Shouldn't I be Happy: Emotional Problems of Pregnant and Postpartum Women

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Free Press, 1995 - Mental illness in pregnancy - 340 pages
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In the first book of its kind, Dr. Shaila Misri, an expert on the psychology of pregnancy and postpartum, offers specific advice on the wide range of emotional issues that come with parenthood, including the more serious emotional disorders that often cloud a pregnancy and the early days of motherhood. She also examines the stages of grief that accompany miscarriage or the loss of a newborn, with comforting advice for all family members on how best to handle this difficult period. In addition, Dr. Misri shows women how to deal effectively with psychological problems, such as anxiety attacks and eating disorders, that may have preceded a pregnancy. In a sensitive chapter on fatherhood, Misri explores the role of the sometimes neglected parent - the father - as he, often silently, struggles with his own adjustment issues. Finally, Dr. Misri discusses when therapy may be needed as well as the best type of therapy for different problems, and addresses what medications are safe during pregnancy and postpartum. Throughout, she answers the questions women most often have about their feelings and their emotional difficulties during this very precious time.

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John Grant originally invented Littlenose to entertain his children, but it went on to become a global success. He wrote and illustrated over 13 Littlenose books between 1988 and 1993 (published by Hodder and BBC books).

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