Pregnancy Day by Day : An illustrated daily countdown to motherhood, from conception to childbirth and beyond pdf
Pregnancy is an exceptional time when you enter one of your most significant life stages and need to quickly assimilate knowledge and understanding of the process of pregnancy and birth. In the past, when women traditionally gave birth at home, cared for by midwives and female relatives, pregnancy and birth was a familiar event ‘today, it’s unusual to have such firsthand experience and a woman’s knowledge of pregnancy and birth is often nonexistent or limited to that which she gained in her first pregnancy.
As a result many, if not all, women contemplate pregnancy with a mixture of trepidation and curiosity. These feelings are often compounded by the recognition that their own lifestyle choices can have an enormous influence on their own and their baby’s health. For all these reasons, there is a great need for women to be able to access information about pregnancy that is accurate, balanced, and accessible.
In Pregnancy Day by Day, information is gathered from a wide body of professionals, each with his or her own area of expertise.
The midwives, doctors, obstetricians, and pediatricians who have contributed the core information in this book have between them cared for thousands of women at each stage of pregnancy and labor, delivered thousands of babies, and provided care and support for women and their babies after the birth.
The exhaustive record of pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period provided by their combined expertise is complemented by specialized knowledge on diet and exercise from a nutritionist and a lifestyle and exercise coach. The information presented—at once practical, detailed, and full of simple explanations and advice—will provide the vital tools women need to help them plan for pregnancy, negotiate the many changes they will experience, and develop a safe and appropriate birth plan.
Most pregnancy books are written for women. Today many men also want to follow closely the development of their unborn child, but have little information and often feel excluded. Within the book, there are reassuring explanations for partners about the changes that occur during pregnancy as well as advice for women on how to include partners during pregnancy and the early days of parenthood.