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Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy: From Doctors Who Are Parents, Too! [Paperback]

By the pregnancy experts at Mayo Clinic
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Book Description

May 1 2011
     This pregnancy book is the work of a team of world-class pregnancy experts from Mayo Clinic, who find nothing in medicine more exciting and satisfying to experience than the birth of a child. A trusted companion and an essential pregnancy resource for parents-to-be By doctors who are also parents.

     Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy is your trusted companion—if you're considering becoming pregnant, or if you are pregnant. Full color throughout. Here in one book is: The best medical advice available on the subject; Answers to "I'm-too-embarrassed-to-ask" questions; A roadmap to a positive experience, answering both commonly asked and difficult questions; An atmosphere of extraordinary wonder about being pregnant, even when you might have lost sight of it! Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy is your wise friend. Absorb its information and wisdom in your own time, and refer back to it whenever you want. 
     Among the questions it covers are:

Is the time right?

How can I make time for a child?

What if I can't get pregnant?

What exactly should I eat—and how much?

What's the right amount of weight to gain?

Can I control this?

What sort of care provider should I choose?

What alternative and complementary medicine can I safely use?

Can those around me survive my mood swings?

Can we still have enjoyable sex?

What's happening to my baby—and to me—week by week?

Breast or bottle?

What does labor feel like?

Can we manage as parents? 
     Imagine the world's best medical experts in a room with your most trusted and no-nonsense friend who is a mother. Then ask them everything you'd like to know about being pregnant, day or night. This is Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy. In full color!

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Would-be mothers looking for precise, accurate information from a reputable source will appreciate this mammoth pregnancy guide from the celebrated Mayo Clinic. The volume actually provides much more information than most parents will need: week by week accounts of the baby’s development, entries on how pregnancy can be affected by dozens of previous health conditions (such as HIV and diabetes), self-care tips for side effects like nausea and back pain, sidebars that explain the difference between identical and fraternal twins, etc. But the book contains at least one feature that most pregnant women will find indispensable: charts that indicate how to handle "troublesome signs and symptoms" during each three week period. For example, if a woman has slight spotting during the first four weeks of pregnancy, the chart tells her to notify a doctor during her next hospital visit. But if she has any bleeding at all during weeks 29 to 32, the chart indicates that she should tell her doctor immediately. Another stellar feature is the book’s even-handed series of "decision guides," which help parents make those hard (and even guilt-inducing) choices about breastfeeding, circumcision and whether or not to go back to work. Some parents may find the book’s cool, no-nonsense tone intimidating, or even scary, but when deciding what to do about mid-term cramps or pain, most readers will find great reassurance this volume’s carefully vetted facts.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


...clear and compassionate answers to many of the questions and decisions that parents often encounter. (Total Health) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best pregnancy book I've read May 7 2004
By A Customer
I already had the "What to expect when you are expecting" book when my sister gave me "Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy". I was so impressed with the details on a week by week basis. The pictures of the different development stages of the fetus during pregnancy are by far better than the ones in the "What to expect ..." book. They are much more realistic. The book also has a wonderful section called the decision guide about all the different tests and possiblilities that helps me make my decisions in a non biased manner. Each month it also provides a list of issues that you may experience including if and when you should notify your doctor. Now I don't have to wonder if I am being a worry-wart over a trival issue or not. This will be the reference book I will use for the rest of my pregnancy! I also plan on giving this book to all my pregnant friends!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the Pregnancy Books May 23 2004
By A Customer
This book does not scare you or make judgements, it just gives you hard facts so you can make your own informed decisions. I already had several other pregnancy books when I bought this one, but it is the only one I would recomend to a friend.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Book. June 11 2004
The book was great. It contains all the important facts about pregnancy, not shrouded by opinion. It just contains facts that you can use to your advantage to achieve a healthy and sucessful pregnancy. The editing is supreme. I learned about the book through the news, when I saw the debbonaire editor promoting it. His excessive charisma drove me to get it, and I havn't regretted it for a second. The book was excellent.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Factual and thorough-- highly recommended Aug. 17 2008
I bought this book rather than the ubiquitous "What to Expect..." book and am happy with my choice. It's thorough and factual, not preachy, doesn't scare-monger, and presents all the information I'm looking for in a straightforward manner. I love the drawn-to-actual-size diagrams (though after a while that becomes impossible!). I also really appreciate the "when to call your doctor" chart at the end of each month, which tells you which symptoms are normal and which are potentially more worrisome, which is a big help in the no-need-to-panic department. (It also helps my husband relax, because when I complain about some symptom or other and he gets the scared look on his face, I can show him the book and say, "See? It's normal, don't worry.")

I saw this book referred to in another book as "dry"; well, it's certainly not cutesy, like so many other pregnancy books try to be, and it doesn't have humourous anecdotes about hormonal pregnant women throwing dishes at their husbands or flirting with their o.b.'s-- there are other books for that. This is the straight goods, without a lot of extraneous commentary thrown in, which, really, is all I cared about, especially when I first found out I was pregnant and had no idea what I should be doing or what I could anticipate. I also like that it has the Mayo Clinic name on it-- I feel like I can trust the information much more than any of the other pregnancy books I have, where the sources are potentially less reliable (or at least less known).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great way to get ready June 19 2014
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I found this book extremely helpful. Unlike other books which have benefits of their own, this one is more clinical and gives really basic information without all the opinions and excess.
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3.0 out of 5 stars just scratches the surface April 7 2014
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This book is okay. I thought it would be a bigger resource for me to be honest. It barely scratches the surface of a whole lot of topics which is fine as a starting point but I didn't get a lot of value out of reading it other than Mayo Clinic being a reputable source.
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2.0 out of 5 stars mickey mouse March 19 2014
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This book is okay if you don't like using the internet or do not have it, otherwise it is very basic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect and complete guide Feb. 6 2014
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This book is absolutely perfect and has all the information you need, including topics that are often only briefly mentioned in other books (elective c-sections, lots of info on safe exercises while pregnant, and so much on positions to ease the pain of contractions). Also, while it is a US book, it isn't too specific with American stuff, so it's great for Canadians too!
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5.0 out of 5 stars really good book
very useful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
give me a lot of helpful ideas about what is going to happen during pregnancy~
love it~recommend it!
Published 14 months ago by Sun Yu
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book on the market for sure!
I'm surprised this book is not at the top of the list! Seriously this book is WAY better than what to expect then your expecting! Read more
Published 17 months ago by Heart4love
5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative
This book seems to have everything I want/ need to know. Easy to find all the info and the "actual size" pictures are really neat. Well worth the money.
Published 19 months ago by Karma1333
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Great BOOK, Tons of information about preparing for pregnancy, what to expect week by week with pictures of baby in actual size, info about what to expect in pre-natal... Read more
Published 20 months ago by amerc010
4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful Guide
This book contains a lot of good information and covers many concerns that come up during pregnancy. It's easy to find detailed information on almost any concern.
Published 20 months ago by KB
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative
Great choice for expecting moms to read. I find it more informative than other expecting parents books that I have read.
Published 20 months ago by Chantel Barton
4.0 out of 5 stars good book
Good book, but i think it's a repeat of the information you can get on site like babycentre. I like the charts and the section for dads.
Published 20 months ago by Portia
5.0 out of 5 stars A really useful companion for the first pregnancy
This was recommended by a friend, and it is a very useful reference. It is written in a very accessible style, and organized neatly by each month of the pregnancy. Read more
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