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Transformed by Birth: Cultivating Openness, Resilience, and Strength for the Life-Changing Journey from Pregnancy to Parenthood
As expecting parents, you’re bombarded with more information - and opinions - than ever about the “right” approach to pregnancy and childbirth. How do you navigate this ocean of information - not only to find the best practical solutions for you personally, but also to embrace this incredible opportunity for emotional and spiritual transformation that comes from bringing a child into this world? With Transformed by Birth, Dr. Britta Bushnell has created the transformative, intelligent, and empowering pregnancy and childbirth guide you’ve been waiting for.This book embraces birth as a metamorphic experience - a rite of passage in which you are initiated by opening to the unbidden, embodying your own wisdom, and gaining freedom from limiting beliefs.Our culture has inundated us with limiting ideals that prevent us from fully engaging in the journey of pregnancy and childbirth - including a need for control and certainty, vilification of pain, and reverence for technology and intellectual knowledge, among others. Dr. Bushnell helps you clear away unwanted beliefs and behaviors so you can open to the meaning and power of this uniquely life-changing experience. Here she offers daily practices, rituals, exercises, and more to help you cultivate resilience, power, and connection during this transformative time.Childbirth is more than just having a baby. Transformed by Birth invites you to discover childbirth as a transformational experience that alters your knowing of who you are and lasts long after pregnancy and birth are over.
When You're Expecting Twins, Triplets, or Quads: Proven Guidelines for a Healthy Multiple Pregnancy (4th Edition)
You're expecting more than one baby? Congratulations! Effective, encouraging, and up-to-date, When You're Expecting Twins, Triplets, or Quads is essential for you and your babies.Like all mothers-to-be, you're experiencing the full spectrum of human emotions: joy, fear, confusion, and excitement--maybe all at once. As a woman pregnant with more than one baby, you're feeling all these things . . . only more so! When You're Expecting Twins, Triplets, or Quads outlines a practical, nutrition-based program to keep you and your babies healthy, and provides a comprehensive tour of what you can expect during your unique pregnancy and childbirth experience. Women who follow this program have significantly fewer complications during pregnancy--and their babies are born healthier, weighing 20 to 35 percent more than the average twin, triplet, or quad. Included is crucial information on: * Finding a qualified maternal/fetal medicine specialist* Dietary recommendations, menus, and 75 recipes for maximizing birth weight* Safe guidelines on exercise, physical activity, and work * Reducing your risk for pregnancy complications* Recognizing the signs of preterm labor and what to do about them* How twin type (fraternal vs. identical) affects prenatal care* What to expect during and after delivery * Feeding and caring for your newborns . . . and yourself
With Mindful Birthing, Nancy Bardacke, nurse-midwife and mindfulness teacher, lays out her innovative program for pregnancy, childbirth, and beyond. Drawing on groundbreaking research in neuroscience, mindfulness meditation, and mind/body medicine, Bardacke offers practices that will help you find calm and ease during this life-changing time, providing lifelong skills for healthy living and wise parenting. SOME OF THE BENEFITS OF MINDFUL BIRTHING: Increases confidence and decreases fear of childbirth Taps into deep inner resources for working with pain Improves couple communication, connection, and cooperation Provides stress-reducing skills for greater joy and wellbeing
Postnatal Pilates: A Recovery and Strength Guide for Life
Postnatal Pilates is a straight-talking, woman-to-woman postnatal recovery guide with a difference. These tailored Pilates exercises are safe and effective to build strong foundations, whatever your exercise goals.Clear step-by-step exercises are suitable for the fourth trimester, cesarean recovery and year one and beyond. Take control of your postnatal recovery and feel empowered with this toolkit of resources.• Health, fitness and wellbeing advice will help replenish and renew your energy in mind, body and spirit• Learn how to check for abdominal separation and recognize the signs of pelvic floor weakness - what it means and what you can do about it• Posture tips, easily incorporated into your day-to-day life - while breastfeeding, pushing the buggy, at your desk, picking up your toddler• Routines are realistic and manageable as they are broken down into bite-sized 10/20/30-minute blocks
Boost Your Breast Milk: An All-in-One Guide for Nursing Mothers to Build a Healthy Milk Supply
Simpson Alicia C.
