For a start, all the issues related to pregnancy, such as
morning sickness, stretch marks and swollen ankles are
thoroughly covered. Using a question-and-answer format, the book
addresses topics ranging from getting your nutrition if you are
a vegetarian, feeling sad to feeling the baby hiccup, feeling
the baby's first kick to the time he starts turning.
Each chapter is
concisely presented and begins with an explanation of what to
expect at a prenatal visit during a particular month and a brief
description of how mother and baby are growing and changing.
This is followed by answers to questions that nag most pregnant
women: Am I getting sufficient vitamins? What about iron? If the
baby is in a breech position, will there be some movement? Will
I be able to have a natural childbirth? After childbirth will I
be able to breastfeed my newborn?
imaginable issue related to pregnancy and childbirth is
discussed in this volume, including how the mum-to-be might be
feeling to what her concerns maybe during each month of
pregnancy. The emotional issues and the blues that a pregnant
woman has to grapple with also figure prominently in the book.
The book also
features a complete nutrition plan, a special chapter for
expectant dads, and extensive information on dealing with minor
illnesses, chronic conditions, and pregnancy-related
In addition, the
book incorporates the most recent developments in medicine and
medical science and responds to the many letters and queries
received from readers. Plus there's an all-new 24-page
'Pregnancy Notes' insert for keeping a record of your doctor's
observations and your weight gain, among other issues.
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does not come across as a medical guide, it is more like having
a friend talk to you. Part of the reason for this is that the
authors themselves are mothers, who have put the book together
with help from medical experts.
Just a note of
caution: while the answers are generally reassuring, the sheer
range of problems that can occur during pregnancy can ruffle the
feathers of even the calmest mother to be. Use the information
given in this book to be aware, but learn to take each day as it
comes. That's the best way to truly enjoy the nine months and
relish the wonderful moments that will follow.