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The Instant Guide to Pregnancy & Birth

By Nicci Talbot

Congratulations, you’re pregnant. Whether this is your first child or second time around it helps to be informed about the practicalities of pregnancy – essential health tests, diet and exercise, work and benefits and maternity/paternity leave for employment and self-employment. Inside, you’ll find tips on how to deal with common problems such as nausea, aches and pains, skin changes, mood swings and those bizarre food cravings, plus a week-by-week guide to foetal development in each trimester so you know what to expect and how baby is developing.

There’s also a section on alternative birthing methods such as orgasmic birthing (yes, really), the Lamaze technique, and complementary therapies such as reflexology and natal hypnotherapy. These are all empowering and nurturing ways to help you have a healthy, natural birth with minimum medical intervention.

Pregnancy is a special and creative time in a woman’s life so we’ve included a few ideas to help you celebrate it, such as planning a baby shower, a body cast, vagina workshop or womb blessing. There’s a chapter on birth stories and a useful Q&A section with tips and hints on flexible part-time work, apps to help you do your pelvic floor exercises, where to find funky cloth nappies, baby massage and Yoga classes, and where to find stylish maternity gear, comfy heels and sexy lingerie to make the most of your enhanced cleavage (and sex drive!).

This is a practical, fun and inspiring guide to pregnancy and birth for all new mums or second-timers, to help you have an enjoyable, creative pregnancy and a healthy birth and beyond.

Chapter contents:

  1. 1.Getting Ready For Baby
  2. 2.You’re Pregnant – First Trimester (weeks 1-13)
  3. 3.2nd Trimester (weeks 14-26)
  4. 4.3rd Trimester (weeks 27-birth)
  5. 5.Labour and Delivery (weeks 37+)
  6. 6.Post-baby (weeks 38+)
  7. 7.Your Birth Stories
  8. 8.Useful Resources



Nicci Talbot bio

Nicci Talbot is a journalist and author specialising in health, wellbeing and sex. She edits Rude Magazine, an online resource to help couples have better sex and relationships, health and wellbeing and is training to be a certified sex coach with SexCoachU and Loveology University. Nicci lives in East Sussex with her five-year-old daughter, Julieta.

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