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Pregnancy, birth & baby care

See below for a selection of the latest books from Pregnancy, birth & baby care category. Presented with a red border are the Pregnancy, birth & baby care books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great Pregnancy, birth & baby care books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!

Pregnant Then Screwed

Pregnant Then Screwed

Author: Joeli Brearley Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/03/2021

FROM THE FOUNDER OF PREGNANT THEN SCREWED COMES AN EYE-OPENING EXPLORATION OF MODERN MOTHERHOOD Imagine suddenly being sacked from your job. After spending years building your career, it's all taken away in just one moment. Why? Because you told your boss you are pregnant. This happened to Joeli Brearley. And she quickly realised she wasn't alone. Before the Covid-19 pandemic, 54,000 women a year were forced out of their job because they dared to procreate and three quarters of working mothers faced workplace discrimination. Since March 2020 we have seen a generational roll back in maternal employment that will take us decades to repair. Pregnant Then Screwed is an expose of the unscrupulous work practices and antiquated systems that we've been conditioned to accept and a toolkit for how to challenge them. It's full of practical advice to help you navigate systemic barriers when they slap you in the face. Whether you're a mother who is sick of being sidelined, undermined, and underpaid. A stay at home mother who wants to work but can't afford to. A future parent who is scared that having children will affect your career. An employer who wants to get the best out of its parent employees, or you simply want a stronger, fairer economy, Pregnant Then Screwed is a compelling manifesto for change and a call to arms for all women.

An Intimate History of Premature Birth

An Intimate History of Premature Birth

Author: Sarah DiGregorio Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/02/2021

Inspired by Sarah DiGregorio's harrowing experience giving birth to her premature daughter, An Intimate History of Premature Birth is a compelling and empathetic blend of memoir and rigorous reporting that tells the story of neonatology - and explores the questions raised by premature birth. 'Early is a definitive history of neonatology, written with urgency and clarity, beauty and compassion. DiGregorio is at once a clear-eyed reporter and a mother who has lived through the reality of neonatal intensive care, and her balance of the two narrative strands is pitch-perfect. A popular science book that deserves its place among the best' Francesca Segal, author of Mother Ship The heart of many hospitals is the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). It is a place where humanity, ethics, and science collide in dramatic and deeply personal ways as parents, doctors, and nurses grapple with sometimes unanswerable questions: When does life begin? When and how should life end? And what does it mean to be human? The NICU is a place made of stories - the stories of mothers and babies who spend days, weeks and even months waiting to go home, and the dedicated clinicians who care for these tiny, developing humans. Early explores these stories, as well as the evolution of neonatology and its breakthroughs - how modern medicine can be successful at saving infants at five and a half months gestation who weigh less than a pound, when only a few decades ago there were essentially no treatments for premature babies. For the first time, Sarah DiGregorio tells the complete story of this science - and the many people it has touched. Weaving her own experiences, those of other parents, and NICU clinicians with deeply researched reporting, Early delves deep into the history and future of neonatology, one of the most boundary pushing medical disciplines: how it came to be, how it is evolving, and the political, cultural, and ethical issues that continue to arise in the face of dramatic scientific developments. Eye-opening and vital, Early uses premature birth as a lens to view our own humanity, and the humanity of those around us.

MumLife

MumLife

Author: Louise Pentland Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/02/2021

The Top 10 Sunday Times Bestseller 'Hilarious, honest, heartwarming, like a hug from a friend, just perfect. I couldn't love this mumoir more' Mrs Hinch 'An honest account of becoming a woman and mother... an engaging read' Giovanna Fletcher MumLife; noun: the inescapable swirling vortex of love, guilt, joy, annoyance, laughter and boredom that makes up the life of a mum. Louise Pentland has been through a lot. From a traumatic birth with her first daughter, to single motherhood, to finding love again and having a second child, Louise's parenting journey has been full of surprises. Discussing the realities most working mums face, plus the impact of maternal mental health, Louise is on a mission to make other mums feel less alone, and very much heard. She beautifully reveals her own imperfect but perfect route to motherhood, as well as the loss of her mum so early in her life, how it shaped her and the mother she became. Reflective, uplifting and with her signature hilarious wit, MumLife will share Louise's ups and downs, reflecting on her route to motherhood and what she has learnt along the way. This is the honest truth, from someone who's been there and experienced it all. ***** For each book sold Bonnier Books UK shall donate 1% of net receipts and Louise Pentland shall donate 100% of her royalties to the NSPCC.

