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Ever Since I Had My Baby: Understanding, Treating, and Preventing the Most Common Physical Aftereffects of Pregnancy and Childbirth Paperback – July 22, 2003

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“Now women have it all—a much-needed book covering an undisc ussed part of women’s health, a book that beautifully explains the common and distressing problems of prolapse and incontinence. Finally, a woman can have the facts and options to make her a team player with her physician as she tackl es these issues. The information in this book picks up where that in What to Expect® When You’re Expecting leaves off.”
—Elizab eth G. Stewart, M.D., author of The V Book

At last, a reassuring, straightforward, and practical guide to easing, preventing, and even curing, onc e and for all, the symptoms of pelvic-floor disorders, including:

• incontinence
•pressure and pain
•sexual difficulties
•bowel troubles

Pelvic-floor disorders are much m ore common than you might think—millions of women suffer from one or more symptoms of pelvic-floor injury. These problems often stem from the strain place d on the body during pregnancy and childbirth, although symptoms may take years, or decades, to appear—if they don’t begin right away. Childbirth ca n wreak havoc on even the healthiest woman’s body, and you may still be fe eling the effects long after the birth of your last child.

If you suffe r from any of these conditions, you do not need to feel helpless, and you are ce rtainly not alone. Every one of these pelvic disorders is treatable, even curabl e in many cases. Dr. Roger Goldberg, a respected physician in the emerging field of urogynecology, provides the most up-to-date information on surgical and nons urgical treatment options. He offers a clear explanation of the pelvic anatomy a nd why these disorders occur and also describes simple preventive techniques you can use to ease pelvic symptoms and minimize further strain (including the corr ect way to do Kegel exercises).

Armed with the facts and candid advice contained in Ever Since I Had My Baby, you will be able to discuss your i ndividual symptoms and potential treatments with your doctor confidently and kno wledgeably. This book will help you realize the freedom you’ve been seekin g from the emotional and physical burden of symptoms that often go unmentioned, or are overlooked, in women’s health care.

About the Author

ROGER GOLDBERG, M.D., M.P.H., practices urogynecology and reconstructive pelvic surgery at the Evanston Continence Center of Northwestern University Medical School. He completed his residency at Harvard Medical School and his master’s in public health training at Johns Hopkins University. He lives in Evanston, Illinois.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony; 1 edition (July 22, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0609808729
  • ISBN-13: 978-0609808726
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,398,473 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book will make your anatomy and your treatment options clear to you, and provide a great foundation to talk with your doctor about anal or urinary incontinence, pelvic pain, or other problems. It gives you advice about how to even FIND a doctor. The author seems to love his work, which makes incontinence seem like just another treatable problem rather than a reason for embarassment and shame.

The author is aware of the politics and passion regarding vaginal vs. caesarean births, and addresses the topic in an even-handed way. He outlines childbirth practices to avoid because they can be harmful to your pelvic floor (such as routine epsiotomies) and wisely includes a section on "preventive obstetrics," (a fascinating way to think of it). He also discusses the controversial issue of offering elective C sections in a fairly even-handed way. I am a big believer in vaginal childbirth and wanted to peg the author into one camp or another, but found it hard to decide which camp he would fall into. His ability to see and discuss both sides fairly is an asset in what can be a highly charged debate.

My only criticism is that he often seems to cop out on various issues by saying "more research is needed." It's probably an accurate thing to say, but I and everyone else probably like definitive answers.
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I wish I'd read this book before my first baby was born. While big drug companies have kept the world informed about men's health issues, nobody seems to mention the common problems caused to women during childbirth - and what to do about them. This book not only gives factual information about female anatomy and how it works, but a detailed discussion of what can go wrong, and how to prevent or fix problems. Much more detailed than a 10 minute appointment with an overbooked OBGYN, and lots of research to provoke important questions when you can see your doctor. Very reassuring for women with many levels of complications.
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I think Dr. Goldberg has written a book that will be a godsend to countless women. The largely unspoken problems he addresses are potentially devastating to women. He has outlined not only treatment options - but preventative measures.
The book is well designed and easy to follow. I think it is invaluable
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As a woman who suffered multiple prolapses after the birth of my first child, I only wish that this book was required reading before labor. Sadly, What To Expect When You're Expecting is lacking in information regarding pelvic prolapse and what it can do to a woman and her life after giving birth. Had I known the risks, I would have chosen a c-section over the natural childbirth I fought for. The movement in our society today to get back to midwives and doulas is lacking information about risks that are still inherent in births. For example, women with Ehler Danlos and other hypermobile or connective tissue disorders should be cautious when considering vaginal deliveries as prolapse is almost certain. In fact, most women will suffer prolapse at some point in their lives, it's just a question of when. For some, it's just an aggrevation--something to be repaired with a simple bladder tack. But for others, like me, my entire pelvic floor was torn apart. I've undergone three surgeries before the age of 33 and still I am not at a point where I am healed. A caesarean would have saved me all of this. I am not suggesting all women have c sections, but I do think they should be informed. This book gives this valuable information.
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