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When You're Expecting Twins, Triplets, or Quads 3rd Edition: Proven Guidelines for a Healthy Multiple Pregnancy Kindle Edition
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You’re expecting more than one baby? Congratulations!
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!
When You’re Expecting Twins, Triplets, or Quads outlines a practical, nutrition-based program to keep you and your babies healthy, and provides 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 healthier, 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 recommendations, menus, and 75 recipes for maximizing birthweight
- Safe guidelines on exercise, physical activity, and work
- Reducing your risk for pregnancy complications
- Recognizing the signs of preterm labor and what to do about them
- How twin type (fraternal vs. identical) affects prenatal care
- What to expect during and after delivery
- Feeding and caring for your newborns . . . and yourself
- Getting back into shape after delivery
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 alternate kindle_edition edition.
- File Size : 9718 KB
- Publication Date : December 28, 2010
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Print Length : 512 pages
- ASIN : B003V1WTXQ
- Publisher : William Morrow Paperbacks; 3rd Edition (December 28, 2010)
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #237,495 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
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I found other twin specific books helpful, but more in regards to preparing for life with twins. This book focuses on your pregnancy. It is so informative, telling you just about every possible thing you can expect from a multiples pregnancy and what you can do to make your pregnancy as healthy as possible and ultimately deliver healthy babies. I appreciate the supporting information from clinical experience.
Absolutely worth purchasing, and don’t make the same mistake I did - this should be your first read.
Whether you purchase this book or another do your research! When you know and understand you have the power to help your babies grow.
That said, I wish there had been more emphasis on fetal reduction and premature birth. The book states very casually that twins-triplets-higher order multiples are usually delivered prematurely, but it fails to provide a concrete view of what to expect when your babies come really early at 25 weeks or 26/27 weeks when you are least expecting, pass the limit for viability, pass the limit for reduction and abortion, and may likely survive with severe disability. The very optimistic view of the book propels the belief that most multiple pregnancies end up in successful delivery of healthy babies, which is NOT true. I wish the first chapter could have been on fetal reduction instead, with pointers to the later NICU chapter, so it gives expecting multiple moms a realistic view of what really to expect. Did you know many NICU parents suffer from PTSD and consider suicide? I didn’t until I was there and I really wish I had knew at the very beginning of my multiple pregnancy.
Top reviews from other countries
1. most of the practices it advocates for multiples pregnant moms are researched based. i could judge validity based on the way they conducted research. others are based on their experience running the multiple pregnancy centre.
2. the sharing from Dr. Luke and some editors are wise and practical, and provides insights
3. the guidance are specific
4.more focus on during pregnancy (which i need. another book i also bought focuses a lot on post pregnancy care for multiples....honestly i could care for that later, as what i need now is advice on taking care of myself well to carry my twins to full term. too many horrid stories out there on dangers of carrying multiples)
I am a Chinese living in the far east. but i dont see any cultural barrier in this book. the advice are sound and a lot echoes with the knowledge i got from my chinese medicine doctor.
interesting to note how the author "cant emphasizes enough" that a multiple pregnant mom should gain a lot of weight. i do find that eating almost similarly to my first pregnancy with a singleton, i do not gain as much weight like last time. so i reckon most goes to the twins. i would definitely try to focus more on getting nutritious food in while my stomach is not yet cramped up by the growing twins. but gaining 20 lbs,before week 20 and overall 50 lbs sounds like mission impossible.
all the best of wishes to other multiples pregnant moms