The Making of You

The Making of You

Author: Katharina Vestre Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/02/2021

Join Katharina Vestre on an adventure to relive your very first moments. From your first cell to your first breath, this is your story as you have never heard it before. Did you know it took three attempts to make your kidneys? Or that tiny twirling hairs on your back showed your other organs where to go? Or that hiccups are probably a legacy from our ancient, underwater ancestors? With cutting-edge science and a wry sense of humour, Vestre reveals all this and more. Like: how sperm know which way to swim. Why sex and gender are more complicated than one might think. What you have in common with every living being, and why you are unique. Set off on a true voyage of discovery through an inner universe whose secrets we are still unravelling. A miniature drama of cosmic significance, this is the story of how you became you.

Quirky Kids

Quirky Kids

Author: Perri Klass, Ellen, MD, FAAP Costello Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/02/2021

Climate Change and Its Impact on Fertility

Climate Change and Its Impact on Fertility

Author: Khurshid Ahmad Wani Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/01/2021

Climate change is the biggest threat to the fertility of mammals across the globe through its potential effects on heat stress, nutrition security, extreme weather events, vulnerable shelter, and population migration. Climatic variables, such as temperature and humidity, are common environmental stressors as well as nutritional stress, which reduces fertility. Besides climate and nutritional stressors, another major factor responsible for reduced fertility discovered within the past decade is the exposure to potential hazardous substances such as chemical, radiation, physical, biological, and occupational hazards. This exposure includes anything from heavy metals and gases to pathogens and toxins and any substance that interferes with natural biological functions of the exposed workers, pregnant and breast-feeding workers, and young working population. There also must be research focused on developmental hazards that alter the structure and function of the developing embryo as well. The different climatic factors in the era of climate change need to be explored to discuss the impacts on fertility. Climate Change and Its Impact on Fertility highlights the issues and concerns that address the latest impact of climate change and mitigation strategies for enhancing early embryo survival and uterine potential. This book covers the effects of climate change on both the biological parents and the embryo by discussing the negative impacts, providing an overview of the variety of climate changes currently affecting fertility, and exploring possible solutions. This book is ideally intended for medical scientists and doctors, reproductive biologists, experimental toxicologists, mammalian cell biologists, clinicians, embryologists, health and safety agencies/regulatory authorities, public health officials, and policymakers along with practitioners, stakeholders, researchers, academicians, and students interested in climate change and its link to embryo growth, developmental risk, implantation failure, and fertility.

Vaccines

Vaccines

Author: Richard Halvorsen Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/01/2021

My Pregnancy Journal

My Pregnancy Journal

Author: Alison Mackonochie Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/01/2021

Celebrate the ups and downs of your pregnancy with this interactive journal, which invites you to record in detail this most extraordinary period of your life. With annotated prompts for you to fill in for each week of your pregnancy, storage wallets and sealable envelopes for keeping precious mementos, and photo spaces for you to capture the changing shape of your body, this journal will be a life-long keepsake of all your special memories. Each chapter offers guidance on what to expect, notes on your baby's development during each trimester, and reminders on what you need to be planning, thinking about and preparing for. Whether you are a first-time mother or want to commemorate a new addition to the family, Alison Mackonochie (author of the award-winning Emma's Diary) ensures that you will be comfortable every step of the way.

