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As you begin the life-changing journey toward motherhood, get helpful advice from the many pregnancy books available for moms-to-be. Ask other mothers for title recommendations or check online for reviews. It's also helpful to have at least one all-in-one guide that covers everything from your baby's development to prenatal fitness.
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Celebrating 10 years of helping hundreds of thousands of women achieve pregnancy, avoid pregnancy naturally, and gain better contr...ol of their health and lives, the 10th Anniversary Edition of the classic bestseller will include: ?New Preface to the 10th Anniversary Edition" ?Updates on new fertility technologies ?Natural approaches to conception ?Updated Resources and Books For any woman unhappy with her current method of birth control; demoralized by her quest to have a baby; or experiencing confusing symptoms in her cycle, this book provides answers to all these questions, plus amazing insights into a woman s body. Weschler thoroughly explains the empowering Fertility Awareness Method, which in only a couple minutes a day allows a woman to: ?Enjoy highly effective, scientifically proven birth control without chemicals or devices ?Maximize her chances of conception or expedite fertility treatment by identifying impediments to conception ?Increase the likelihood of choosing the gender of her baby ?Gain control of her sexual and gynecological health Read More

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The long-awaited revised edition! It s no secret that breastfeeding is the normal, healthy way to nourish and nurture your baby. D...edicated 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. "Mothers of healthy babies and those with special needs will learn how to recognize and overcome common problems, maintain an ample milk supply, and safely lose weight while breastfeeding...revised and updated." Read More

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Complete with information on choosing a caregiver, prenatal diagnosis, exercise, childbirth options, second pregnancies, twins, ma...king love during pregnancy, having a cesarean, and practical tips on coping with common and not-so-common pregnancy symptoms. Step-by-step guides through labor and delivery, postpartum care, and breastfeeding. Plus the Best-Odds Pregnancy and Nursing Diets. And a full section specifically for fathers-to-be. A month-by-month pregnancy guide. Read More

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This indispensable book explores the emotional, financial, and even physical changes the father-to-be may experience during his pa...rtner s pregnancy. Written in an easy-to-absorb format and filled with sound advice and practical tips for men on such topics as, how to make sense of your conflicting emotions, how pregnancy affects your sex life, and how to start a college fund. This volume reassures, commiserates, and informs. It also incorporates the wisdom of top experts in the field, from obstetricians and birth-class instructors to psychologists and sociologists. This new edition features the latest research on many topics (and there s a ton of it), from expanding sections on overcoming infertility, in vitro, artificial insemination, and other tech-assisted pregnancies, especially where dad is not the biological parent, to updating the sections on childbirth to reflect the fact that about 80 percent of deliveries are now done with epidurals and new information on c-sections as well. Sections on prenatal communication and education are also be expanded. There will be an overall, top-to-bottom review of the content to make sure all the information is relevant to today s young and senior dads. Read More

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"More readable, more attractive, and more accessible? is how pregnant couples describe the latest edition of this million plus-cop...y seller! And, of course, it s got all the latest medical information and advice. The new edition is designed to expand the retail market for this authoritative and complete guide. Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn: The Complete Guide is already one of the bestselling pregnancy books on the market, with more than one million copies in print! Now newly revised and redesigned, this comprehensive, authoritative ?bible? provides expectant couples with abundant, valuable information about pregnancy, labor, birth, the postpartum period, and newborn care. This award-winning book presents the latest research-based information on pregnancy, birth, and early parenthood, including: ? New information on complementary-medicine approaches such as acupuncture ? Updated information on interventions during childbirth ? Revised statistics and discussions on cesarean birth and vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) ? New advice on informed decision-making, one of the hottest topics in maternity care today ? Plus much, much more! The book has been redesigned so it s more accessible and reader-friendly, with more photos, illustrations, and boxed features that allow for important information to be highlighted. Also included in the new design are fun and informative sidebars, such as ?Common QandAs? about pregnancy, childbirth, and newborn care; ?In Their Own Words,? in which parents describe their pregnancy, childbirth, and early parenting experiences from their point of view; and ?Fact or Fiction?? in which the authors present common misinformation and the facts. New to this edition is an accompanying website, www.PCNGuide.com, where readers can find additional maternity care information as well as helpful forms and worksheets. Mom s Choice Awards Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn (2010) ? GOLD AWARD: Pregnancy and Childbirth; iParenting Media Awards Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn (2009) ? Best Products Winner: Book; Living Now Book Awards Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn: The Complete Guide (2009) ? Family (Parenting/Health/Safety): BRONZE AWARD; National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn (2009) ? GOLD AWARD: Parenting Resources; USABookNews.com Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn (2009) ? WINNER: Parenting/Family: Pregnancy and Childbirth; ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Awards Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn (2008) ? FINALIST: Parenting Read More

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There are approximately 3,712 ways for a guy to look stupid during pregnancy this book s here to help you avoid all (most) of them.... And here s your first hint: Focus on what you can be doing for her rather than what s happening to her. She s pregnant. She knows that. You know that. And her 152 baby books tell her exactly what she can expect. Your job is to learn what you can do between the stick turning blue and the drive to the delivery room to make the next nine months go as smoothly as possible. That s where John Pfeiffer steps in. Like any good coach, he s been through it. He s dealt with the morning sickness and doctor visits, painting the baby s nursery and packing the overnight bag, choosing a name, hospital, and the color of the car-seat cover. All the while he remained positive and responsive there with a "You re beautiful" when necessary but assertive during the decision-making process. (He didn t want to wind up with a kid named Percy.) And now it s your turn. She might be having the baby, but you have plenty of responsibilities. Read More

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Offering practical, ?can-do? advice for anxious parents expecting or already caring for twins, this handbook guides from the first... news of twins impending arrival and continues through their early childhood. From how to set up the nursery, synchronize feeding and sleeping schedules, and potty train two children at once to discipline, family dynamics, and fostering individuality, this doctor-cum-mom shares her experiences of what works and what doesn t and encourages parents to not only survive but also enjoy their twins early years. A special appendix on caring for triplets as well as preterm babies is also included. Read More

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FATHERHOOD DEMYSTIFIED! Finally-a manual for new dads that deciphers the immensely confusing world of fatherhood and gives crucial... tips and advice from a man s point of view. No psychobabble, no warm fuzzies-just a hilarious (and surprisingly practical) military-style guide to surviving and thriving through even the queasiest moments of pregnancy, birth, and babyhood. Seasoned father and master infant-tamer Scott Mactavish breaks the Baby Code down and lays it out in straight-up guyspeak. The New Dad s Survival Guide includes declassified information on such topics as: ? Cutting the Cord: The Moment of Truth ? Feeding and Cleaning the NFU (New Family Unit) ? Surviving Sleep Deprivation ? Relieving Stress Without Booze ? The Great Boob Irony ? Pee, Poo, Hurl, and Snot: Getting Used to the Bodily Functions ? Critical Survival Tips Never Before Revealed ? Sex: Let the Games Begin Again...Finally ? Dozens of Essential Terms Defined, Including Binky, Onesie, Diaper Genie, Passy, and Sippy Cup GRAB YOUR BOOTS AND STRAP ON YOUR HELMET! THE BABIES ARE COMING! Read More

