What to Expect Before You're Expecting

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Workman Publishing, 2009 - Health & Fitness - 275 pages
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Announcing the prequel. From Heidi Murkoff, author of America's bestselling pregnancy and parenting books, comes the must-have guide every expectant couple needs before they even conceive—the first step in What to Expect: What to Expect Before You're Expecting.

An estimated 11 million couples in the U.S. are currently trying to conceive, and medical groups now recommend that all hopeful parents plan for baby-making at least three months before they begin trying. And who better to guide wanna-be moms and dads step-by-step through the preconception (and conception) process than Heidi Murkoff?

It's all here. Everything couples need to know before sperm and egg meet up. Packed with the same kind of reassuring, empathetic, and practical information and advice and tips that readers have come to expect from What to Expect, only sooner. Which baby-friendly foods to order up (say yes to yams) and which fertility-busters to avoid (see you later, saturated fat); lifestyle adjustments that you'll want to make (cut back on cocktails and caffeine) and those you can probably skip (that switch to boxers). How to pinpoint ovulation, time lovemaking, keep on-demand sex sexy, and separate conception fact (it takes the average couple up to 12 months to make a baby) from myth (position matters). Plus, when to seek help and the latest on fertility treatments—from Clomid and IVF to surrogacy and more. Complete with a fill-in fertility journal to keep track of the babymaking adventure and special tips throughout for hopeful dads. Next step? What to Expect When You're Expecting, of course.
 

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User Review  - TaylorL - Target

This is a great book if you're wanting to learn more about TTC, pregnancy, babies, habits, etc. I found it informative and helpful with making the right choices for myself and my husband when TTC. Read full review

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User Review  - roha0501 - Overstock.com

This book is very cute and I would recommend it to anyone who is thinking about getting ready to start trying for a baby. I like how it is organized and the darker boxes for dadstobe is very nice and ... Read full review

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Contents

Getting Ready to Make a Baby
1
Prepping Before Youre Expecting
2
Weighing In Before Youre Expecting
36
Eating Well Before Youre Expecting
49
Making a Baby
71
The Biology of Baby Making
72
Predicting Ovulation
84
Figuring Out Your Fertility
94
Bumps on the Road to Baby
137
Challenges to Fertility
138
When You Need a Little Help
151
Beginning Again After a Loss
178
Keeping Track
193
Your Fertility Planner
194
TTC Glossary
254
Your TTC Journal
256

Getting Busy Making a Baby
100
Are You Pregnant?
124

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"The book to read before the journey of pregnancy begins-the one resource that will fully prepare you and your partner for one of life's most miraculous experiences, at the time when preparation will benefit your future baby most: before you're expecting." -Charles J. Lockwood, M.D., from the Foreword

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