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Kiss guide to pregnancy
Molnar, Felicia Eisenberg.
Personal Author:
First American edition.
Publication Information:
London ; New York, N.Y. : DK Pub., [2001]

Physical Description:
352 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
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Lake Shore Library RG525 .M55 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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The Keep It Simple Series -- the greatest guides ever! This illustrated guide covers every aspect of pregnancy including morning sickness, labor and delivery, and bringing home the new baby. Expectant mothers face many of the same concerns and even the same symptoms. The KISS Pregnancy will provide all the answers! Find out how to enjoy every moment of your pregnancy with DK's KISS Guide to Pregnancy. Understand what's going on at each stage of your pregnancy. Get the lowdown on the best prenatal care and the latest tests and procedures. Find out how to eat well, stay in shape, and exercise safely. Understand how to involve your partner and enjoy the pregnancy together. Discover top tips for dealing with mood swings, common fears, and physical changes. Learn how to care for your new baby and find time to recover. The Keep It Simple Series is the new standard in how-to books! Written by leading experts, each book includes full-color photographs and illustrations throughout, making these the first and only truly accessible guides for beginners. The KISS format is designed to help readers build confidence from the start, and learn gradually and thoroughly to the very last page. Much more than introductions to various subjects, these inspiring and innovative books are the ones that readers can trust!

Author Notes

Felicia Eisenberg Molnar is the mother of Isabelle Sara, who was born with the aid of midwives at Hospital Chatel-St. Denis in Switzerland. She is a writer specializing in books about art and design, a former editor at the Israel Museum and The Getty Conservation Institute, and has also worked with Yale University Press, Chelsea House Publishers, and The United Nations Center for Human Rights. Her articles, and a book entitled Lofts: New Designs for Urban Living, have been published internationally. She lives in Topanga Canyon, California, and is married to the artist Imre Jozsef Molnar. Miriam Stoppard MD, FRCP is Britain's best-selling pregnancy and childcare author. As a popular medical writer and broadcaster, and as advice columnist for The Mirror, she has helped millions of parents to meet the physical and emotional challenges of pregnancy and childbirth. Among her many books are Baby and Child Healthcare, Know Your Child and Conception, Pregnancy & Birth, all published by Dorling Kindersley. Well known for her practical yet sympathetic approach, Dr. Stoppard appears regularly on radio and television. She lives in London, and has two grown-up sons, two stepsons, and two stepdaughters.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. 14
Introductionp. 16
What's Inside?p. 18
The Extrasp. 19
Part 1 The Exhilarating Early Weeks
Chapter 1 Am I Pregnant?p. 22
Conceiving: the fundamentalsp. 24
The signs of pregnancyp. 25
Proof positivep. 29
Time to celebratep. 32
Chapter 2 Your Childbirth Choicesp. 38
Working out a birth planp. 40
Doctor or midwife?p. 41
What is a midwife?p. 42
Should I continue with my own doctor?p. 44
Choosing where to give birthp. 46
Chapter 3 Am I Too Old for This?p. 50
Pregnancy after 35: facts and fictionsp. 52
Common age-related conditionsp. 53
Age, fertility, and conceptionp. 54
Balancing the pros and consp. 58
Chapter 4 Oh My, I'm Pregnant Again!p. 60
The second time aroundp. 62
Can I have a vaginal delivery after a previous surgical birth?p. 66
What's my risk of miscarriage this time?p. 68
Do I need to go to childbirth classes again?p. 69
Can our older children be present at the birth?p. 70
Part 2 So You're Going to Be a Mother
Chapter 5 Taking Care of Yourselfp. 74
Nutrition for twop. 76
Healthy eatingp. 76
What should I eat?p. 78
Should I take any vitamins?p. 82
What foods should I avoid?p. 83
How much weight gain is okay?p. 85
The big no-no'sp. 86
Chapter 6 Staying in Shapep. 90
Can I still work out?p. 92
Modifying your routinep. 92
What exercises are best when I'm pregnant?p. 95
Pelvic floor exercisesp. 97
Chapter 7 Feeling Attractive and Looking Goodp. 100
Fashion advicep. 102
Personal beauty carep. 105
Now let's talk about sex!p. 106
Chapter 8 Preparing for Birthp. 110
Choosing a childbirth classp. 112
Developing a birth planp. 117
Your birth support teamp. 118
Your baby's doctorp. 121
The circumcision decisionp. 122
Part 3 Forty Weeks and Counting
Chapter 9 Prenatal Testingp. 126
An overview of the prenatal testing scenep. 128
What routine tests may tell youp. 130
Genetic screeningp. 135
Genetic testingp. 137
Chapter 10 First Trimesterp. 142
My changing bodyp. 144
Why do I feel this way?p. 147
I don't feel anythingp. 150
Hey baby, what are you doing in there?p. 151
Chapter 11 Second Trimesterp. 154
Months four, five, and sixp. 156
May I do anything I want?p. 159
Breaking the news at workp. 161
What's that baby up to now?p. 163
Baby's sensory worldp. 164
Chapter 12 Third Trimesterp. 168
I don't feel so greatp. 170
What if my baby comes late or early?p. 175
Medical visits nowp. 176
And what's the baby doing?p. 177
Part 4 Stages of Childbirth
Chapter 13 Is It Really Happening?p. 182
The first signsp. 184
A false alarmp. 187
When should I call the doctor or midwife?p. 188
The impending birthp. 188
Packing your birth bagp. 190
Chapter 14 Countdown to Deliveryp. 194
Working your body to the birthp. 196
The first stagep. 196
The active phasep. 198
Best birth positionsp. 202
Medicated pain reliefp. 206
Chapter 15 Here Comes the Babyp. 210
Transitionp. 212
The second stagep. 213
When is induction necessary?p. 218
The baby is bornp. 219
Unusual positions of babyp. 220
Instruments to aid deliveryp. 223
The third and final stagep. 224
Part 5 The Early Days and Weeks
Chapter 16 The First Day of a New Lifep. 228
Love at first sightp. 230
Immediate carep. 231
Taking stockp. 235
What a newborn can dop. 239
Care after the birthp. 241
Your body after the birthp. 243
Nursery or rooming-inp. 244
Chapter 17 Feeding the Babyp. 248
Is breastfeeding for me?p. 250
The benefits of breastfeedingp. 251
When to start breastfeedingp. 254
Learning how to nursep. 255
Common breastfeeding problems and their solutionsp. 260
How long should I breastfeed?p. 262
Chapter 18 Getting Back in Shapep. 266
The challenge: finding the time for exercisep. 268
Why exercise?p. 270
Will I ever return to my former shape?p. 273
Simple exercise routinesp. 276
Part 6 You and Your Baby's Well-Being
Chapter 19 Coping With Complicationsp. 284
Kinds of troublep. 286
Signs of troublep. 287
High-risk pregnancyp. 289
Losing a baby: emotional griefp. 297
Depression after childbirthp. 298
Chapter 20 If Your Baby Needs Extra Carep. 300
What to do if there is a problem at birthp. 302
Health problems common to premature babiesp. 305
Serious problems not related to prematurityp. 308
Common problems of healthy newbornsp. 310
Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)p. 313
Chapter 21 Consider the Alternativesp. 316
Why should I choose alternative therapies?p. 318
What is alternative medicine?p. 318
Complementary treatments for common ailmentsp. 321
Further resourcesp. 332
Booksp. 332
Organizationsp. 333
Pregnancy on the Webp. 335
A Simple Glossaryp. 338
Indexp. 341
Acknowledgmentsp. 352

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