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Now completely revised and updated for today s parents-to-be... The book that started a revolution in the birthing experience and ...helped millions of women and their partners to a safe and natural childbirth. The Bradley Method has changed the way men and women and the medical establishment think about childbirth today. Now this new, updated edition of the groundbreaking work by Robert A. Bradley, M.D., has all the information you need to approach a natural childbirth safely, confidently, and wisely. From the reasons to choose the Bradley Method to the steps you will take as your birth day approaches and after the birth of your baby this book is designed to help couples share completely in the birthing experience. ?Build better, deeper, and more trusting communication skills with your partner in preparation for a drug-free childbirth ?Learn the physical, emotional, and mental relaxation techniques essential to a natural childbirth ?Discover how you and your doctor can work together toward your natural delivery ?Monitor your weight, nutrition, and your overall well-being during pregnancy ?Use natural prevention methods for the most common pregnancy problems ?Get the most out of the bonding experience you will share with your baby and your partner With its time-tested wisdom, medical soundness, and reassuring first-person accounts of natural childbirth, this book is the ?gold standard? of childbirth books. The Bradley Method is an essential guide for anyone considering childbirth without unnecessary medications or medical intervention and to share fully in your child s arrival into the world. Read More

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Here is a holistic approach to childbirth that examines this profound rite-of-passage not as a medical event but as an act of self...-discovery. Exercises and activities such as journal writing, meditation, and painting will help mothers analyze their thoughts and face their fears during pregnancy. For use during birth, the book offers proven techniques for coping with labor pain without drugs, a discussion of the doctor or midwife s role, and a look at the father s responsibilities. Childbirth education should also include what to expect after the baby is born. Here are baby basics, such as how to bathe a newborn, how to get the little one to sleep, and tips for getting nursing off to a good start. Pregnancy, birth, and postpartum is a process of continuous learning and adjustment; Birthing From Within provides the necessary support and education to make each phase of birthing a rewarding experience. Read More

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A pregnant, upper class nineteen-year-old Philadelphia Main Line debutante is confined, against her will, to a state mental hospit...al. She spends her pregnancy surrounded by the mentally challenged and the criminally insane. On April 19, 1964, she gives birth to a child, whom she is forced to give up for adoption. A loving middle-class couple adopts a month-old little girl from Catholic Charities. She is adored and cherished from the very beginning. It is as though she is dropped into the first chapter of a fairy tale-but we all know how fairy tales go. This is the story of a mother and daughter. Of what it is to give up a child and what it is to be given up. Of what it is to belong, what it is to be a family and what it is to yearn deeply, and to never lose hope-because anything is possible. In this exquisite memoir, Julie Mannix von Zerneck and Kathy Hatfield recount the stories of their lives. Deliciously strange, surprising and sweetly funny, this tenderly written book takes us on a wild and frightening journey. Written in two distinct and deeply expressive voices, their stories seamlessly meld together in a breathtaking ending. PRAISE FOR SECRET STORMS: "The book shifts between sections narrated by mother von Zerneck and daughter Hatfield, and both authors have gripping stories to tell. Readers will delight in their shared narrative, which is as heartwarming as it is engaging. von Zerneck s life alone would be a fascinating read, but combined with Hatfield s search for her mother it becomes compulsive reading." -Publishers Weekly "The book is beautifully written and...compelling, to the extent that readers might feel they are sitting with the authors, listening to them tell their tale...more like a novel than a memoir." -ForeWord Reviews "Shining through both narratives is goodness and the power of the human spirit. A dually narrated, uplifting tale on overcoming profound adversity." -Kirkus Reviews "This story will break your heart, bring on tears of joy, and make you believe in the healing power of love, forgiveness, and family." -Meredith Rollins, Executive Editor, Redbook Magazine "A heartbreaking but ultimately life-affirming mother-daughter story that defies fiction. Every plot twist, every emotion touches a chord, even for those of us who have not had to endure such a brutal separation. Read it and weep-and then finally rejoice. An ode to the enduring power of family ties." -Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey, author of A Woman of Independent Means "In my writers workshops, the greatest gospel I can preach is the obvious one-to tell the truth, whatever form it takes. This amazing mother-daughter writing team exemplifies the concept to the max. The plot is Dickensian, rife with villains and struggle, the revealing of it, breathtaking in its simplicity and heartbreaking in its courage. What a story." -Ernest Thompson, Academy Award-winning writer of On Golden Pond "What an extraordinary and compelling story, all the more so because it s true-and told so beautifully by its two heroines." -Alice Maltin, producer and Leonard Maltin, film critic and correspondent for Entertainment Tonight "This is an uplifting story of hope and personal courage that is sure to resonate with most readers." -Monsters and Critics Read More

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Help any new or expecting father become the coolest, smartest, and most prepared dad around with Show Dad How, a fully illustrated..., step-by-step guide to everything a dad needs to know from conception through baby s first year. For dads who are excited to be involved with their new baby, but might not quite know where to start, Show Dad How is an ideal resource. From practical to playful, 156 awesome things every new father needs to know one step at a time. In a series of nearly wordless, highly informative, often hilariously illustrated, step-by-step activities, dads-to-be learn how to do dozens of useful (and fascinating and important and sometimes surprisingly fun) tasks, including: - Preparing to impregnate - Recognizing the signs of pregnancy - Childproofing a home - Delivering a baby in the subway - Handling diaper disasters - Making bath time fun - Inventing a fairy tale - Mixing formula the right way - Making baby laugh . . . and much, much more. Presented in the bold visual style of the award-winning Show Me How series, drawing on the best of information technology and graphic-novel communication, this is a innovative reference book that can and will be enjoyed as a work of art and as a quirky, thoughtful gift. Packed with useful hands-on tutorials, Show Dad How is a real-life resource that can turn dad into an expert in any situation, from the bedroom to the kitchen to the playground. ISBN-13: 9781616281113 Publisher: Weldon Owen Publication date: 5/17/2011 Edition description: Original Pages: 144 Sales rank: 189,399 Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.60 (d) Read More

