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Your High-Risk Pregnancy: A Practical and Supportive Guide Paperback – November 17, 2009
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More pregnancies are considered high-risk than ever before. As many as 30 percent fall into this category due to complicating factors that include
pregnancy after age 35
hypertension or diabetes
Despite the number of mothers who experience such issues, a complex pregnancy can also be profoundly lonely.
You are not alone.
For this twentieth-anniversary revision and update of her pioneering work, Getting Pregnant, Staying Pregnant, Diana Raab partnered with a physician who has devoted his career to high-risk pregnancy care. Together, they provide the straightforward knowledge that will build confidence, minimize stress, and maximize good decision-making. The authors begin at the beginning, with conception (including conception via ART and IVF), then move through the course of a pregnancy, explaining various risk factors, describing month-by-month testing and procedures, demystifying labor and delivery and thoroughly addressing postpartum issues. Numerous real-world mothers and partners share their experiences throughout the book, and readers learn to
obtain top-notch care and choose appropriate specialists
understand test results
consider birth methods and medication options
build a solid support system
soothe emotions through journaling, communication and self-care
cope with pregnancy loss and preemies
Also included are insightful discussions about bed rest, same-sex couples, single parenting, sex while expecting, exercise, nutrition, and alternative or complementary health care. A Glossary and resource listings of online and in-person support options available throughout North America make this book a comprehensive, caring, and wise companion to the challenges and joys of your pregnancy.
High-risk is not synonymous with bad outcome . But a high-risk designation does mean that you need to be more vigilant . Knowledge is power.” Dr. Errol Norwitz, from the book
Top Customer Reviews
As an RN I usually find these books to fail in one of two directions. They are either too simple for me to learn anything or to complex to do my patients any good. This book avoids both of those objections brilliantly.
Starting with the anatomy of the human reproductive systems this book assumes no prior knowledge yet stills covers an enormous amount of material in a very useful fashion. The amount of detail and real world orientation is impressive. During a discussion on ovalutation testing with over the counter kits the author notes that some of the kits require a urine sample to be collected at midday which could be a problem for working women. This level of information is present throughout the volume.
The authors also include discussion of Alternative and Holistic Health care. They provide the facts in a non judgmental faction. There is information on herbal products with a discussion on their regulation.
There is a very understandable chapter on Genetics and a complete discussion of the multitude of tests that are used during pregnancy. The authors also clearly outline the risks vs. advantages in cases where testing is optional for the mother.
The book is nicely rounded out with a glossary, bibliography, and list of support groups and associations. The authors introduce the idea of journaling as helpful for the mother early in the book and provide questions to assist with each chapter.
All in all a fine book on a complex and often difficult subject. I recommend it highly.
In both pregnancies, I had several OBGYNs and three perinotologists and sadly, none ever went into the details of what could happen in a high risk pregnancy. This book did - it really helped me to understand the risks involved and the treatments that were followed during the second pregnancy, unlike my first pregnancy in which I just relied on what my OBGYN said and on internet searches. I understood things a lot better and knew what questions to ask the doctors, especially with regards to bedrest and gestational diabetes.
I also found it easier to read and way more focused than other books - also excellent - such as What to Expect When You're Expecting, 4th Edition which also has a lot of information but can be overwhelming (it does have a guide to how to deliver a baby at home in case of an emergency).
Doctors simply don't volunteer info, much less so under today's time constraints. Both of these books help fill in the voids - highly recommended.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is an informative guide for women. It helps to give information through all scenerios of high risk pregnancyPublished 10 months ago by brendalumpkin
If you have a high risk pregnancy, the chances are that you already know 100% of what is in this book. The explanations are completely basic and useless. Read morePublished on January 4, 2012 by Abby Lia