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

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

byAnn Douglas

Paperback | September 21, 2000

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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!

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...
Title:The Mother of All Pregnancy Books: An All-Canadian Guide to Conception, Birth and Everything in…Format:PaperbackDimensions:576 pages, 8.46 × 5.51 × 1.18 inPublished:September 21, 2000Language:English

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ISBN - 10:0771577206

ISBN - 13:9780771577208


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Book I've Read I loved this book. Knowing that we were trying to get pregnant, I borrowed a few books from the library, including this one. As soon as I was done reading it, I went and bought it at Indigo. It's the only one I need. It is very relevant for Canadians who don't have the same insurance worries or maternity/parental leave issues as Americans, which many of the other books are based on. I didn't even bother reading What to Expect When You're Expecting - it's overrated and irrelevant. I love this book because she's funny but thorough. There is no lecturing. She presents both sides of controversial topics. She has quotes from moms-to-be that talk about how they really felt. She provides topics that I never would have thought of (i.e. cord blood banking), but now I feel much more informed. She talks about all the issues you could have during pregnancy (everything from acne to more severe symptoms), but also talks about all the wonderful things that are happening week by week. This is my go-to guide. I reference it a lot. My partner loved reading it and we would read sections together, often laughing or giving each other a scared look! Highly reccommended over any others.
Date published: 2012-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Helpful, Canadian Perspective If I were to buy ONE pregnancy book (I bought about 8 or 9) this would be it. The MOST informative, all-encompassing, Canadian book out there. All you need is this book and the weekly emails from sites like thebump or babycenter and you are SET for your pregnancy. Very non-judgemental, but full of facts. Only downside: a few too many mentions of infant death -- something no pregnant mommy ever wants to think about. However, if you have suffered from miscarriage and/or loss, or want to know EVERYTHING this is the book for you.
Date published: 2011-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book I found this to be a great book. informative with out getting into too many details and the gross stuff. its my go to guide to look up what to do about certain symptoms, check what medications are ok to take, and what to avoid and at what times. It was also great to have a book with a Canadian perspective. so many things in american books just dont apply to us.
Date published: 2009-12-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Creative This book was informative in some areas. However the book seemed to give you the dark side of pregnancy. I found the book too negative. Not very up-lifting. The focus was all the things that can go wrong. It left me more stressed than informed. Gave away my other pregnancy books, not this one. Didn't want to scare first time mothers.
Date published: 2009-03-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So Helpful This book covers everything, right from trying to decided when to start "trying" to the child being born and much more! All the Canadian facts are so helpful, because many books quote american facts. I would strongly reccommend this book to any couple look for some comfort and simple english terminology.
Date published: 2008-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! I am your typical type A personality. I need to know everything about everything and want to be prepared for any scenario I may face. Some people told me that I wouldn't want to get pregnant if I read this book. That it can scare people trying to get pregnant for the first time. If you are a person who wants all the facts you will love this book. Yes it talks about the not so sunny-side of pregnancy. But I for one would rather be prepared to face the less than happy situations that can occur when you are trying to get pregnant and are pregnant than be completely overwhelmed and prepared. I love that it has suggestions from people who have been there and is a book for Canadians.
Date published: 2008-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Informative and easy to read - eh! I really enjoyed this book! I chose this one because it included discussions on preconception and is for Canadians - nice to have the references to Canadian health care and options. I found it very easy to read, but still had a lot of useful information in it. I also got a book that was more 'scientific' to refer to as needed, but would highly recommend this book!
Date published: 2007-03-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Resourse I enjoyed this book over other pregnancy books because it is written by a Canadian and it was easy to read. It had lots of references that were Canadian, which have been very useful. I liked this book better than What to Expect When Expecting.
Date published: 2007-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely wonderful book! Being a first time mom, I had many questions and concerns. I found this book reassured me on many aspects from discovering I was pregnant to what to expect when delivering to what will change in my life after the baby is born. The book gives excellent advice and suggestions for all aspects of pregnancy, suggestions on maternity wear, your relationship with your spouse or significant other, clothing for the baby, breastfeeding or bottle feeding. It also talks about many symptoms, problems, general knowledge and what is nomal and what isn't that I hadn't been able to find out anywhere. This is a great book for Canadian Mom's!!!
Date published: 2006-07-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Book I found this book to be very helpful. I really enjoyed reading this book. It gave me some great tips and ideas.
Date published: 2006-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Source of Information I am someone who is thinking of starting a family and found this book rather interesting, resourceful, informative and more. I am the type of person who likes to know as much as she can before diving into something as important as this and found this book to be great. I would highly reccomend this book to anyone who is pregnant, trying to get pregnant or thinking about it. It covers lots of different topics without causing worry or scaring the reader. Good choice!
