Pregnancy--unquestionably one of the most pro-found, meaningful experiences of adulthood--can reduce otherwise intelligent women to, well, babies. Pregnant women are told to avoid cold cuts, sushi, alcohol, and coffee without ever being told why these are forbidden. Rules for prenatal testing are similarly unexplained. Moms-to-be desperately want a resource that empowers them to make their own right choices. When award-winning economist Emily Oster was a mom-to-be herself, she evaluated the data behind the accepted rules of pregnancy, and discovered that most are often misguided and some are just flat-out wrong. Debunking myths and explaining everything from the real effects of caffeine to the surprising dangers of gardening, Expecting Better is the book for every pregnant woman who wants to enjoy a healthy and relaxed pregnancy--and the occasional glass of wine.
Plan a childbirth that's calm, natural, and self-empowered with The Yoga Birth Method. Applying the wisdom of yoga throughout the stages of pregnancy and labor, author Dorothy Guerra presents an eight-step pathway for connecting with your mind, body, and spirit from start to finish.
This easy-to-use guide will help you prepare for a positive and joyful childbirth. Learn how to manage pain, eliminate anxiety, and encourage labor progression with breathing and meditation techniques, affirmations, and yoga poses. Couples choose an intention that becomes a focal point for embracing a calm state of mind throughout the physical and emotional challenges of labor. You'll also find guidance in drafting a birth plan, labor-support techniques for birth partners, helpful illustrations, information on medical intervention, and a "go-to" chapter with detailed advice on all stages of labor to use when the big day arrives.
"A beautiful mind-body-spirit approach to birth "--Penny Simkin, PT, author of The Birth Partner
Your Premature Baby is the definitive guide to every aspect of nurturing a child who is born too soon. Reassuring and frank, it is the only book that informs and guides parents right from their baby's too-early birth into the growing years.
Features of this book:
- Exactly how prematurity affects a baby Explains hospital terms, procedures, treatments, and equipment What to expect as your baby progresses through treatment and procedures Gives advice for coping practically and emotionally Help and ideas for parents from when their baby comes home up to age 5 Discusses the latest research into the causes of prematurity and its preventions Offers a wide variety of resources for further information and support
Skinny Bitch created a movement when it exposed the horrors of the food industry, while inspiring people across the world to stop eating "crap." Now the "Bitches" are back--this time with a book geared to pregnant women. And just because their audience is in a "delicate condition" doesn't mean they'll deliver a gentle message. As they did with Skinny Bitch, Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin expose the truth about the food we eat--with its hormones, chemicals, and other funky stuff. But even though they are "Skinny," they want women to chow down on the right foods and gain their fair share of weight through their pregnancies.
They also won't mince words on these topics:
- the best foods for a healthy baby and mommy
- the dangers of common lotions, creams, and beauty products that women slather on their bodies (many contain carcinogens)
- why every mother should "suck it up" and breastfeed
- the lowdown on what really happens "post-push" (after birth)
- how the companies we trust don't care about children (choosing baby food and other products carefully)
With the same sassy tone that made Skinny Bitch laugh-out-loud funny, Skinny Bitch: Bun in the Oven will give expectant moms the information they need to "use their head" and have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.
- A guide to safe and inexpensive natural alternatives to often hazardous and extremely expensive conventional medical treatments for infertility.- Provides guidelines for using alternative therapies, diet, exercise, and relaxation techniques. - Explores acupuncture, reflexology, homeopathy, cranial osteopathy, aromatherapy, and herbalism. - Includes the personal stories of couples who have successfully conceived using these methods. Enhancing Fertility Naturally outlines ways in which you can improve your fertility through alternative therapies, diet, exercise, and relaxation techniques and avoid some of the hazards associated with conventional treatments. It discusses the most common causes of infertility and explains how to determine which therapy is most appropriate for you. In vitro fertilization, conventional medicine's most prescribed remedy for infertility problems, is expensive, dangerous, and has a success rate of only 14 percent, yet few of the one in six couples that experience infertility are aware of the effectiveness and safety provided by the wide range of alternative treatments. Thoroughly researched and packed full of invaluable advice and tips, the book explores such therapies as acupuncture, reflexology, homeopathy, cranial osteopathy, aromatherapy, and herbalism. The author includes case histories for each of the therapies discussed, showing how the therapies helped couples overcome both primary and secondary infertility in order to have the baby they longed for.
