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Title:
The everything getting pregnant book : professional, reassuring advice to help you conceive
Author:
Weiss, Robin Elise.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Avon, Mass. : Adams Media, [2004]

©2004
Physical Description:
xii, 289 pages ; 24 cm.
Language:
English
Contents:
Deciding to have a baby -- Body basics: preparing for pregnancy -- Menstrual cycle basics -- Sex: procreative recreation -- Boosting your odds of conception: fertility charting -- Low-tech fertility aids -- Am I pregnant? -- Facing fertility problems -- Male factor infertility -- Female factor infertility -- Pregnancy loss -- Secondary infertility -- Choosing a fertility specialist -- Your fertility workup -- Insemination as treatment -- Medication therapy -- Fertility surgery -- Assisted reproductive technology (ART) -- Egg donation -- Third party reproduction -- Financing fertility -- Fertility support -- Congratulations! you're pregnant.
Electronic Access:
Table of contents http://www.loc.gov/catdir/toc/ecip049/2003020366.html
ISBN:
9781593370343
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

For many couples, getting pregnant can be a harrowing and emotionally draining experience. In fact, one in every six couples of childbearing age has a problem conceiving. The Everything Getting Pregnant Book is a one-of-a-kind fertility book that outlines the steps to follow when planning for a pregnancy, such as discontinuing birth control methods, exercising, and eating well. This exhaustively researched guide also provides explanations of a wide-range of fertility treatments available today, what they entail, and their success rates - allowing parents to choose their treatment wisely.
The Everything Getting Pregnant Book helps readers understand: Assisted Reproductive Technology Fertility surgery Low-tech fertility aids Male and female factor infertility Medication therapy Menstrual cycle basics
Whether couples are thinking about pregnancy and want to plan ahead or are already trying and have not yet met with success, The Everything Getting Pregnant Book will have them getting up for 3 A.M. feedings in no time.


Author Notes

Robin Elise Weiss , L.C.C.E. I.C.C.E. -C.P.E. C.D. is the program assistant for the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (The Fertility Center) at the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women's Health at the University of Louisville's School of Medicine. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including Newsweek, Working Mother , the New York Times , and American Baby .