Date published: 2006-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent reference and guide I guess just like no two pregnancies are alike, no two pregnant women will see this book the same way! I'm very surprised by the negative comments by other reviewers. I'm known to be a bit of a worrier and I found this book relieved my fears and reassured me that my pregnancy was on track. I felt that this book presented all aspects of pregnancy (yes, including miscarriage and other sad possibilities), but in my mind, it wasn't presented in a way which scared me or made me live in fear of what could happen. It simply made me feel I was well informed, and gave me confidence in the decisions I made. I recommend this book to anyone planning a pregnancy, or already expecting. One friend I gave this book to, unfortunately did miscarry, but said this book was a Godsend. (happily, she is expecting once again) The Mother of All Pregnancy Books is the only book I needed through my pregnancies (2 miscarriages, 1 thriving daughter), it is so comprehensive, and all Canadian!
Date published: 2005-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best by far Our prenatal class instructor recommended this book to us over a bestselling American title, and every other couple we know who has recently given birth told us this is the one to get. Now that we've read it, we understand why there's so much buzz around this book. It's fun to read and it tells you what you need to know, plain and simple. It's a bonus it's Canadian, too.
Date published: 2005-03-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from The mother of a waste of time I purchased this book because of the canadian slant however I was extremely disappointed to learn the extent of its canadianism was a list of resources in the back. This book is not well laid out, nor is it very informative. Take a pass on this one if you're looking for a good reference book; spend your money on something a lot more useful like a sexy new bra!
Date published: 2005-02-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Made me worry more! We purchased two pregnancy books when we found out we were expecting. With this pregnancy almost finished, I have found that I didn't like this book as much as the other one. This book is not for those who worry a lot, and let's be honest, pregnancy doesn't come without worrying. It really focused on negative things and didn't help ease my mind on things that I was questioning. It is great that there is a Canadian book, but perhaps there should be some following on some of the US books and focus not only on the negative but also the positive. I enjoyed knowing what was happening inside of me on a week to week basis and this book didn't do that.
Date published: 2004-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it I love this book - with trying to conceive and being my first time this book really helped me understand alot and taught me alot. Made me more comfortable too that it is a Canadian book.
Date published: 2004-02-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from not glowing We are first time parents, both biologists and realists and are not easily frightened by possibilities or straight talk. However, we find that this book actually dwells on the negative and organizes itself around a theme of oh no, something is wrong . Most of the time in fact we are just interested in what can be expected at certain times during the pregnancy. We usually had to refer to other books to find this out. I would say: use this book like the trouble-shooting guide at the end of an appliance manual. Find something else to give you the information.
Date published: 2003-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Have! After having read many pregnancy books, this is the one I kept on my coffee table, on-hand, ready and available for whenever any questions came up during my pregnancy, especially when we were faced with the possibility of having a sick baby. This is the most comprehensive and complete Canadian pregnancy book I have found. Plus, Ann Douglas gives tons of information on how to prepare for pregnancy, a topic which is only briefly discussed by other authors. This IS my pregnancy Bible!!!
Date published: 2003-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Mother of all Pregnancy Books This book was fantastic. As a first time mother, I bought approx. 10 books of this nature, but found this best for Canadaians. It was up-to-date, and realistic with Canandian health care. Ann Douglas puts pregnancy-related topics into an easy to read, full of facts book. I especially like how she draws on from experts, but also from real people. I still have a few weeks to go, but my book looks like it may have gone through many pregnancies. I write in it, highlight things, and pick it up everyday. I highly reccomend this! Good luck with your pregnancies!
Date published: 2002-12-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Canadian pregnancy bible I have been recommending this book to my clients for the past two years. It is comprehensive, well-written, and based on the best health advice to be had from such leading Canadian health authorities as the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada, Health Canada, the Canadian Association of Family Physicians, and the Canadian Paediatric Society. My clients like the book because it's written with humour and delivers a lot of mom to mom insider information on coping with pregnancy and postpartum aches and pains. The book makes a terrific alternative to the truly dreadful What to Expect When You're Expecting.
Date published: 2002-09-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Definitely not recommended for first-time moms! While I appreciated the uniquely Canadian information included in this book, I would have to say that the author's contribution to the subject area ends there. I found that this book was for the most part uninformative and frankly scary. For example, when dealing with every woman's fears about alcohol consumed before she knew she was pregnant, the author simply shares a story about another pregnant woman with the same fears, who prepared herself for the prospect of having a child with fetal alcohol syndrome. While this may be comforting to some, I would have preferred to see some actual information on FAS. In general, I felt that the tone of this book was rather negative (huge focus on the negative aspects of pregnancy and what might go wrong), especially considering that most doctors agree that stress and worry should be avoided by pregnant women. For a more balanced, less preachy, and more helpful pregnancy guide, I would recommend 'What to expect when you're expecting'. For in