Pregnancy is a time of wonder and of momentous change, both emotionally and physically. For many women, it is a time like no other in their lives, filled with excitement and awe but also with great uncertainty and vulnerability. This book-and-audio program brings together writings and simple daily practices for bringing the transformative power of mindfulness to this special time.The Mindful Way through Pregnancy features:
- Yoga and meditation teacher Anne Cushman on finding balance amid the emotional ups and downs of pregnancy
- Author Celia Straus on bonding with your child during pregnancy
- Yoga teacher Jennifer Brilliant on caring for your changing body
- Meditation teacher Judith Lief on calming your fears about childbirth and parenthood
- Author Mimi Doe on setting your intentions for parenthood
- Zen teacher Karen Maezen Miller on mindfulness and the childbirth experience Also included is an audio CD of guided meditation instruction for four simple meditation practices for expectant mothers. Drawn from the Buddhist tradition, these practices offer different ways to develop a sense of calm well-being throughout pregnancy.
Oh, the joys of pregnancy There's the gasiness, constipation, queasiness, and exhaustion; the forgetfulness, crankiness, and the constant worry. Of course, no woman is spared these discomforts and humiliations, but most are too polite to complain or too embarrassed to talk about them. Not Jenny McCarthy In Belly Laughs, the actress and new mother reveals the naked truth about the tremendous mood swings, the excruciating pains, and the unseemly disfigurement that go along with pregnancy. Never shy, frequently crude, and always laugh-out-loud funny, McCarthy covers it all in the grittiest of girlfriend detail. With tips and hilarious musings on morning sickness and hormonal rage, hemorrhoids, pregnant sex, and the torture and sweet relief that is delivery, Belly Laughs is must-read comic relief for anyone who is pregnant, who has ever been pregnant, is trying to get pregnant or indeed, has ever been born
Boldly Go Where No Parent Has Gone BeforeHere are 500 out-of-this-world baby names from classic science-fiction movies, books, and television shows. Choose James to honor the captain of the starship Enterprise. Choose Leia or Leah to salute the sister of Luke Skywalker. Choose Neo to celebrate the ultra-cool messiah from The Matrix. Hardcore fans can go even further with exotic names such as Barbarella, Beldar, Jor-El, and Tron (just don't send us the therapy bills). Arranged by category for quick reference--with chapters such as Power Names, Feminine Names, and Intellectual Names--Sci-Fi Baby Names is a terrific gift for expecting parents and a wonderful roll call of our favorite science fiction characters.
Oh, the joys of pregnancy There's the gassiness, constipation, queasiness, and exhaustion, the forgetfulness, crankiness, and the constant worry. Of course, no woman is spared the discomforts and humiliations of pregnancy, but most are too polite to complain or too embarrassed to talk about them. Not Jenny McCarthy In the New York Times best-selling Belly Laughs, actress and new mother Jenny McCarthy reveals the naked truth about the tremendous joys, the excruciating pains, and the unseemly disfigurement that go along with pregnancy. Never shy, frequently crude, and always laugh-out-loud funny, McCarthy covers it all in the grittiest of girlfriend detail. From morning sickness and hormonal rage, to hemorrhoids, pregnant sex, and the torture and sweet relief that is delivery, Belly Laughs is must-read comic relief for anyone who is pregnant, who has ever been pregnant, is trying to get pregnant, or, indeed, has ever been born
Discusses open adoptions, preparing for the birth and placement, the child's experience in the first year and later, and other matters