Understanding Pregnancy and Childbirth

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9780020309819: Understanding Pregnancy and Childbirth

Understanding Pregnancy and Childbirth is one of the most highly regarded and widely read pregnancy and childbirth books ever published. In this clear and comprehensive handbook, Dr. Sheldon H. Cherry answers the questions every pregnant woman asks, addressing both medical and emotional issues in a reassuring style that has earned him praise for "the ease and skill with which he moves from the purely scientific search that goes on continually in the laboratory to the human, personal contact with his patient" (Redbook). This new edition has been thoroughly revised to incorporate all the latest medical advances and lifestyle trends. Dr. Cherry offers new and updated information on:

  • pre-pregnancy care, including advice on diet and exercise
  • genetic testing
  • relaxation and breathing techniques
  • birthing options
  • the effects of drugs and chemicals on pregnancy
  • developments in the treatment of infertility
  • the special needs of pregnant women over the age of thirty-five
  • postpartum care
Understanding Pregnancy and Childbirth—comprehensive, helpful, and authoritative—is a welcome companion for the expectant family.

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The classic bestselling guide to pregnancy and childbirth, thoroughly revised and updated

Highly regarded and relied upon for more than twenty years, this authoritative guide is the ultimate resource if you are or hope to become pregnant. Now in a new edition that covers the latest medical advances, Understanding Pregnancy and Childbirth answers all your questions, addressing both the medical and emotional issues in a clear, reassuring way.

Drs. Sheldon Cherry and Douglas Moss cover everything from preconception to postpartum care, dispelling the myths and revealing the latest advancements that help to ensure a successful and enjoyable pregnancy. They explain how the fetus develops, the different stages of labor, and the current trends in childbirth, and they also address the special needs of pregnant women over age thirty-five.

This updated edition also features:

  • The latest information on preconception care, including genetic testing and vaccination programs
  • New treatments for both male and female infertility
  • New guidelines for exercise during pregnancy
  • The latest on first-trimester screening for fetal anomalies, postpartum depression, and medications during pregnancy
  • Guidance in successfully managing multiple births

Comprehensive, comforting, and reliable, Understanding Pregnancy and Childbirth is your indispensable pregnancy companion.

About the Author:

SHELDON H. CHERRY, M.D., named by New York magazine as one of "The Best Doctors in New York" in 1991, is a practicing obstetrician and gynecologist at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York and Clinical Professor of OB/GYN at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. A pioneering researcher in perinatology, he is widely recognized as one of the leading experts in the field. His previous books include The Menopause Myth, For Women of All Ages, and Planning Ahead for Pregnancy, and his column, "Pregnancy and Childbirth," appears regularly in Parents Magazine.

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