The Mother of All Pregnancy Books: An All-Canadian Guide to Conception, Birth and Everything in Between

by Ann Douglas

September 21, 2000 | Trade Paperback

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Whether you?re an expectant parent or you?re just thinking about it, this comprehensive guide features a nonbossy, fresh, and fun approach to the greatest adventure life has to offer. Based on the best advice from over 100 Canadian parents, this information is served up with a uniquely Canadian spin. Never one to shy away from the tough topics, Ann Douglas addresses the concerns that all parents have to consider when facing pregnancy.

With over 225,000 ?Mother of All? books sold in Canada, Ann Douglas provides the inside scoop on what it?s really like to have a baby

  • The straight goods on preparing your body for pregnacy
  • Practical advice on how to increase your chances for conceiving quickly
  • The top ten worries for each trimester -- with a hefty dose of reassurance
  • A glossary of pregnancy -- and birth-related terms
  • A sneak peek of life after baby


This book is the manual for those looking for real-world advice to help them during all the stages of pregnancy, from conception to birth and all that can occur throughout!

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 576 pages, 8.46 × 5.51 × 1.18 in

Published: September 21, 2000

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0771577206

ISBN - 13: 9780771577208

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The Mother of All Pregnancy Books: An All-Canadian Guide to Conception, Birth and Everything in Between

by Ann Douglas

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 576 pages, 8.46 × 5.51 × 1.18 in

Published: September 21, 2000

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0771577206

ISBN - 13: 9780771577208

Table of Contents

Introduction. CHAPTER 1: Are You Really Ready to Have A Baby? A question of timing. What it really costs to raise children. Career considerations. The age issue. Other health considerations. Emotional readiness. When you and your partner don''t agree. When Mother Nature has other plans. CHAPTER 2: Your Pre-Game Plan. Training for the big event. Watch your weight???but not too carefully. Do a nutrient check. Kick your smoking habit. Skip that glass of wine. Just say no to drugs. Get your partner on the program. Kick your coffee habit. Don''t douche. Keep your stress level down. Watch out for workplace hazards. What to expect from your preconception checkup. CHAPTER 3: Sperm, Meet Egg. The numbers game. The science of conception. A tale of two phases. The sperm connection. What you can do to increase your odds of conceiving quickly. Know thy cycle. Make love on the right days. Have unbelievably great sex. Don''t get too much of a good thing. Create a "sperm-friendly" vaginal environment. Get your partner on board> Can you choose your baby''s sex? CHAPTER 4: Missed Conceptions. Do you have a fertility problem? The infertility workup. The major causes of infertility. The brave new world of assisted reproduction. Damned lies and statistics. Reading between the lines. Money talk. How to stay sane. CHAPTER 5: Winning the Baby Roulette. A little bit pregnant. Testing, testing. How you may feel about being pregnant. Sharing your news with the world. Sharing your news at work. Findi
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From the Publisher

Whether you?re an expectant parent or you?re just thinking about it, this comprehensive guide features a nonbossy, fresh, and fun approach to the greatest adventure life has to offer. Based on the best advice from over 100 Canadian parents, this information is served up with a uniquely Canadian spin. Never one to shy away from the tough topics, Ann Douglas addresses the concerns that all parents have to consider when facing pregnancy.

With over 225,000 ?Mother of All? books sold in Canada, Ann Douglas provides the inside scoop on what it?s really like to have a baby

  • The straight goods on preparing your body for pregnacy
  • Practical advice on how to increase your chances for conceiving quickly
  • The top ten worries for each trimester -- with a hefty dose of reassurance
  • A glossary of pregnancy -- and birth-related terms
  • A sneak peek of life after baby


This book is the manual for those looking for real-world advice to help them during all the stages of pregnancy, from conception to birth and all that can occur throughout!

From the Jacket

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. The Mother of All Pregnancy Books takes on tough topics most pregnancy books shy away from. It''s a totally comprehensive guide that features a non-bossy, fresh, and fun approach to the greatest adventure life has to offer. Based on the best advice from over 100 Canadian parents, this information is served up with a uniquely Canadian spin.

The Mother of All Pregnancy Books includes:

  • the straight goods on preparing your body for pregnancy
  • practical advice on how to increase your chances of conceiving quickly
  • the top ten worries for each trimester presented with a hefty dose of reassurance
  • useful tips on choosing a caregiver and a place to give birth
  • the facts you need to make up your mind about such important issues as circumcision and breastfeeding
  • helpful insights on how your relationship with your partner may change during pregnancy and after
  • a glossary of pregnancy- and birth-related terms
  • a directory of Canadian organizations for new and expectant parents
  • a comprehensive listing of Internet resources of interest to Canadian parents
  • a sneak peek at life after baby
  • a frank look at copy with pregnancy-related aches and pains

About the Author

Ann Douglas is the author of 15 books, including the critically acclaimed The Unofficial Guide to Having A Baby; Trying Again: A Guide to Pregnancy After Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Infant Loss; and The Incredible Shrinking Woman: The Girlfriend''s Guide to Losing Weight.  She''s a regular contributor to Canadian Living, Flare Pregnancy, WebMD, and Women.com and has been featured in such magazines as Parenting, Working Mother, and Good Housekeeping.  Canada''s leading pregnancy writer, Ann is the mother of four young children, ages three through twelve, and has also experienced infertility, miscarriage and stillbirth.

From Our Editors

Uniquely tailored to meet the needs of Canadian parents, The Mother of All Pregnancy Books: An All-Canadian Guide to Conception, Birth and Everything In-Between offers an authoritative reference volume that covers everything from important nutrients during pregnancy to pain relief during labour, high-risk pregnancy and the best and worst baby products. Drawn from a vast wealth of research, including more than 100 interviews with Canadian parents, this specifically Canadian guide offers medically accurate information and expert advice, including references from Canadian health authorities, a directory of Canadian Internet resources and a comprehensive listing of Canadian resources for organizations and baby equipment suppliers.

Editorial Reviews

"Comprehensive, informative, up-to-date, and brazenly neutral.... A must-have primer." --The Toronto Star "Not preachy and bossy ... it's upfront and fun." --The Toronto Sun "A book that lives up to its name.... Incredibly comprehensive yet easy to follow." --Chicago Tribune "The must-read pregnancy book! Ann Douglas has created the most comprehensive guide to pregnancy we've ever seen." --Denise and Alan Fields, authors, Baby Bargains "At long last, a new pregnancy bible for women of my generation and younger has emerged in the form of The Mother of All Pregnancy Books. With humor, sensitivity, an easy, no-jargon style, and a million 'extras' that the leading pregnancy books don't cover, Ann Douglas holds nothing back. Not only do I love this book, but I will use it as a valuable tool in my own wok as a women's health author." --M. Sara Rosenthal, author of The Pregnancy Sourcebook and The Breastfeeding Sourcebook, and founder of www.sarahealth.com "Start reading this treasure trove even before you get pregnant so you can make it through every jam-packed page before your baby arrives." --Paula Spencer, "The Mom Next Door" columnist, Woman's Day Magazine; author of Everything ELSE You Need to Know When You're Expecting "Finally, a pregnancy book that includes essential pre-pregnancy concerns, such as planning and physical and emotional preparation! Ann Douglas has written her masterwork The Mother of All Pregnancy Books in the same unpretentious, concise style as her Unoffici
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