Dear Moms-to-be 11 How to use this book 13 Your due date 16 The 1st Trimester Weeks 1 through 4 18 Conception, implantation, and the fi rst days of life Early pregnancy anxiety Time to start taking vitamins and exercising Risks from obesity, smoking, and alcohol Week 5 30 Your body starts to change Family diseases and genetic screening Miscarriage and ectopic pregnancies Healthy fi rst trimester diet Week 6 45 Fatigue and sleeping problems Surviving morning sickness Choosing a birthplace and a birth team Questions to ask a potential practitioner Week 7 57 Dealing with mood swings Doubts about motherhood Healthy weight gain during pregnancy Sexually transmitted diseases Week 8 67 Baby's fi rst ultrasound Colds, flu, and allergies during pregnancy Hazards and toxins at work and at home Week 9 77 Your fi rst OB exam and prenatal lab tests Walking program for beginners Dealing with back pain and constipation Week 10 86 What to do when your clothes don't fi t Food safety issues with fi sh, meat, and cheese Great ways for your partner to provide support Week 11 95 First trimester tests for chromosomal disorders How your friends react to pregnancy Food cravings and aversions Week 12 104 Sleep problems and solutions High blood pressure and pregnancy Healthy snacks and nonalcoholic party drinks The 2nd Trimester Week 13 110 Importance of dental care during pregnancy Reading and understanding food labels Will your second pregnancy be like your fi rst? Week 14 .116 Heartburn causes and cures Maternity leave and other work issues Mood swings, depression, and anxiety Reducing sodium in your diet Your partner's emotional journey Week 15 126 Preventing varicose veins All about amniocentesis Sex-good and bad-during the second trimester Preparing older children for a new baby Week 16 136 Late miscarriage: causes and symptoms Questioning your new identity Staying motivated to exercise Week 17 143 Feeling your baby move for the fi rst time Treating lower-back pain Pregnancy issues for single moms Alternative exercises for pregnancy fi tness Week 18 151 What you might see on an ultrasound Traveling safely while pregnant How your partner reacts to your changing appearance Week 19 158 Signs of trouble to watch for Tips for your maternity wardrobe Eating smart while traveling Week 20 164 All about high-risk pregnancies Chronic stress: your body and your baby How your partner can interact with your baby Week 21 170 Vacationing smart in mid-pregnancy Sex affected by a growing belly Stretching exercises for expectant mothers Week 22 180 Once a cesarean, always a cesarean? Career protection for working moms Strategies for coping with nighttime waking Week 23 189 Iron defi ciency, anemia, and fatigue Taming your junk-food cravings Vegetarian diets and pregnancy Week 24 195 Common skin problems in pregnancy Keeping your focus at work Feathering your nest: essential baby gear The 3rd Trimester Week 25 204 Breathlessness and other breathing problems Complete guide to preterm labor and delivery Multiple births: likelihood, detecting, and risks Week 26 213 Childbirth, baby-care, and breastfeeding education Fats in your diet-good and bad Exercise: fatigue and when it's time to stop Week 27 221 Hepatitis and other liver diseases Fighting the mid-pregnancy blues Staying hydrated: water and alternatives Choosing an infant car seat Week 28 229 Tests during the third trimester Gestational diabetes: risks, causes, and treatments Surviving bed rest Complete guide to cesarean deliveries Week 29 240 Breech babies-identifi cation and risk Planning for labor: positions and pain relief Conquering childbirth fears Outfi tting a safe nursery Week 30 254 Numbness in your hands-explanation and relief Causes and solutions for abdominal pain The role of a doula Protecting your job while on maternity leave Week 31 265 Practicing for labor-a guide to breathing techniques Placenta previa and placental abruption Why trying to do it all is overrated Week 32 277 Due dates: calculations and guesses Supplies for your baby's arrival The ABCs of daycare Week 33 288 Parenting philosophies and parenting plans Assembling a complete baby wardrobe Will you need an episiotomy? Week 34 296 Reduced fetal movements-when to be concerned Baby gear guide: strollers, backpacks, and more The truth about back labor Week 35 303 Turning breech babies before delivery Grandparents and your new baby Planning for postpartum weight loss Week 36 312 Delivering more than one baby Packing for the hospital Problems with your amniotic fl uid Week 37 317 Considering circumcision for your baby boy The earliest signs of labor Should your older children be in the delivery room? Starting a breastfeeding diet Week 38 327 Treating persistent headaches Contraception choices for after pregnancy Nesting and a need for solitude Week 39 335 Forceps delivery and vacuum extraction Labor day surprises What if you can't make it to the hospital? Week 40 341 The truth about home remedies for inducing labor Your doctor's reasons and techniques for inducing labor Postpartum exercise and fi tness classes Labor and delivery 349 Feeding your baby 363 Postpartum and baby care 373 Six months postpartum 411 Questions for your doctor 423 Appendices Body mass index 430 Resources 432 Prenatal tests 435 Newborn tests 442 Labor and delivery terms 444 Index 449
Dr. Laura Riley , OB/GYN, is the medical director of labor and delivery at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and a dedicated mom to daughters Natalie and Lauren. She is also assistant professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive biology at Harvard Medical School.