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What to Expect When You're Expecting
Heidi E. Murkoff
0761121323
Jan 2002
(Paperback) - Revised Ed.
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Book Review
Eighteen years after it first hit the shelves and having sold more than 10 million copies, What to Expect When You're Expecting is still on nearly every mother-to-be's reading list. This completely revised and updated edition is packed with answers to hundreds of questions and worries expectant parents may have. The information is presented in a month-by-month format starting with planning a pregnancy and choosing a practitioner, and follows through to six weeks after delivery. Each chapter begins with an explanation of what to expect at a particular month's prenatal visit and a brief description of how mom and baby are growing and changing before getting to the heart of the matter: What You May Be Concerned About. Topics are presented as questions ranging from "Should I be taking vitamins?" to "What if I forget everything I learn in...


What to Expect the First Year
Heidi Murkoff
0761129588
Nov 2003
(Paperback) - Revised Ed.
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Book Review
Is our baby eating enough? Is this much crying normal? How do I know when she is really sick? This hefty, 671-page guide to your baby's first year is brought to you by the creators of the bestselling What to Expect When You're Expecting. The three authors, all mothers themselves, are calm, clear, and encouraging as they tackle the first year of child-rearing, month by month. The easy-to-absorb, chronological format includes sections such as "What Your Baby May Be Doing," "What You Can Expect at This Month's Checkups," "Feeding Your Baby This Month," "What You May Be Concerned About," and "What It's Important to Know." Part Two addresses special concerns such as illness, first aid do's and don'ts, the low-birthweight baby, the adopted baby, becoming a father, and...


Annie's Baby
Beatrice Sparks
0380791412
July 1998
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Sparks (It Happened to Nancy) shares another slice of a troubled teen's life, this time focusing readers' attention on the topic of teen sex and pregnancy. The first, most excruciating entries in 14-year-old Annie's diary trace her victimization and impregnation by a manipulative and sadistic boyfriend. Completely obsessed with 16-year-old Danny ("He called me an 'Earth Angel.' And I think I'm going to commit myself completely to being just that for him, no matter what!"), Annie is less prepared than readers for the devastating fall she takes the day her home pregnancy test comes out pink. The remaining, more solution-oriented segments of the book convey Annie's arduous climb from rock-bottom ("I CANNOT BEAR TO FACE IT! I WILL NOT!") to a state in which she can confront her mistakes and plan for herself and her...


Down Came the Rain
Brooke Shields
1401301894
Apr 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
In 1980, when she was 15, Shields starred in The Blue Lagoon. In the movie, her character accidentally becomes pregnant, and when her son is born, he intuitively finds his way to her breast as Shields looks on with love and contentment. The irony of this scene isn't lost on the grown-up Shields, who not only did not become pregnant accidentally—numerous IVF cycles and a miscarriage preceded the 2003 birth of her daughter—but suffered a devastating aftermath to that birth. "I was in a bizarre state of mind," Shields describes, "experiencing feelings that ranged from embarrassment to stoicism to melancholy to shock, practically at once. I didn't feel at all joyful." Shields assumed she'd bounce back in a few days, after resting from her difficult labor. Instead, her feelings intensified: "This was...


The Girlfriend's Guide to Pregnancy
Vicki Iovine
0671524313
Oct 1995
Paperback
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Book Review
Beginning with the "10 Greatest Lies About Pregnancy" (number 10: Lamaze works), and ending with postpartum dementia, Vicki Iovine's Girlfriends' Guide to Pregnancy has fast become the laywoman's mouthpiece for the American pregnancy experience. Iovine is irreverent, sassy, and incredibly reassuring as she exposes the "truths" of pregnancy and childbirth, from sex to cellulite to cesareans. Iovine birthed four kids in six years, none of them twins, which certainly qualifies her as an expert. The Girlfriends' Guide to Pregnancy does reveal Iovine's particular cultural biases (pregnant or not, most of us don't have record-producer husbands, hang out with supermodels, or wear size-four pants) and philosophical beliefs (she's not a particularly strong proponent of natural childbirth or nursing), but, taken...


Your Pregnancy Week by Week
Glade B. Curtis
1555613462
Feb 2004
Paperback
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Book Review
Pregnancy should be a time of wonder and hope, but these days, it's associated more often with paranoia. Dr. Glade Curtis is keenly aware of the anxieties heaped upon expectant women: he has written several pregnancy-related books. So while he covers pretty much any topic that an expectant mom might be concerned about, he does not overload the reader with extraneous information or horror stories that can be found in that other best-selling pregnancy guide. In this completely revised and updated edition, Curtis describes the physical developments from weeks 1 through 40--or 41 or 42!--such as the size and weight of the baby, emotional changes in the mother, typical medical tests offered, and nutritional requirements. (The iron found in prenatal vitamins may exacerbate morning sickness, he writes, because iron ...


Taking Charge of Your Fertility (Revised Edition)
Toni Weschler
0060937645
Jan 2002
(Paperback) - Revised Ed.
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Book Review
This comprehensive book explains in lucid, assured terms how to practice the fertility awareness method (FAM), a natural, scientifically proven but little-known form of birth control (which is not to be confused with the woefully ineffective "rhythm" method). Author Toni Weschler has been teaching fertility awareness for almost 20 years, and it's only just now gaining in popularity. As the book explains, by using simple fertility signs including peaks in morning body temperature and changes in cervical position and cervical mucus, it's possible to determine when ovulation is taking place. Fertility awareness is therefore useful for not only couples who are trying to conceive, but for those who are aiming to avoid pregnancy without the use of chemical contraceptives. It will be of special interest to those women who...


