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The Mother of all Pregnancy Books Paperback – January 1, 2002
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Incredibly comprehensive yet easy to follow, Douglas, author of a number of pregnancy books, also covers infertility, high-risk pregnancy, miscarriage and infant loss. Charts and tables show how chronic disease, as well as prescription and non-prescription drugs, can affect a pregnancy. Wondering if you're too old to conceive or give birth? Douglas discusses the facts of pregnancy past ages 20, 30 and 40.
""The Complaint Department"" chapter discusses nearly every conceivable ache, pain and medical issue that can arise during pregnancy and how to deal with them. Facts and figures, as well as quotes that are pertinent to each topic, are dispersed throughout. A huge listing of organizations and Web sites that deal with everything from breast-feeding to adoption rounds out this volume. Very little is discussed when it comes to postpregnancy and baby care; that will be covered in the author's upcoming book, ""The Mother of All Baby Books."" (Copyright 2002 Chicago Tribune Company, Chicago Tribune, June 16, 2002 Sunday)
""...my summer reading has been filled up..."" (Eastern Eye, August 2003)
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"At long last, a new pregnancy bible for women of my generation and younger has emerged in the form of The Mother of All Pregnancy Books. With humor, sensitivity, an easy, no-jargon style and a million "extras" that the leading pregnancy books on the shelves don't cover, Ann Douglas holds nothing back. Not only do I love this book, but Iwill use it as a valuable tool in my own work as a women's health author." - M. Sara Rosenthal, author, The Pregnancy Sourcebook
"An extremely comprehensive and even-handed volume that provides just about everything but the baby! The Mother of All Pregnancy Books is an amazing resource and Ann Douglas is a reassuring and savvy guide." - Cecelia A. Cancellaro, author of Pregnancy Stories: Real Women Share the Joys, Fears, Thrills, and Anxieties of Pregnancy from Conception to Birth
"'Mother' knows. Start reading this treasure trove even before you get pregnant so you can make it through every jam-packed page before your baby arrives." - Paula Spencer, author of Everything ELSE You Need to Know When You're Expecting: The New Etiquette for the New Mom
"Finally, a pregnancy book that includes essential pre-pregnancy concerns, such as planning and physical and emotional preparation! Ann Douglas has written her masterwork Mother of All Pregnancy Books in the same unpretentious, concise style as her Unofficial Guide. Shealso stays true to her goal of informing parents and prospective parents as completely as possible, so they will be well-equipped to sort through the pros and cons of their own life choices as they see them. Not one to forgo difficult issues, her chapter entitled 'When Pregnancy Isn't Perfect' is one of the best I've read, both for itssensitivity and for its emphasis on coping and prevention. This is a book that will serve women and their families well." - A. Christine Harris, Ph.D., author of The Pregnancy Journal
"This is truly 'the mother of all pregnancy books' -- an intelligent resource that covers every pregnancy-related topic imaginable in a fun, reassuring way. Ann Douglas has done an exceptional job of arming parents-to-be with the facts they need to make the healthiest possible choices from preconception through postpartum. A must-have!" - Susan Newman, Ph.D., author of Parenting An Only Child: The Joysand Challenges of Raising Your One and Only
"The Mother of All Pregnancy Books is a comprehensive and incredibly informative resource about pregnancy (and what comes before and after!). Ann Douglas tells all in her witty style, entertaining readers along the way. Unlike other pregnancy books, Douglas combines thorough research and reporting with the human touch, offering her own experiences and insight while educating her readers at one of themost important times in their lives. This book is not to be missed!" - Elisa Ast All, Editor-in-Chief, Pregnancy magazine, Baby Years magazine, and iParenting.com
"If you're looking for an all-in-one 'Tell me everything, and tell it like it is' book for your pregnancy, The Mother of all Pregnancy Books is it. Not only is this hefty volume filled with facts about fertility, pregnancy and birth, it also contains hundreds of anecdotes from moms who lived -- and maybe even loved -- pregnancy. Author Ann Douglas knows her stuff, and is wise but not preachy friendly but not overbearing. Keep this book close at hand for instant guidance through the highs and the lows of this extraordinary time!" - Nancy Price, ePregnancy.com
Here's a book that's packed with up-to-date information and practical advice on almost every aspect of pregnancy--from prenatal testing to proper nutrition, from infertility procedures to financial planning, from bedrest to breastfeeding. Yet despite its breadth and depth, thetext is not dry or dull. Instead, Ann Douglas's reassuring style and insightful anecdotes make readers feel like they're chatting with a savvy, smart, sympathetic friend.- Tamara Eberlein, coauthor of When You're Expecting Twins, Triplets, or Quads" and "Program Your Baby's Health
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*What does it really cost to raise children?
