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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.)
"The book to read before
the journey of pregnancy begins--the one resource that will fully prepare you and your partner for one of life's most miraculous experiences, at the time when preparation will benefit your future baby most: before you're expecting." --Charles J. Lockwood, M.D.
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:
- How can I tell when I'm ovulating if my cycles aren't regular?
- Should we be having sex everyday? Every other day? Three times a day?
- I've heard certain sex positions can help you conceive--true?
- I'm overweight--does that affect my chances of getting pregnant?
- Can certain foods help you get pregnant?
- I'm 37. Does that mean I'll have a harder time getting pregnant?
- How long should we keep trying to conceive before we get some help?
About the Author
It all started with a baby…and a book. Heidi Murkoff conceived the idea for What to Expect When You're Expecting during her first pregnancy, when she couldn’t find answers to her questions or reassurance for her worries in the books she’d turned to for much-needed advice. Determined to write a guide that would help other expectant parents sleep better at night, Heidi delivered the proposal for What to Expect When You’re Expecting just hours before delivering her daughter, Emma.
Dubbed the “pregnancy bible”, the iconic New York Times bestseller is now in its all-new fourth edition, with over 18.5 million copies in print, and according to USA Today, is read by 93 percent of women who read a pregnancy book. Other titles in the series include Eating Well When You’re Expecting, What to Expect the First Year, What to Expect Before You’re Expecting (a complete preconception plan), and the newest member of the What to Expect family: What to Expect the Second Year, the must-have guide for parents of toddlers. The What to Expect books have sold more than 34 million copies in the US alone, and are published in over 30 languages.
In 2005, Heidi expanded the What to Expect (WTE) brand online with WhatToExpect.com – the interactive, state-of-the-internet companion to the WTE books, and home to a vibrant, vast, yet close-knit community of 3 million parents. In 2009, WTE went mobile with the WTE Pregnancy Tracker (the most popular pregnancy app in the world), the WTE Fertility Tracker, the WTE Baby Name Finder, and the WTE First Year Tracker.
Heidi’s passionate commitment to moms and babies led to the creation of the What to Expect Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping underserved families expect healthy pregnancies, safe deliveries, and healthy, happy babies. With a beautiful, culturally appropriate low-literac
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