Take Charge of Your Fertility explains everything the prospective parent may need to know as they face the physical, emotional and practical challenges of trying for a baby. It covers health issues in full, from basic biology and an explanation of fertility and cycles to outlining what supplements are useful and what aren't, and how you can maximise your chances by following a healthy diet and cutting alcohol or nicotine intake. There are plenty of resources and guidelines for parents facing difficulties, including a guide to the medical options, and advice on how to seek further help. It will help couples to deal with the emotional issues faced when trying for a baby, and will also give practical information on who you should tell and who you must tell, and when. With coverage of all aspects of very early pregnancy, from do-it-yourself tests to the very first scan, it will be a useful resource which will help all prospective parents, whether looking to start or to expand their family.
NOT GOT MUCH TIME?
One, five and ten-minute introductions to key principles to get you started.
Lots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the author's many years of experience.
Tests in the book and online to keep track of your progress.
EXTEND YOUR KNOWLEDGE
Extra online articles at www.teachyourself.com to give you a richer understanding of your fertility.
FIVE THINGS TO REMEMBER
Quick refreshers to help you remember the key facts.
Innovative exercises illustrate what you've learnt and how to use it.
Heather Welford is a healthcare journalist, a regular commentator on public health issues and the author of 25 books and pamphlets on health topics.She has written for Parents magazine, where she answered readers' requests for advice. As a journalist, she has interviewed a number of individuals and couples whose lives have been touched by fertility issues. She has three children of her own, which, compounded with her professional experience, makes her a sympathetic and knowledgeable source on the subject.
acknowledgements introduction - trying or planning? 1) the right time? your feelings your partner and your relationship your material circumstances time and your fertility men and fertility bypassing nature and planning ahead 2) how conception happens getting ready... in the woman getting ready... in the man getting together - when sperm meets egg X or Y? 3) very early pregnancy - from embryo to foetus early developments hormones screening tests 4) fertility awareness - get biology on your side frequent enough sex pinpointing ovulation tracking your cycle with a kit other ways to check fertility at home pros and cons 5) supporting your own fertility diet nutritional supplements a healthy weight alcohol and nicotine stress and anxiety sperm quality down? what does this mean for you and your partner? 6) pre-conception care nutrition folate/folic acid drinking and smoking other drugs mental health issues pre-conception care for men 7) seeking help potential problems what happens when you seek help? what next? treatment pathway 8) complementary and alternative help holistic approach stress relief balancing the body how popular is it? finding a practitioner 9) testing, testing... developments in testing how do pregnancy tests work? when to test reliability other ways of confirming pregnancy 10) good health in early pregnancy first antenatal appointment tests how you'll feel staying healthy 11) 'I'm pregnant' - who to tell? and when? telling family and friends informing your employers coping with other's reactions 12) pregnancy loss: miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death why do miscarriages happen? incidence of miscarriage how do you become aware of miscarriage? recovery after miscarriage termination for abnormality stillbirth and neonatal birth trying again 13) what next after tests and checks? surgical help fertility drugs treatment for men assisted reproduction planning for the future further treatment pathway 14) another baby... or not? secondary infertility return of your fertility deciding one is enough 15) the emotional journey trying to get pregnant internet jargon real life experiences shared irritating and maddening remarks glossary taking it further index