The What to Expect When You're Expecting Pregnancy Organizer
Arlene Eisenberg
1563058723
Jan 1995
Paperback
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Book Description
Marrying the friendly authority of What to Expect When You're Expecting with the ease-of-use of a daily planner, here is a companion for every stage of pregnancy. It's a complete planner, and includes forms to track medical expenses, checklists to help achieve a healthy diet, easy-to-fill-in personal and family medical history pages, suggested shopping lists for pregnancy wardrobe and layettes. Plus plenty of room to record important questions for the doctor, favorite names, keep a labor and birth diary, and more. With a new design that is compact and Wire-O bound with a spine, the pregnancy organizer can be slipped into a handbag or briefcase, to be carried everywhere for everything worth jotting down. 344,000 copies in print.

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Belly Laughs: The Naked Truth About Pregnancy and Childbirth
Jenny McCarthy
073820949X
May 2004
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
McCarthy, 1994 Playmate of the Year, actress (Scream 3; Baywatch; etc.) and former host of MTV's Singled Out, gave birth to her first child in 2002. Her pregnancy wasn't pretty—and she wants to tell readers all about it. At the outset, she tells them, "If you bought this book, you are already aware of my frankness when it comes to certain things—anatomy and bodily functions among them. If someone gave this book to you as a gift and you've never heard of me, apologies to you!" She goes on to recount the nitty-gritty of pregnancy in all its gory detail, covering morning sickness, hormonal rage, cravings, hemorrhoids, "engorged" breasts, gas, hot flashes, fainting spells, weight gain, acne, water retention and, finally, labor. McCarthy is undeniably crass but funny, and her candor and self-deprecation are...


Someone Like You
Sarah Dessen
0142401773
May 2004
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Dessen's realistic portrayal of contemporary teens and their moral challenges breathes fresh life into well-worn themes of rebellion and first love. Halley has always been close to her mother, a therapist who publishes books about adolescent behavior. But the summer before her junior year of high school, Halley begins cutting the umbilical cord. She and her best friend, Scarlett, start hanging out with Ginny Tabor ("a cheerleader with a wild streak a mile wide and a reputation among the football team for more than her cheers and famous midair splits"); Halley dumps her nerdy boyfriend (the son of her mother's best friend) and becomes involved with reckless Macon, a boy her parents have forbidden her to see. Then Scarlett discovers she is pregnant two months after her boyfriend Michael is killed in a motorcycle...


Varney's Midwifery, Fourth Edition
Helen Varney Burst
0763718564
January 25, 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
Text is a comprehensive reference for providing care to all women, in all settings, from puberty through senescence. Covers new information on cultural issues, nutrition in women's health, common diagnoses in women's gynecological health, and pharmacology and midwifery.

Book Info
Yale Univ., New Haven, CT. Text is a comprehensive reference for providing care to all women, in all settings, from puberty through senescence. Covers new information on cultural issues, nutrition in women's health, common diagnoses in women's gynecological health, and pharmacology and midwifery. Previously titled, Varney's Nurse Midwifery, c1997. DNLM: Nurse Midwives.

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The Pregnancy Journal, Revised Edition
A. Christine Harris
0811846970
Jan 2005
(Hardcover) - Revised Ed.
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Book Review
Whether this is pregnancy number 1 or number 10, nothing makes it easier to connect with a growing baby than knowing exactly what magical development is happening every day. Filling the need for practical information, medical data, emotional and spiritual fuel, and even "pregnancy trivia," The Pregnancy Journal is easily one of the best books available for a woman or couple expecting a baby. The journal contains about half a page of information for each day from conception through delivery. Nutrition, how to avoid discomforts associated with pregnancy, childbirth customs in other cultures, and practical parenting tips are among the topics touched on. Many days in the journal have a great section called "Did You Know"; for example, from Day 49: "The baby's arms at this point are only as long as this printed...


Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy
Mayo Clinic
0060746378
April 1, 2004
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Would-be mothers looking for precise, accurate information from a reputable source will appreciate this mammoth pregnancy guide from the celebrated Mayo Clinic. The volume actually provides much more information than most parents will need: week by week accounts of the baby’s development, entries on how pregnancy can be affected by dozens of previous health conditions (such as HIV and diabetes), self-care tips for side effects like nausea and back pain, sidebars that explain the difference between identical and fraternal twins, etc. But the book contains at least one feature that most pregnant women will find indispensable: charts that indicate how to handle "troublesome signs and symptoms" during each three week period. For example, if a woman has slight spotting during the first four weeks of pregnancy,...


Where Did I Come from
Peter Mayle
0818402539
August 2000
Paperback
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Card catalog description
Describes the reproductive process from intercourse to birth. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


My Boys Can Swim!: The Official Guy's Guide to Pregnancy
Ian Davis
0761521674
October 1999
Paperback
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Review
Finally—A Pregnancy Book That Won't Put Men to Sleep

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Finally?A Pregnancy Book That Won't Put Men to Sleep

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