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Making a Baby: Everything You Need to Know to Get Pregnantby M.D. Samuel Thatcher
Synopses & Reviews
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
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
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
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
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.
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