drug techniques for easing labor painCesarean birth and complications that may require itBreastfeeding and newborn care
And that is just a start. For the partner who wishes to be truly helpful in the birthing room, The Birth Partner, 4th Edition is indispensable.
Preemies, Second Edition is the only parents’ reference resource of its kind—delivering up-to-the-minute information on medical care in a warm, caring, and engaging voice. Authors Dana Wechsler Linden and Emma Trenti Paroli are parents who have “been there.” Together with neonatologist Mia Wechsler Doron, they answer the dozens of questions that parents will have at every stage—from high-risk pregnancy through preemie hospitalization, to homecoming and the preschool years—imparting a vast, detailed store of knowledge in clear language that all readers can understand.
Preemies, Second Edition covers topics related to premature birth, including:
What are your risk factors for having a premature baby?
Can you do something to delay early labor?
What do doctors know about you baby’s outlook during her first minutes and days of life?
How will your preemie’s progress be monitored?
How do you cope with a long hospitalization?
Are there special preparations for you baby’s homecoming?
What kind of stimulation during the first year gives your baby the best chance?
Will your preemie grow up healthy? Normal?
What Is My Unborn Child Trying to Tell Me?
In this reassuring, supportive, and accessible book, leading clairvoyant and medium Walter Makichen offers guidance to prospective parents eager to create a warm, nurturing environment for their soon-to-be-conceived-or-born children. Applying the wisdom and insights he has gained through twenty years of communicating with these spirit babies, Makichen helps you resolve issues about starting a family…actively participate in the psychic process of creating a child…and move past your worries and fears about becoming parents. From the seven essential chakras that link our body, mind, and spirit to why pregnant women are superpsychic, you’ll discover:
* How to create the energy that nurtures spirit babies
* How to understand how past lives and chakras relate to your unborn child
* The conception contract–what it is and what it means for you and your child
* How karmic pairings affect conception and pregnancy
* Why miscarriages occur and what they can signify
Plus spirit babies and guardian angels…spirit babies and adoption…spirit babies and dreams…and much more
Featuring inspirational examples of couples who are now happy parents, as well as breath exercises and healing meditations at the end of each chapter, Spirit Babies tells you everything you need to know to become the parent you were meant to be.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
“I’m not picking up a heartbeat.” These are the most dreaded words an expectant mother can hear. As joy and anticipation dissolve into confusion and grief, painful questions refuse to go away: Why me? Did I do something wrong? How will this affect my ability to have a family? What do I say to my children without scaring them? With the warmth and compassion of a Licensed Professional Counselor and writing as a mother who has suffered the loss of a baby and a sixteen-year-old son, Pam Vredevelt offers sound answers and advice. As an expert in love and loss, Pam gives reassuring comfort to any woman fighting to maintain stability and faith in the midst of devastating heartbreak. Empty Arms: Hope and Support for Those Who Have Suffered a Miscarriage, Stillbirth, or Tubal Pregnancy is the essential guidebook for anyone suffering the agony of losing a baby.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Over ten years ago when Dr. Gila Leiter, herself an OB/GYN,was pregnant with twins, the book she desperately needed wasn'tavailable. Now it is: Everything You Need to Know to Have a Healthy Twin Pregnancy. Taking you step-by-step through the processes of pregnancy and birth, Dr. Leiter shares her professional and personal expertise, providing answers to all your questions, plus practical know-how, psychological support, and extensive resources for this most joyous--and overwhelming--experience, whether you're having two babies...or four! Learn:
The latest in fertility treatments and reproductive technology,and the probable outcome
What to expect, trimester by trimester
Concrete suggestions for working through your hopes, fears, and fantasies
Who should seek genetic counseling
How to avoid preterm labor and premature delivery--and what to do if it's unavoidable
Recommended vitamins and minerals--plus do's and don'ts
All about medications: what you can take, can't take, must take
What you should know if you're going to have a C-section
Specific ideas for nurturing yourself and reducing stress
The birthing process and what to expect in the delivery room
Twelve questions to ask the doctor you're considering choosing for your pediatrician
What it's like to bring babies home--and what you'll needto manage your new family
And much more
Birth activist Henci Goer gives clear, concise information based on the latest medical studies. The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth helps you compare and contrast your various options and shows you how to avoid unnecessary procedures, drugs, restrictions, and tests. The book covers:
CesareansBreech babiesInducing laborElectronic Fetal MonitoringRupturing MembranesCoping with slow laborPain medicationEpistiotomyVaginal birth after a CeasareanDoulasDeciding on a doctor or midwifeChoosing where to have your babyand much more . . .
