The 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

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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!

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...

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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

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0771577206

ISBN - 13:9780771577208

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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