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Jeanne Faulkner

Navigating a Healthy Pregnancy & Birth for Mother and Baby

3.4 (65 ratings)
17 mins

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Common Sense Pregnancy by Jeanne Faulkner empowers women with the knowledge and tools to navigate pregnancy, birth, and postpartum with confidence. Through practical advice and relatable stories, it helps readers make informed decisions about their own bodies and their babies' well-being.

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    You don’t need to see a doctor as soon as you become pregnant, unless certain problems arise.

    Finding out that you’re pregnant can lead to a number of overwhelming thoughts. And your first reaction to learning you’re pregnant might be to get in touch with your doctor. But don’t be surprised or concerned if your doctor sets an appointment for six to eight weeks down the line.

    While it’s natural to be concerned, there’s no need to rush yourself to a doctor the minute you become pregnant. The best thing you can do is be patient and make the most of these first few weeks.

    Since it’s too early for ultrasounds or screening exams, there isn’t much for a doctor to do at this stage. But there are some simple things you can do to help ensure a healthy pregnancy.

    Prenatal vitamins are a good source of folic acid and iron, which are important at this stage. And you can also use this time to select a health-care specialist that you’d like to have by your side throughout your pregnancy. It’s best to choose someone you’re absolutely comfortable with.

    There are also important signs you should not ignore – including bleeding or severe nausea – which do require an early doctor’s appointment.

    Some pregnant women can suffer from a case of severe nausea called hyperemesis gravidarum, which requires medication and rehydration.

    Another symptom to be aware of is vaginal bleeding. This is known as spotting, and 25 percent of pregnant women experience it during the first trimester (that is, within the first 13 weeks).

    If the spotting is light, be calm and see what happens. If the spotting persists or becomes stronger, or if you’re not certain whether it’s getting stronger, now is definitely the time to call your doctor, since it could be the sign of a miscarriage. A doctor will let you know what the next step should be.

    In the next blink, we’ll take a closer look at how to find a pregnancy specialist who can make the next nine months a little easier.

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    What is Common Sense Pregnancy about?

    Common Sense Pregnancy (2015) reveals all you need to know about the surprises that await you during the magical experience of pregnancy and childbirth. There are many things to consider, including what to eat, who to call for help and what kind of childbirth you want to have. So empower yourself with knowledge and get a good idea of what to expect.

    Common Sense Pregnancy Review

    Common Sense Pregnancy (2015) by Jeanne Faulkner is a comprehensive guide to navigating the many stages of pregnancy with confidence and intelligence. Here's why this book is worth picking up:

    • Full of reliable, evidence-based information, it equips readers with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions about their pregnancy and childbirth experience.
    • With its clear and practical advice, the book empowers women to take control of their own prenatal care and advocates for their own health and well-being.
    • By dispelling myths and addressing common concerns, Common Sense Pregnancy keeps readers engaged and reassured, ensuring that the journey to motherhood is anything but boring.

    Best quote from Common Sense Pregnancy

    Do you need a doula? No, you dont technically need one, but the right doula can be a real asset.

    —Jeanne Faulkner
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    Who should read Common Sense Pregnancy?

    • Pregnant women
    • Health care providers
    • Readers curious about pregnancy and childbirth

    About the Author

    Jeanne Faulkner is an expert in women’s health with years of experience as a labor nurse. She is also the mother of four children. Her writing can be found at

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