Table of Contents

Chapter 1: It’s Blue . . . Now What Do I Do

  • Am I Really Pregnant?
  • Meet Your Pactitioner
  • Top 10 Questions to Ask Yourself About Practitioners
  • Prenatal Care: What Happens At the First Visit?
  • Before Your First Appointment

Chapter 2: What’s Going On Down There?

  • The Birds & the Bees
  • Your Baby’s Growth: Graphical Overview
  • What About Me?
  • Putting It All Together

Chapter 3: Is This Normal?

  • Your Body Changes: Body Systems

Chapter 4: Tests

  • Summary of Tests During Pregnancy
  • Optional Test
  • 1st Trimester Tests
  • 2nd Trimester Tests
  • 3rd Trimesters Tests

Chapter 5: Nutrition

  • Your Nutritional Needs During Pregnancy
  • Counting Calories
  • Bariatric Surgery
  • Special Diets: Vegetarian, Vegan, Lactose Intolerant

Chapter 6: The Environment And Your Baby

  • Overview of Enviro Toxins
  • Food & Drink
  • Bad Habits: Smoking, Drugs
  • Other Exposures

Chapter 7:  Lifestyles

  • Exercise
  • Sex
  • Travel
  • Work

Chapter 8: Spa Treatment

  • Hair
  • Teeth
  • Face
  • Body & Skin
  • Nails

Chapter 9: Parenthood Prep

  • Cord Blood Banking
  • Circumcision: Pros & Cons
  • Expanded Newborn Screening
  • Picking a Pediatrician
  • Going Baby to Work: Childcare Options
  • Breastfeeding Vs. Formula
  • Vaccines 411

Chapter 10: Breastfeeding

  • Breastmilk
  • Getting Ready
  • First Days
  • Troubleshooting

Chapter 11: Home Stretch

  • Labor Lingo
  • Latter Stage of Pregnancy Issues
  • Childbirth Classes
  • Inductions
  • C-Sections
  • VBAC (Vaginal Birth After C-Section)
  • General Concerns About Delivery
  • Nesting: How to Prepare Your Home for Baby

Chapter 12: Labor Day

  • The Three Stages of Labor
  • How Long?
  • The Walk-Through: Hospital Experience
  • Vaginal Deliveries: 13 Easy Steps!
  • C-Sections: 14 Easy Steps!
  • Medications During Labor And Delivery
  • Home Births
  • Birthing Centers
  • That Wasn’t In The Birth Plan!
  • Once The Baby Is Born

Chapter 13: Postpartum: What’s Next?

  • Care After Vaginal Delivery, C-Section
  • More Postpartum Care
  • Contraception Options, Having A Child
  • General Appearances
  • Body Systems: Hormones & Diabetes, Cardiovascular System, Skin & Hair, Blood, Immune System, Tummy & Nutrition, Urinary Tract, Nervous System, Emotional/Mental Health
  • Chapter 14: Pregnancy 911
  • Calling Your Doctor
  • Red Flags: When To Call 911
  • Top 12 Obstetrical Emergencies

Chapter 15: The Complicated Pregnancy

  • The 51 Most Common Pregnancy Complications

Chapter 16: Infections

  • Routine Screening
  • Other Problem Infections
  • Common Infections
  • Girl Problems
  • Vaccines For You

Chapter 17: Advanced Maternal Age

  • What It Means
  • Concerns During Pregnancy
  • Delivery Issues

Chapter 18: Preterm Labor & Babies

  • Preterm Labor
  • Premature Rupture of Membranes
  • Welcome to the NICU
  • Babies Born Less Than 34 Weeks
  • Late Preterm Infants

Chapter 19: Multiples

  • Facts & Figures
  • Fraternal And Identical Twins
  • How’d This Happen To Me
  • What Do I Need To Know?
  • Losing A Fetus
  • Delivery Issues
  • Postpartum Issues

Chapter 20: When It Doesn’t Work

  • Miscarriage
  • Stillbirth
  • Molar Pregnancies

Appendices, Etc.

  • Appendix A: Medications
  • Appendix B: Alternative Medications
  • Appendix C: Glossary
  • Appendix D: Footnotes
  • Index
  • Our Other Books
  • About The Authors
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