Pregnancy Hacks

Pregnancy Hacks

Author: Amanda Shapin Michelson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/01/2021

Make your pregnancy feel easier than ever with these 350 simple hacks to keep you comfortable and happy for nine months straight! Congratulations-you're pregnant! There's no doubt you're thrilled to meet your little bundle of joy...but you also might be feeling some stress and discomfort as you navigate your rapidly changing body. But why not make things a little easier for yourself with these simple hacks to get you through every step of the next nine months! With Pregnancy Hacks, you'll find tricks to simplify your daily routine so that everything seems just a bit more manageable. Feeling nauseous throughout the day? Stock up on ginger candles or make electrolyte popsicles for a quick, delicious fix. Dealing with tired, swollen feet? Try soaking them in tonic water to reduce the swelling. Or maybe you're struggling to reach things on the floor. Kitchen tongs can help! These are just a few of the tips and tricks that will make your pregnancy experience so much better! Pregnancy Hacks is here to help your expanding family (and belly) stay happy and healthy.

The Babymoon Experience

The Babymoon Experience

Author: Caroline Deacon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/12/2020

Becoming a mother is probably the most life-changing experience any woman goes through and the first weeks after giving birth is a period of huge adjustment for both mother and baby. Many cultures recognise this with a period of 'lying in' but in the West we have lost this, pressuring women to get 'back to normal; as soon as possible after birth. We need to rediscover the art of mothering the new mother. We expect new mothers to carry on as before, as quickly as possible, and in minimising the time they need to recover from the birth and get to know their babies, we trivialise the event. Not surprising then that ten percent of women in the UK have severe postnatal depression and many more feel they 'can't cope'. NCT counsellor, psychologist and bestselling author Caroline Deacon explores how we can prepare for, and enjoy, an ideal babymoon and make the most of this most precious and vital time. The book offers a reassuring, affirming, entertaining and informative guide to babymooning and takes the reader through pregnancy, birth and those key first weeks of a newborn's life.

The Headspace Guide To...A Mindful Pregnancy

The Headspace Guide To...A Mindful Pregnancy

Author: Andy Puddicombe Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/12/2020

'The expert's expert. Simplicity is the key with this technique.' The Times 'Do you guys know about Headspace...? It's kind of genuis.' Emma Watson The best start for your baby begins with your mind Widely acknowledged as one of the world's foremost experts on mindfulness, Andy Puddicombe, co - founder of Headspace, is your friendly guide in this wonderful new approach to pregnancy, birth and new parenthood. Whether you are trying for a baby, are mid-term, or have already arrived home with your new baby, this practical and reassuring guide will teach you and your partner how to calmly navigate the anxieties and demands of this epic adventure. With helpful exercises for both mother to be and her partner, Andy shows how to live mindfully and get the most from pregnancy and the early days of parenthood. The Headspace Guide To...A Mindful Pregnancy provides you with tools to live mindfully during this rare and precious opportunity to nurture a healthy happy mind. Imagine creating the most peaceful environment possible for your child and this book will show you how.

The Sh!t No One Tells You

The Sh!t No One Tells You

Author: Dawn Dais Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/12/2020

A humorous, realistic, and supportive guide to the first 52 weeks with a baby, The Sh!t No One Tells You is the first book in Dawn Dais's popular parenting series, followed by The Sh!t No One Tells You About Toddlers and The Sh!t No One Tells You About Baby #2 . There comes a time in every new mother's life when she finds herself staring at her screaming, smelly bundle of joy and wishing someone had told her that her house would reek of vomit, or that she shouldn't buy the cute onesies with a thousand impossible buttons, or that she might cry more than the baby. best-selling author Dawn Dais, mother of two tiny terrors, is convinced that there is a reason for this lack of preparedness. She believes that a vast conspiracy exists to hide the horrific truth about parenting from doe-eyed expectant mothers who might otherwise abandon their babies in hospitals and run for it. Eschewing the adorableness that oozes out of other parenting books, Dais offers real advice from real moms,along with hilarious anecdotes, clever tips, and the genuine encouragement every mom needs in order to survive the first year of parenthood. The Sh!t No One Tells You is a must-have companion for every new mother's sleepless nights and poop-filled days.