Date published: 2002-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best Book for Pregnant Canadian Mothers Around I found this book by accident in our library when I was pregnant. I borrowed it from the library for my whole pregnancy. I have recommended it to all my friends. I agree that Ms. Douglas did a wonderful job. I did read What to expect as well, but found that book caused me more worry than this one. I enjoyed reading to my husband from this book; very informative. I have friends who are trying to get pregnant. I believe that this would be a beautiful shower or new mom gift.
Date published: 2002-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An All-Canadian Guide is right! I was puzzled to read the negative comments of another reviewer who implied that there wasn't enough Canadian content in this book. There's Canadian content through and through, from the baby wrapped in the Canadian flag on the front cover to the directory of Canadian resources in the back of the book. And, what's more, the issues that the reviewer listed in her review as having been left out are all covered in the book with one possible exception: tax treatment of EI benefits. (And, from what I've been told at least, EI benefits are treated just like regular employment income, so it's really a non-issue anyway!) :-) This book was highly recommended to me both by my family doctor and by the doula who will be present at our baby's birth. I'm glad they told me about this terrific all-Canadian resource! I've also seen a lot of really positive reviews for this book (both here and in a number of magazines and newspapers), so clearly I'm not the only pregnant woman who's decided to adopt this book as her CANADIAN pregnancy bible.
Date published: 2001-03-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I expected more Canadian content I felt this book could have been better. What about the differences between having a family doctor or an obstetrician? What is normal practice in Canadian hospitals for who will deliver your baby, your doctor or the doctor on call? What is the availability of epidural anaesthetic on demand, by region and rural vs. urban centres? Is it common in Canadian hospitals to have an IV started right away? How about a discussion of tax treatment of EI maternity benefits? Canadian sources of maternity clothes? I was expecting more than references to Tim Horton's Donuts.
Date published: 2001-02-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I am Canadian It was great to be able to find a book that deals with issues from a Canadian point of view. We bought a couple of other books but they were written from an American's point of view and this makes half of the book useless. Great job! Very informative.
Date published: 2001-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Mother of all Pregnancy Books Ann Douglas has outdone herself with this latest book, aptly named "The Mother of all Pregnancy books!' It is just excellent, easily surpassing anything else out there, Canadian or American. This book should be required reading for those couples in any stage of parenthood from planning to birth. I love the thoroughness and scope of Douglas' research , leaving no stone unturned, and it's all- Canadian (which DOES matter) too! Douglas is obviously informed and passionate about her subject matter and doesn't shy away from issues not usually written about. No other writer has covered this topic as thoroughly and accurately, a tribute to Douglas research skills. It's about time Canadian women had a pregnancy bible of their own, one with accurate, thorough, up to date information. I especially loved the fact that real people were used for research and their tips and quotes are found throughout the book. Makes it even more meaningful. I wish I had had this book years ago. I highly recommend it to anyone who is getting ready for parenthood.
Date published: 2000-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great INFORMATION book I think that this book was amazing for everything that it covered. It was VERY informative about all the things that can and do come up throughout our pregnancy. Even though this is not my first pregnancy, I still found that this book was worth the sale, and that it was time well spent...always learning something new. It is great to have a book like this that is CANADIAN content...
Date published: 2000-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very real & informative. This book is very real & informative, more than any other pregnancy book I've ever read. I like the sections that have "Facts and Figures", "Mom's the Word" & "Mother Wisdom". These made the book very easy and fun to read. I definately recommend this book for first time mom's and also experienced moms (being a second time mom I learned a lot from this book, and it was also a great refresher)I plan on passing it down to my daughter for her to use one day.
Date published: 2000-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I highly recommend this book. Hurray for Ann Douglas for finally writing a pregnancy book which provides a Canadian perspective on the miracle of pregnancy and birth! I only wish that this book had been published prior to the birth of my first child a few months ago -- I had to rely on U.S. publications which contained information that was not pertinent or was incorrect in the Canadian context (e.g. the FDA and Health Canada apply different risk ratings to morning sickness medications.) I found Ms. Douglas' book to be reassuring and positive about pregnancy. The leading pregnancy book -- What to Expect -- made me paranoid during my pregnancy. Ms. Douglas' book raises the common pregnancy worries, but puts them in perspective with answers that emphasize a woman's overwhelming odds of having a good pregnancy and a healthy baby. I far prefer Ms. Douglas' "tell it like it is and it really isn't bad" approach to that of many of the leading pregnancy books which are almost mute on topics such as pre-natal testing. I particularly appreciated the fact that Ms. Douglas drew upon the experiences of real Canadian parents -- the quotes from members of her focus group were invaluable. I will definitely bring this book to the labour room during my next pregnancy!
