Understanding Your Moods When You're Expecting: Emotions, Mental Health, and Happiness -- Before, During, and After Pregnancy

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2007 - Health & Fitness - 240 pages
A nationally recognized expert on women's reproductive mental health offers the first book to reveal the full range of emotional experience for pregnant women

Lucy Puryear is a practicing psychiatrist and a pioneering expert in women's emotional health before, during, and after pregnancy. Through engaging personal stories reflecting her own practice, she illuminates the little-discussed feelings that are virtually universal for pregnant women. She shows just how normal it is to fear loss of control, to mourn what you assume is an irretrievable career, or to worry that you'll be the world's worst mother. She explains exactly what is happening to your hormonal system -- and why knowledge is power when it comes to the overwhelming hormonal floods that accompany pregnancy and the postpartum period.

Understanding Your Moods When You're Expecting includes reassuring expert advice on:

how to make a birthing plan for emotional well-being

how and why to get essential rest

real-life bonding with your baby

reducing the risk of postpartum depression

eating disorders and OCD

how to make decisions about necessary medications during pregnancy

This book is as essential to a woman's emotional health during pregnancy as What to Expect When You're Expecting is to her physical health.
 

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Contents

ON THE WAY TO MOTHERHOOD
10
THE FIRST TRIMESTER
29
THE SECOND TRIMESTER
49
THE THIRD TRIMESTER
71
THE BIG DAY
95
BRINGING BABY HOME
112
THE NEW NORMAL
139
WHEN MORE HELP IS NEEDED
164
WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?
191
My Postpartum Plan
205
Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale EPDS
217
Resources
224
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LUCY J. PURYEAR, M.D., is a practicing psychiatrist specializing in women's reproductive mental health. She has been director of the Baylor Psychiatry Clinic at the Baylor College of Medicine, and was expert witness for the defense in the trial of Andrea Yates. She lives in Houston, Texas.

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