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Pregnancy For Canadians For Dummies

ISBN: 978-0-470-67698-1
416 pages
June 2010
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An essential guide for the realities of pregnant life in Canada

Is it okay to dye your hair when you are pregnant? How about eating sushi? What about epidurals and back tattoos? Pregnancy should be a joy, not a worry. Pregnancy For Canadians For Dummies addresses commonly asked questions, clears up myths, and offers solid advice from real, medically-based data. Topics include:

  • A trimester-by-trimester look at your baby's development. Find out what's normal - and what's not
  • New findings about the treatment of pre-term labour and Down syndrome screening, and available options for detecting various problems
  • What to expect during labor and delivery
  • The latest news on prenatal testing, premature and multiple births, anesthesia and cesarean deliveries
  • When the unexpected happens: recurrent miscarriages, late-pregnancy loss, fetal abnormalities

Pregnancy For Canadians For Dummies will offer comfort and reassurance while serving as a guide to what mother and baby experience before, during, and just after birth.

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Table of Contents


Part I: The Game Plan.

Chapter 1: From Here to Maternity.

Chapter 2: I Think I’m Pregnant!

Chapter 3: Preparing for Life during Pregnancy.

Chapter 4: Diet and Exercise for the Expectant Mother.

Part II: Pregnancy: A Drama in Three Acts.

Chapter 5: The First Trimester.

Chapter 6: The Second Trimester.

Chapter 7: The Third Trimester.

Chapter 8: Understanding Prenatal Testing.

Part III: The Big Event: Labour, Delivery, and Recovery.

Chapter 9: I Think I’m in Labour!

Chapter 10: Special Delivery: Bringing Your Baby into the World.

Chapter 11: Hello, World! Your Newborn.

Chapter 12: Taking Care of Yourself after Delivery.

Chapter 13: Feeding Your Baby.

Part IV: Special Concerns.

Chapter 14: Pregnancies with Special Considerations.

Chapter 15: When Things Get Complicated.

Chapter 16: Pregnancy in Sickness and in Health.

Chapter 17: Coping with the Unexpected.

Part V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 18: Ten Things Nobody Tells You.

Chapter 19: Ten (or So) Old Wives’ Tales.

Chapter 20: Ten Landmarks in Fetal Development.

Chapter 21: Ten Key Things You Can See on Ultrasound.

Appendix: The Pregnant Man: Having a Baby from a Dad’s Perspective.


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Author Information

Joanne Stone, M.D., and Keith Eddleman, M.D., are Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Mary Duenwald is a veteran journalist.
Janice Pearson, CCE, has been teaching prenatal classes since 1981 and has been writing about pregnancy, childbirth and women's health issues since 1982. Her articles have appeared in Today's Parent, Expecting, Chatelaine's New Mother, Great Expectations and American Baby. Janice divides her time between London, England and Toronto, Canada.
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