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Avoiding Miscarriage: Everything You Need To Know To Feel More Confident In Pregnancy illustrated edition Edition

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This book is for any woman who wonders what she can do to reduce her chance of miscarriage and create a better future. It is written for:

Women who have never been pregnant. If you want to find out about the conditions that cause miscarriage, and whether you could be at increased risk for any of them, then this book is for you.

Women who want to make informed decisions about delaying childbearing. It can be very difficult to find the information you need to understand how age affects your risk profile. This book presents the facts and discussion you need to make informed decisions.

Women who have miscarried. With its targeted questionnaires and miscarriage evaluation flowcharts, this book can help you find specific answers and clarify the way forward.

Women who want to take charge of their reproductive healthcare. Whether it is forging a partnership with your doctor or creating an effective, easy-to-use action plan, this book is designed to help you achieve the balance and results you want.

About the Author

Author Susan Rousselot draws on both training and personal experience to write this empowering and informative book. With degrees from Wellesley and MIT, and experience as a medical researcher, she has tracked down and deciphered the most solid, up-to-date medical information for this book. Yet she covers the subject with a clarity that comes from being an accomplished author, and a compassion that comes from her own miscarriages; she knows firsthand the many difficult issues that pregnancy loss can trigger, and how hard it can be to get answers. She translates complex medical research into clear language and useful insights, and presents it all with sensitivity and optimism. Finally, she encourages readers by her own example, because although she knew nothing about miscarriage when it struck her, she resolved to take an informed, positive role in her own healthcare; she believes her two children are the direct result.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Sea Change Press; illustrated edition edition (September 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0977493318
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977493319
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #603,040 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on March 5, 2007
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Written by Susan Rousselot, a mother who personally undertook extensive research to learn how to minimize the risk of miscarriage after personally suffering one, and featuring a foreword by miscarriage specialist Dr. Mary Stephenson, MD, Avoiding Miscarriage: Everything You Need to Know to Feel More Confident in Pregnancy offers straightforward answers to difficult questions. Debunking common myths about miscarriage, such as "after a miscarriage, I have to wait six months before trying again", "I miscarried because I continued to exercise", or "I miscarried because I once had an abortion", Avoiding Miscarriage acknowledges that a great deal of miscarriages are due to chromosomal problems and other abnormalities beyond the mother's control, but goes on to outline what is under a mother's control and how to effectively reduce risk. Maintaining a reasonably healthy weight (neither obese nor malnourished), receiving immunizations against common diseases that threaten pregnancy, and eliminating (or at least drastically reducing) alcohol, tobacco, and caffeine are among the helpful strategies advised; also of note are Avoiding Miscarriage's recommendations for improving communication with one's partner. Highly recommended, and a "must-read" for any woman seeking to become pregnant.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By L. Riley on August 10, 2006
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I was impressed with this very readable book which combines up-to-the-minute science with true case histories to explain the causes of miscarriage. It is written in a question and answer format and allows a woman to measure her individual risk of miscarriage and to take preventitive steps to avoid it. The author had multiple miscarriages herself, and she is able to pass her understanding on to her reader. After researching the causes of miscarriage, and having two healthy children, she wrote this book. I recommend it to every woman to explain how our bodies work.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By amanda jo sayer on February 28, 2008
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I found "Avoiding Miscarriage" to be an amazing book! It answered so many questions and helped me so much. I accredit most of my "recovery" to this book. I was able to move past most of my issues, and relieve myself of a lot of guilt and blame.
I found the combination of various stories and facts to be extremely effective. Readers are able to relate with others who have had miscarriages, yet learn so much! It was great for me after suffering multiple miscarriages to alleviate some of the fear of multiple miscarriages. I believe it would be wonderful for anyone with multiple miscarriages in helping them narrow down causes.
It also taught me to question my doctor. "Avoiding Miscarriage" gave me critical knowledge every pregnant woman should have to communicate effectively with their doctors.
My favorite section was "Understanding Your Partner." A miscarriage will certainly test a relationship, this section helped to restore my faith in my partner.

Other sections include

-Miscarriage Explained
-Miscarriage Myths and Misinformation
-When Miscarriage Strikes
-Assessing Your Own Risk, with an in-depth break down of all the causes and possible problems
- Understanding yourself
- Understanding your partner.
-Understanding your doctor
-Choosing your own path and
-ENJOYING PREGNANCY

A great buy and definite must read!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By kelw on May 8, 2007
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Having suffered through 4 pregnancies and 4 miscarriages I was looking for something to give me direction. This book is it! From debunking commonly held myths to exploring possible causes and treatments, the book gives numerous options about how to proceed. At the very least it provokes questions you can ask your doctor. It's written in plain English by a woman who used her medical research background to gather info, interpret it and put it into one place. Excellent book!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Here Iam Baby on September 11, 2012
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It is hard to believe, but after several years and more miscarriages than I can count, I have just been fumbling through it, completely in the dark about them. Yes, doctors have run various tests on me, and I have gotten bits of information here or there, but I have never had all the information in one place. This is a simple handbook / manual / reference book that I will keep on hand for the rest of my childbearing years.

From talking to others I think there is a huge desire for understanding this issue better, but no one seems to know how. I am astonished that the author had to self-publish at her own expense due to lack of interest from publishers. I am so grateful that she did.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Blessed Mommy on May 31, 2008
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I was initially a little apprehensive about this book, wondering if it was going to leave me feeling more worried or be full of information that I could do nothing with. It doesn't. This is one of the best books I've read so far and it is so full of up to date information. The author makes it so easy to read, even though it is primarily medical info. The stories that precede each chapter are touching, and a great way to add a personal experience you may relate to. In short, great book, worth every penny, wonderful information. You truly will feel armed with the info you need to confidently experience pregnancy again.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A. French on January 19, 2007
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This book is incredibly helpful with finding your way through the maze of why you are experiencing miscarriages. It provides the scientific data of why it is occuring and what specific labs, medical procedures and treatment options to discuss with your medical provider. I would highly recommend this book.
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