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The best just got better. Expect the best! A brand-new fourth edition filled with the most up-to-date, accurate, and relevant info...rmation on all things pregnancy. Realistic, supportive, easy to access, and overflowing with practical tips, covering everything you ll need and want to know about life s most amazing journey, from preconception planning to birth to those first miraculous weeks with a new baby. It s all here: the lowdown on lifestyle trends and life in the workplace; the latest in prenatal testing and alternative therapies; the best in birthing options. Comforting answers to hundreds of questions: ? I m so queasy I can t even eat for one. How can I eat for two? ? Can I get highlights in my hair? How about my monthly wax? ? I m only in my second month why am I showing already? ? Can I stick to my normal workout routine while I m expecting? ? Why is my skin broken out and blotchy? And how can I cover it? ? What s safe when it comes to sex? ? I think I felt the baby kicking but I m not sure. How do I tell? ? Will my body ever be the same after I deliver? Read More

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Announcing the prequel. From Heidi Murkoff, author of America s bestselling pregnancy and parenting books, comes the must-have gui...de every expectant couple needs before they even conceive the first step in What to Expect: What to Expect Before You re Expecting. An estimated 11 million couples in the U.S. are currently trying to conceive, and medical groups now recommend that all hopeful parents plan for baby-making at least three months before they begin trying. And who better to guide wanna-be moms and dads step-by-step through the preconception (and conception) process than Heidi Murkoff? It s all here. Everything couples need to know before sperm and egg meet up. Packed with the same kind of reassuring, empathetic, and practical information and advice and tips that readers have come to expect from What to Expect, only sooner. Which baby-friendly foods to order up (say yes to yams) and which fertility-busters to avoid (see you later, saturated fat); lifestyle adjustments that you ll want to make (cut back on cocktails and caffeine) and those you can probably skip (that switch to boxers). How to pinpoint ovulation, time lovemaking, 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). Plus, when to seek help and the latest on fertility treatments from Clomid and IVF to surrogacy and more. Complete with a fill-in fertility journal to keep track of the babymaking adventure and special tips throughout for hopeful dads. Next step? What to Expect When You re Expecting, of course. Read More

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What s the single most important thing you can do during pregnancy? What does watching TV do to a child s brain? What s the best w...ay to handle temper tantrums? Scientists know. In his New York Times bestseller Brain Rules, Dr. John Medina showed us how our brains really work and why we ought to redesign our workplaces and schools. Now, in Brain Rules for Baby, he shares what the latest science says about how to raise smart and happy children from zero to five. This book is destined to revolutionize parenting. Just one of the surprises: The best way to get your children into the college of their choice? Teach them impulse control. Brain Rules for Baby bridges the gap between what scientists know and what parents practice. Through fascinating and funny stories, Medina, a developmental molecular biologist and dad, unravels how a child s brain develops – and what you can do to optimize it. You will view your children and how to raise them in a whole new light. You ll learn: Where nature ends and nurture begins Why men should do more household chores What you do when emotions run hot affects how your baby turns out, because babies need to feel safe above all TV is harmful for children under 2 Your child s ability to relate to others predicts her future math performance Smart and happy are inseparable. Pursuing your child s intellectual success at the expense of his happiness achieves neither Praising effort is better than praising intelligence The best predictor of academic performance is not IQ. It s self-control What you do right now before pregnancy, during pregnancy, and through the first five years will affect your children for the rest of their lives. Brain Rules for Baby is an indispensable guide. Read More

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Announcing the new Spanish-language translation of What to Expect When You re Expecting: 4th Edition, America s pregnancy bible wi...th over 16 million copies in print. Originally published as Que se Puede Esperar Cuando Se Esta Esperando, this new edition is a livelier, less formal, altogether more user-friendly Spanish-language version. 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. Read More

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Rosie Pope, pregnancy expert, maternity fashion designer, and star of Bravo s hit show Pregnant in Heels, offers an all-encompassi...ng guide to pregnancy. What s your Mommy IQ? Every mom-to-be wants a perfect, healthy pregnancy. But as the nine months start to fly by, it s easy for new parents to become overwhelmed and intimidated by the mountains of information and advice available. Enter pregnancy expert Rosie Pope. With her signature style, humor, and razor-sharp expertise, Rosie offers women the ultimate guide to these unique nine months ahead. Chapter by chapter and month by month, Rosie helps women raise their own Mommy IQ by telling them exactly what s going on with their baby, their body, and their partner. Tackling everything that might weigh on a new mom s mind from prenatal testing and ultrasounds, to setting nutrition and exercise goals, to creating a birth plan Rosie guides new parents with humor and been-there insights, and plenty of medical facts and advice from renowned experts and doctors to back it all up. Through practical checklists, sidebars, and her own personal stories, Rosie shares the tips, tricks, and secrets that will ease moms from that initial nerve-racking checkup through the first sleepless nights at home with a new baby. The ultimate must-have guide for any mom-to-be, Rosie Pope s Mommy IQ will give women the confidence they need to stay healthy, keep relationships strong, and even laugh a little when the going gets tough. Read More

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The creator of Twiniversity delivers the ultimate survival guide for parents of twins 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. Read More

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Funny, warm, poignant, and inspiring, this lovely gift book celebrates mothers in fine art reproductions and quotations. The well-...chosen words, from sources as diverse as Anne Morrow Lindbergh, President John F. Kennedy, and Erma Bombeck, take the reader on a journey through pregnancy, infancy, friendship, and personal reflection. The accompanying art, featuring 46 touching images of mothers and children, is drawn from the world s finest galleries and museums. Read More

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Love me. Love me. I m not what you expected, but oh, please love me. That was the most defining moment of my life. That was the be...ginning of my story. From the outside looking in, Kelle Hampton had the perfect life: a beautiful two-year-old daughter, a loving husband, a thriving photography career, and great friends. When she learned she was pregnant with her second child, she and her husband, Brett, were ecstatic. Her pregnancy went smoothly and the ultrasounds showed a beautiful, healthy, high-kicking baby girl. But when her new daughter was placed in her arms in the delivery room, Kelle knew instantly that something was wrong. Nella looked different than her two-year-old sister, Lainey, had at birth. As she watched friends and family celebrate with champagne toasts and endless photographs, a terrified Kelle was certain that Nella had Down syndrome a fear her pediatrician soon confirmed. Yet gradually Kelle s fear and pain were vanquished by joy, as she embraced the realization that she had been chosen to experience an extraordinary and special gift. With lyrical prose and gorgeous full-color photography, Bloom takes readers on a wondrous journey through Nella s first year of life a gripping, hilarious, and intensely poignant trip of transformation in which a mother learns that perfection comes in all different shapes. It is a story about embracing life and really living it, of being fearless and accepting difference, of going beyond constricting definitions of beauty, and of the awesome power of perspective. As Kelle writes, "There is us. Our Family. We will embrace this beauty and make something of it. We will hold our precious gift and know that we are lucky." Read More