*Watch your weight- but not too carefully
*Create a "sperm-friendly" vaginal environment
*The major causes of infertility
*Finding Dr. Right
*The pregnancy nutrient check
*The top-ten 1st/2nd and 3rd trimester worries
*What's normal and what's not
*Pregnancy complaints from A-Z
*What pre-natal testing can- and can't- tell you
*Husband coached birth, or doula (a gir's best friend!)
*What labor is REALLY like
*When pregnancy isn't perfect (e.g. preemies, stillbirth, ectopic pregnancy, intrapartum death, molar pregnancy, etc.)
*Your post-partum body- what to expect
*The post-partum survival guide
Did I lie? This book covers it all. The biggest complaint my friend had regarding Vicki Iovine's "Girlfriend's Guide to Pregnancy" (which I loved) was how casually the topic of miscarriage was handled (my friend, who is now due the same week as me, has experienced 2 miscarriages).Read more ›
The information is practical and doesn't use medical jargon. Charts etc. are used to lay information out in an easily-scanned and readable format.
The book is not arranged so much in a month-by-month format (although that does underlie the organization). It is *NOT* What to Expect When You're Expecting -- it's its own book, to be evaluated on its own terms.
I particularly appreciated the practical medical and nutrition advice and explanations, as I work in the nutrition field - it was nice to see things explained so reasonably (I have read other books which can be frightening in their approach to the 'nutrition' question). There are practical tips, such as the best ways to take iron supplements (with a meal, and/or with citrus, for better absorption and less of the sometime side effects) .... And good descriptions of some of the common complaints of pregnancy, as well as their causes (and whether there's anything a woman can do to avoid them).
I also appreciated the information in the back, about potential problems with pregnancy. Let's face it - none of us want to have a difficult pregnancy, and we all want to have healthy babies. But the fact remains that sometimes that's not going to happen. I'd far rather have some idea what the complications might be, than lie panic-stricken on the exam table several months into a 'blissful' pregnancy, completely blind-sided by something that's come up.
People who don't want to read or know about that information, can simply skip that section.Read more ›
Chapter 1: Are You Ready to Have a Baby?
This chapter discusses the costs of raising a child, how having a baby may impact on the rest of your life (your relationship with your partner, your working life, etc.), and how your age impacts on your fertility.
Chapter 2: Your Pre-Game Plan
This chapter talks about what you can do to get your body in the best possible condition for becoming pregnant (e.g, dietary and lifestyle changes you and your baby's father may want to consider making). It also talks about what you can expect from your preconception checkup.
Chapter 3: Sperm, Meet Egg
This chapter discusses the science of conception and what is involved in becoming pregnant.
Chapter 4: Missed Conceptions
This chapter is about fertility problems and both high-tech and low-tech methods of treating infertility.
Chapter 5: Winning at Baby Roulette
This chapter talks about pregnancy tests, choosing a doctor or midwife, what your due date really means, and how your baby will develop during the months ahead.
Chapter 6: Operation Healthy Baby
This chapter talks about important lifestyle modifications you will want to make during pregnancy: e.g., diet, exercise, avoiding cigarettes and alcohol, getting off any medications that could be harmful to your baby, finding out whether you are exposed to toxins on the job that could be harmful and so on.
Chapter 7: The Worry Zone
This chapter covers the top worries for each trimester of pregnancy and includes detailed information on shopping for baby gear and your rights as a pregnant worker.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book did have a lot of helpful information in it. The only problem was that I didn't realize when I bought it how quickly pregnancy information changes, and I didn't notice... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Briana Dee
Not as all-inclusive and informative as other pregnancy books. What to Expect and the like gave me much more information and made me feel much more prepared even though I read this... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Anna
I loved this book. I wasn't a big fan of the "what to expect when you're expecting". This book seemed much more down to earth and personable. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Cori L.
This book is amazing! I read it before I got pregnant (we were still trying) and then again when I am pregnant (32 weeks now). Read morePublished 11 months ago by Go Cougs
My wife followed the book during the pregnancy and said lots to me from the bookPublished 12 months ago by Monikhs
Very detailed really helped out my wife who was a first time mom.Published 12 months ago by Marcus Dean Adams
This is a really, really great book. I've read through the "What To Expect" series, along with several curated pregnancy and motherhood books. Read morePublished 13 months ago by owloveya