Pregnancy, Birth, and the Early Months: A Complete Guide
Pregnancy, Birth, and the Early Months has established itself as the most reliable and complete guide to the entire childbirth experience. No other book presents the research and experience representing all sides of controversial issues so that parents-to-be can make their own informed decisions. This Second Edition is entirely updated to incorporate the very latest medical findings as well as the current practices of the most advanced birthing centers and maternity hospitals around the country. Vital new information covers: electronic fetal monitors - benefits and dangers; birth positions - which is most effective?; food and drink during labor - is it safe?; labor support - its dramatic benefits; epidural anesthetics - do these lead to more cesareans?; prenatal tests - important new ones; episiotomies - when are they necessary?; nutrition - pregnancy and a plant-based diet; and where to give birth - which settings have the best outcomes? Childbirth professionals around the country recommend this as the most complete and up-to-date guide.
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Making Wise Decisions during Pregnancy
DATING THE PREGNANCY
GROWTH OF THE FETUS
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