Every mom wants to produce enough nutritious milk for her tiny one - but many worry about low milk supply and other potential hurdles. In Boost Your Breast Milk, you’ll find the most up-to-date practices that support a healthy milk supply for baby and a healthy mom.• Clear, calm advice on breastfeeding - preparing to nurse, latching techniques, when to feed, and more• How to spot and manage the causes of low supply and milk slumps - from mastitis to your baby’s natural growth spurts• What to eat when you’re nursing - from superfoods like avocado to naturally lactogenic (milk-boosting) foods like oats and papaya• Plus, 75 recipes packed with goodness that the whole family can enjoy!A healthy beginning starts now!
Finally, a practical and compassionate guide to your well-being during pregnancy and parenthood Strong as a Mother will prepare you with humor, grace, and zero judgment for what lies ahead and give you the tools to take care of yourself, permission to struggle, and professional advice on how to move through it when you do. It will become a dog-eared resource on your nightstand, offering you the same care and support that you are working so hard to provide to your child.
The Motherly Guide to Becoming Mama: Redefining the Pregnancy, Birth, and Postpartum Journey
An inclusive, holistic, evidence-based guide for pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum journey—created for modern moms by the experts at the Motherly online community.Pregnancy isn’t just about creating a baby. It’s also about the powerful transformation we go through on the journey to becoming “mama.” We created The Motherly Guide to Becoming Mama to coach and inspire you each step of the way. This is the pregnancy book we wish we’d had when we first became mothers—a mama-centered guide that doesn’t just focus on your baby’s needs, but honors and coaches you through this profound life change.Here’s the most important thing to remember: you are a phenom, and you are going to rock this.And you don’t have to do this alone. At your highest highs and your lowest lows, there is a village of professionals and peers to traverse this path with you.This book won’t bog you down with demands, give you more to be worried about, or tell you what to do. It’s impossible to know exactly what to expect during your pregnancy—after all, you are your own amazing woman with unique dreams, experiences, and needs. Instead, we’ve filled this illustrated guide with the best knowledge, wisdom, and support we have to offer.
Teach Your Child Yoga: Fun & Easy Yoga Poses for Happier, Healthier Kids
Help children calm down, relieve stress, and achieve greater mindfulness with this fun, illustrated, step-by-step guide to teaching kids yoga.It's a stressful world - even for children. Yoga can help, and this fun, hands-on guide shows parents and other caregivers how to give kids the tools to relieve anxiety, gain focus, cultivate mindfulness, and feel healthier. Filled with step-by-step illustrations and instructions, Teach Your Child Yoga features practices that focus on improving posture, allergies, sleep, digestion, and more, as well as games that foster teamwork and communication. There's even a special sequence to counter the effects of sitting in front of a computer or tablet. Tips explain how to adapt the exercises for different ages, from toddlers to teens, so every child can experience and enjoy the many benefits that yoga has to offer.
As a pediatrician, spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics, and mother of three boys, Dr. Tanya Altmann knows that good nutrition is essential for healthy kids. In What to Feed Your Baby, Dr. Tanya provides the latest nutritional recommendations and best practices for feeding babies and young children. The simple, fool-proof program focuses on serving eleven foundation foods: eggs, prunes, avocado, fish, yogurt/cheese/milk, nuts, chicken/beans, fruit, green veggies, whole grains, and water. What to Feed Your Baby helps parents set their children up for a lifetime of healthy choices - and say goodbye to picky eating forever!
HappyBaby: The Organic Guide to Baby's First 24 Months
Sears, Robert W.
From the most respected names in parenting come this definitive book on child rearing the all-natural way.