With robust sales and its own four-part cable TV series,Pregnancy For Dummies has been a perennial favorite, givingparents-to-be authoritative, friendly, up-to-date advice on everyaspect of pregnancy and childbirth. This new edition offers all ofthe latest information expecting parents want to know, includingexpanded coverage on the health and well-being of both mother andchild. It takes readers through the first, second, and thirdtrimesters, providing new and updated coverage of prenatal geneticscreening and diagnosis, amniocentesis, new high-tech ultrasounds,and the revised FDA/USDA food pyramid. It also discusses the recentcelebrity trend of "on-demand" cesarean sections, multiple births,what to expect in labor and delivery, postpartum care, choosingbottle or breastfeeding, preparing a home (and siblings) for a newbaby, caring for preemies, and the mother's mental as well asphysical health.
"A thorough, accurate, and highly informative guide."
--Los Angeles Times
Dads to be often worry more than they let on about the emotional, financial, and physical changes that come with their partners' pregnancies. Here, expectant fathers can find information related to pregnancy, childirth, and baby care, including training to be the birthing coach, how to understand what's ahead for mom; sex during pregnancy; baby-proofing the home; how to prepare for the baby's arrival; getting used to an infant's schedule, and preparing for the unexpected.
Your Baby Week By Week is the guide you've been crying out for. Each chapter covers just one week of a baby's development, and, ideal for tired and anxious parents, the week is divided into sections so that you can quickly and easily skim the chapter and find the information you're looking for. It covers the basics - sleep, feeding, crying, washing, play and development - as well as being packed full of vital information and handy tips for checking a baby's progress, including:
- which vaccinations he needs and when
- how much milk/feeds he needs
- planning ahead
- specific problems you may encounter, such as colic, and how to deal with them
Clearly laid out and written by two experienced mothers - one a paediatrician, the other the Daily Mirror's health editor, this is a reassuring and practical guide to help you through the crucial first six months of parenthood.
The rate of twin births has risen 79 percent over the last three decades, and continues to increase. A mom of fraternal twins and a national guru on having two, Natalie Diaz launched Twiniversity, a supportive website with advice from the twin-trenches.
What to Do When You’re Having Two is the definitive how-to guide to parenting twins, covering how to make a Birth Plan checklist, sticking to one sleep schedule, managing double-duty breastfeeding, stocking up on all the necessary gear, building one-on-one relationships with each child, and more.
Accessible and informative, What to Do When You’re Having Two is the must-have manual for all parents of twins.
For over 25 years, Your Pregnancy Week by Week has helped millions of parents-to-be prepare for one of the most exciting times in their lives. Now in its eighth edition, this go-to guide has been updated to cover the most recent information, from trends and safety recommendations to medical concerns.
Doctors recommend it, pregnant couples rely on it, and you and your partner will find it indispensable. With its signature format, you can follow your baby's development based on the same weekly schedule your doctor uses. You will also find the latest information on preparing for their baby's birth while addressing today's most pressing questions and concerns, including:
Detailed descriptions and illustrations of baby's developmentThe most up-to-date information on medical tests and proceduresTips on nutrition, your overall health and how it affects your growing babySafe and easy weekly exercises to help you stay in shapeCovering a wide range of new topics such as elective delivery, Chinese gender chart, electronic cigarettes, nonalcoholic beer and wine, pregorexia, salt-therapy spas, belly bands before and after pregnancy, and men preparing for pregnancy, Your Pregnancy Week by Week makes sure you and your partner will have all you need to know at your fingertips.
Have you ever wondered why celebrities look so rested in such a short time after giving birth? The answer: baby specialists like Helen Moon. A baby specialist and professional nanny for the past 25 years, Helen has worked closely with hundreds of families, including some of Hollywood's biggest stars.
