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Understanding Your Moods When You're Expecting: Emotions, Mental Health, and Happiness -- Before, During, and After Pregnancy
by Lucy J. Puryear MD

Published by Houghton Mifflin

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A nationally recognized expert on women's reproductive mental health offers the first book to reveal the full range of emotional experience for pregnant women

Lucy Puryear is a practicing psychiatrist and a pioneering expert in women's emotional health before, during, and after pregnancy. Through engaging personal stories reflecting her own practice, she illuminates the little-discussed feelings that are virtually universal for pregnant women. She shows just how normal it is to fear loss of control, to mourn what you assume is an irretrievable career, or to worry that you'll be the world's worst mother. She explains exactly what is happening to your hormonal system -- and why knowledge is power when it comes to the overwhelming hormonal floods that accompany pregnancy and the postpartum period.

Understanding Your Moods When You're Expecting includes reassuring expert advice on:
  • how to make a birthing plan for emotional well-being
  • how and why to get essential rest
  • real-life bonding with your baby
  • reducing the risk of postpartum depression
  • eating disorders and OCD
  • how to make decisions about necessary medications during pregnancy
  • how to deal with normal fears
This book is as essential to a woman's emotional health during pregnancy as What to Expect When You're Expecting is to her physical health.

pub date: 2008-06-09 | paperback | 9780547053622