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Announcing Eating Well When You re Expecting, providing moms-to-be with a realistic approach to navigating healthily and delicious...ly through the nine months of pregnancy at home, in the office, over the holidays, in restaurants. Thorough chapters are devoted to nutrition, weight gain, food safety, the postpartum diet, and how to eat when trying to conceive again. And, very exciting, the book comes with 150 contemporary, tasty, and healthy recipes that feed mom and baby well, take little time to prepare, and are gentle on queasy tummies. 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. Read More

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With millions of copies sold worldwide, Your Pregnancy Week by Week is the established go-to resource for expectant parents time a...nd time again. The book s trademark week-by-week formula helps expectant parents compare the details of their pregnancy with the same weekly schedule their doctor uses easily and effortlessly. In this completely revised seventh edition, parents-to-be will find the latest information on preparing for their baby s birth as well as many new topics addressing today s most pressing questions and concerns. Compassionate, reassuring, and medically grounded, this guide provides everything expectant parents need for a healthy, happy pregnancy, including descriptions of the fetus s development each week, up-to-date information about medical tests and procedures, safe weekly exercises to help expectant moms stay in shape, and helpful hints for the father-to-be. "...the author of several best-selling pregnancy guides takes the mother-to-be through her pregnancy step by step, addressing the baby s growth and development, diet and exercise, and important precautions." Read More

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"Move over, Lamaze. HypnoBirthers say their form of deep relaxation takes the panting and pain out of labor." -Time Magazine Hypno...Birthing®: A Celebration of Life - with Birth Exercise CD Included! Childbirth is not something to be feared; it is a natural expression of life. With HypnoBirthing, your pregnancy and childbirth will become the gentle, life-affirming process it was meant to be. In this easy-to-understand guide, HypnoBirthing founder Marie Mongan explodes the myth of pain as a natural accompaniment to birth. She proves through sound medical information that it is not our bodies but our culture that has made childbirth a moment of anguish, and that when we release the fear of birth, a fear that is keeping our bodies tense and closed, we will also release the pain. HypnoBirthing is nature, not manipulation. It relaxes the mind in order to let the body work as it is designed. The HypnoBirthing exercises positive thinking, relaxation, visualization, breathing and physical preparation will lead to a happy and comfortable pregnancy, even if you are currently unsure of an intervention-free birth. Your confidence, trust and happy anticipation will in turn lead to the peaceful, fulfilling and bonding birth that is your right as a mother. More than 10,000 happy couples have had their lives changed for the better by HypnoBirthing. More than 500 news organizations including Good Morning America, The Today Show, Dateline, The Richard and Judy Show, Time, Newsweek, Parenting and Better Homes and Gardens have joined the movement for better birthing. Why is HypnoBirthing changing the way the world gives birth? That s simple. Because it works. Read More

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Let the trusted authors of Your Pregnancy? Week by Week the book you relied on while you were pregnant guide you through baby s re...markable, sometimes mind-boggling first year. With easy-to-understand information at your fingertips, you ll know what to look for and understand what s happening. This book will provide you with the skills necessary to support and encourage baby s growth. Thoroughly revised and updated, Your Baby s First Year? Week by Week includes the latest pediatric guidelines and recommendations, plus more than 50 new topics everything from food allergies to cord-blood banking. It also features the essential milestones of baby s social, emotional, intellectual and physical development on a weekly basis. Valuable information includes: Common medical problems: what to look for and when to call baby s pediatrician Bonding with baby: from baby massage to talking, what you can do to create a meaningful connection Feeding baby: breast milk or formula? and introducing solids Sleeping habits: how to improve the situation for the entire family Vaccination guidelines: learn about the latest recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Playing with baby: how to help develop baby s cognitive, social and motor skills through play and with toys, many of them homemade Baby gear: the latest on carriers, high chairs, swings, cribs, clothing, diapers and everything else you may need Read More

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Prime-time star and new mom Tia Mowry delivers a frank and hilarious modern pregnancy guide A generation of women grew up watching... Tia Mowry on Sister, Sister. Like a best friend Tia always told it like it was with hilarity and compassion. Now, in a pregnancy guide like no other, she leaves no topic off-limits while helping expectant moms stay empowered, pampered, and laughing out loud. Sharing personal experience with cravings (she couldn t have done it without sourdough bread and Funyuns); maternity clothes (Tia prefers black, with sequins); 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), Tia also discusses Ask the OB QandA 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. Read More

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Expectant mothers snapped up Great Expectations: Your All-in-One Resource for Pregnancy and Childbirth (135,000 copies sold), and ...reviewers praised it for its warm, reassuring voice of expertise. This is the logical follow-up, an innovative baby book that will guide and reassure new moms and dads through every nuance of the first 12 months of life with baby. Of course, it maintains all the design elements that are the signature of the Great Expectations series and have proven so appealing: innovative graphics; clear-cut, contemporary styling; and sensitive drawings of babies as they develop month-by-month. The text, too, continues that same friendly, supportive, parent-to-parent tone of the earlier book but now with dads playing an integral role. Inside, there s a plethora of information on the nuts and bolts of feeding, diaper changing, and immunizations, as well as cutting-edge research on baby intelligence and development, nutrition and medical care, and insights into the dynamics of the parenting process. Checklists, bulleted sidebars, and quick-reference tables speed up the process of finding needed information. Unique tables in the extensive medical reference section will present the gamut of symptoms, so parents will have help distinguishing between common baby ailments and more serious emergencies that may require immediate attention. Includes a foreword by Dr. Michael Crocetti, Assistant Professor and Director of Clinical Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, and also an extended resource guide and parent s dictionary. Read More

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The most important person in a young girl s life? Her father. Teen health expert Dr. Meg Meeker has the data and clinical experien...ce to prove it. After more than twenty years of counseling girls, she knows that fathers, more than anyone else, set the course for their daughters lives. Now Dr. Meeker, author of the critically acclaimed Epidemic: How Teen Sex Is Killing Our Kids, shows you how to strengthen--or rebuild--your bond with your daughter, and how to use it to shape her life, and yours, for the better. Directly challenging the feminist attack on traditional masculinity, Dr. Meeker demonstrates that the most important factor for girls growing up into confident, well-adjusted women is a strong father with conservative values. To have one, she shows, is the best protection against eating disorders, failure in school, STDs, unwed pregnancy, and drug or alcohol abuse and the best predictor of academic achievement, successful marriage, and a satisfying emotional life. Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters reveals: The essential characteristics and virtues of strong fathers and how to develop them How daughters take cues from their fathers on everything from drug use, drinking, smoking, and having sex, to self-esteem, moodiness, and seeking attention from boys Why girls want you to place restrictions on them (even though they ll complain when you do) How to become a hero to your daughter and why she needs that more than anything The one mistake fathers make that is the primary cause of girls "hooking up" Why girls depend on the guidance of fathers through, and even beyond, their college years Recipe for disaster: the notion that girls "need to make their own decisions and mistakes" Why girls need God and how your faith, or lack thereof, will influence her How to communicate with your daughter and how not to True stories of "prodigal daughters" and how their fathers helped bring them back Dads, you are far more powerful than you think you are. Your daughters need the support that only fathers can provide and if you are willing to follow Dr. Meeker s advice on how to guide your daughter, to stand between her and a toxic culture, your rewards will be unmatched. Read More