Helen knows that the first six weeks of a baby's life--when parents tend to be nervous, siblings are needy, and new babies need immediate and constant attention--has a huge impact on the entire family. Getting a baby on a sleeping and eating schedule is an achievable dream, and it's not a mystery. Helen's step-by-step plan shows new parents exactly how to integrate their baby into the family so that she will be able to sleep when she's tired, eat when she's hungry, and calm herself when she's fussy--self-regulating skills that will enable her to thrive for the rest of her life.
Assured that their babies are secure and happy, parents can confidently enjoy this most precious time of their baby's life, trusting their own instincts, and--most importantly--sleeping through the night themselves!
More and more women are choosing to have children later in life, but since fertility declines starting at age thirty, many moms-to-be face conception and pregnancy with fear, uncertainty, and anxiety. Women thirty and older who wish to conceive naturally are often told it is a "bit too late" for easy conception, or they are forced to turn to invasive, expensive treatments. But there is a better way!
With HOW TO CONCEIVE NATURALLY: AND HAVE A HEALTHY PREGNANCY AFTER 30 readers will discover that it's possible to have a healthy pregnancy in your thirties or early forties. Experts Christa Orecchio and Willow Buckley share their vast knowledge of holistic health, nutrition, and fertility in this powerful program that has helped thousands of women conceive naturally and quickly. From a 12-week preconception fertility detox to a postpartum plan to rebalance hormones, this book empowers women to take charge of their fertility at any age. Orecchio and Buckley present the most current research in nutrition and homeopathy to equip women with the wide-ranging knowledge they'll need on each step of the journey to having a baby naturally, from preconception to postpartum.
Each time she knelt to “catch” another wriggling baby—nearly three thousand times during her remarkable career—California midwife Peggy Vincent paid homage to the moment when pain bows to joy and the world makes way for one more. With every birth, she encounters another woman-turned-goddess: Catherine rides out her labor in a car careening down a mountain road. Sofia spends hers trying to keep her hyper doctor-father from burning down the house. Susannah gives birth so quietly that neither husband nor midwife notice until there's a baby in the room.
More than a collection of birth stories, however, Baby Catcher is a provocative account of the difficulties that midwives face in the United States. With vivid portraits of courage, perseverance, and love, this is an impassioned call to rethink technological hospital births in favor of more individualized and profound experiences in which mothers and fathers take center stage in the timeless drama of birth.
Though one in four American women will lose her pregnancy, this heartbreaking experience remains a taboo subject, fraught with myths and misinformation. But with the right prepregnancy evaluation and ongoing care, for many women miscarriage can be prevented.
During forty years of practice, Dr. Bruce Young has treated hundreds of women who experienced the heartbreaking loss of miscarriage and helped them bring babies to term. Now he has teamed up with one of his patients who experienced miscarriages herself, Amy Zavatto, to write this informative, compassionate guide that combines the medical facts with insights from the patient’s and doctor’s viewpoints. Dr. Young thoroughly explains the basics of pregnancy and miscarriage, and provides in-depth answers to the questions: Why did this happen to me? and What can I do to prevent it next time?
Including case studies of patients who’d experienced recurrent miscarriages, Dr. Young illustrates a variety of reasons for pregnancy loss—from diabetes to genetics, from hormonal deficiencies to autoimmune disorders—explaining why each miscarriage occurred, as well as how to diagnose and in many cases treat the underlying problem.
Providing the most up-to-date information on physical and mental health, nutrition, and technology, Miscarriage, Medicine & Miracles is a proactive tool and comforting resource—from an expert with real-life reasons to give every woman hope for a successful pregnancy.
From the Hardcover edition.
Drawing on her decades of experience in caring for pregnant women, mothers, and babies, Ina May Gaskin explores the health and psychological benefits of breastfeeding and gives you invaluable practical advice that will help you nurse your baby in the most fulfilling way possible. Inside you’ll find answers to virtually every question you have on breastfeeding, including topics such as
•the benefits of breastfeeding
•pumps and other nursing products
•nursing and work
•nipplephobia, and much more
Ina May's Guide to Breastfeeding is filled with helpful advice, medical facts, and real-life stories that will help you understand how and why breastfeeding works and how you can use it to more deeply connect with your baby and your own body. Whether you’re planning to nurse for the first time or are looking for the latest, most up-to-date expert advice available, you couldn’t hope to find a better guide than Ina May.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
This new edition offers soon-to-be moms and dads detailed,friendly information on preparing and planning for pregnancy.You'll find guidance on the basics, as well as specialconsiderations like age, multiple births, complications, illness,labor and delivery, postpartum care, and everything in between.