Date published: 2000-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Response to Joy Allen I read Ms. Allen's review of this book today and thought it was grossly unfair!! While it is true that Ms. Douglas discusses a number of the possible risks of pregnancy in her book, I did not feel she devoted a disproportionate amount of space to the topic. Indeed, I felt that she did an admirable job of relaying essential information to the reader without engaging in fearmongering. Perhaps Ms. Allen isn't ready to have children if the mere thought of "something going wrong" is enough to cause her to lose sleep!
Date published: 2000-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Mother of all Pregnancy Books What I like about The Mother of All Pregnancy Books is that it's really down-to-earth and based on the experiences of mothers like me. Not every parent has a picture-perfect experience, so the book does tackle some tough topics, like infertility, pregnancy and infant loss, and high-risk pregnancies. It even breaks the silence on postpartum depression--a problem for a lot of women. Somehow the author manages to tackle these difficult topics in a way that is reassuring and sometimes even funnny. (The couples who experience infertility, for example, talk about the extremes that they went to in order to get pregnant. One mom said her husband was relieved when they finally got pregnant because it meant that he was no longer required to have sex 16 days in a row each month!) The author also talks about the magic and wonder that accompany motherhood and the joy that comes from meeting your baby--topics that most pregnancy books seem to leave out for some reason. This book is terrific. It is a thorough and well-researched book, answering a multitude of tough questions like no other pregnancy book on the market.
Date published: 2000-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It truly *is* THE MOTHER OF ALL PREGNANCY BOOKS The Mother of All Pregnancy Books is gloriously unbiased, preferring to arm readers with the facts rather than preaching a particular party line. It's a "smart girlfriend's guide" to pregnancy--a book for women who want to weigh the evidence for themselves rather than settling for having someone else spoonfeed them whatever pregnancy doctrine happens to be in vogue at the time. I was particularly impressed by the author's attention to detail: the book is jam-packed with valuable information including a directory of Canadian organizations of interest to pregnant women and families with young babies, a web site directory, charts outlining the pros and cons of taking various types of drugs during pregnancy, and more information on dealing with morning sickness than I've found in any other book. (Trust me: this is one particular subject I've researched to death!) :-)This is a one-of-a-kind guide to the most amazing nine months of your life.
Date published: 2000-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Encouraging, friendly, and fun to read If you're looking for the plain, unbiased truth about conception, pregnancy, birth, and life in the immediate postpartum period, this is the book for you. This book covers all the topics of keen interest to couples who are planning a pregnancy: what they can do to increase their odds of conceiving quickly and giving birth to a healthy baby, how to cope with the various pregnancy-related aches and pains and how to manage the biggest pregnancy- and birth-related worries (Don't worry! Douglas serves up plenty of reassurance!), and much more. Contrary to what the previous reviewer said, the book is not the least bit alarmist or negative. And it's very pro-breastfeeding. The author didn't go into that topic in great detail because this is a book about pregnancy, not newborn care. She wisely decided to leave that topic for another book. (I for one hope there will be a follow-up book because this book has already become my pregnancy bible--the book I recommend to my friends and the expectant parents who attend my childbirth and breastfeeding classes.)
Date published: 2000-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mother of 1 and considering a 2nd I'd like to congratulate Ann on her fabulous book that is directed toward Canadian parents. It's refreshing to see Canadian statistics, resources, and information. I used a popular book during my pregnancy and found that I had many unanswered questions. Ann addressed them all in her book! Thanks Ann for mixing humor with knowledge! It makes for a very enjoyable and enthusiastic read. You'll note that there are also some harsh reality topics. Although some information is sad, I'm glad someone finally presented the information in a delicate fashion. Now that I am knowledgeable, I also feel that I am being as responsible as I can be for my family and my child.
Date published: 2000-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mother of all Pregnancy Books I was surprised when I read the review by Joy Allan on this book. I personally feel it is important to be well informed on such an important topic-even if it means learning about the negative aspects. When I was pregnant with my first child, I found it alarming when I could find no information on what I was experiencing. I believe most new parents would agree with me.
Date published: 2000-11-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very informative I happen to really like this book. I have 8 children and i have to say it pays to be well informed. Nothing like a nasty surprise. ms. Douglas covers everything and leaves nothing to surprise. Best of all the information is Canadian. All other books are american and well, even the ultra sound and monthly check up policies are not the same. I say kudos to Ms. Douglas for a good book.
Date published: 2000-11-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from The mother of all WORRY books! If you want to have sleepless nights worrying about what can go wrong with your pregnancy then I highly recommend this book. In each of the chapters you will find things that will make you distressed, starting with trying to conceive up all the way through to the birth of your baby. With all of the many pages dedicated to problems that can arise in pregnancy and the top ten trimester worries, I feel, Ann Douglas should have written more than 2 lame pages advocating the rewards and benefits of breastfeeding! This book was a great disappointment.
Date published: 2000-11-13

