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Your First Trimester - Parenting Guide

Excerpted from Parenting Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth By Paula Spencer, Parenting Magazine Editors When I'm reading up on a life-changing event-especially one, like pregnancy, that will change my body, my mind, my relationship, and nearly every other aspect of my life-I like to hear the unvarnished truth about it from an insider, from someone who's been there. Well, in the case of this book, I haven't just "been there," I was in the middle of being there as I wrote

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So, You Want to Have a Baby

Excerpted from Before Your Pregnancy: A 90 Day Guide for Couples on How to Prepare for a Healthy Conception By Amy Ogle, Lisa Mazzullo, M.D. For many couples, conceiving a child is one of the high points in their romantic lives. To be sure, creating another human being represents the acme of a loving, committed relationship. Nevertheless, there are some decidedly unromantic, practical, even mundane issues you ought to address well before you light the scented candles.&#

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Motherhood - Misconceptions

Excerpted from Misconceptions: Truth, Lies, and the Unexpected on the Journey to Motherhood By Naomi Wolf Experts Faced with something new and unclear, I turned to the experts: I went to the bookstore and began to read. Like pregnant women all over the country, and millions of women worldwide, I reached for What to Expect When You're Expecting. I quickly developed a love-hate relationship with that book; I found it ofte

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The Complete Guide to Fitness for Mothers

Excerpted from Buff Moms: The Complete Guide to Fitness for All Mothers By Sue Fleming You may be asking yourself, "Does the Buff Moms workout guide really work?" Yes, it does, and I have a couple of success stories of its exercises and those from Buff Moms-to-Be to prove it. Sure, at times these women found it hard to get motivated and find the lime to lit exercise in. but once they got going, they felt better and started to see the results of their hard work I his is

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Pregnancy - Backache

Excerpted from Your Perfectly Pampered Pregnancy: Beauty, Health, and Lifestyle Advice for the Modern Mother-to-Be By Colette Bouchez Just as the nausea of your first trimester winds down, you may find it is replaced with another pregnancy problem: backaches. Affecting some 50 percent of all pregnant women, symptoms often begin around the sixth month and, for some, can continue up to six months after giving birth. If you suffered with back problems prior to getting preg

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Why a Cesarean?

Excerpted from The Essential C-Section Guide: Pain Control, Healing at Home, Getting Your Body Back, and Everything Else You Need to Know About a Cesarean Birth By Maureen Connolly, Dana Sullivan The use of fetal heart-rate monitoring as the determining factor in performing a c-section is very controversial and the decision is still subjective. One monitoring option, called a fetal oximetry sensor, involves placing a sensor on the baby's cheek while he's in the birth ca

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Choosing Your Baby's Doctor

Excerpted from The Kidfixer Baby Book : An Easy-to-Use Guide to Your Baby's First Year By Dr. Stuart Altman The Prenatal Interview I really enjoy this meeting between parents-to-be and myself. I love it because I get to see the cute little round lady and her proud hubby before their life has been changed by the little alien. They're so bright and shiny, innocent and unsuspecting. Of course we know all that will soon change. &#

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Pregnancy - Feeling, Seeing, Tasting & Smelling In the Womb

Excerpted from Magical Beginnings, Enchanted Lives: A Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth Through Meditation, Ayurveda, and Yoga Techniques By Deepak Chopra, M.D., David Simon, M.D., Vicki Abrams Feeling in the Womb We feel our way in this world through two different interrelated systems. We have a somesthetic system that conveys information about touch, pressure, temperature, and pain, and we have a vestibular system that informs us how we are po

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Becoming a Later-in-Life Mommy

Excerpted from But I Don't Feel Too Old to Be a Mommy! : The Complete Sourcebook for Starting (and Re-Starting) Motherhood Beyond 35 and After 40 By Doreen Nagle Your parents long ago gave up hinting that they want to become grandparents; ditto friends who insist "for your own good" that if you are going to have another child, you better "do it now." The alarm on your biological clock is about to explode and, considering the date on your birth certificate, even you can'

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IVF (In Vitro Fertilization) and GIFT (Gamete Intra-Fallopian Transfer)

Excerpted from How to Get Pregnant with the New Technology By Sherman J. Silber, M.D., F.A.C.S. On a Tuesday evening, July 25, 1978, at 11:47 P.M., the world's first human test-tube baby was born. Louise Brown was a beautiful, normal, five-pound, twelve-ounce girl with blond hair and blue eyes. Dr. Robert Edwards and Dr. Patrick Steptoe, in a little clinic near Manchester, England, were responsible for this giant step forward into the "brave new world." Dr. Edwards's fi

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Correcting the 'Conception Misconceptions' of Western Medicine

Excerpted from The Infertility Cure: The Ancient Chinese Wellness Program for Getting Pregnant and Having Healthy Babies By Randine Lewis, Ph.D. Let's take a look at a typical course of Western medical treatments for a woman with fertility problems. Joanne was an attractive, slender woman of thirty-seven. Two years ago she married Bill, an oil executive. After trying for a year, they were still unable to conceive, so her gynecologist referred her to a reproductive endoc

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