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Pregnancy For Dummies, 2nd UK Edition

ISBN: 978-1-119-97731-5
370 pages
September 2011
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Everything expectant mums need to know, trimester by trimester

Both new and seasoned parents alike have questions and concerns over the course of the nine-month adventure. Pregnancy For Dummies offers comfort and reassurance while serving as a guide to what mother and baby experience before, during, and just after birth. Here, you’ll find expert advice on diets and exercise when you’re pregnant; guidance on following your baby’s development, trimester by trimester; tips on how to prepare for the big day; techniques for taking care of yourself before and after delivery; and support for caring for a newborn baby.

Pregnancy For Dummies gives 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 medical and nutritional information and updated resources/changes in NHS practice, so that new mums will feel prepared and reassured ahead of the birth.

  • A guide to what mother and baby experience before, during, and just after birth
  • Helpful information on preparing for pregnancy
  • Advice on diet and exercise during pregnancy
  • Information on your rights and welfare benefits
  • Guidance on how to care for a newborn baby

If you’re an expectant mum looking for practical, down-to-earth guidance on what to expect before, during, and after pregnancy, Pregnancy For Dummies will keep you prepared and reassured every step along the way.

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Introduction 1

Part I: The Game Plan 7

Chapter 1: From Here to Maternity 9

Chapter 2: I Think I'm Pregnant! 23

Chapter 3: Preparing for Life during Pregnancy 31

Chapter 4: Checking Out Your Rights and Welfare Benefits 51

Chapter 5: Diet and Exercise for the Expectant Mother 57

Part II: Pregnancy: A Drama in Three Acts 75

Chapter 6: The First Trimester 77

Chapter 7: The Second Trimester 99

Chapter 8: The Third Trimester 111

Chapter 9: Understanding Antenatal Testing 135

Part III: The Big Event: Labour, Delivery and Recovery 147

Chapter 10: I Think I'm in Labour! 149

Chapter 11: Special Delivery: Bringing Your Baby into the World 169

Chapter 12: Hello, World! Your Newborn 185

Chapter 13: Taking Care of Yourself after Delivery 205

Chapter 14 : Feeding Your Baby 225

Part IV: Special Concerns 245

Chapter 15: Pregnancies with Special Considerations 247

Chapter 16: When Things Get Complicated 267

Chapter 17: Pregnancy in Sickness and in Health 283

Chapter 18: Coping with the Unexpected 297

Part V: The Part of Tens 303

Chapter 19: Ten Things Nobody Tells You 305

Chapter 20: Ten (Or So) Old Wives' Tales 309

Chapter 21: Ten Landmarks in Foetal Development 313

Chapter 22: Ten Key Things You Can See on Ultrasound 317

Appendix: The Pregnant Man: Having a Baby from a Dad's Perspective 325

Index 331

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Dr Sarah Jarvis has been a GP for 20 years. She is the resident doctor on the BBC's The One Show, and a regular columnist for Good Housekeeping and My Weekly.

Dr Roger Henderson has also been a GP for 20 years, and writes for The Sunday Times and the Sunday Mirror. He is also the medical consultant to the health website NetDoctor.

Joanne Stone, MD, and Keith Eddleman, MD, are obstetrician-gynaecologists.

Mary Duenwald is a veteran journalist.

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