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Winner of the Shirley You Jest Book Award for Fiction! "It takes someone special to take a serious subject and make it laugh-out-l...oud funny. Amy Sprenger has done just that. After reading this I can t hear the word cervix without smiling!" Jennifer Hartling, The Relentless Reader blogger and Shirley You Jest Book Awards judge From the author of the award-winning blog Snarky Mommy comes a book that will make every woman who has ever been pregnant pee with laughter (not that that s hard). Wearing her highest heels and hottest pregnancy jeans, Amy Sprenger marched into her doctor s office, latte in hand, ready to finally see whether her baby was a boy or a girl. Sure, sure, this appointment was supposed to be about checking the health of the baby, but everyone who s ever been there knows it s really about looking for what lays, or doesn t lay, between the legs. So when the doctor tells her she has an incompetent cervix, Amy does what any woman would do. She becomes immediately offended. Is that a politically correct way of saying her cervix sucks? Unfortunately, as she s soon to learn, it s a lot more than that. The only way to keep that baby from falling out on the sidewalk (probably in front of Starbucks) is for her doctor to stitch her cervix closed and for Amy to stay in bed for the next four months. Four months that are carefully detailed in this ?memoir.? A memoir that while basically true, has been embellished with Amy s signature brand of humor and hilarity. With more time off than a castoff contestant on The Bachelor, Amy took pen to paper and settled in for the ride. But instead of sitting around eating bon bons, she s popping hypertension drugs to stave off preterm labor. And complications? Oh, she s got your complications. She s gut-rehabbing her house. Her mother moves in to care for her. Her husband takes a ?mancation? while she s stuck in the hospital. And every time she has a contraction, she s convinced it s The Big One. Living by the adage that laughter is the best medicine, Amy fumbles her way through a series of sometimes serious and usually embarrassing situations. And just to be clear, using a bedpan qualifies as both serious and embarrassing. "Amy Sprenger s foray into factual fiction is a hilarious (and sometimes poignant) look at high-risk pregnancy from her view at the end of the bed. Sprenger offers a fresh and funny voice that readers will love!" New York Times bestselling author Jen Lancaster Read More

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Jackie Delgado didn t want a new man in her life until a dreaded blind date turns out to be more exciting than she d ever imagined.... When her youngest son leaves for college, Jackie is hit hard by empty nest syndrome and pours herself into her work as a teacher. Bowing to pressure from friends, Jackie agrees to a blind date. But when Mark Brennan calls, she realizes the date won t be ?blind.? He s the father of one of her students. Widower Mark Brennan isn t looking for love. After only a few dates with Jackie, he realizes he s quickly forming deep feelings for her. Wracked with guilt that he s ?abandoning? his late wife, Mark resists the pull toward dynamic Jackie. When Mark s daughter begins to date Jackie s son, things become more complicated. Can Jackie and Mark find the courage to leave the past behind and embrace a new love? And how will a surprise pregnancy affect all their lives? Write Touch Readers Choice Award Winner Aspen Gold Readers Choice Winner Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence Finalist HOLT Medallion Award of Merit - Best First Book Heart of Excellence Readers Choice Finalist Read More

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Now updated--our bestselling guide to a safe and healthy pregnancy With robust sales and its own four-part cable TV series, Pregna...ncy For Dummies has been a perennial favorite, giving parents-to-be authoritative, friendly, up-to-date advice on every aspect of pregnancy and childbirth. This new edition offers all of the latest information expecting parents want to know, including expanded coverage on the health and well-being of both mother and child. It takes readers through the first, second, and third trimesters, providing new and updated coverage of prenatal genetic screening and diagnosis, amniocentesis, new high-tech ultrasounds, and the revised FDA/USDA food pyramid. It also discusses the recent celebrity trend of "on-demand" cesarean sections, multiple births, what to expect in labor and delivery, postpartum care, choosing bottle or breastfeeding, preparing a home (and siblings) for a new baby, caring for preemies, and the mother s mental as well as physical health. "A thorough, accurate, and highly informative guide." --Los Angeles Times "This friendly, reassuring book will answer questions, help with significant decisions, and provide state-of-the-art guidance." Read More

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Are You Expecting? Find Out Everything You Need to Know About Pregnancy and Nutrition Without Having to Buy a Dictionary! Dear Fri...end, There is no time in your child s life that nutrition is going to be as important as it is right now, when it hasn t even drawn its first breath. Proper nutrition and good health are a vital part of having a healthy pregnancy, preventing many major birth defects and decreasing your chance of delivering a premature or low birth weight baby. Since your baby is obviously incapable of eating by itself at this point in time they are going to get all of the nutrients they need to grow and develop properly from the foods that you eat. That means that you have to make sure that you re eating enough for both of you-and not just in mean calories either! For the next nine months the nutrients that you take in are going to have to sustain both your health and that of your fetus, so it s essential that you make sure you re getting enough of the necessary vitamins and minerals for both of you. Your Prenatal Vitamins Aren t Enough! Many women read the section above and think, ?I m taking my prenatal vitamins like my physician told me, and I m trying to eat healthy. Do I still have to worry about my nutrition? The answer to that is ABSOLUTELY. Prenatal vitamins help, but there is no substitute for proper nutrition during the gestation period. That s not to say that you shouldn t take prenatal vitamins. They will go a long way toward helping to compensate for the necessary nutrients that are all but impossible to get through your food in a day. (For example, it is a rare woman that doesn t need a boost to her iron supply during the gestation period, whether she s nutrition conscious or not.) There is a reason that prenatal vitamins are called nutritional supplements, however. On their own they re not sufficient to ensure that your baby grows and develops properly. That s why it s vital that you understand what you need to do during your pregnancy to keep both you and baby healthy. But I m Not a Doctor! A lot of books on prenatal nutrition throw words like gestational diabetes, frenulum and folic acid around without ever bothering to explain what they are, leaving you scrambling for a dictionary and eventually causing you to give up. After all, if you can t even understand it when you read about it, how on earth are you ever going to do it?!?! This book is among the first books to be written with the expertise of a medical expert and from the viewpoint of the average, everyday, ordinary, "going to be the one actually getting up in the middle of the night to change the baby s diaper while the obstetrician sleeps peacefully mom". It s the book on pregnancy nutrition you ll actually understand, explained in stages to make it easy for you to give your baby the best chance at being born healthy and happy. I ll teach you how to: 1) Break down what you eat in a day. There are many diets that are ?guaranteed? to help you have a healthy pregnancy, but unless you re willing to spend the next nine months eating the same things over and over (and over and over and over and?) you re probably not going to stick to them for very long. That s okay! I ll teach you how to identify the nutrients you need and keep your own tally going, allowing you to eat the foods that you want while at the same time doing what s best for your baby. 2) Distinguish between Trimesters Just as your child is going to have different nutritional needs when it was born, so too are its needs going to vary throughout its prenatal development. I ll take you through the minute changes you can make to your diet each trimester that will make a major impact on your baby s development. Here is what you will learn inside this guide.... * The various stages of fetal development * How nutrition affects how your baby grows * The role that nutrition plays in determining whether or not your child has a birth defect * How to have a healthy baby without giving up your f Read More