Like a Mother: A Feminist Journey Through the Science and Culture of Pregnancy
A candid, feminist, and personal deep dive into the science and culture of pregnancy and motherhoodLike most first-time mothers, Angela Garbes was filled with questions when she became pregnant. What exactly is a placenta and how does it function? How does a body go into labor? Why is breast best? Is wine totally off-limits? But as she soon discovered, it’s not easy to find satisfying answers. Your obstetrician will cautiously quote statistics; online sources will scare you with conflicting and often inaccurate data; and even the most trusted books will offer information with a heavy dose of judgment. To educate herself, the food and culture writer embarked on an intensive journey of exploration, diving into the scientific mysteries and cultural attitudes that surround motherhood to find answers to questions that had only previously been given in the form of advice about what women ought to do—rather than allowing them the freedom to choose the right path for themselves.In Like a Mother, Garbes offers a rigorously researched and compelling look at the physiology, biology, and psychology of pregnancy and motherhood, informed by in-depth reportage and personal experience. With the curiosity of a journalist, the perspective of a feminist, and the intimacy and urgency of a mother, she explores the emerging science behind the pressing questions women have about everything from miscarriage to complicated labors to postpartum changes. The result is a visceral, full-frontal look at what’s really happening during those nine life-altering months, and why women deserve access to better care, support, and information.Infused with humor and born out of awe, appreciation, and understanding of the female body and its strength, Like a Mother debunks common myths and dated assumptions, offering guidance and camaraderie to women navigating one of the biggest and most profound changes in their lives.
Paleo Pregnancy Book (The Everything)
When it comes to eating healthfully, modern moms face constant challenges. Unnatural and unhealthy processed foods - many touted as "healthy" or "low-fat" - are everywhere, and they make eating a balanced diet particularly difficult. But millions of women have improved their diets with the Paleo lifestyle, and now pregnant women can, too! The Everything Paleo Pregnancy Book shows you how to follow the Paleo diet during pregnancy and beyond - safely and successfully. With this pregnancy companion in hand, you’ll learn how to:• Tailor the Paleo diet to meet your pregnancy needs• Add the freshest, healthiest foods to your diet• Combat cravings and morning sickness• Exercise safely, both before and after birth• Provide your body with the nutrients it needs for breastfeedingHere's all you need for a healthy Paleo pregnancy - realistic meal plans, 125 delicious recipes, and steps for transitioning the diet for a post-pregnancy body. You'll be vibrant, fit, and happy while nourishing your baby and promoting healthy development.
When Your Child Has Food Allergies: A Parent's Guide to Managing It All - From the Everyday to the Extreme
Let When Your Child Has Food Allergies be your guide to keeping your child safe - and your sanity intact. In this book, author Mireile Schwartz shares her invaluable frontine expertise and personal experience caring for her daughter and herself - as both suffer from anaphylactic food allergies.Schwartz's unprecedented guide delves deeply into the personal, psychological, and practical aspects of dealing with serious food allergies. It's loaded with tested tips for:• Getting your child diagnosed• Allergy-proofing your kitchen and house• Surviving school• Balancing fun and protection at parties• Navigating common social situations• Gaining support from friends• Traveling safely• And more
Parents are the first to know when their child starts behaving differently. Has your son stopped eating his favorite food, or does he refuse to eat out with friends? Has your daughter drastically increased her exercise regimen, or become obsessed with health foods? These are among the telltale signs that your child, like millions of others, may have an eating disorder (ED).In this essential guide, registered dietitians Casey Crosbie and Wendy Sterling introduce an all-new strategy you can use to help your child at home. The Plate-by-Plate approach is rooted in family-based treatment (FBT)—the leading psychological therapy for EDs. Unlike complicated “exchange” systems, this is simple: Crosbie and Sterling coach you through every aspect of meeting your child’s nutritional needs, using just one tool—a ten-inch plate.Paired with therapy, this intuitive, visual method is the best way to support your child on the path to recovery. Plus, the authors cover how to talk about diet and weight, what to do while traveling, what to expect from your child’s doctor, and much more.
The Glow provides a rare glimpse into the world of fashionable mothers at home, capturing tender moments between them and their young ones and sharing their inspiration, insights, and a few of their favorite things. Violet Gaynor and Kelly Stuart, creators of the popular website TheGlow.com, bring their unique vision of motherhood to the page with 150 gorgeous photographs and intimate interviews with tastemaker moms that follow the path from pregnancy to parenthood with wry wit, charming advice, and a deep understanding of the affectionate relationship between parent and child. The book covers everything from personal style to home decor, cooking, fitness, beauty, marriage, and more, making The Glow the parenting book for the new generation of hip moms.
