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Everything expectant mums need to know, trimester bytrimester
Both new and seasoned parents alike have questions and concernsover the course of the nine-month adventure. Pregnancy ForDummies offers comfort and reassurance while serving as a guideto what mother and baby experience before, during, and just afterbirth. Here, you’ll find expert advice on diets and exercisewhen you’re pregnant; guidance on following your baby’sdevelopment, trimester by trimester; tips on how to prepare for thebig day; techniques for taking care of yourself before and afterdelivery; 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 andchildbirth. This new edition offers all of the latest informationexpecting parents want to know, including medical and nutritionalinformation and updated resources/changes in NHS practice, so thatnew mums will feel prepared and reassured ahead of the birth.
A guide to what mother and baby experience before, during, andjust 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 afterpregnancy, Pregnancy For Dummies will keep you prepared andreassured every step along the way.
please read this book with a skeptical mind. or at least just know that it is skewed very heavily towards a technocratic approach to childbirth. readers should be warned that the information is coming from two obstetricians with a very strong medically-oriented bias. as was pointed out by another reviewer, i found some statements that are absolutely not true: one is the authors' claim that pitocin does not lead to more painful contractions; the second is that giving birth in the lithotomy position (on your back) makes for the easiest delivery. (it may be easist for the doctor.) both of these are known to be false. in fact, it has been pointed out that the lithotomy position is the single most dysfunctional position for delivery. it actually makes the pelvis more narrow and increases the likelihood of tears. also, it has been the least common position adopted by birthing women throughout history and the world except in cultures that have embraced a medical approach to birth (and then, it was the doctors' idea). i think this is very irresponsible of the authors and the publisher should have balanced their perspective with that of natural-birth practitioners so that women could hear more than one viewpoint.
i gave it two stars instead of one because there is some helpful information. also, on a personal level, this was the book that prompted me to call my midwife because of the early contractions i was experiencing. some other books seemed to imply that the contractions could be normal. in other words, i think this book is most useful for the medically urgent issues that may come up during pregnancy but NOT for a normal, healthy pregnancy that is moving along smoothly.read more
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