Now in a portable, handy trim size that makes it easy to keepwith you on the go, Pregnancy For Dummies, 4thEdition is your go-to guide on everything you'll encounterduring the first, second, and third trimesters—and beyond.Packed with new information and the latest developments in medicaltechnology, it puts your mind at ease by offering straightforwardanswers to all the questions you may have about pregnancy,including health risks during pregnancy, fertility problems andsolutions, "on demand" cesarean sections, weight gain duringpregnancy, the correlation between mercury and autism, ways to stayemotionally and physically healthy during pregnancy, and muchmore.Includes a complete guide to pregnancy, through all threetrimesters and beyond, including a week-by-week account of what toexpect during pregnancyCovers the latest information related to healthcare andpregnancy, including the latest on vaccinations, fertilityproblems, and prenatal diagnosesOffers advice on picking a doctor, planning prenatal visits,and designing a birthing planExplains the stages of labor and how to care for yourself andyour newborn after childbirth
If you're an expectant parent, Pregnancy For Dummies,4th Edition covers everything mom and babyexperience before, during, and after childbirth.
You're expecting more than one baby? Congratulations!
Effective, encouraging, and up-to-date, When You're Expecting Twins, Triplets, or Quads is essential for you and your babies.
Like all mothers-to-be, you're experiencing the full spectrum of human emotions: joy, fear, confusion, and excitement—maybe all at once. As a woman pregnant with more than one baby, you're feeling all these things . . . only more so!
In When You're Expecting Twins, Triplets, or Quads, Dr. Barbara Luke, an acknowledged expert on the prenatal care of multiples, outlines a practical, nutrition-based program to keep you and your babies healthy, and she offers a comprehensive tour of what you can expect during your unique pregnancy and childbirth experience. Women who follow this program have significantly fewer complications during pregnancy—and their babies are born weighing 20 to 35 percent more than the average twin, triplet, or quad. Included is crucial information on:
· Finding a qualified maternal/fetal medicine specialist
· Dietary guidelines for maximizing birthweight
· Safe limits on exercise, physical activity, and work
· Taking a leave from your job and negotiating the best deal
· Reducing your risk for pregnancy complications
· Recognizing the signs of preterm labor and what to do about them
· What to expect during and after delivery
· Feeding and caring for your newborns . . . and yourself
· Getting back into shape after delivery
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Alice Cohen was happy for the first time in years. After a difficult divorce, she had a new love in her life, she was raising a beloved adopted daughter, and her career was blossoming. Then she started experiencing mysterious symptoms. After months of tests, x-rays, and inconclusive diagnoses, Alice underwent a CAT scan that revealed the truth: she was six months pregnant.
At age forty-four, with no prenatal care and no insurance coverage for a high-risk pregnancy, Alice was besieged by opinions from doctors and friends about what was ethical, what was loving, what was right. With the intimacy of a diary and the suspense of a thriller, What I Thought I Knew is a ruefully funny, wickedly candid tale; a story of hope and renewal that turns all of the "knowns" upside down.
THE HEALTHY PREGNANCY BOOK guides expectant mothers and fathers through all stages of pregnancy from preconception through birth, focusing on how to enhance the health of mother and baby.
In this uniquely authoritative and comprehensive month-by-month guide, the Searses address emotional and physical changes that take place during pregnancy, baby's brain development, healthy pregnancy habits, pregnancy superfoods, optimal weight gain, fitness, managing stress, sleep, choosing the right healthcare provider, birthing choices, the transition into parenthood, engaging personal stories, and more.
Overflowing with the most up-to-date information, digestible and doable tips, and advice for every worry--and written in the Searses' trademark reassuring tone that makes their books long-term bestsellers--THE HEALTHY PREGNANCY BOOK is the must-have resource to fit the greater demands of today's savvy parents.
Ian Greer has spent his career working with couples trying to conceive and knows exactly the kind of questions they want to know answers to: from the small ones, like 'Is it okay to have a bikini wax?' to the big ones, like 'How do we know which of these treatments is most likely to work for us?'
