For the past decade, Parenting magazine has gained the loyal readership of smart, involved parents by getting to the heart of what moms and dads need to know about raising a child. Now Parenting, with an advisory board of leading experts, have created a comprehensive sourcebook to give parents-to-be--and their newborns--the best start possible. The Parenting Guide to Pregnancy & Childbirth takes you from conception through the first weeks of a baby's life. Here is up-to-the minute information on:
What's Going on in Your Body: Common changes
Tips for a good night's sleep When to call the doctor Pregnancy and sex
What's Going on in Your Head: Mood swings Miscarriage fears Ways to feel your best
How Baby Grows: Trimester-by-trimester look at fetal development
First flutters and kicks Prematurity
Checkups and Tests: Choosing a caregiver
All about prenatal tests Genetic counseling Eating and fitness: sensible weight gain Sneaking in nutrients Foods to avoid Exercise basics Getting your body back after pregnancy
Special Situations: Multiple births
Placenta problems Gestational diabetes Older mom Bed rest The breech baby
The Big Day: Why every labor is different
Pain management Stage of labor Epidural pros and cons Cesarean birth
Plus: Work Concerns
Newborn basics Naming baby Travel tips Real moms' advice stories Handy checklists And much more!
Paula Spencer is a freelance writer whose eight books include The V Book andMomfidence!: An Oreo Never Killed AnybodyandOther Secrets of Happier Parenting. Author of the “Momfidence!” column in Woman’s Day, she is also a contributing editor to Parenting and Baby Talk. She lives with her husband and four children in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Parenting: Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth by Paula Spencer with the editors of Parenting magazine