Table of Contents


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.

Finding Dr. Right.

The doctor shortage.

More bad news.

Choosing a caregiver.

Hospital or home birth?

Your first prenatal checkup.

What your due date really means.

The Incredible Growing Baby.

CHAPTER 6: Operation Healthy Baby.

The weighting game.

Nutrient check: the sequel!

The deprivation trap.

Special diets.

Exercising during pregnancy.

Sex during pregnancy.

Working during pregnancy.

Other things you need to know to keep your baby safe.

CHAPTER 7: The Worry Zone.

The top ten first-trimester worries.

The top ten second-trimester worries.

Maternity wear.

Baby gear.

The top ten third-trimester worries.

CHAPTER 8: The Complaint Department.

What's normal and what's not.

Pregnancy complaints from A to Z.

Abdominal muscle separation.



Belly button soreness.

Bleeding gums.

Bleeding and spotting.

Braxton Hicks contractions.

Breast tenderness and enlargement.


Carpal tunnel syndrome.




Eye changes.

Faintness and dizziness.


Food aversions.

Gassiness and bloating.




Hip soreness.



Leg cramps.

Lenea nigra.

Mask of pregnancy.

Morning sickness.

Perineal aching.

Pubic-bone pain.


Restless legs syndrome (RLS).


Round ligament pain.


Skin changes.

Smell, heightened sense of.

Stretch marks.


Swelling and fluid retention.


Urinary incontinence.

Urination, increased frequency of.

Vaginal secretions, increased.

Varicose veins.


Yeast infections.

The joys of being pregnant.

CHAPTER 9: To Test or Not to Test?

What prenatal testing can and can't tell you.

Is prenatal genetic testing the right choice for you?

Types of tests.

What to do if the test brings bad news.

CHAPTER 10: Lights, Cameras, Action!

Prenatal classes: Who needs them?

Decisions, decisions....

Doulas are a girl's best friend.

Writing a birth plan.

Episiotomy: the unkindest cut of all.

Pain relief during labour.

The circumcision decision.

Breast or bottle?

Eight months and counting.

How to tell if it's the real thing.

Prelabour symptoms.

True versus false labour.

When to call your caregiver.

When to go to the hospital.

What labour is really like.

The three stages of labour.

