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The Essential C-Section Guide
by Maureen Connolly and Dana Sullivan

The Essential C-Section Guide covers everything every expectant mother needs to know-whether she's informed in advance that she will give birth by Cesarean or just delivered a baby by Cesarean. Co-authors Maureen Connolly and Dana Sullivan, accomplished writers on women's health issues who have had five Cesarean deliveries between them, have researched the subject thoroughly. They interviewed respected obstetricians, nurses, anesthesiologists, nutritionists and fitness experts, consulted the leading medical journals for the latest news, and spoke with scores of different women who experienced the miracle of childbirth by C-section. The result is a uniquely informative and reassuring resource for the one million or so women across America who will undergo this procedure this year.

"The purpose of this book is not to debate whether Cesarean deliveries occur too often in this country," Connolly and Sullivan make clear. "Our ultimate goal is simply to help women be better prepared for a Cesarean birth, and to help with their physical and emotional recovery."

Why should a woman choose a Cesarean, or trust her doctor's recommendation? The Essential C-Section Guide begins by exploring an array of valid reasons for the procedure, from complications with labor or fetal distress to the mother's history of herpes or pain threshold. Then, it's time to go to the hospital for a step-by-step tour through the surgery, starting with the ABCs of anesthesia, including the truth about that dreaded epidural-induced headache and other side effects. Packed with authoritative advice from doctors and nurses in the field, plus practical tips and words of reassurance from women who've been there, other chapters go on to cover the healing process in the hospital and ease common concerns about the ongoing recuperation with baby at home. Along the way, any woman anticipating or fresh from a Cesarean delivery will discover:

To help new moms get back in shape and stay full of energy, The Essential C-Section Guide delivers a complete workout-from cardio-boosting moves to core strengthening exercises-adaptable to every fitness level. Featuring a foreword by Dr. Katherine E. Economy, a maternal fetal specialist with Harvard Medical School, this first-of-its-kind resource will be welcomed by all pregnant women-regardless of their age, past birthing experience, or labor plans.

About the Authors
MAUREEN CONNOLLY has served as an editor on the staffs of Parenting, Family Circle, Self, and Woman's Day, and was also a contributing editor to the New York Times Women's Magazines and yourbabytoday.com. Her articles have appeared in numerous publications, including Parenting, Parents, Fit Pregnancy and Redbook. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and two sons.

DANA SULLIVAN is a contributing editor at Shape's Fit Pregnancy. She served on the staff of Parenting and has written for numerous national magazines, including Parenting, Parents, Fitness, Shape, Self, and Cooking Light. She lives in Nevada, with her husband and three children.

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