The Pregnancy Bible: Your Complete Guide To Pregnancy And Early Parenthood

Paperback | September 30, 2008

EditorJoanne Stone, Keith Eddleman

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The Pregnancy Bible, with 300,000 copies sold, is the most attractive and complete guide to this important event in parents' lives.

This updated edition includes authoritative information about the latest developments on a number of significant issues affecting the well-being of an expectant mother and her baby. Specifically, these include:

  • Revisions to the FDA/USDA food pyramid
  • New CDC recommendations about mercury and fish
  • Update on nuchal translucency screening
  • Update on screening for genetic disorders (in particular in the Ashkenazi Jewish population)
  • Updated information about loss rates after amniocentesis
  • The availability of ancillary testing when undergoing CVS/ amnio (like aneuploidy FISH and microdeletion FISH)
  • New information about 3D/4D ultrasound
  • A new emphasis on the importance of reporting domestic violence
  • Recent trends in cesarean delivery "on demand"
  • The importance of keeping vaccinations up to date
  • Updated information on teeth whitening
  • An updated section on the "breech" position
  • Update on Down syndrome screening.

The Pregnancy Bible covers the complete sequence of fetal development in utero week by week. Each stage is illustrated with full color photography. Many photos are life-size and reproduced from state-of-the-art ultrasound images. The book also uses step-by-step illustrations, sidebars, practical suggestions, topics to discuss, checklist charts, quick-reference gatefold spreads, check-up calendars, a directory and other easy-to-access information and advice to guide expectant parents through the pregnancy, birth and early infancy.

American Reference Books Annual praised The Pregnancy Bible for its "easy-to-understand style that will especially appeal to first-time parents." It is an essential addition to public and consumer health library collections and one that customers will request by name.

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The Pregnancy Bible, with 300,000 copies sold, is the most attractive and complete guide to this important event in parents' lives. This updated edition includes authoritative information about the latest developments on a number of significant issues affecting the well-being of an expectant mother and her baby. Specifically, thes...

Joanne Stone, MD, and Keith Eddleman, MD, are associate professors of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York. consulting editiors Joanne Stone, MD and Keith Eddelman, MD

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:392 pages, 9.75 × 7.5 × 1.06 inPublished:September 30, 2008Publisher:Firefly BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1554073804

ISBN - 13:9781554073801

Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Pregnancy Book ever I came across this book the 1st time i went to the Dischem when i discovered i was prognant to but my preggy vitamins (that was 3 years ago) It made me enjoy every bit of my pregnancy up until the end becuase i knew everystep my angel was taking. I still recommend it to my pregnant friends till today. Great!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
Date published: 2012-07-23

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Introduction Since it was first published in 2003, The Pregnancy Bible has proved to be invaluable to the expectant mothers and fathers who acquired a copy. Pregnancy is a unique experience and one that you will want to enjoy while doing what's best for your baby. Today, a great deal more is known about the risks to a baby's normal development, and also what a woman needs to do to successfully meet the challenges of pregnancy, labor, and delivery than was possible in the past. However, all the information that is now available, particularly relating to situations that may be, evenly remotely, out of the ordinary, is rarely known in total to a single physician, no matter how well trained and experienced he or she is. That is why, to produce a thoroughly researched book, The Pregnancy Bible was created with a team of experts in every related field including genetics, midwifery, gynecology, and obstetrics, pregnancy nutrition and exercise, psychology, fetology, and pediatrics. Additionally, teachers in natural childbirth techniques, breastfeeding, and baby care were consulted. Five years on, we've gone back to the experts to ensure that the information is thoroughly up to date. This revised edition of The Pregnancy Bible continues to cover every aspect of pregnancy, birth, and new parenthood. Although it cannot replace the care and attention that you'll receive from your healthcare providers, who'll know you as an individual, it can supplement that advice, explain procedures, give handy hints, and answer many questions that you may not have thought of asking. It also contains many special features such as life-size illustrations, color photography, and the very latest 3-D images, which allow you to see how your baby develops week by week. Special gatefold pages give you an at-a-glance guide to what you can expect in each of the three trimesters. Comprehensive sections on nutrition, exercise, and what you should do to maintain good health will help you achieve a healthy pregnancy and prepare for the birth that you want. There is also advice on the emotional aspects of pregnancy for both you and your partner. Once your baby is born, further chapters contain information on how to take care of yourself and how to respond to, bond with, and feed, bath, change, dress, and carry your newborn. Two reference sections form an in-depth guide to the tests and procedures that may be used during your pregnancy and to the treatment of the medical complaints and problems that can affect you or your newborn. Most importantly, The Pregnancy Bible has been designed to help you achieve a positive attitude, which has been shown to be one of the most significant factors in a rewarding birth experience. With knowledge and understanding, you can take on pregnancy and parenthood with confidence. Joanne Stone, MD and Keith Eddleman, MD

