Before You Conceive: The Complete Pregnancy Guide

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Random House Publishing Group, Jul 22, 2009 - Health & Fitness - 464 pages
“This is an outstanding book for anyone thinking of having a baby.”—Lee Salk, Ph. D., author of The Complete Dr. Salk: An A-to-Z Guide to Raising Your Child
 
A classic in the field of preventive medicine, here is an authoritative and comprehensive guide to reducing the risks to your baby before you get pregnant. Written by a pioneer in pregnancy medicine and a New York Times feature writer, Before You Conceive is aimed at parents and includes:

• A prepregnancy guide to nutrition: what you should eat—what to avoid
• Safe and easy-to-follow exercise guidelines before and during pregnancy
• What you should know about over-the-counter and prescription drugs
• The importance of your family medical history
• Advice on fertility enhancement
• How toxins and unsuspected hazards in the workplace and in homes may affect your pregnancy
• Immunizations that may help prevent birth defects
• Reducing the effects of preexisting medical disorders on your pregnancy
• PLUS, information on irregular menstruation, reversing tubal ligation and vasectomy, smoking and passive smoking, alcohol and drugs, your biological clock, and much more!

“Prepregnancy planning is an idea whose time has come. This book is a ‘should read’ for those women and couples thinking about pregnancy who want to prevent problems and paln for an optimal result.”—Timothy R. B. Johnson, M. D., Director of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
1So Youve Decided to Have a Baby
2Your Lifestyle Matters
3Nutrition
4Exercise
5Toxins
6OvertheCounter Drugs and Prescriptions
7Who Should Consider Genetic Counseling?
12Turning the Tables
13History Need Not Repeat Itself
14Your Age
15Preexisting Medical Conditions
16Avoiding Illness in the Early Months
17Fertility Awareness
18Nine Months Is Closer Than You Think
The Prepregnancy Visit

8Whats Growing in Your Family Tree
9Specific Family Episodes
10How and When Can We Know
11When Your Past and Present Collide
Important Things to Do Before Pregnancy
Important Aspects of Becoming Pregnant
Other Equally Important Things
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About the author (2009)

ANN DOUGLAS is the author of twenty-one books, including numerous top-selling titles in the pregnancy and baby book categories. She is frequently quoted in the print and electronic media and is a much-sought-after speaker at health fairs and on parenting shows. Her books include The Mother of All. . . series, The Unofficial Guide to Childcare, and Choosing Childcare For DummiesŪ, all from Wiley.

JOHN R. SUSSMAN, M.D., is Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology at New Milford Hospital and an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. His other books include the bestselling Before You Conceive: The Complete Pregnancy Guide.

Levitt is a member of the National Association of Science Writers, the American Medical Writers Association, The Bioelectro-magnets Society, and the Authors Guild.

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