Table of Contents

Top Ten Ways to Prepare for Pregnancyp. x
Forewordp. xi
1 Deciding to Have a Babyp. 1
Are You Emotionally Ready?p. 2
Physical Fitness: A Whole New Definitionp. 5
Fiscal Responsibility: Family Stylep. 6
Taking Family Medical/Maternity Leavep. 8
What Will Your New Baby Need?p. 9
Only Child or More?p. 11
2 Body Basics: Preparing for Pregnancyp. 13
Acting Pregnantp. 14
Avoiding Alcoholp. 15
Nicotine and Smokingp. 16
Caffeine's Common Effectsp. 17
Chemical and Workplace Hazardsp. 17
Enjoying Yourselfp. 18
Physical Readiness: Not Just for Womenp. 22
Pre-Baby Checkupp. 23
3 Menstrual Cycle Basicsp. 25
Understanding Hormonesp. 26
Putting Them All Togetherp. 27
The Ovulation Processp. 29
Determining Genderp. 30
Four Phases of the Menstrual Cyclep. 31
Tracking Your Cyclep. 32
Lifestyle Effects on Your Cyclep. 34
4 Sex: Procreative Recreationp. 37
Sex--Conception and Mythsp. 38
Getting Physical: Positioningp. 40
Positioning for Special Situationsp. 44
Location, Location, Locationp. 46
It's All About Timingp. 47
Talking About Sex with Your Partnerp. 48
Getting Out of the Birth Control Mentalityp. 48
Keeping the Romance Alivep. 49
5 Boosting Your Odds of Conception: Fertility Chartingp. 51
How Pregnancy Occursp. 52
Listening to Your Body's Signalsp. 53
Checking Your Cervical Mucousp. 53
The Position of Your Cervixp. 55
The Consistency of Your Cervixp. 56
Taking Your Temperaturep. 56
Charting the Datap. 58
Natural Family Planningp. 61
Confusing Your Body's Signalsp. 62
6 Low-Tech Fertility Aidsp. 63
Ferning Testersp. 64
Herbal Aidsp. 65
Home Fertility Testing Kitsp. 67
Fertility Charting as a Diagnostic Toolp. 69
Charting Softwarep. 71
Fertility Monitorsp. 71
Using Information Wiselyp. 72
7 Am I Pregnant?p. 73
Signs You May Be Pregnantp. 74
Pregnancy Testsp. 75
When to Testp. 77
Blood Testsp. 78
Using Ultrasound for Confirmationp. 79
Pregnancy Symptomsp. 80
Sharing the Good Newsp. 82
8 Facing Fertility Problemsp. 85
What Is Infertility?p. 86
Measures of Infertilityp. 87
Talking to Othersp. 88
Deciding to Get Helpp. 90
Where to Go from Herep. 92
9 Male Factor Infertilityp. 93
How It Should Workp. 94
Sexual Dysfunctionp. 96
Sperm Productionp. 97
Structural Defectsp. 99
Endocrine Problemsp. 102
Other Causesp. 103
Vasectomy Reversalp. 105
10 Female Factor Infertilityp. 107
Menstrual Disordersp. 108
Ovulation Disordersp. 109
Endometriosisp. 111
Tubal Factorp. 113
Uterine Anomaliesp. 115
The Endocrine Systemp. 116
Other Medical Issuesp. 116
11 Pregnancy Lossp. 119
Miscarriagep. 120
Bleeding in Pregnancyp. 124
Blighted Ovump. 126
Molar Pregnancyp. 126
Ectopic Pregnancyp. 128
Stillbirthp. 131
Repeated Lossp. 132
Emotionsp. 133
12 Secondary Infertilityp. 137
What Is Secondary Infertility?p. 138
Getting Your Doctor to Listenp. 139
Causes of Secondary Infertilityp. 140
Fitting in Between Two Worldsp. 142
Dealing with Family and Friendsp. 143
Talking to Your Childrenp. 144
13 Choosing a Fertility Specialistp. 147
Who Cares for Fertility Patients?p. 148
Specialist Trainingp. 149
Getting Recommendationsp. 151
Services Offeredp. 151
Treatment Facilitiesp. 152
Who's Who at the Infertility Clinicp. 153
Questions to Askp. 156
14 Your Fertility Workupp. 157
Self-Help Toolsp. 158
Hormone Levelsp. 158
Ultrasoundp. 161
Cervical Mucousp. 163
Post Coital Test (PCT)p. 163
Semen Analysisp. 164
Hysterosalpingogram (HSG)p. 165
Endometrial Biopsyp. 166
Laparoscopyp. 166
Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD)p. 167
Unexplained Infertilityp. 167
15 Insemination as Treatmentp. 169
Who Benefits from Inseminations?p. 170
The Collection Processp. 170
Washing the Specimenp. 172
Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)p. 173
Intracervical Insemination (ICI)p. 175
With or Without Medicationsp. 176
Super Ovulationp. 176
Donor Inseminationp. 178
16 Medication Therapyp. 181
First Line Medicationsp. 182
Ovulation Induction Medicationsp. 183
Medications for Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART)p. 184
Supplemental Medicationsp. 187
Medications for Menp. 188
Administering Medsp. 190
Medication Emergenciesp. 193
17 Fertility Surgeryp. 195
Hysteroscopyp. 196
Laparoscopyp. 197
Laparotomyp. 199
Myomectomyp. 200
Fallopian Tube Reconstructionp. 201
Lysis of Adhesionsp. 202
Endometriosisp. 203
Uterine Repairp. 203
Male Surgeriesp. 204
Preparing for Surgeryp. 205
18 Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART)p. 207
Is Advanced Treatment for Me?p. 208
In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)p. 209
Assisted Hatchingp. 212
Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injections (ICSI)p. 213
Frozen Embryosp. 214
Other Alphabet Soup Treatmentsp. 215
Emotional Aspects of ARTp. 216
Unsuccessful Cyclesp. 217
19 Egg Donationp. 219
Who Can Benefit?p. 220
The Egg Donation Processp. 220
Selecting a Donorp. 221
Cycle Synchronizationp. 225
Shared Cycles: Divvying Up the Eggsp. 227
What It Takes to Become an Egg Donorp. 227
20 Third-Party Reproductionp. 231
Egg Donationp. 232
Sperm Donationp. 233
Surrogacyp. 233
Embryo Adoptionp. 235
Infant Adoptionp. 236
Ethical Debatesp. 239
21 Financing Fertilityp. 241
Health Insurancep. 242
Shared Riskp. 244
Special Programsp. 245
Shopping Aroundp. 246
Loansp. 248
Choosing the Right Optionsp. 249
22 Fertility Supportp. 251
Staying Sanep. 252
Living Your Lifep. 252
Keeping the Love Alivep. 253
Peer Supportp. 254
Support Groupsp. 255
Internet Supportp. 256
Counseling/Therapyp. 258
Living in a Fertile Worldp. 259
23 Congratulations! You're Pregnant!p. 261
Emotional Roller Coasterp. 262
Who's Who in the Birth Worldp. 263
What to Look forp. 265
Multiplesp. 268
Asking for Referralsp. 269
Your Outlook on Pregnancyp. 269
Your First Prenatal Visitp. 270
Appendix A Resourcesp. 274
Appendix B Basal Body Temperature Chartp. 283
Indexp. 284