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Pregnancy for Modern Girls: The naked truth about being pregnant [Paperback]

Hollie Smith
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Table of Contents

1. You're pregnant! What now?
Who should you tell and when?
Early symptoms
Getting used to being pregnant
Going it alone
Working out D-day
The honest truth about drink and drugs
Your antenatal care
Where are you going to have the baby?
Scans and screening
Signing up for antenatal classes
And the good news about being pregnant is . . .

2. Sick and tired: the joys of pregnancy
Ailments and symptoms - horror stories or facts?
When to get help - quickly
The baby bump
Style still matters: the world of maternity wear

3. Womb with a view: your baby's growth
Here's the scientific bit
How your baby grows, fortnight by fortnight

4. Care instructions: eating, drinking, and other potentially 'dangerous' activities
Adapt your life, don't ditch it!
Alcohol
Cigarettes
Drugs
Food
There's no point in getting stressed
A healthy approach
Other `dangerous' activities
You still need to exercise

5. Office politics: pregnancy and your career
Your rights and responsibilities
Maternity leave and pay
Your health and safety
Coping with the commute
Want to go back to your career?

6. Hit and missionary: your love life during pregnancy
Gagging for it or just gagging?
Is he horny? Do you care?!
Make sex work
When not to have sex
Looking after your relationship

7. Delivery schedule: making plans for your baby's arrival
Where you're going to have your baby
Making a birth plan
Trying a `natural birth'?
Pain relief options
Your birth partner
The professionals
Birth by caesarean section
Multiple births
Premature birth

8. Ready for take-off: preparing for your baby's birth
The waiting game
How you're going to feed your baby
Shopping necessities
Coping strategies for the final strait
Packing your bag
Your baby's position

9. Labour day(s): what happens when you give birth
You're nearly there...
Going past your due date
What happens when your waters break
How much does it hurt?
In hospital - in labour
Being induced
How you might act in labour
Effing and blinding
Your baby's out!
What happens when your baby is born
After the birth
Birth stories: six Modern Girls recall their labour day

10. Hey baby: the first few weeks with your newborn
Settling in
Feeding your baby
Your post-birth body
Recovery after a Caesarean-section
Your postnatal care
Babycare essentials
How you'll feel

Useful contacts
Index

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