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You re expecting more than one baby? Congratulations! Effective, encouraging, and up-to-date, When You re Expecting Twins, Triplet...s, 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 "...offers special medical and nutritional guidelines for prenatal care, detailed information on what to expect during pregnancy, and anecdotal stories from mothers." Read More

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Pregnancy Sucks, by Joanne Kimes and Sanford A. Tisherman, M.D., gives you real solutions to all the annoying and somewhat awkward... situations that can unexpectedly arise during your pregnancy. Did you know that: Farm-fresh butter, or petroleum jelly, works just as well for your itchy belly as a fancy and overpriced "pregnancy" product? If you re put on bedrest, walkie-talkies will allow you to yell at your husband-no matter where he is in the house! Surrounding yourself with regular pillows (don t forget to swipe your husband s) is just as good as buying a special large "pregnancy pillow"-and more adaptable to giving support where you personally need it? Doing the hokey pokey, or taking a warm shower, can ease Braxton Hicks contractions? Full of insight, hilarity, and practical solutions on every page, Pregnancy Sucks shows how, through it all, you can survive with your health, dignity, and sanity intact! Read More

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There are approximately 3,712 ways for a guy to look stupid during pregnancy--this book s here to help you avoid all (most) of the...m. And here s your first hint: Focus on what you can be doing for her rather than what s happening to her. She s pregnant. She knows that. You know that. And her 152 baby books tell her exactly what she can expect. Your job is to learn what you can do between the stick turning blue and the drive to the delivery room to make the next nine months go as smoothly as possible. That s where John Pfeiffer steps in. Like any good coach, he s been through it. He s dealt with the morning sickness and doctor visits, painting the baby s nursery and packing the overnight bag, choosing a name, hospital, and the color of the car-seat cover. All the while he remained positive and responsive--there with a "You re beautiful" when necessary--but assertive during the decision-making process. (He didn t want to wind up with a kid named Percy.) And now it s your turn. She might be having the baby, but you have plenty of responsibilities. Read More

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The best just got better. Expect the best! A brand-new fourth edition filled with the most up-to-date, accurate, and relevant info...rmation on all things pregnancy. Realistic, supportive, easy to access, and overflowing with practical tips, covering everything you ll need and want to know about life s most amazing journey, from preconception planning to birth to those first miraculous weeks with a new baby. It s all here: the lowdown on lifestyle trends and life in the workplace; the latest in prenatal testing and alternative therapies; the best in birthing options. Comforting answers to hundreds of questions: ? I m so queasy I can t even eat for one. How can I eat for two? ? Can I get highlights in my hair? How about my monthly wax? ? I m only in my second month why am I showing already? ? Can I stick to my normal workout routine while I m expecting? ? Why is my skin broken out and blotchy? And how can I cover it? ? What s safe when it comes to sex? ? I think I felt the baby kicking but I m not sure. How do I tell? ? Will my body ever be the same after I deliver? A month-by-month pregnancy guide. Read More

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Could having the occasional small bowl of ice cream lead to a midnight craving for pickles and ice cream? It s common knowledge th...at diet and exercise have profound effects on your health. Can they affect your ability to get pregnant, too? Until now, the answer to that question was a qualified "Maybe." Today, it s "Yes!" thanks to exciting findings from a landmark long-term study of female nurses. As described in The Fertility Diet, ten simple changes in diet and activity can have profound effects on fertility. You can increase your chances of getting pregnant with such simple strategies as: Avoiding trans fats Eating more beans, nuts, and other fertility-boosting plant protein Embracing whole grains such as oatmeal and barley Having a glass of whole milk or other full-fat dairy product every day (a small bowl of ice cream every now and then counts, too!) Staying away from sugared sodas The Nurses Health Study exhaustively examined the effects of diet and other lifestyle changes on fertility among nearly 20,000 female nurses. It scrutinized everything from alcohol to vitamins. In plain language, two of the study s lead researchers translate its groundbreaking findings into changes you can put into practice today, setting the stage for a healthy pregnancy and forming the foundation for an eating strategy that will serve you well for the rest of your life. The Fertility Diet also offers a week s worth of meal plans and fifteen delicious recipes. ISBN-13: 9780071595506 Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies,Inc. Publication date: 11/7/2007 Sold by: Barnes and Noble Format: eBook Sales rank: 135,922 File size: 5 MB Read More

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The ultimate guide to conception, birth, and everything in between Unlike those other bossy, tell-you-what-to-do pregnancy books, ...this funny, entertaining guide presents expectant parents with all the facts they need to know about conception, birth, and everything in between. Celebrating the 10th anniversary of this favorite guide to pregnancy and birth, this new edition is easier-to-use, fully updated, and has a fresh and appealing new design. The Mother of All Pregnancy Books features a friendly, fresh, and fun approach to the greatest adventure life has to offer. Based on the best advice from over 100 parents and a panel of experts, it is packed with tons of nuts-and-bolts information and presents expectant parents with all the facts on such perennial hot topics as pain relief during labor, episiotomy, and circumcision, and empowering expectant parents to make informed personal choices. A complete guide to how it may feel both physically and emotionally - to be pregnant "The Pregnancy Roadmap:" a week-by-week; month-by-month; and trimester-by-trimester overview of the key pregnancy milestones Pregnancy QandAs Baby Gear 101 Your postpartum body The truth about "pregnancy brain" If you re looking for the inside scoop on what it s really like to have a baby, you ve come to the right place. Read More

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The average pregnancy lasts 280 days and the suspense can be excruciating! The Pregnancy Countdown Book counts down the biggest mi...lestones every step of the way, with one page of helpful information for each day of your pregnancy. Here are tips from doctors and mothers, amusing anecdotes and quotes, and all of the uncensored details that other books won t tell you. The perfect gift for expecting moms of all ages, The Pregnancy Countdown Book is a delightfully irreverent look at the craziest nine months of your life. Read More

