Pregnancy For Dummies

Pregnancy For Dummies

Language: English

Pages: 408

ISBN: 047038767X

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Pregnancy For Dummies

Language: English

Pages: 408

ISBN: 047038767X

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Now updated--our bestselling guide to a safe and healthy pregnancy

With robust sales and its own four-part cable TV series, Pregnancy For Dummies has been a perennial favorite, giving parents-to-be authoritative, friendly, up-to-date advice on every aspect of pregnancy and childbirth. This new edition offers all of the latest information expecting parents want to know, including expanded coverage on the health and well-being of both mother and child. It takes readers through the first, second, and third trimesters, providing new and updated coverage of prenatal genetic screening and diagnosis, amniocentesis, new high-tech ultrasounds, and the revised FDA/USDA food pyramid. It also discusses the recent celebrity trend of "on-demand" cesarean sections, multiple births, what to expect in labor and delivery, postpartum care, choosing bottle or breastfeeding, preparing a home (and siblings) for a new baby, caring for preemies, and the mother's mental as well as physical health.

"A thorough, accurate, and highly informative guide."
--Los Angeles Times

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None confirmed Only if exposed Get if traveling to endemic area Rubella None confirmed No Vaccinate postpartum Rabies Unknown Indication same as for nonpregnant woman Consider each case separately Smallpox Possible miscarriage No, unless emergency situation arises or fetal infection Tetanus and diptheria None confirmed Recommended if no primary tetanus/diphtheria series given or no booster in past 10 years, or if high-risk exposure like a cut from a sharp non-sterile object

beginning. The time has come to start thinking about what lies ahead. After you decide who your practitioner will be (check out Chapter 2), give the office a call to find out how to proceed. Some practices want you to come in for a visit with the office nurse to give a medical history and confirm your good news with either a blood or urine test, whereas others schedule a first visit with the practitioner. How soon your first visit will be scheduled depends in part on your past or current history.

deal. However, because some prenatal tests have to be performed at specific times during pregnancy (see Chapters 8 and 9 for details), just make sure that missing an appointment won’t affect any of these tests. Prenatal visits vary a bit according to each woman’s personal needs and each practitioner’s style. Some women need particular laboratory tests or physical examinations. However, the following procedures are standard during your prenatal visits: A nurse checks your weight and blood

exercise has no effect on the fetus’s normal growth. Exercising without overdoing it Your changing body is going to demand a changing exercise routine. Don’t beat yourself up if you find that pregnancy makes it harder to continue the workouts you’re accustomed to. Modify your program according to what you can reasonably tolerate. Listen to your body. If weightlifting suddenly hurts your back, lighten up. You may find it easier to perform nonweight-bearing exercises like swimming or stationary

the presence of other women attending to a woman’s labor. In recent times, the trend has shifted toward involving the baby’s father, family members, close friends, or hired labor support. So before the time comes to head to the hospital, take a moment and think about who you want to accompany you. These days, many hospitals allow more than one family member or friend in the labor and delivery room to offer continuous labor support. You may want to consider having the following people in your

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