In this book he explains:
- the menstrual cycle, when you're most fertile and how often to have sex
- understanding your hormones
- what factors can prevent or reduce fertilization and conception
- how to enhance your fertility, and what to do if you want to conceive. A healthy eating with some sample menu plans has been compiled in conjunction with a nutritionist
- genetic issues and your own health issues to consider
- everything you need to know about sperm and ovulation
- complementary therapies such as acupuncture, lymphatic massage, hypnotherapy, Alexander technique, reflexology
- myths and magic: fertility symbols and ancient rites
- tests if you are having trouble conceiving
- how to get the most out of your GP
- how to overcome stress and other emotional blocks to pregnancy
- PCOS, endometriosis, ectopic pregnancies, miscarriages and other health issues
- IVF, ICSI, DI, IUI, IUId, egg donation, semen freezing, FER, surrogate mothers
- sources of information, further reading, support groups, and websites
New research suggests that the foods you eat during pregnancy can have lasting effects on your baby’s brain development and behavior, as well as your waistline. Drawing from the fields of medicine, nutrition, and psychology, this easy-to-follow guide, which also includes 50 recipes, gives you a clear understanding of what your body really needs and how certain foods contribute to the development of a healthy and happy baby.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
It’s 4 A.M. You’ve nursed your baby five times throughout the night. You’re beyond exhausted. But where can you breastfeed safely when you might fall asleep? You’ve heard that your bed is dangerous for babies. Or is it? Is there a way to reduce the risk? Does life really have to be this hard? No, it doesn’t. Sweet Sleep is within reach. This invaluable resource will help you
• sleep better tonight in under ten minutes with the Quick Start guide—and sleep safer every night with the Safe Sleep Seven checklist
• sort out the facts and fictions of bedsharing and SIDS
• learn about normal sleep at every age and stage, from newborn to new parent
• direct your baby toward longer sleep when he’s ready
• tailor your approach to your baby’s temperament
• uncover the hidden costs of sleep training and “cry it out” techniques
• navigate naps at home and daycare
• handle concerns from family, friends, and physicians
• enjoy stories and tips from mothers like you
• make the soundest sleep decisions for your family and your life
Advance praise for Sweet Sleep
“Chock-full of advice and information . . . The editors smartly break the information into digestible bits organized by topics and age ranges. And for any parent desperate for an uninterrupted few hours of sleep, the advice is worth the read. Sweet Sleep includes extensive information on creating a safe sleep space, helping children learn to sleep on their own and defusing criticism of your family’s choices. . . . This book is nothing but supportive of whatever your choices are about nursing and sleeping.”—BookPage
“An essential guide for parents . . . detailed, practical advice on bed sharing and breast-feeding, with basic guidelines for safe bed sharing outlined in seven steps.”—Publishers Weekly
From the Trade Paperback edition.
A gripping first-hand account of midwife Penny Armstrong’s journey from student midwife in Glasgow to running her own practice among the Amish in rural Pennsylvania, A Midwife’s Story never fails to enlighten, inform and surprise.
Going far beyond mere biography, Armstrong’s journey of self-discovery is ultimately very moving, and it is the honesty with which she describes the world she discovers which makes this book a classic, and essential reading not just for aspiring midwives but to anyone interested in natural birth.
• The tests and procedures your partner may undergo
• The impact of pregnancy on your relationship and how to handle it
• Ways to evaluate the expenses of having a baby
• How to be a great labor coach
It was a good thing that Rowland's longtime OB/GYN Dr. Tristan Emily Bickman was right there to answer every single crazy question that popped into her head. Nothing fazed Dr. Bickman and she provided Rowland with the answers she so desperately needed, telling her over and over that, in the months after a woman gives birth, nothing is exactly strange, but nothing is necessarily normal either. It's all just part of the "miracle" of birth.
In Whoa, Baby! Rowland and Dr. Bickman team up to share this reassuring information with new moms everywhere. Often hilarious and always down-to-earth, Rowland and Dr. Bickman cover every surprising challenge that new moms face.
Magical Beginnings, Enchanted Lives is rich in practical information, including strategies to help enliven the body intelligence of unborn babies by nourishing each of their five senses, as well as through Ayurvedically balanced nutrition and eating with awareness. Specific yoga poses and meditation techniques reduce the mother’s stress and improve the infant’s emotional environment, as do tips for conscious communication with a partner. Exercises prepare parents for the experience of childbirth itself, followed by natural approaches to dealing with the first weeks of parenting, from healing herbs to enhancing your milk supply to coping with postpartum depression.
