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Making a Baby: Everything You Need to Know to Get Pregnant

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What You Must Know About Infertility

"This was the first time in my life that I was faced with failure,"

31-year-old Megan said about her inability to get pregnant. "Since I was a

child, I always set lofty goals and worked hard to meet these. When my

doctor said we had 'unexplained infertility, ' it was as if my life was in

chaos and out of my control."

Lorri had a successful dental practice and finally married her college

boyfriend at age 34. "I could not believe that I was a successful

pedodontist, dedicating my life to helping young children, yet I could not

have my own baby. After three years of trying to conceive, we finally

turned to in vitro fertilization and now are the parents of twins. But I

will never forget the emotional upheavals and feelings of grief and

anxiety we went through."

When 26-year-old Rob played college basketball, he suffered a groin injury

that resulted in a ruptured testicle. "It doesn't take a rocket scientist

to know that this problem slashes the chances of making a baby. After

undergoing a battery of tests, my urologist said I have a low sperm count.

Yet medical technology is amazing. Our team of doctors used some high-tech

methods to sperm to fertilize my wife's eggs so we could make a healthy

baby. The result? Two active boys, now ages two and four. They are my

life "

Remember how, when you were eight, you dreamed of having a family some

day? For 32-year-old Jennifer, being a mother was her ultimate childhood

wish.

My good friends talked about having children but also being teachers or

doctors. Not me. I just wanted to stay at home and take care of babies,

and I wanted a house full Mark and I waited until our late twenties to

start a family, then tried for over a year to get pregnant with no luck.

You probably know how I felt when my doctor said I was infertile due to

ovulation problems. I wanted to run, to cover my head, so I didn't have to

hear the words. But I couldn't escape this reality.

That was two years ago. Tonight Mark is struggling with a colicky baby who

refuses to honor one o'clock in the morning as quiet time. I am rocking

her twin sister, lying in my arms wide-eyed and grinning. I'm reminded of

the old saw "Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it." Of

course, we did more than just wish for a baby, we engineered it. At times,

it has felt like we were birthing a Martian rover rather than a storybook bundle

of joy.

Many people dream of having a family some day, even before they meet Mr.

or Miss Right. In fact, most of us assume that making a baby the

old-fashioned way is a natural birthright. After all, we are made to be

sexual beings, so anyone can get pregnant, right? Wrong. For an estimated

5 to 8 million infertile couples in the United States, making a baby is

difficult, if not seemingly impossible. Whether from your irregular

menstrual cycles, from his reduced sperm count, or for unknown reasons,

infertility is a fact of life and a vastly growing concern.

"My friends tell me it's all in my head," 37-year-old Allison said. "We've

tried to get pregnant for three years now, and all my friends are either

expecting or pushing strollers. If it is in my head, I need to know what

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Synopsis:

You may have waited a long time. You may have tried and tried.

Now your chances of having a baby are better than ever!

There have been remarkable advances in fertility technology and choices in the last few years, with pregnancy success rates skyrocketing. Now Making a Baby provides the information you need to become your most fertile--and increase your chances for having the baby you've always wanted. Up-to-date, comprehensive, written with compassion and clarity, this book reveals how to protect, increase, and extend your fertility, with essential information on:

- The optimal frequency, timing, and sexual positions for getting pregnant

- Surprising new findings on which foods and exercise programs boost fertility--and which ones actually decrease your chances

- Advances in baby-boosting medications--and a complete assessment of risks, costs, and alternatives

- Breakthrough medical techniques that help achieve pregnancy without the risk of multiples

- Avoiding the common--and often hidden--threats to fertility at work, at home, and in public places

- Choosing the A.R.T. (assisted reproductive technology) that's right for you

- Special issues for midlife mothers

- What every man should know about his long-term reproductive health

- How to minimize emotional stress and keep your relationship strong

- How to work with your HMO to get the right treatments--at the right cost

This detailed, insightful, and meticulously researched book will help guide you to a wonderful new beginning as a parent!

About the Author

Debra Fulghum Bruce is a medical writer and author of sixty books on health and wellness, including The Sinus Cure and The Fibromyalgia Handbook.

Table of Contents

The causes of infertility — Drug-free conception — Breakthrough medical solutions to infertility — Complementary approaches to making a baby — Insurance and legal issues — Choosing a practitioner and clinic.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307487919
Subtitle:
Everything You Need to Know to Get Pregnant
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Author:
Bruce, Debra Fulghum
Author:
Thatcher, Samuel S.
Author:
Thatcher, Samuel Md
Author:
Thatcher, Samuel
Author:
Debra Fulghum Bruce
Author:
Samuel S. Thatcher
Subject:
Family & Relationships : Parenting - Child Rearing
Subject:
Medical : Reproductive Medicine & Technology
Subject:
Medical : Reference
Subject:
Pregnancy
Subject:
Women's Health - General
Subject:
Pregnancy & Childbirth - Pregnancy
Subject:
Conception
Subject:
Fertility, human
Subject:
Infertility
Subject:
Child Care
Subject:
Pregnancy & Childbirth
Subject:
Parenting - Child Rearing
Subject:
Child Care and Parenting-Family Planning
Subject:
Child Care and Parenting-General
Subject:
Child Care and Parenting-Pregnancy and Birth
Subject:
Health and Medicine-General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20000705
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
400

Related Subjects

Health and Self-Help » Child Care and Parenting » General
Health and Self-Help » Child Care and Parenting » Infertility and Planning
Health and Self-Help » Child Care and Parenting » Pregnancy and Birth
Health and Self-Help » Health and Medicine » Medical Specialties
Health and Self-Help » Health and Medicine » Professional Medical Reference
Health and Self-Help » Health and Medicine » Womens Health

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"Synopsis" by , You may have waited a long time. You may have tried and tried.

Now your chances of having a baby are better than ever!

There have been remarkable advances in fertility technology and choices in the last few years, with pregnancy success rates skyrocketing. Now Making a Baby provides the information you need to become your most fertile--and increase your chances for having the baby you've always wanted. Up-to-date, comprehensive, written with compassion and clarity, this book reveals how to protect, increase, and extend your fertility, with essential information on:

- The optimal frequency, timing, and sexual positions for getting pregnant

- Surprising new findings on which foods and exercise programs boost fertility--and which ones actually decrease your chances

- Advances in baby-boosting medications--and a complete assessment of risks, costs, and alternatives

- Breakthrough medical techniques that help achieve pregnancy without the risk of multiples

- Avoiding the common--and often hidden--threats to fertility at work, at home, and in public places

- Choosing the A.R.T. (assisted reproductive technology) that's right for you

- Special issues for midlife mothers

- What every man should know about his long-term reproductive health

- How to minimize emotional stress and keep your relationship strong

- How to work with your HMO to get the right treatments--at the right cost

This detailed, insightful, and meticulously researched book will help guide you to a wonderful new beginning as a parent!

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