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Book Review: “Your Pregnancy and Childbirth Month to Month”

Your Pregnancy and Childbirth Month to Month by The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Community Health Education Ctr  General Collection (RG525 .A26 2010)

Reviewed By: Kebroon Abebayehu, Community Health Education Center Intern

Your Pregnancy and Childbirth Month to Month is a great book that covers the step to step process of pregnancy from week 1 to month 9, in simple and understandable terms. Get more answers to all of your questions by taking time to look through and read these chapters, that include almost everything you will need to know for your journey of becoming a mother.

The early chapters begin with proper pregnancy detection and changes in your body which may indicate a possible pregnancy. Then it identifies different symptoms and changes your pregnancy might bring, and ways to reduce or work around them are examined throughout the chapters. Example of these symptoms are nausea, morning sickness, appetite, skin and emotional changes.

Although some women plan in advance to prepare for pregnancy, this book also provides helpful information and great guidance on changes you should make after learning you are pregnant, at whatever time that might be. These changes include changes in dieting, such as what foods to avoid or limit, starting specific vitamins to aid in the baby’s development, and also tips on exercises you can do based on the different stages of pregnancy.

Not only does it inform you of changes to consider making, but it also helps you understand why these changes are important. Ultimately, this book aims to inform you to be able to make healthier decisions for you and your new baby.

It’s normal to have burning questions that most women have during pregnancy, such as:

  • How do I buckle up without feeling uncomfortable?
  • What position should I sleep in to protect my baby?
  • What if I wake up sleeping on my back?
  • Is it all fishes that I have to avoid or are there specific types?

In addition, this book includes special sections for mothers expecting twins and triplets. If you’re worried about, or experiencing pregnancy complications, there is also an easy and informative section for that as well. Don’t worry new moms, this book continues to cover postpartum period lifestyle and covers numerous topics such as getting back into shape, dealing with possible postpartum depression, birth control methods, and returning to work.


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