Informational and fun to read, the Mother of All Pregnancy Books ($16) is a 600-page guide to everything a pregnant woman needs to know about expecting a child from conception to labor and delivery. Award-winning author of the book and mother of four Ann Douglas, who has also written the Mother of all Parenting Books and the Mother of all Toddler Books, entertains her readers with amusing anecdotes and expert advice regarding all physical, emotional and mental issues that arise during pregnancy.
Ms. Douglas has also appeared on television and radio shows answering questions posed by expecting mothers, in addition to having many of her articles cited in popular baby and parenting magazines.
Other important topics are also covered in the Mother of all Pregnancy Books, such as pain relief choices during labor, the circumcision question and why episiotomies are sometimes used during delivery.
The anxiety over the possible consequences of an episiotomy, such as excessive pain and incontinence, often worries expectant mothers. This minor surgery is frequently necessary in order to reduce trauma to the perineal area, lessen damage to the anal sphincter muscle and prevent severe neonatal injury due to labor complications.
Other subjects explored in the Mother of All Pregnancy Books include:
Not only does this book provide a comprehensive introduction to the world of pregnancy, labor and delivery and raising a child until he or she reaches adulthood but it will also helps women who think they might be pregnant but aren't sure if they are experiencing the symptoms indicative of being pregnant.
Because signs of pregnancy differ among all women, you could be having symptoms but not realize it because it is not one of the more common signals provided by your body that tells you a bundle of joy may be on the way within the next nine months. For most women, however, the first indication that they may be pregnant is missing a period, especially if they have always had fairly regular periods every 28 or 29 days.
Other common signs of pregnancy include:
While experiencing one or more of these conditions does not necessarily mean you are pregnant, they are nonetheless strong indicators that you may be pregnant and should make an appointment with your doctor for a physical exam and pregnancy test. If the test does turn out to be positive, start learning all about your baby, your body and the wonders of pregnancy by reading the Mother of All Pregnancy Books by Anne Douglas.