The Rebel Mama's Handbook for (Cool) Moms
A girlfriend's guide to early motherhood. It's the cheat sheet for all those boring baby books you'll never get through and the instruction manual you wish your kid(s) came with - complete with cocktail list.
The American Academy of Pediatrics New Mother's Guide to Breastfeeding (Revised and Updated 3rd Edition)
Meek, Joan Younger
Why is breastfeeding best for my baby? Will I like it? What if it hurts? What happens when my maternity leave is over? Will I be able to use a breast pump? How can I make this work? The American Academy of Pediatrics answers these questions and many more in this invaluable resource to help you and your baby get the healthiest possible start. The benefits of breastfeeding will last a lifetime. With everything new mothers need to know about breastfeeding, this fully revised and updated edition covers more than a decade's worth of the latest research, including• information for mothers preparing for the first feeding and adjusting to home, family, and work as a nursing mother• new research on ways breastfeeding can stave off childhood allergies and obesity• expanded coverage of proper nutrition for nursing mothers, including vitamin, mineral, and supplementation recommendations• ideal ways to establish a nursing routine and what to do when returning to work• the father's role and creating a postpartum support network• solutions to common breastfeeding challengesNursing mothers everywhere will find this book an indispensable guide to important nutrition information that only the American Academy of Pediatrics can provide.
Dude, You're Gonna Be a Dad!: How to Get (Both of You) Through the Next 9 Months
She's pregnant. She knows that. You know that. And her 152 baby books tell her exactly what she can expect. Your job is to learn what you can do between the stick turning blue and the drive to the delivery room to make the next nine months go as smoothly as possible. That's where John Pfeiffer steps in.Like any good coach, he's been through it. He's dealt with the morning sickness and doctor visits, painting the baby's nursery and packing the overnight bag, choosing a name, hospital, and the color of the car-seat cover. All the while he remained positive and responsive - there with a "You're beautiful" when necessary - but assertive during the decision-making process (he didn't want to wind up with a kid named Percy). And now it's your turn.She might be having the baby, but you have plenty of responsibilities.
Oops! How to Rock the Mother of All Surprises: A Positive Guide To Your Unexpected Pregnancy
Ready or not, here comes baby!Talk about a bump in the road. Whether you were waiting until "the right time" to have kids or hoped and pleaded the day wouldn't come, you'll breathe a sigh of relief when you flip through Oops! In this collection of humorous essays, Jezebel.com blogger Tracy Moore shares her personal experiences with jumping headfirst into motherhood--without a clue what she was doing. Unexpectedly pregnant at thirty-three, Moore's life completely changed when she had to give up her beloved cigarettes and cold deli meats and quickly learn how to care for the little bundle of (ahem) joy growing inside her. Her honest advice will help you cope with all the changes and feelings that will occur on your way to parenthood.From stockpiling baby supplies in just a few months to being the lone sober one at a party, this book answers all your questions and braces you for the unexpected.
Pregnancy Sucks (2nd Edition)
You know pregnancy sucks when . . . That "glowing skin" everyone promised you looks remarkably similar to the hormonal acne you battled as a teenThe lady at the grocery store remarks "it must be any day now" when you haven't finished your second trimester You debut the perfect name for your baby which your mother-in-law immediately describes as "interesting" (complete with a wrinkled nose) There's no doubt about it: Pregnancy isn't all it's cracked up to be. In this complete update of the bestselling first edition, Joanne Kimes pairs no-holds-barred humor with helpful advice to get you through the next nine months with (some level of) your sanity intact. So whether you're looking for the scoop on hypnobirthing, you want to know a cure for your hemorrhoids, or you really just want a laugh (even if you might pee in your maternity leggings), this book will tell you exactly what to do when that miracle of yours is making you totally, completely, gestationally miserable.
