Your Over-35 Week-by-Week Pregnancy Guide: All the Answers to All Your Questions About Pregnancy, Birth, and Your Developing Baby
Know What to Expect Week-by-Week Preparing for the arrival of a new baby is both a joy and a challenge. This is true at any age, but as an expectant mother over the age of 35 you want real answers for your unique needs and concerns. With wisdom and compassion, Dr. Kelly Shanahan shares her own experiences as an obstetrician and over-35 mom. Her detailed and reassuring approach will help you understand the significant changes in your body and life as well as your baby's development. Inside, you will find: ·Explanations and answers for your special health concerns ·Advice about making career, relationship, and lifestyle adjustments ·Practical tips for safe weight gain, exercise, and travel ·Excerpts from Dr. Shanahan's journal of her over-35 pregnancy From pregnancy planning and proper nutrition to labor and delivery, this informative book will fully prepare you for the birth of your healthy, happy baby. "A must-read for expectant couples over the age of 35 and a valuable reference for pregnancy at any age." —Lynn D. Montgomery, M.D., director, Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Rocky Mountain Perinatal Center, Missoula, Montana "This book addresses virtually all of the questions commonly asked by expectant couples. Great job." —E. Albert Reexed M.D., professor and chairman, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Temple University "A work of art and a work of love, with a lot of good science thrown in along the way." —R. Daniel Braun, M.D., FACOG, clinical professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Indiana University School of Medicine "What a great, week-by-week, commonsense journey through pregnancy!" —William F. von Almen II, M.D., FACOG, editorial adviser, obgyn.net
my favorite pregnancy book (& I've read them all)
By Carol C. "ccjello" - October 18, 2003
This is the one book I turned to again & again during my pregnancy, particularly during the latter half of the pregnancy. There is a chapter for each week of pregnancy, and over the course of forty weeks, the book covers all the topics. I especially enjoyed the sketches of a pregnant woman's body at different stages of the pregnancy, showing the size & position of the uterus and the fetus, and the commentaries about the size of the baby at different times pregnancy (most of which relate to food -- your baby is now the size of a pea, a grapefruit, a banana, a loaf of zucchini bread, etc.) The book also features plenty of photographs of pregnant women of all shapes & sizes, and you get a sense that Dr. Shananan really admires their beauty and their "pregnancy glow." I thought that the book celebrated pregnancy -- one of the other reviewers found that the book was too scary, talking about all of the risks of pregnancy, but I found it to be much less so than many... read more
not a doomsday book!
By "herhonor" - January 25, 2003
I wonder if bsobwick was reading a different book than I was since I found this book to be unusual in how positive it was -- a couple of the other over 35 pregnancy books out there really did scare me! Yes, there are discussions of what can go wrong, but in every chapter (I'm up to week 32) there is affirmation of how blessed a time pregnancy is.My husband is a doctor and although he is not an ob, he has commented on how accurate the medical information is. My own doctor recommended this book to me. I may be highly educated (I'm a lawyer), but I don't know medicine, so I appreciate how this book is written in laywoman's terms and is understandable without being condescending.
A necessary book for your over 35 pregnancy.
By "keriann_h" - January 22, 2004
This book was a lifeline for me during my last pregnancy. Although it was my 4th time expecting a baby, being over 35 does change the way you react both physically and emotionally to pregnancy. The book is meant to be personalized to your particular pregnancy, with spaces for you to write the dates and record your emotions and physical feelings each week. The author is an over 35 mother herself and she discusses her personal history of loss and infertility just as if she were a close personal friend helping you navigate your own pregnancy. The analogies to help you picture what your baby looks like are especially innovative (she uses food items as examples of weight and length) and really gives you a peek into what's happening inside you when you can't actually see it yourself.