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When You're Expecting Twins, Triplets, or Quads: Proven Guidelines for a Healthy Multiple Pregnancy, 3rd Edition Paperback – December 28, 2010
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Subjects like nutrition, mom's changing body and emotions, fetal development, potential complications, and labor and delivery take on new meaning when you add another baby or two to the standard equation. With the goal of minimizing risk factors associated with multiple births, Dr. Barbara Luke and her team of writers cover each subject with a buoyant determination to tell it all and tell it well--avoiding the typical "how to name and dress your twins" issues. Accompanying the detailed medical perspective of Dr. Luke are personal experiences gathered from the journals of a few articulate moms, making each subject as real as it is educational. Simple illustrations, valuable charts (including one to plot and monitor fetal growth in grams or pounds), specific menu examples (like how can you consume 4,500 calories if you're expecting quads???), and lots of reassurance make this book a winner. --Liane Thomas --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Back Cover
You're expecting more than one baby? Congratulations!
Effective, encouraging, and up-to-date, When You're Expecting Twins, Triplets, or Quads is essential for you and your babies.
Like all mothers-to-be, you're experiencing the full spectrum of human emotions: joy, fear, confusion, and excitement—maybe all at once. As a woman pregnant with more than one baby, you're feeling all these things . . . only more so!
In When You're Expecting Twins, Triplets, or Quads, Dr. Barbara Luke, an acknowledged expert on the prenatal care of multiples, outlines a practical, nutrition-based program to keep you and your babies healthy, and she offers a comprehensive tour of what you can expect during your unique pregnancy and childbirth experience. Women who follow this program have significantly fewer complications during pregnancy—and their babies are born weighing 20 to 35 percent more than the average twin, triplet, or quad. Included is crucial information on:
- Finding a qualified maternal/fetal medicine specialist
- Dietary guidelines for maximizing birthweight
- Safe limits on exercise, physical activity, and work
- Taking a leave from your job and negotiating the best deal
- Reducing your risk for pregnancy complications
- Recognizing the signs of preterm labor and what to do about them
- What to expect during and after delivery
- Feeding and caring for your newborns . . . and yourself
- Getting back into shape after delivery
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Top Customer Reviews
Reading this book helped me take the best possible care of my unborn babies and myself, not to mention making the most of my prenatal appointments, by educating me in detail on topics that other twin books only brushed across. When complications occurred I was prepared for them, I knew what was going on, and so I didn't panic. I did develop some potentially serious problems, gestational diabetes for me and IUGR for one of my sons (and no, I didn't develop diabetes from eating junk food; I have a family history of Type II diabetes). Despite these difficulties, I carried my identical twin sons to 37 weeks, and they weighed 5 pounds 5 ounces and 7 pounds 3 ounces at birth. My doctor later told me that overall, I had one of the healthiest twin pregnancies she had ever seen-normal blood pressure, no anemia, very few preterm contractions, no bed rest, and two healthy babies who were discharged to go home with me. I think the crash course in high-risk obstetrics that I got from reading this book is one of the chief reasons why.
I have read two major criticisms of this book from fellow reviewers. The first is that the tone is unnecessarily frightening. The second criticism was that the book offers advice on diet that is not, shall we say, orthodox.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a MUST READ!! I wished I would have purchased this at the beginning of my twin pregnancy but am so happy for the resource now. Read morePublished 3 days ago by anise m.
I skimmed this book early in my pregnancy with my twin girls and did my best to follow the recommendations of eating loads of protein. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Heather Johnson
I was given this book after becoming pregnant with twins through IVF. It has been such a lifesaver! I had no idea how different a twin pregnancy would be than from my 1st pregnancy... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Cory
horrible read. my obgyn said to get this book. nothing new to me so I returned within a day.Published 10 days ago by Jill B
This book was recommended by my doctor when we found out we were having twins - my dr mentioned she knew the author and this was her recommended guide to required vitamins, weight... Read morePublished 26 days ago by Darren Faulk
This book made me feel like I was doing everything wrong, despite following my doctor's orders. It was not helpful for me, it just gave me tons of anxiety. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Theresa
This book is full of great information and helped me get through my identical twin pregnancy with the perfect weight gain and most importantly two very healthy babies. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Christie A. Thorsen
I bought this book after the shock of finding out we’re expecting twins wore off. As someone who hasn’t had IVF and who has no history of twins in my family, I’m basically clueless... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Meg
I started this book when I was 19 weeks pregnant (not first pregnancy) as I was pregnant with very high risk twins. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Teresa V