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When You're Expecting Twins, Triplets, or Quads: Proven Guidelines for a Healthy Multiple Pregnancy, 3rd Edition
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The double whammy of successful infertility treatments and an increase in the number of women having children later in life has resulted in a staggering--but perhaps not surprising--phenomenon: a tremendous increase in twin, triple, and quadruple births. When You¹re Expecting Twins, Triplets, or Quads is an outstanding, much-needed addition to the pregnancy genre for women who face the alternating joy, terror, and ambivalence associated with carrying, delivering, and coping with young multiples.
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 Paperback edition.
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
Whether you purchase this book or another do your research! When you know and understand you have the power to help your babies grow.
I haven't followed all of the dietary guidelines, as my work schedule was very hectic and inconvenient to most things, but the information has allowed me to make the best choices I can. I'm only behind by a few pounds in the recommended weight gain, and my twins are on track for a healthy delivery weight.
I read in some reviews that the book was terrifying, but I found it so helpful because now I have the knowledge and awareness to prevent certain complications. Most importantly, what to expect should the twins arrive early and what to expect in the NICU. Such information helped reduce much of the a diet I was experiencing early in my pregnancy. My medical team is great, but they lack the specific knowledge associated with a multiple pregnancy, such as diet and activity level.
If anything, I definitely learned that I had to reduce my work hours and rest more. Carrying the extra weight and the inherent higher risk means more rest and less strenuous exercise. Don't believe the common advice of maintaining your prepregnancy exercise routine, if it including running and offing heavy weight. Walking is always a good thing with a support belt.