Inspiring, expansive, and remarkably informative, this unique book from acclaimed experts in mind-body medicine will profoundly enhance the experience of pregnancy and birth for both parents and baby.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Preparing for the arrival of a new baby is both a joy and a challenge. This is true at any age, but as an expectant mother over the age of 35 you want real answers for your unique needs and concerns. With wisdom and compassion, Dr. Kelly Shanahan shares her own experiences as an obstetrician and over-35 mom. Her detailed and reassuring approach will help you understand the significant changes in your body and life as well as your baby's development. Inside, you will find:
·Explanations and answers for your special health concerns
·Advice about making career, relationship, and lifestyle adjustments
·Practical tips for safe weight gain, exercise, and travel
·Excerpts from Dr. Shanahan's journal of her over-35 pregnancy
From pregnancy planning and proper nutrition to labor and delivery, this informative book will fully prepare you for the birth of your healthy, happy baby.
"A must-read for expectant couples over the age of 35 and a valuable reference for pregnancy at any age." —Lynn D. Montgomery, M.D., director, Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Rocky Mountain Perinatal Center, Missoula, Montana
"This book addresses virtually all of the questions commonly asked by expectant couples. Great job." —E. Albert Reexed M.D., professor and chairman, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Temple University
"A work of art and a work of love, with a lot of good science thrown in along the way." —R. Daniel Braun, M.D., FACOG, clinical professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Indiana University School of Medicine
"What a great, week-by-week, commonsense journey through pregnancy!" —William F. von Almen II, M.D., FACOG, editorial adviser, obgyn.net
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Over the last two decades, The Natural Pregnancy Book has ushered thousands of women through happy and healthy pregnancies. Addressing women's health from conception to birth, Dr. Romm describes herbs that can promote and maintain a healthy pregnancy, and allays such familiar concerns as anxiety, fatigue, morning sickness, and stretch marks. She also discusses the components of a healthy diet, with an emphasis on natural foods. New to this edition is integrative health advice based on Dr. Romm's new credentials as a Yale-trained physician, combined with her twenty years of experience as a midwife and herbalist.
Breastfeeding is natural, but it is not always instinctive for either mothers or babies. The Nursing Mother's Companion has been among the best-selling books on breastfeeding for more than 30 years, with more than 1 million copies sold. It is respected and recommended by professionals, including The International Lactation Consultant Association, T. Berry Brazelton and The American Academy of Pediatrics, and is well loved by new parents for its encouraging and accessible style.
Kathleen Huggins equips breastfeeding mothers all the information they need to overcome potential difficulties and nurse their babies successfully from the first week through the toddler years, or somewhere in between.
This fully updated and revised edition provides information on topics such as:
You will also find Huggins's indispensable problem-solving "survival guides" set off by colored bands on the pages for quick reference, as well as appendices on determining baby's milk needs in the first six weeks and the safety of various drugs during breast-feeding.
Plus, this edition opens with a new Foreword by Jessica Martin-Weber, creator of the very popular website The Leaky Boob and a new Preface by Kelly Bonata, creator of the go-to site KellyMom. These two much-loved authorities speak to the importance of owning an authoritative breastfeeding book that cuts through the jumble of opinions, information and misinformation on the Web.
With millions of copies sold worldwide, the highly trusted Your Pregnancy series has established itself as the go-to resource for expectant parents time and time again. Medically grounded, this informative, reassuring guide gives older expectant parents the information they need to have a healthy, happy pregnancy.
"Baby euphoria": Is it a mind-altering drug?
"Husband? What Husband?": Taking care of the big baby, as well as the little baby
"I Want My Old Body Back!": What you can fix and what you can't
"The Droning Phenomenon": The inability to discuss anything but your baby for more than thirty seconds
"Do I Have to Become Carol Brady?": Conquering your fear of being a less-than-perfect mother
"Competitive Mothering": Coping with know-it-alls, finger-pointers, and others who try to "Out-Mom" you
NOTE: Pausing to read this book may be the only selfish thing you do all year, since you'll have time for nothing else!