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Pregnancy After a Loss: A Guide to Pregnancy After a Miscarriage, Stillbirth, or Infant Death Paperback – October 1, 1999
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From the Back Cover
After a miscarriage, a stillbirth, or the death of an infant, well-meaning friends and family often advise, "You can always try again". But for a woman who has experienced such a heartbreaking loss, conceiving another child can be fraught with mixed emotions. Along with joy and hope come worries, questions, and often, renewed sorrow at the memory of her previous pregnancy. This guide, filled with up-to-date medical information and written by a woman who herself experienced a successful pregnancy after the loss of her first baby, can help. It offers guidance for women asking such questions as:
-- Why did it happen -- and how can I make sure it doesn't happen again?
-- Will my next pregnancy be considered high risk?
-- How long should I wait before getting pregnant again? And once I'm pregnant, should I put off sharing the news with others?
-- Should I keep the same doctor, go to the same hospital, use the same baby things?
-- What can I expect at prenatal exams?
-- How can I cope with my anxiety?
-- Will I ever be able to love another baby as much as I loved the one I lost?
Pregnancy after a loss can be a time of great emotional upheaval -- but also, a time of healing and hope. With this sensible guide, you can ease your anxieties -- and learn to look forward to the future as you make peace with the past.
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Top Customer Reviews
My feelings of loss were not validated by the author as the majority of her example were of 3rh trimester miscarriages, stillbirth, or infant deaths. I would recommend reading "Trying Again" to couples experiencing an early pregnancy loss.
I found it surprisingly thorough on the problems that had caused our baby to die. Giving both discriptions of the problems and what could be done about them next time around.
The book follows the timeline of pregnancy from the perspective of the reader who has had a loss, and gives information and suggestions for both medical and emotional issues. It starts out with dicussing the problems of the last pregnancy (with a warning not to read those sections that don't pertain to you!), and moves onto recommendations for second opinions and then into the trimesters of pregnancy.
It give specific descriptions of tests and therapies that the doctor might prescribe. It is most helpful when discussing options with your doctor that you know the meaning of all the jargon before you start.
Because of this book, I have been much more savvy in dealing with my health care. I have gotten second opinions that my doctor didn't think to recommend. It has also prepared me more fully for my next pregnancy, which, I now realize, will be a lot more difficult emotionally than the first.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
this. book. is. awesome.
i haven't even started TTC again since we lost our baby 6 weeks ago (emma was stillborn on 3/18 at 25 weeks), but bought this book after reading... Read more
This book was extremely helpful when I got pregnant with my rainbow baby after having a stillborn son in 2011. Read morePublished 9 months ago by C.S.
Don't read this book if you had an early miscarriage...it is terrifying...I bet it may be helpful and comforting if you had a late miscarriage (stillborn)... Read morePublished 10 months ago by JGP
I found this book to be less informative and more anecdotes. Not helpful for me.Published 21 months ago by thejnstvns
There are not a lot of books out there covering pregnancy after loss, so first of all thanks to have written it! Read morePublished on May 23, 2014 by dandelion
After losing our first son to stillbirth at 9 months pregnant, we were seeking answers. While only some of the hard questions were answered, this book gives couples real guidance... Read morePublished on March 7, 2014 by Amazon Lady
I suppose after the loss of my son at 20 weeks, I did not appreciate being lumped in with someone whose child died by elective abortion. Read morePublished on December 8, 2013 by Mom Of Many
I also read Trying Again: A Guide to Pregnancy After Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Infant Loss by Ann Douglas, at the same time while I was pregnant. Read morePublished on October 22, 2013 by Rita Kais
I need to preface this review by saying my circumstances were very similar to the author's, so this book was very relevant to me. Read morePublished on June 7, 2013 by Jen DM 04