What other pregnancy books won't tell you.

What to expect during a Caesarean delivery.

Vaginal birth after Caesarean.

Going overdue.

Is my baby at risk?

To induce or not to induce?

What to expect during an induction.

Meeting your baby.

How you may feel abut meeting your baby.

CHAPTER 11: When Pregnancy Isn't Perfect.

What does the term "high-risk pregnancy" really mean?

Surviving bed rest.

The unique challenges of a multiple pregnancy.

Premature birth.

What can go wrong.


Ectopic pregnancy.

Molar prenancy.


Intrapartum death.

Infant death.

Grieving the loss of your baby.

Preparing for another pregnancy.

CHAPTER 12: Life After Baby.

Your postpartum body: What to expect.

Getting back into shape: What's realistic and what's not.

How you may feel about becoming a mother.

More than the baby blues?

How your relationship with your partner may change.

The postpartum survival guide.

Appendix A: Glossary.

Appendix B: Birth Plan.

Appendix C: Emergency Childbirth Procedures.

Appendix D: Directory of Organizations.

Appendix E: Web Site Directory.

Appendix F: Statistics at a Glance.

Appendix G: Prenatal Record.

Appendix H: Recommended Reading.


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.... Amust-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 tofollow." --Chicago Tribune"The must-read pregnancy book! Ann Douglas has created the mostcomprehensive 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 youngerhas emerged in the form of The Mother of All Pregnancy Books. With humor,sensitivity, an easy, no-jargon style, and a million 'extras' that theleading pregnancy books don't cover, Ann Douglas holds nothing back. Notonly do I love this book, but I will use it as a valuable tool in my ownwok as a women's health author." --M. Sara Rosenthal, author of The Pregnancy Sourcebook and TheBreastfeeding Sourcebook, and founder of"Start reading this treasure trove even before you get pregnant so you canmake 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 haswritten her masterwork The Mother of All Pregnancy Books in the sameunpretentious, concise style as her Unofficial Guide. She also stays trueto her goal of informing parents and prospective parents as completely aspossible, so they will be well-equipped to sort through the pros and consof their own life choices as they see them. Not one to forgo difficultissues, her chapter entitled 'When Pregnancy Isn't Perfect' is one of thebest I've read, both for its sensitivity and for its emphasis on coping andprevention. This is a book that will serve women and their families well." --A. Christine Harris, Ph.D., author of The Pregnancy Journal"This is truly 'the mother of all pregnancy books' -- an intelligentresource that covers every pregnancy-related topic imaginable in a fun,reassuring way. Ann Douglas has done an exceptional job of armingparents-to-be with the facts they need to make the healthiest possiblechoices from preconception through postpartum. A must-have!" --Susan Newman, Ph.D., author of Parenting An Only Child: The Joys and Challenges of Raising Your One and Only"The Mother of All Pregnancy Books is a comprehensive and incrediblyinformative resource about pregnancy (and what comes before and after!).Ann Douglas tells all in her witty style, entertaining readers along theway. Unlike other pregnancy books, Douglas combines thorough research andreporting with the human touch, offering her own experiences and insightwhile educating her readers at one of the most important times in theirlives. This book is not to be missed!" --Elisa Ast All, Editor-in-Chief, Pregnancy magazine, Baby Years magazine,and"If you're looking for an all-in-one 'Tell me everything, and tell it likeit is' book for your pregnancy, The Mother of all Pregnancy Books is it.Not only is this hefty volume filled with facts about fertility, pregnancyand birth, it also contains hundreds of anecdotes from moms who lived --and maybe even loved -- pregnancy. Author Ann Douglas knows her stuff, andis wise but not preachy friendly but not overbearing. Keep this book closeat hand for instant guidance through the highs and the lows of thisextraordinary time!" --Nancy Price,"Here's a book that's packed with up-to-date information and practicaladvice on almost every aspect of pregnancy--from prenatal testing to propernutrition, from infertility procedures to financial planning, from bedrestto breastfeeding. Yet despite its breadth and depth, the text is not dry ordull. Instead, Ann Douglas's reassuring style and insightful anecdotes makereaders feel like they're chatting with a savvy, smart, sympathetic friend." --Tamara Eberlein, coauthor of When You're Expecting Twins, Triplets, or Quads and Program Your Baby's Health