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Pregnancy For Dummies, 3rd Australia and New Zealand Edition

ISBN: 978-0-7303-7741-2
460 pages
January 2012
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Your complete guide to having a healthy, happy pregnancy

This updated and expanded third edition of Pregnancy ForDummies offers mothers-to-be practical advice and expert guidance on every stage of their pregnancy — and beyond!

Understand what's happening with your baby and your body, and be guided through what to expect from labour, birth and becoming a new parent.

  • Follow your baby's development — understand the changes you and your baby go through during all three trimesters
  • Research your birth options — make informed choices that best suit your needs
  • Care for your baby before birth — eat well and keep active during pregnancy
  • Prepare for the birth of your baby — know what happens before, during and after labour
  • Look after your newborn — find advice on breastfeeding and bringing your baby home
  • Keep up with current issues —identify issues facing mothers today, such as returning to work or having children later in life
  • Get expert advice on special situations — meet the challenges of multiple births, problems during pregnancy or miscarriage

Open the book and find:

  • Ways to increase your chances of getting pregnant
  • Clear illustrations of how the body changes during pregnancy
  • Advice for managing pre-existing conditions during pregnancy
  • Discussion about complementary and alternative therapies
  • Simple explanations of your birth options
  • Information about parental leave entitlements
  • Websites to access further support
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Introduction 1

Part I: In the Beginning 7

Chapter 1: From Here to Maternity 9

Chapter 2: I Think I’m Pregnant 23

Chapter 3: Preparing for Life During Pregnancy 43

Chapter 4: Eating Well and Keeping Active During Pregnancy 65

Part II: The Pregnancy Trilogy: A Masterpiece in Progress 85

Chapter 5: The First Trimester 87

Chapter 6: The Second Trimester 117

Chapter 7: The Third Trimester 143

Part III: The Big Event: Labour, Birth and Beyond 189

Chapter 8: I Think I’m in Labour! 191

Chapter 9: The ‘Birth’ Day 227

Chapter 10: Hello, World! The Newborn 253

Chapter 11: Taking Care of Yourself After the Birth 281

Chapter 12: Feeding Your Baby 309

Part IV: Pregnancy and the Modern Woman 343

Chapter 13: Working During Pregnancy and Beyond 345

Chapter 14: Complementary and Alternative Medicine 361

Chapter 15: Important Issues for Today's World 377

Part V: Special Situations 391

Chapter 16: Multiple Blessings 393

Chapter 17: SOS: Helpful Information for Pregnancy Concerns 407

Chapter 18: If the Unexpected Happens 429

Part VI: The Part of Tens 437

Chapter 19: Ten Pregnancy and Birth Myths — Debunked 439

Chapter 20: Ten Ways to Get the Best from Your Midwife or Doctor 443

Index 449

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Jane Palmer is a highly respected, privately practising midwife in Sydney. She manages her company Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond and provides midwifery, childbirth education and lactation services. For over 20 years, she has supported women and their families from preconception to the year following birth. As one of the first Medicare-eligible midwives in Australia, she provides midwifery care in collaboration with the group practice Midwives @ Sydney and Beyond, caring for women planning to give birth at home, hospital or in a birth centre. Being passionate about breastfeeding, she became an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in 2008. She actively campaigns for the improvement in maternity care and maintains the popular website www.pregnancy.com.au. Jane is the mother of three children — Joshua, Jarred and Lia — and is grandmother to Dakota. She enjoys family life, writing and travelling.

Joanne Stone, MD, is a full-time faculty member in the internationally renowned Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at The Mount Sinai Medical Centre in New York City. She is the director of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine and also cares for patients with problem pregnancies. She has lectured throughout the country, is widely published in medical journals, and has been interviewed frequently for television and magazines on topics related to pregnancy, with a special emphasis on the management of multiple pregnancies. Away from the hospital she loves to spend time with her husband, George, and her two little girls, Chloe and Sabrina.

Keith Eddleman, MD, works with Joanne at Mount Sinai. He is a professor in the medical school and the Director of Obstetrics at the hospital. He teaches medical students, residents and fellows, lectures throughout the world, and appears often on television to discuss issues concerning the care of pregnant women. His areas of special expertise are ultrasound and reproductive genetics. His free time, when he has any, is split between spending time with his family at their apartment in Manhattan or at their country house in upstate New York.

Mary Duenwald is a writer and editor who has for many years specialised in medicine and science journalism. She has written for The New York Times, Discover, Smithsonian, and Departures. She has been executive editor of Harper’s Bazaar, Women’s Sports & Fitness, and The Sciences magazines and a senior editor for Vogue. She is a contributing editor for GQ. She is also the mother of twins, Nick and Claire Murray.

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