Pregnancy & Birth Sourcebook, 3rd Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 0780811070
  • ISBN-13: 9780780811072
  • DDC: 618.2
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 645 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2009 | Published/Released December 2009
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2009

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Although the months of anticipation before a woman becomes a parent can be joyous and fulfilling, they can also mark a time filled with uncertainty and worry over potential birth defects, pregnancy complications, and chronic health conditions. These worries are not unfounded. Recent statistics show increases in preterm deliveries, low birthweight babies, and the incidence of cesarean sections among U.S. births. Fortunately, maternal and fetal monitoring, prenatal care, and healthy habits can reduce the risk of complications and make labor, delivery, and the postpartum period less stressful.

Pregnancy and Birth Sourcebook, Third Edition provides health information about the reproductive process-from preconception through the postpartum period. It provides information about fertility, infertility, and pregnancy prevention. The book's chapters explain the physical and emotional changes that occur during pregnancy, and they discuss topics related to staying healthy during pregnancy, including eating nutritiously, exercising regularly, obtaining prenatal care, and avoiding harmful substances. Facts about high risk pregnancies-such as those in women with chronic medical conditions, advanced maternal age, or weight concerns-are included. Finally, the book answers common questions about labor and delivery, postpartum recovery, newborn screening, and infant care. A glossary of terms and a directory of resources for information and support are also provided.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Table of Contents.
1: Preconception Health: Preparing for Pregnancy.
2: Overview of Reproductive Health.
3: Preconception Considerations.
4: What to Do before You Conceive.
5: Understanding Genetic Counseling and Evaluation: Is It Right for You?.
6: Questions and Answers about Preconception Care.
7: Factors that Affect Fertility.
8: Age and Fertility.
9: Stress and Fertility.
10: Sperm Shape: Does It Affect Fertility?.
11: Paternal Exposures to Toxins.
12: Trying to Conceive.
13: Tips for Trying to Conceive.
14: Do Sexual Positions Affect Conception?.
15: Using Ovulation Predictor Kits.
16: Frequently Asked Questions about Infertility.
17: Preventing Unintended Pregnancies.
18: Contraception (Birth Control).
19: Mifepristone (The Morning-After Pill).
20: Facts about Abortion in the United States.
21: Understanding Pregnancy-Related Changes and Fetal Development.
22: Are You Pregnant?.
23: Signs of Pregnancy.
24: Understanding Home Pregnancy Tests.
25: Calculating Your Dates: Gestation, Conception, and Due Date.
26: Physical Changes During Pregnancy.
27: Common Pregnancy Discomforts.
28: Back Pain During Pregnancy.
29: Pregnancy, Pelvic Floor Disorders, and Bladder Control.
30: Pregnancy Increases Risk of Pelvic Floor Problems.
31: Pregnancy and Bladder Control.
32: Pregnancy and Bone Health.
33: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome More Common during Pregnancy.
34: Vision and Oral Changes.
35: Pregnancy and Your Vision.
36: Pregnancy and Oral Health.
37: Emotional Concerns and Pregnancy.
38: Depression and Pregnancy.
39: Stopping Antidepressant Use May Pose Risks to Pregnant Women.
40: Abuse during Pregnancy Affects One in Five Pregnant Women.
41: The Three Trimesters of Pregnancy: You and Your Baby.
42: Staying Healthy During Pregnancy.
43: Choosing a Pregnancy Health Care Provider.
44: How to Choose an Obstetrician/Gynecologist.
45: What is a Midwife?.
46: Prenatal Medical Tests and Care During Pregnancy.
47: Immunization Issues for Pregnant Women.
48: Taking Medicines During Pregnancy.
49: Is It Safe to Use Medicines During Pregnancy?.
50: Aspirin and Pregnancy.
51: Folic Acid.
52: Nutrition and Pregnancy.
53: What to Eat: A Guide for Pregnant Women.
54: Vegetarian Diets and Pregnancy.
55: Anemia and Pregnancy.
56: What You Need to Know about Mercury in Fish and Shellfish.
57: Caffeine Use during Pregnancy.
58: Exercise During Pregnancy.
59: Weight Gain During Pregnancy.
60: How Much Weight Should You Gain?.
61: Gestational Weight Gain Warnings.
62: Sleep during Pregnancy.
63: Sex During Pregnancy.
64: Working and Traveling during Pregnancy.
65: Work and Travel Considerations for Pregnant Women.
66: International Travel During Pregnancy.
67: Nicotine, Alcohol, and Drug Use During Pregnancy.
68: Smoking and Pregnancy.
69: Alcohol Use and Pregnancy.
70: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.
71: Drug Use during Pregnancy.
72: Prenatal Radiation Exposures and Home Monitoring.
73: X-Rays, Pregnancy, and You.
74: Pregnant Women Should Avoid Fetal Keepsake Images and Heartbeat Monitors.
