Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby (A March of Dimes Book): The Ultimate Pregnancy Guide

Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby (A March of Dimes Book): The Ultimate Pregnancy Guide

by Siobhan Dolan, Alice Lesch Kelly

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Overview

Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby is the ultimate pregnancy guide. Authors Siobhan Dolan, M.D., and Alice Lesch Kelly offer clear, friendly, authoritative, and essential advice, based on the latest research and findings, empowering mothers-to-be and new moms with more information and positive steps than have even been available before to ensure both a healthy pregnancy and a healthy, happy newborn.

Supported and sponsored by the March of Dimes—one of America’s largest, most widely recognized non-profit organizations and the country’s #1 most trusted source of health information for parents, according to a 2011 Gallup Poll—Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby is a must-read for all mothers-to-be.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062119292
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/29/2013
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 8.80(w) x 6.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Siobhan Dolan, M.D., M.P.H., medical advisor to the March of Dimes, is an associate professor in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Women's Health at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and an attending physician in the Division of Reproductive Genetics at Montefiore Medical Center, the University Hospital for Einstein, in New York City. Board certified in both OB-GYN and clinical genetics, Dr. Dolan is a graduate of Brown University and Harvard Medical School. She trained in OB-GYN at the New York Hospital–Cornell Medical Center and Yale–New Haven Hospital, did her genetics training at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and holds a master's degree in public health from Columbia University. The mother of three teenagers, she lives with her family in Westchester County, New York.

Alice Lesch Kelly is a book collaborator and magazine writer specializing in women's health. She has coauthored seven consumer health books, and her feature articles have appeared in more than 50 magazines and newspapers, including Conceive, Good Housekeeping, and Fit Pregnancy, for which she is a contributing writer. She lives in the Boston area with her family.


Siobhan Dolan, M.D., M.P.H., medical advisor to the March of Dimes, is an associate professor in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Women's Health at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and an attending physician in the Division of Reproductive Genetics at Montefiore Medical Center, the University Hospital for Einstein, in New York City. Board certified in both OB-GYN and clinical genetics, Dr. Dolan is a graduate of Brown University and Harvard Medical School. She trained in OB-GYN at the New York Hospital–Cornell Medical Center and Yale–New Haven Hospital, did her genetics training at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and holds a master's degree in public health from Columbia University. The mother of three teenagers, she lives with her family in Westchester County, New York.

Alice Lesch Kelly is a book collaborator and magazine writer specializing in women's health. She has coauthored seven consumer health books, and her feature articles have appeared in more than 50 magazines and newspapers, including Conceive, Good Housekeeping, and Fit Pregnancy, for which she is a contributing writer. She lives in the Boston area with her family.

Table of Contents

Notes to the Reader xi

Foreword xiii

Acknowledgments xv

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 The Journey Begins 5

Prenatal Care Matters 6

Picking Your Provider 6

Your First Prenatal Visit 9

The Importance of Good Lifestyle Choices 16

Where to Give Birth 19

Chapter 2 How Your Baby Grows 23

A Month-by-Month Look at How Your Baby Develops and How Your Body Changes During Pregnancy

Chapter 3 What to Eat 33

Becoming a Healthy Role Model 33

Essential Nutrition 34

The Building Blocks of Food 36

Important Vitamins and Minerals 37

What's on Your Plate? 39

Hungry for Answers 47

Avoiding Food-Borne Infections and Toxins 49

Pros and Cons of Seafood 54

Chapter 4 Preventing Infections 55

Protecting Yourself and Your Baby from Common Bacterial, Viral, and Yeast Infections

Chapter 5 Move Your Body 59

You Don't Have to Be Fit to Exercise 60

Turn Your Walk into a Workout 61

The Best Exercises for You 63

Activities to Avoid 65

Exercising Right 66

Chapter 6 Weighing Your Options 69

How Much Weight Should You Gain? 70

Reaching Your Weight Goal 71

Do the Math: Calculating Your Daily Calorie Needs 72

Aim for Good Gain 75

Personalize a Plan for Weight Gain 77

Chapter 7 If Things Get Uncomfortable 79

How to Get Better Sleep 80

Constipation Solutions 82

Cool the Heartburn Fire 84

Hemorrhoids: Soothe the Itch 85

Coping with Morning Sickness 86

Backaches and Pain Relief 88

Headache Fixes 89

Changes on the Outside 92

Stabilize Your Mood 95

Fluid Retention: Let It Flow 97

Chapter 8 Making the World Around You Safer 99

Walk Away from Smoke 100

Look Out for Lead 100

Clear the Air of Carbon Monoxide 105

Avoid Mercury 106

Test Your Home for Radon 108

Prevent Exposure to Pesticides 108

Assess the Risk of Arsenic 111

Be Aware of Plastics 112

Steer Clear of Unnecessary Radiation 114

Avoid Air Pollution 115

Chapter 9 Everything You Need to Know About Prenatal Testing 117

Making Informed Decisions 118

Types of Testing 119

Carrier Screening 121

Prenatal Testing 124

Testing by Ultrasound 131

The Emotional Side of Testing 132

Chapter 10 If the Unexpected Happens 135

Know What to Look For 136

Anemia 136

Bleeding 137

Cervical Insufficiency 138

Gestational Diabetes 139

Pregnancy-Related High Blood Pressure (with Possible Preeclampsia and Eclampsia) 140

Prenatal Depression 142

Preterm Labor and Birth 144

Miscarriage 147

Stillbirth 149

Chapter 11 The Checklist 151

Getting Ready for Baby: A Checklist for Labor, Delivery, and Beyond

Chapter 12 Go-Time 161

Getting Ready 162

Keeping Track of Time 163

Inducing Labor 165

Coping with Pain 167

Monitoring Your Baby's Heart Rate 169

Entering Labor 170

Giving Birth by Another Route: Cesarean Section 174

When Your Baby Is Overdue 176

Chapter 13 Healthy Baby 179

Newborn Screening 180

The Circumcision Decision 181

Caring for Your Baby 182

Protecting Your Baby from SLDS 183

Shielding Your Baby from Secondhand Smoke 186

Chapter 14 Baby Mealtime 187

Why Breast Milk? 187

Learning to Breastfeed 188

Breastfeeding Q&A 189

Formula Feeding 194

Inside Your Baby's Diapers 196

Chapter 15 Back on Track 197

Recovering from Childbirth 198

Recuperating from a C-Section 201

When You Get Home 203

Managing Postpartum Symptoms 206

Postpartum Depression: More Than Just the Blues 208

Your First Postpartum Appointment 210

Preconception: Preparing for a Healthy Pregnancy 213

In Depth 239

Glossary: Pregnancy Words to Know 271

Index 287

About the Authors 299

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