Home for Dinner: Mixing Food, Fun, and Conversation for a Happier Family and Healthier Kids
Sports, activities, long hours, and commutes - with so much to do, dinner has been bumped to the back burner. But research shows that family dinners offer more than just nutrition. Studies have tied shared meals to increased resiliency and self-esteem in children, higher academic achievement, a healthier relationship to food, and even reduced risk of substance abuse and eating disorders. Written by a Harvard Medical School professor and mother, Home for Dinner makes a passionate and informed plea to put mealtime back at the center of family life and supplies compelling evidence and realistic tips for getting even the busiest of families back to the table.
It's Not About the Broccoli
You already know how to give your kids healthy food. But the hard part is getting them to eat it. After years of research and working with parents, Dina Rose, discovered a powerful truth: When parents focus solely on nutrition, their kids - surprisingly - eat poorly. But when families shift their emphasis to behaviors – the skills and habits kids are taught - they learn to eat right.Every child can learn to eat well - but only if you show them how to do it. Dr. Rose describes the three habits - proportion, variety, and moderation - all kids need to learn, and gives you clever, practical ways to teach these food skills. All children can learn: How to confidently explore strange, new foods How to know when they’re hungry and when they’re full What to do when they say they’re "starving" - and about to attend a birthday party How to branch out from easy-to-like prepackaged kid fare to more mature tastes and textures: savory, tangy, runny, crunchy. How to engage in open and honest talk about food without yelling "I don’t like it!"With It's Not About the Broccoli, you can teach your children how to eat, and give them the skills they need for a lifetime of health and vitality.
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When You're a Parent With Diabetes: A Real Life Guide to Staying Healthy While Raising a Family
Palmer, Kathryn Gregorio
Finding the time and energy to maintain a healthy diet and exercise program is a challenge for any parent–but it can be a matter of life and death for parents with diabetes. Diabetes in pregnancy, if poorly controlled, can increase the risk of miscarriage, birth defects, and prematurity. Mood swings and personality changes during a parent’s spells of low blood sugar can frighten young children. And even on good days, it can be difficult for a parent to remember to check their glucose levels in the haste of getting the kids off to school.From the psychological to the medical to the purely practical, Kathryn Gregorio Palmer guides parents with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes through the ups and downs of staying healthy while raising a family. Helpful for adoptive and stepparents as well as moms and dads, the book answers questions such as:• What are the risks of being pregnant with diabetes?• Will I have the energy to handle a rambunctious child?• Where can I hide my juice boxes so the kids don’t accidentally drink them all?A mother of two, Palmer blends her own experience with expert advice and tips from other parents to create a compassionate and useful handbook that parents with diabetes will find indispensable.
Nodding Off: The Science of Sleep from Cradle to Grave
Sleep plays a crucial role in our waking lives, and we need to start paying it more attention. The latest research tells us that it's essential for learning and memory, for mental health and physical well-being, and yet we tend to only think about it when it's proving a struggle.Nodding Off leads you on a fascinating journey through the science of sleep as it evolves throughout our lives; from babies to teenagers, from middle age to the later years of our life, there are constantly new challenges to our sleep. Based on knowledge accumulated over almost two decades as a sleep researcher, Professor Alice Gregory shares real-life stories and interviews with other sleep experts to find the answers to questions, such as: • Why do so many adolescents enjoy lying in at the weekends?• Why do children experiencing anxiety, behavioural problems or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder so often have co-occurring sleep problems?• Why are scientists turning to sleep disorders such as sleep paralysis to try to understand paranormal experiences?With important tips on improving your sleep, Nodding Off is an essential read for anyone who sleeps, and more important still for those who don't get enough. Fans of Matthew Walker's Why We Sleep will love this book!
What No One Tells You: A Guide to Your Emotions from Pregnancy to Motherhood
Your guide to the emotions of pregnancy and early motherhood, from two of America’s top reproductive psychiatrists.When you are pregnant, you get plenty of advice about your growing body and developing baby. Yet so much about motherhood happens in your head. What everyone really wants to know: Is this normal?- Even after months of trying, is it normal to panic after finding out you’re pregnant?- Is it normal not to feel love at first sight for your baby?- Is it normal to fight with your parents and partner?- Is it normal to feel like a breastfeeding failure?- Is it normal to be zonked by “mommy brain?”In What No One Tells You, two of America’s top reproductive psychiatrists reassure you that the answer is yes. With thirty years of combined experience counseling new and expectant mothers, they provide a psychological and hormonal backstory to the complicated emotions that women experience, and show why it’s natural for “matrescence” - the birth of a mother - to be as stressful and transformative a period as adolescence.Here, finally, is the first-ever practical guide to help new mothers feel less guilt and more self-esteem, less isolation and more kinship, less resentment and more intimacy, less exhaustion and more pleasure, and learn other tips to navigate the ups and downs of this exciting, demanding time.
