By John Adams

Being pregnant is an exhilarating adventure, however it can be choked with apprehension and nervousness, specifically for first-time mom and dad. Absolute Beginner's advisor to being pregnant eases the fear through supplying you with solutions to the questions you've gotten, in addition to questions that you could be now not imagine to invite. in contrast to such a lot different books to be had at the subject, this publication offers no-nonsense details from a scientific professional's point of view, written in a conversational type that makes even the main complicated clinical terminology effortless to appreciate. Dr. John Adams covers the total approach, from pre-pregnancy concerns like fertility and discovering the perfect health care professional, in the course of the 9 months of being pregnant to postpartum care. committed chapters tackle the original matters that unmarried moms and dealing moms face. With Absolute Beginner's consultant to being pregnant, you'll be ready for the actual, psychological, social and monetary adjustments to come back in this intriguing time.

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Action if they deem it necessary. caution Midwives Some women may prefer someone other than a physician to care for them. Certified Nurse Midwives (CNMs) are an acceptable alternative to physicians. Rest assured that the majority of nurse midwives consult with OB/GYNs for any particular patient concerns they may have, but they act autonomously for most uncomplicated pregnancies. Although some midwives will perform a “home delivery,” the majority of them prefer to deliver babies in a hospital setting where there are obvious 20 ABSOLUTE BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO PREGNANCY advantages.

67 Exercise—It’s Not a Four-Letter Word Anymore . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 Tests Performed during Pregnancy . . . . . 89 ii In this chapter • Identifying physical changes • Causes of some of the problems • Relieving the symptoms when possible • Dealing with emotional issues First Trimester— Mother From a physiological standpoint, many body changes occur in the first three months, most of them invisible to the naked eye. But even if other people can’t tell that you’re pregnant, you’ll know for sure.

Squelch the urge to panic. Give into the excitement and joy. Scream if you need to. But above all, give yourself a chance to assimilate the news. You have plenty of time for planning—the baby won’t be born for nine months or 40 weeks, give or take a few days or weeks. Right now—you, the mother, are the one who needs to be taken care of. If you feel like starting a list, here are some of the things you might put on it that are covered in subsequent chapters. 1. Choose a doctor (or midwife). 2. Choose a hospital.

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