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An information-packed, month-by-month guide to all the emotional, financial, and yes, even physical changes the father-to-be may e...xperience during the course of his partner s pregnancy. Incorporating the wisdom of top experts in the field, from obstetricians and birth-class instructors to psychologists and sociologists, The Expectant Father is filled with sound advice and practical tips for men. Read More

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Now completely revised and updated, the classic guide that helps mothers- and fathers-to-be conceive more easily and boost the odd...s of a healthy pregnancy Covering preconception and interconception (between-pregnancy) well-being for women and men, Amy Ogle and Lisa Mazzullo draw on new research from their complementary fields of expertise and reveal how good preconception health can lower the risk of pregnancy complications and improve lifelong health. Why a ninety-day guide? It takes that long for sperm to mature, and at least that much time for the prospective mother to ensure that her body becomes pregnancy-ready. In a warm, intelligent style, the authors address up-to-date topics such as age, heredity, vaccinations, supplements, and weight. In easily accessible chapters, this guide covers such topics as ? Nutrition: meal makeovers plus new facts (and fiction) about fish, omega-3s, vitamins, and herbs ? Personal readiness: how to assess emotional, financial, and physical readiness, including a preconception-friendly exercise program, plus advice for avid athletes ? Becoming an informed patient: choosing a doctor, insurance coverage, baby-friendly medications, and the latest genetic screening guidelines ? Women s health: expanded coverage of gynecologic and medical conditions affecting fertility and pregnancy (including bariatric surgery and physical disabilities), and steps to create a welcoming womb by optimizing immune health ? Environment: a roundup of environmental exposures and travel tips ? Men s health: practical lifestyle advice for men to help maximize the number and health of sperm ? Conception: clear signs that predict when to ?start trying,? and the truth behind common myths ? Infertility: reassuring options for reproductive assistance ? Interconception health: the best plan for pregnancy recovery, before trying for another ? Resources: questionnaires for your preconception medical visit, and charts to track fertility signs Read More

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Offers practical, lighthearted advice to pregnant women, including tips on dealing with mood swings, sex during pregnancy, common ...fears, physical changes, childbirth, and more, in a new hardcover edition of the paperback best-seller. A delivery room veteran gives you the low-down as only the best friend can. From the top ten lies ("Maternity clothes are so much cuter now"), to the long-awaited birth, here are practical tips and hilarious takes on everything pregnant. Read More

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Since the original publication of The Birth Partner , new mothers mates, friends, and relatives and doulas (professional birth as...sistants) 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 begun; Normal labor and how to help the woman every step of the way; Epidurals and other medications for labor; Non-drug techniques for easing labor pain; Cesarean birth and complications that may require it; Breastfeeding and newborn care; And much more. For the partner who wishes to be truly helpful in the birthing room, this book is indispensable. Read More

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Ready or not, here comes baby! Talk about a bump in the road. Whether you were waiting until "the right time" to have kids or hope...d and pleaded the day wouldn t come, you ll breathe a sigh of relief when you flip through Oops! In this collection of humorous essays, Jezebel.com blogger Tracy Moore shares her personal experiences with jumping headfirst into motherhood--without a clue what she was doing. Unexpectedly pregnant at thirty-three, Moore s life completely changed when she had to give up her beloved cigarettes and cold deli meats and quickly learn how to care for the little bundle of (ahem) joy growing inside her. Her honest advice will help you cope with all the changes and feelings that will occur on your way to parenthood. From stockpiling baby supplies in just a few months to being the lone sober one at a party, this book answers all your questions and braces you for the unexpected. Read More

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Written by the highly regarded founder of the Birth light Trust and yoga teacher, this inspiring and expert guide offers ideal exe...rcises and routines for both pregnancy and after the birth within the therapeutic and supportive medium of water. Read More

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What to Expect When You re Expecting meets Freakonomics: an award-winning economist disproves standard recommendations about pregn...ancy to empower women while they re expecting Pregnancy unquestionably one of the most pro­found, meaningful experiences of adulthood can reduce otherwise intelligent women to, well, babies. We re told to avoid cold cuts, sushi, alcohol, and coffee, but aren t told why these are forbidden. Rules for prenatal testing are hard and fast and unexplained. Are these recommendations even correct? Are all of them right for every mom-to-be? In Expecting Better, award-winning economist Emily Oster proves that pregnancy rules are often misguided and sometimes flat-out wrong. A mom-to-be herself, Oster debunks the myths of pregnancy using her particular mode of critical thinking: economics, the study of how we get what we want. Oster knows that the value of anything a home, an amniocentesis is in the eyes of the informed beholder, and like any compli­cated endeavor, pregnancy is not a one-size-fits-all affair. And yet medicine often treats it as such. Are doctors working from bad data? Are well-meaning friends and family perpetuating false myths and raising unfounded concerns? Oster s answer is yes, and often. Pregnant women face an endless stream of decisions, from the casual (Can I eat this?) to the frightening (Is it worth risking a miscarriage to test for genetic defects?). Expecting Better presents the hard facts and real-world advice you ll never get at the doctor s office or in the existing literature. Oster s revelatory work identifies everything from the real effects of caffeine and tobacco to the surprising dangers of gardening. Any expectant mother knows that the health of her baby is paramount, but she will be less anxious and better able to enjoy a healthy pregnancy if she is informed . . . and can have the occasional glass of wine. * * * Numbers are not subject to someone else s interpretation math doesn t lie. Expectant economist Emily Oster set out to inform parents-to-be about the truth of pregnancy using the most up-to-date data so that they can make the best decisions for their pregnancies. The results she found were often very surprising? · It s fine to have the occasional glass of wine ? even one every day ? in the second and third trimesters. · There is nothing to fear from sushi, but do stay away from raw milk cheese. · Sardines and herring are the fish of choice to give your child those few extra IQ points. · There is no evidence that bed rest is helpful in preventing or treating any complications of pregnancy. · Many unnecessary labor inductions could be avoided by simply staying hydrated. · Epidurals are great for pain relief and fine for your baby, but they do carry some risks for mom. · Limiting women to ice chips during labor is an antiquated practice; you should at least be able to sneak in some Gatorade. · You shouldn t worry about dyeing your hair or cleaning the cat s litter box, but gardening while pregnant can actually be risky. · Hot tubs, hot baths, hot yoga: avoid (at least during the first trimester). · You should be more worried about gaining too little weight during pregnancy than gaining too much. · Most exercise during pregnancy is fine (no rock climbing!), but there isn t much evidence that it has benefits. Except for exercising your pelvic floor with Kegels: that you should be doing. · Your eggs do not have a 35-year-old sell-by date: plenty of women get pregnant after 35 and there is no sudden drop in fertility on your birthday. · Miscarriage risks from tests like the CVS and Amniocentesis are far lower than cited by most doctors. · Pregnancy nausea may be unpleasant, but it s a good sign: women who are sick are less likely to miscarry. Read More

