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Your Best Pregnancy: The Ultimate Guide to Easing the Aches, Pains, and Uncomfortable Side Effects During Each Stage of Your Pregnancy

by Jill Hoefs & Denise Jagroo Demos Health
Pub Date:
10/2014
ISBN:
9781936303618
Format:
Pbk 240 pages
Price:
AU$37.99 NZ$39.99
Product Status: In Stock Now
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You can have a safe, healthy, ''and'' comfortable pregnancy. Written by two physical therapists with over twenty years of combined experience, ''Your Best Pregnancy'' provides simple solutions and easy exercises to help you feel your best during this exciting yet often uncomfortable time. In this practical, honest, and straight-talking guide you'll learn how to feel better from head to toe, including: Solutions for the top ten most common complaints including back pain, night cramps, swelling, and bladder issues Easy ways to keep yourself energized and in shape during each trimester Exercises and stretches to keep your core and pelvic floor strong, preventing incontinence and easing delivery Tips for new challenges and difficulties for second and third-time moms Ways to remain intimate with your partner despite a growing belly and varying libido Strategies to minimize discomfort, and help ensure an uneventful labor and delivery The best ways to lift, carry, and feed your baby to avoid strain and injury

Contents;


Introduction


 


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1††††Ouch! What Is Happening to My Body? Help!


 


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††††††Back Pain


 


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††††††††††††Lower Back Pain


 


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††††††††††††Upper Back and Shoulder Pain


 


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††††††Bladder Issues


 


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††††††Carpal Tunnel Syndrome


 


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††††††Constipation


 


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††††††Heel and Bottom of Foot Pain (Plantar Fasciitis)


 


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††††††Lightheadedness


 


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††††††Lower Abdominal/Groin Pain (Round Ligament Pain)


 


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††††††Night Cramps


 


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††††††Pelvic Pain


 


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††††††Pubic Symphysis Pain/Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction


 


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††††††Sacroiliac Pain


 


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††††††Sciatica


 


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††††††Separated Abdominal Muscles (Diastasis Recti)


 


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††††††Shortness of Breath


 


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††††††Sleeping Pains


 


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††††††Swelling


 


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††††††Tailbone Pain (Coccyx Pain)


 


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††††††Varicose Veins


 


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††††††Additional Help from Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine


 


; ;


2††††It's Not Time to Put Your Gym Membership on Hold


 



  1. ;;

  2. ""Don't Exercise, You Will Hurt the Baby!

  3. ;

  4. ""If You Have Pain While Exercising during the Beginning of Your Pregnancy, Stop Everything Because It's Only Going to Get Worse.

  5. ;

  6. ""Don't Let Your Heart Rate Get Higher than 140 Beats Per Minute When Exercising. And Don't Exercise for More than 15 Minutes.

  7. ;

  8. ""It's Not Safe to Ride a Bike after Your First Trimester.

  9. ;

  10. ""Too Much Exercise Will Take Nutrients Away from Your Baby.

  11. ;

  12. ""If You Never Exercised before Pregnancy, Don't Start Now.

  13. ;

  14. ""Avoid All Forms of Prenatal Yoga.

  15. ;

  16. ""You Shouldn't Stretch during Pregnancy. Your Joints Are Too Loose.

  17. ;

  18. ""Running Is Too Jarring for the Baby

  19. ;

  20. ""Don't Lift That, It's Too Heavy.

  21. ;

  22. ""You Should Be Able to Maintain a Conversation While Exercising.

  23. ;

  24. ""Drinking Eight Glasses of Water Is Enough, Even When You Exercise.

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3††††Help for the Pelvic Floor


 


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††††††What's a Kegel?


 


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††††††Pregnancy and the Pelvic Floor


 


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††††††How to Strengthen Your Pelvic Floor


 


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4††††Between the Sheets during Your Pregnancy


 


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††††††Orgasms Will Help My Pregnancy?


 


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††††††Pelvic Rest


 


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5††††Bed Rest: Survival Tips


 


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††††††Who Is on Bed Rest?


 


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††††††What Is Bed Rest?


 


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††††††Is Bed Rest Necessary?


 


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††††††The Emotional Toll


 


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††††††Let's Get Physical


 


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6††††Planning for Labor and Delivery


 


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††††††Perineal Massage


 


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††††††Birthing Positions


 


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††††††Relaxing the Pelvic Floor during Delivery


 


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††††††Labor


 


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7††††Safe and Helpful Ways to Take Care of Your Newborn(s)


 


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††††††Lifting


 


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††††††Breastfeeding or Bottle Feeding


 


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††††††Carrying


 


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††††††For Moms Taking Care of Twins


 


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††††††When Carrying the Infant Carrier(s)


 


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8††††Taking Care of the Postpartum Mama


 


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††††††The Postpartum Check-Up


 


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††††††Pelvic Floor Strengthening


 


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††††††Work Those Abs


 


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††††††Posture in the Office


 


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††††††Sex? Now? Didn't You See What I Just Pushed Out of There??


 


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††††††The Baby Came Out Already, Why Does My Pelvis Still Hurt?


 


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Conclusion


 


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Notes


 


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Acknowledgments


 


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Index


 


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Denise Jagroo, PT, DPT, MTC, WCS is a physical therapist certified in pelvic physical therapy and manual therapy, and is one of 150 Board Certified Women's Health specialists in the country. She established the pelvic rehabilitation clinic at the Manhattan Veteran's Hospital and is in private practice in Manhattan and Staten Island. Dr. Jagroo speaks about pelvic health in lectures and conferences around the country. Jill Hoefs, MPT is a certified physical therapist with special interests in ergonomics, sports medicine, and women's health. She is also a licensed instructor in the Tupler Technique, a non-surgical program to help restore the abdominal wall after pregnancy, surgery, or rapid weight gain. Dr. Hoefs is the founder of Body Align Physical Therapy in Manhattan.