7 Secrets of the Newborn: Secrets and (Happy) Surprises of the First Year
Hamilton, Robert C.
Robert C. Hamilton, M.D., has spent more than three decades caring for newborns. In his practice, Dr. Bob has seen it all - what works, what doesn’t. How can you get your baby to nurse, sleep, and maybe even cease crying? What strategies can help you connect and communicate with your infant? What important decisions will you make during the first year for your child, yourself, and your partner?Here, Dr. Bob shares his clear, sensible, warm advice - as well as all the latest scientific data and research - on how to:• Offer comfort to a crying newborn using the “Hold”• Gently teach your baby how to sleep (and get some sleep yourself)• Establish healthy patterns• Breastfeed, formula-feed, or bottle-feed using either• Play!• Manage screen time in your home• And more to help you navigate the unforgettable first year of your child’s life.
Allergy-Free Kids: The Science-Based Approach to Preventing Food Allergies
Pompa, Robin Nixon
Based on recent groundbreaking studies that will change the way parents feed their children, Allergy-Free Kids is a revolutionary guide to preventing food allergies.When her infant daughter was diagnosed with life-threatening food allergies, Robin Nixon Pompa found Dr. Gideon Lack, a clinical researcher on the verge of a breakthrough in allergy prevention and treatment that would heal her daughter and, later, her sons.The secret: building acceptance of allergens through repeated careful feedings. Instead of avoiding eggs, nuts, and other allergens, as previous recommendations held, most parents should introduce them into their children’s diets, "early, carefully and often, for at least the first five years of life." This life-changing approach is being embraced by the medical community, especially for peanut allergy, and is reflected in new guidelines from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, the National Institutes of Health and other major medical associations.Allergy-Free Kids includes a concise, easy-to-understand overview of the research as well as seventy simple and delicious kid-friendly recipes to help parents integrate unfamiliar allergen foods into a child’s diet. Divided by allergen, Allergy-Free Kids contains sections on Eggs, Peanuts and Tree Nuts, Cow’s Milk, Sesame, Wheat and Fish. It also discusses other foods, such as kiwi and soy, which are increasingly causing allergic reactions. The book includes feeding advice, and maintenance doses, followed by recipes suitable for babies, toddlers and preschoolers, including Open Sesame Sweet Potatoes, Nut Flour Crackers, Cocoa "Puffs" and Eggs-Pretending-to-be-Muffins.Following the new medical guidelines, Allergy-Free Kids empowers parents to help their kids avoid a lifelong struggle with food allergies - and bring variety and joy back to family meals.
Let Them Eat Dirt: How Microbes Can Make Your Child Healthier
Finlay, B. Brett
In the two hundred years since we discovered that microbes cause infectious diseases, we’ve battled to keep them at bay. But a recent explosion of scientific knowledge has led to undeniable evidence that early exposure to these organisms is beneficial to a child’s well-being. Our modern lifestyle, with its emphasis on hyper-cleanliness, is taking a toll on children’s lifelong health.In this engaging and important book, microbiologists Brett Finlay and Marie-Claire Arrieta explain how the trillions of microbes that live in and on our bodies influence childhood development; why an imbalance of those microbes can lead to obesity, diabetes, and asthma, among other chronic conditions; and what parents can do--from conception on--to positively affect their own behaviors and those of their children. They describe how natural childbirth, breastfeeding, and solid foods influence children’s microbiota. They also offer practical advice on matters such as whether to sterilize food implements for babies, the use of antibiotics, the safety of vaccines, and why having pets is a good idea. Forward-thinking and revelatory, Let Them Eat Dirt is an essential book in helping us to nurture stronger, more resilient, happy, and healthy kids.
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