75: Home Uterine Monitors Not Useful for Predicting Premature Birth.
76: Common Safety Concerns during Pregnancy.
77: Hot Tubs, High Temperatures, and Pregnancy Risks.
78: Pregnancy and Chiropractic Care.
79: Hair Treatment During Pregnancy.
80: Tanning During Pregnancy.
81: High-Risk Pregnancies.
82: What Is a High-Risk Pregnancy?.
83: Understanding Pregnancy Risk.
84: Teen Pregnancy.
85: Pregnancy After Age 35.
86: Multiple Pregnancy: Twins, Triplets, and Beyond.
87: Allergies, Asthma, and Pregnancy.
88: Cancer and Pregnancy.
89: Breast Cancer and Pregnancy.
90: Gestational Trophoblastic Tumors.
91: For Women with Diabetes: Your Guide to Pregnancy.
92: Epilepsy and Pregnancy.
93: Lupus and Pregnancy.
94: Sickle Cell Disease and Pregnancy.
95: Thyroid Disease and Pregnancy.
96: Eating Disorders During Pregnancy.
97: How Do Eating Disorders Impact Pregnancy?.
98: Pica.
99: Overweight, Obesity, and Pregnancy.
100: Pregnancy and the Overweight Woman.
101: Obesity before Pregnancy Linked to Childhood Weight Problems.
102: Pregnancy after Weight-Loss Surgery.
103: Pregnancy Complications.
104: What are Pregnancy Complications?.
105: Overview of Pregnancy Complications.
106: Bed Rest May Reduce Risk of Pregnancy Complications.
107: Amniotic Fluid Abnormalities.
108: Polyhydramnios (Excessive Amniotic Fluid).
109: Potter Syndrome and Oligohydramnios (Inadequate Amniotic Fluid).
110: Birth Defects.
111: Birth Defects that May be Diagnosed During Pregnancy.
112: Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities.
113: Bleeding and Blood Clots in Pregnancy.
114: Bleeding During Early Pregnancy.
115: Blood Clots.
116: Cholestasis of Pregnancy.
117: Gestational Diabetes.
118: Gestational Hypertension.
119: Hyperemesis Gravidarum (Severe Nausea and Vomiting).
120: Placental Complications.
121: Rh Incompatibility.
122: Umbilical Cord Abnormalities.
123: Overview of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) During Pregnancy.
124: Hepatitis B and Pregnancy.
125: What is Hepatitis?.
126: Frequently Asked Questions about Pregnancy and Hepatitis B.
127: Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) during Pregnancy, Labor and Delivery, and Birth.
128: Group B Streptococcus (GBS).
129: Pregnancy Loss: Ectopic Pregnancy, Miscarriage, and Stillbirth.
130: Ectopic Pregnancy.
131: Blighted Ovum.
132: What is a Miscarriage?.
133: Incompetent Cervix Can Lead to Miscarriage.
134: Drug Offers Alternative to Surgical Treatment after Miscarriage.
135: What is a Stillbirth?.
136: Research on Miscarriage and Stillbirth.
137: Coping with Pregnancy Loss.
138: Preterm and Postterm Labor and Birth.
139: What is Preterm Labor?.
140: Preventing Preterm Labor and Birth.
141: Common Treatment to Delay Labor Decreases Preterm Infants' Risk for Cerebral Palsy.
142: Overdue Pregnancy.
143: Labor and Delivery.
144: All About Labor and Delivery.
145: Birthing Centers and Hospital Maternity Services.
146: Birth Partners.
147: Labor Tips for Fathers and Birth Partners.
148: Having a Doula: Is It Right for You?.
149: Birth Plans.
150: Banking Your Newborn's Cord Blood.
151: Natural Childbirth.
152: Pain Relief During Labor.
153: Is it Labor?.
154: True Labor and False Labor.
155: When Does the Bag of Waters Break?.
156: Inducing Labor.
157: Vaginal and Cesarean Childbirth.
158: The Stages of Vaginal Childbirth.
159: Vaginal Birth After a Previous Cesarean Delivery or Repeat Cesarean Section.
160: Cesarean Sections.
161: Problems during Childbirth.
162: Cephalopelvic Disproportion.
163: Episiotomy.
164: Birth Injuries.
165: How to Perform an Emergency Delivery.
166: Postpartum and Newborn Care.
167: Recovering from Delivery: Physical and Emotional Concerns.
168: Your Baby's First Hours and Newborn Screening Tests.
169: Newborn Health Concerns.
170: Infant Feeding.
171: Breastfeeding.
172: Formula Feeding.
173: Bonding with Your Baby.
174: Working after Birth: Parental Leave Considerations.
175: Maternity Leave in the United States.
176: Family and Medical Leave Act.
177: Additional Help and Information.
Glossary of Terms Related to Pregnancy and Birth.
Directory of Organizations that Provide Help and Information about Pregnancy and Birth.