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What to Expect Before You're Expectingby Heidi Murkoff
Synopses & Reviews
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.
"Pregnancy guru Murkoff (What to Expect When You're Expecting) explains that a healthy pregnancy actually begins long before sperm and egg meet. In fact, she suggests that couples add at least three months to the requisite nine in order to prepare both their bodies for the best outcome. Backed by research and expert advice, Murkoff and Mazel present a preconception program that includes tips on what to eat (and not eat), how to maintain a healthy weight and advice about preconception medical care, such as having a physical and dental checkup. The text points out that dads are vitally important to pre-pregnancy health, with warnings that heavy drinking and smoking can damage or reduce sperm, as can certain sports such as spinning, cycling or heavy workouts. (Shaded boxes throughout the text address the ways in which men can contribute to baby-to-be's successful arrival.) The text also covers fertility issues, clearly explaining 'the biology of baby making' and outlining the options available to couples who are facing conception problems. Readers who like to think ahead will also benefit from a detailed fertility planner, which includes a fertility chart to track ovulation and space to record various pre-baby appointments and information. Couples who are trying to conceive will find plenty of useful ideas to consider and implement in the months preceding their baby's debut." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
From the author of America's bestselling pregnancy and parenting books comes the must-have guide every expectant couple needs before they even conceive, from how to pinpoint ovulation to when to seek help for infertility.
Expecting to Expect? Plan Ahead.
Everything you need to know before you're expecting to help you prepare for the healthiest possible pregnancy and the healthiest possible baby. Filled with practical tips, empathetic advice, and savvy strategies all designed to help you get that baby of your dreams on board faster. How to get your bodies into tip-top baby-making shape. Which foods feed fertility. Which lifestyle habits to quit and which to cultivate. How to have sex for conception success (from timing to positions to logistics). And when to seek fertility help. There's even a fertility planner to help you keep track of your conception adventure.
Answers to all your baby-making questions:
About the Author
Heidi Murkoff is the author of the What to Expectandreg;series and author of Eating Well When You're Expecting, The What to Expect Pregnancy Journal andamp; Organizer, What to Expect the First Year, The What to Expect Baby-Sitter's Handbook, and the What to Expect Kids
Table of Contents
Foreword by Charles J. Lockwood, M.D.
Introduction: What Can You Expect Before You're Expecting
Part 1: Getting Ready to Make a Baby
Chapter 1: Prepping Before You're Expecting
Chapter 2: Weighing In Before You're Expecting
Chapter 3: Eating Well Before You're Expecting
Part 2: Making A Baby
Chapter 4: The Biology of Baby Making
Chapter 5: Predicting Ovulation
Chapter 6: Figuring Out Your Fertility
Chapter 7: Getting Busy Making a Baby
Chapter 8: Are You Pregnant?
Part 3: Bumps on the Road to Baby
Chapter 9: Challenges to Fertility
Chapter 10: When You Need a Little Help
Chapter 11: Beginning Again After a Loss
Part 4: Keeping Track
Chapter 12: Your Fertility Planner
Your TTC Journal
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