The Pregnancy Bible: Your Complete Guide to Pregnancy and Early Parenthood

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9781554073801: The Pregnancy Bible: Your Complete Guide to Pregnancy and Early Parenthood

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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About the Author:

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

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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

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