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Introduction

PART I MIRACULOUS BEGINNINGS

THE STORY OF PREGNANCY
Sperm meets egg
The journey to the uterus
Your baby's inheritance
The first signs of pregnancy
Your pregnant body: 1st trimester
Your pregnant body: 2nd trimester
Your baby week by week
Your pregnant body: 3rd trimester
How your baby is born

PART II ENJOYING YOUR PREGNANCY

YOUR PREGNANT BODY
Inner changes
Outer changes
Will it harm your baby?
Everyday hazards
Working safely
Traveling safely

YOUR PRENATAL CARE
The basics of good care
Your first visit
Subsequent visits
Special pregnancies

NINE MONTHS OF HEALTHY EATING
Making healthy adjustments
How to eat a balanced diet
The essential nutrients
Avoiding food hazards

KEEPING FIT
Preparing for exercise
Planning your program
Using relaxation techniques

LOOKING GREAT
Top-to-toe care
Your maternity wardrobe

THE SECRET LIFE OF YOUR UNBORN BABY
The safety of the uterus
Your baby's senses
Your active baby
The birth instigator

MANAGING YOUR EMOTIONS AND INTIMACY
Your response to pregnancy
You and your partner
Minimizing labor worries

PREGNANCY FOR DADS
New to fatherhood
Redefining your relationship
Your role at the birth
Thinking about the future

CHOICES IN CHILDBIRTH
Childbirth classes
Deciding where to give birth
Support measures for labor
Interventions and procedures

GETTING READY FOR THE BIRTH OF YOUR BABY
Decisions about your baby
Shopping for your baby
Preparing for labor
Going overdue

YOUR LABOR AND BIRTH EXPERIENCE
Recognizing labor
The stages of labor
Special medical interventions
Your baby's experience of birth

PART III PRENATAL REFERENCE

Prenatal tests
Genetic counseling
Complicated labors
Pregnancy complications
Pre-existing medical conditions
Medical emergencies
Bleeding in pregnancy
Miscarriage

PART IV NOW YOU'RE A FAMILY

YOUR MARVELOUS NEWBORN
What your baby looks like
Your baby's postpartum care
What your baby can do

TAKING CARE OF YOUR BABY
Feeding basics
Starting to breastfeed
Bottlefeeding your baby
Meeting your baby's needs

LOOKING AFTER YOURSELF
Your body after the birth
Enjoying motherhood
A healthy postpartum diet
Getting back into shape

ENJOYING PARENTHOOD
Early days as a parent
Overcoming problems
Settling into family life

PART V POSTPARTUM REFERENCE
Maternal complaints and treatments
Newborn medical problems
Your baby's health and development
Babies needing special care
Birth abnormalities
The loss of a baby

Index
Acknowledgments

Editorial Reviews

[Review of earlier edition:] Written in an easy-to-understand style that will especially appeal to first-time parents... Throughout the well-written text are sidebars with relevant information, charts and diagrams, and color photographs... highly recommended for public and consumer health library collections.