Mothering Magazine's Having a Baby, Naturally

Mothering Magazine's Having a Baby, Naturally

The Mothering Magazine Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth

Illustrated by: Jackie Facciolo / with: Wendy Ponte
For more than twenty-five years, Mothering magazine has captured an audience of educated women who appreciate its "we'll inform, you choose" approach to parenting. Having a Baby, Naturally reflects this spirit with straightforward, uncensored information about pregnancy and childbirth, addressing common concerns and questions in a compassionate, nonjudgmental style.

Written by Peggy O'Mara, the longtime publisher, editor, and owner of Mothering magazine, it synthesizes the best theories and safest practices used in natural childbirth, including recommendations from the World Health Organization, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Throughout, O'Mara reinforces her belief that each woman's pregnancy and birth experience is a one-of-a-kind event. She covers such topics as:

  • Nutrition, diet, and exercise

  • Emotional self-awareness during and after pregnancy

  • A trimester-by-trimester guide to what is happening in your body and your child's

  • Birth choices -- offering suggestions, not "rules"

  • Pain medication alternatives

  • Birth locations, from hospitals to home birth

  • Relieving morning sickness with natural remedies

  • Prenatal testing

  • Breastfeeding

  • Prematurity and multiple births

  • Balancing work and family

  • The father's role during pregnancy and beyond

  • Difficult subjects, such as birth defects, miscarriages, and postpartum depression, are also treated with sensitivity and candor.



Finally, a book for the thinking woman who believes in her own inherent capacity to make smart, informed decisions about her pregnancy and birth, just as she makes in other areas of her life. Having a Baby, Naturally is a celebration of childbirth and an accurate and objective guide to helping women fortify their spirits, develop trust in their bodies, and make the best possible choices to protect their new baby's health.
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  • Atria Books | 
  • 368 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781416595748 | 
  • November 2007
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Introduction: In the Beginning

Congratulations! You're pregnant. You are now wondering how to create the best possible environment for you and your baby, and the environment that you have the most control over is your mental one. It is important that you have a good inner opinion of yourself during pregnancy. Rest assured that your body is already equipped for the challenges of pregnancy and birth. You can educate your mind, develop trust in your body, and fortify your spirit with accurate and objective information. And you can trust yourself to act in your own best interests and in the best interests of your child.

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