What’s inside Mum’s Guide to Pregnancy?

Book Chapters

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Chapter 1: Preparing for pregnancy

Up-to-date, evidence-based information about the things you can control that will keep you and your baby healthy during pregnancy, including:

  • When should you start preparing for pregnancy?
  • Vitamin supplements and medications
  • What happens in a pre-pregnancy health check?
  • Optimising pre-existing medical conditions and mental health before pregnancy
  • How long does it take to fall pregnant?

Chapter 2: Early pregnancy

Pregnancy is an adventure, and the better prepared you are, the better the outcomes.

  • What does it feel like to be pregnant?
  • Exercising safely in pregnancy (by Beatrice Peters, physiotherapist, fitness instructor and health coach)
  • What will happen at your first GP visit?
  • What can go wrong in early pregnancy?
  • Safe remedies for tiredness and morning sickness

Chapter 3: Blood tests, ultrasounds and genetic testing in early pregnancy

Why do you need so many tests and what are they all for?

  • Common blood tests ordered by your GP
  • When can you have your first ultrasound scan?
  • Screening for abnormalities
  • When can you find out the sex of your baby?

Chapter 4: Hospitals and obstetricians

This chapter discusses your options to help you decide on the medical care you’d like during pregnancy, birth and beyond.

  • Public hospitals, obstetricians and models of care
  • Private hospitals and obstetricians
  • Costs

Chapter 5: The second trimester

Weeks 12 to 28 are often the most enjoyable of all.

  • Can you still travel?
  • Do you need maternity wear and underwear?
  • What can go wrong in the second trimester?
  • A word on mother’s/parent’s guilt

Chapter 6: Shopping for baby

Helpful observations for navigating the overwhelming retail world of baby items.

  • Pink or blue vs unisex
  • What do you need? (car restraints, cots/bassinets, prams/strollers, baby baths, change tables, baby monitors, clothes, nappies/wipes, toys, nappy bags, breastfeeding station, baby feeding equipment, laundry goods)
  • Non-essential but helpful items

Chapter 7: The third trimester

The final weeks of pregnancy are full of excitement and preparation.

  • When should you go on maternity leave?
  • When should you pack your bags and what do you need to pack?
  • Whooping cough/pertussis vaccination
  • What happens in labour?
  • Pain relief options
  • What problems can happen in the third trimester?

Chapter 8: Your hospital stay

Monitoring you and your baby after the huge event of childbirth.

  • What do first-time parents need to be on the lookout for?
  • When are you going to be sent home?

Chapter 9: Coming home with a new baby

Welcome to parenthood! The first few weeks at home will be life-changing.

  • Everyone wants to visit the new baby
  • Keeping the germs away
  • Postnatal depression

Chapter 10: Coping with loss and illness

Sadly not all pregnancies progress to a happy ending.

  • Who to turn to for help
  • Unexpected outcomes

Chapter 11: Feeding your baby

Joanna Molloy, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, guides you through nourishing your new baby.

  • Breastfeeding and lactation
  • Bottle feeding
  • How do you know what your baby wants?
  • Feeding a premature baby