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The ultimate guide to conception, birth, and everything in between Unlike those other bossy, tell-you-what-to-do pregnancy books, ...this funny, entertaining guide presents expectant parents with all the facts they need to know about conception, birth, and everything in between. Celebrating the 10th anniversary of this favorite guide to pregnancy and birth, this new edition is easier-to-use, fully updated, and has a fresh and appealing new design. The Mother of All Pregnancy Books features a friendly, fresh, and fun approach to the greatest adventure life has to offer. Based on the best advice from over 100 parents and a panel of experts, it is packed with tons of nuts-and-bolts information and presents expectant parents with all the facts on such perennial hot topics as pain relief during labor, episiotomy, and circumcision, and empowering expectant parents to make informed personal choices. A complete guide to how it may feel both physically and emotionally - to be pregnant "The Pregnancy Roadmap:" a week-by-week; month-by-month; and trimester-by-trimester overview of the key pregnancy milestones Pregnancy QandAs Baby Gear 101 Your postpartum body The truth about "pregnancy brain" If you re looking for the inside scoop on what it s really like to have a baby, you ve come to the right place. Read More

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A pregnant, upper class nineteen-year-old Philadelphia Main Line debutante is confined, against her will, to a state mental hospit...al. She spends her pregnancy surrounded by the mentally challenged and the criminally insane. On April 19, 1964, she gives birth to a child, whom she is forced to give up for adoption. A loving middle-class couple adopts a month-old little girl from Catholic Charities. She is adored and cherished from the very beginning. It is as though she is dropped into the first chapter of a fairy tale but we all know how fairy tales go. This is the story of a mother and daughter. Of what it is to give up a child and what it is to be given up. Of what it is to belong, what it is to be a family and what it is to yearn deeply, and to never lose hope because anything is possible. In this exquisite memoir, Julie Mannix von Zerneck and Kathy Hatfield recount the stories of their lives. Deliciously strange, surprising and sweetly funny, this tenderly written book takes us on a wild and frightening journey. Written in two distinct and deeply expressive voices, their stories seamlessly meld together in a breathtaking ending. Read More

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While most pregnancy books only address the stages of the baby s development, The Panic-Free Pregnancy comprehensively covers the ...lifestyle issues and questions that confront every mom-to-be. Dr. Broder separates fact from fiction, media hype from old wives tales, and drawing on the latest scientific research offers an accessible, comprehensive reference book that answers questions about... ? Caffeine ? Exercise ? Flying ? Prescription and over-the-counter medications ? Sex ? Cosmetics ? Alcohol ? Herbal remedies ? and more Organized in an easy-to-use question-and-answer format, this book will help women have the safest, healthiest, most anxiety-free pregnancy possible. ISBN-13: 9780399529894 Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated Publication date: 6/1/2004 Pages: 304 Sales rank: 205,434 Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.80 (d) Read More

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"This compassionate and comprehensive guide has helped hundreds of thousands of people cope with bipolar disorder. This, the secon...d edition of the book, is thoroughly updated with new options for diagnosis and treatment along with information on the genetics of the disease." "Bipolar disorder is a particularly difficult illness to diagnose. Dr. Frank Mondimore explains how symptoms fluctuate in persons with seasonal affective disorder, how they may lead to a mistaken diagnosis of attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder in children, and how they can be made worse by alcohol or drug addiction." "The disease can also be difficult to treat. Dr. Mondimore gives advice about how to find a psychiatrist and how to cope with the stigma of psychiatric diagnosis. He provides extensive information on treatment options, including drug therapies, electroconvulsive therapy, and psychotherapy." Dr. Mondimore describes what it is like to live with bipolar disorder and discusses how lifestyle changes can improve quality of life. Throughout, he focuses on the importance of building a support system, planning for emergencies, and giving yourself permission to seek help. The book contains black-and-white illustrations. Bipolar disorder is a difficult illness to diagnose and treat. It can be incredibly destructive to relationships and careers, can wreak havoc on family life and, when not properly treated, is a potentially fatal disease. This wide-ranging discussion of this unpredictable disorder describes problems that are unique to women, in whom the disease may be affected by the menstrual cycle, pregnancy, and childbirth. It includes new information on the forms the illness takes in children and adolescents, in whom it can sometimes be mistaken for common problems such as "hyperactivity" or Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder; and explains what we know about the genetics of the disease, how symptoms fluctuate with the seasons in seasonal affective disorder, and how illness can be made more difficult to treat because of alcoholism or drug abuse. It discusses coping with the stigmatization of psychiatric diagnosis, gives advice on picking a psychiatrist and on dealing with medical insurance issues, and even explores the fascinating relationship between bipolar disorder and artistic creativity. Finally, Dr. Mondimore tells family members what they can do to help the person with bipolar disorder and themselves and he offers hope for the future as researchers learn more about the disease and how to control it. ISBN-13: 9781421412054 Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press Publication date: 2/11/2014 Series:A Johns Hopkins Press Health Book Edition description: third edition Edition number: 3 Pages: 304 Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.97 (d) Read More

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER ? AN ALL-ENCOMPASSING GUIDE THAT PARENTS WILL WANT FOR THEIR TEENS This thorough, concise guide offers s...traight talk about: ? The male and female body as it changes and matures. ? Teen relationships: what it takes to create happy, supportive, positive, and meaningful connections with family, friends, and others. ? Identity empowerment: how to be authentic and thrive in today s world. ? Sex and sexuality for boys and girls: how teens should take care of their bodies, embrace their experiences, and strengthen self-esteem. ? Strategies for working through the toughest challenges, including bullying, sexual abuse, eating disorders, pregnancy, and more. Praise for Being a Teen ?A frank and candid resource for adolescents.? People ?Fonda s warmth and love for the teen community is evident.? Publishers Weekly ?Clear, practical, and riveting, Being a Teen cuts away at myth, enhances teens self-esteem, and arms them with a trove of useful information. Beautifully organized . . . Any parent, teacher, coach, or doctor needs to read this authoritative guide. What a lifesaver for our boys and girls!? William S. Pollack, PhD, author of the international bestseller Real Boys and Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School ?Being a Teen should be in the hands of every teen in the world. It is a myth-busting, fact-filled treasure full of life information all teens want and need to know.? Christiane Northrup, M.D., New York Times bestselling author of Women s Bodies, Women s Wisdom ?Clear, unflinching, and nonjudgmental . . . a reliable guide to the turbulent physical and social transitions of adolescence.? Michael Kimmel, Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies, Stony Brook University, and author of Guyland ?A comprehensive, honest, fun-to-read book for today s teenagers. This delightful book will be used again and again.? The Reverend Debra W. Haffner, president, Religious Institute, and author of From Diapers to Dating ?Detailed, accurate and practical . . . an excellent resource.? Paul Kivel, author of Boys Will Be Men Read More

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