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Twins!: Pregnancy, Birth and the First Year of Life

Connie Agnew (Paperback 2006-02-01 )

ISBN: 0060742194
ISBN-13: 9780060742195




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Connie Agnew (Paperback 2006-02-01 )

Publication Date: 2006-02-01
Publisher: Collins
ISBN: 0060742194
ISBN-13: 9780060742195
Edition:2
Number Of Pages:368
Dimensions:22.65 x 18.50 x 2.95 cm
Weight:567 grams
Edition:2
Number Of Pages:368
Dimensions:22.65 x 18.50 x 2.95 cm
Weight:567 grams


Editorial Review:
The authors bill it as a "truly epic journey": the voyage from pregnancy through a lifetime of parenting twins. Perinatologists Connie L. Agnew, M.D., and Alan H. Klein, M.D. (also a pediatrician) incorporate a winning combination of helpful facts, educated opinion, and candid roundtable discussions--a combination that nicely maps the journey`s first course for expectant parents of multiples.

Those readers familiar with the ever-popular What to Expect When You`re Expecting--a mainstay for first-time parents--will be delighted to see a similar format employed here. The pregnancy and birth chapters break down into chunks of gestational weeks, outlining basic fetal development, mom`s changing body, and special "transitional" issues common to each trimester. These chapters are further enhanced by pencil illustrations of the mother`s pregnant body (with a peekaboo view of the developing twins) and roundtable discussions involving the authors and a panel of twins` parents.

The book`s second half delves into getting through that first, tough year. While ample information on labor and delivery overlaps both halves of the book, this second section spends more time focused on the growing babies and the challenges new parents face in their relationships with their children and with each other. Again, the roundtable discussions prove quite valuable; it`s always nice to read encouraging words from those who have lived through preterm delivery, sleep deprivation, and older sibling regression. Growth charts and a helpful resource guide of organizations, periodicals, and retail outlets round out the package. --Liane Thomas


This book provides mailing to TAMBA (Twins and Multiple Birth Association) groups. The first edition sold over 100,000 copies. The rate of twin births as high as 1 in 50. The books that demystify challenging children become classics. The only major book on twins written by physicians, "Twins! 2nd edition" addresses the unique questions and concerns of parents, covering the earliest stages of a multiple-birth pregnancy through delivery and the first year of life. "Twins! 2nd edition" helps parents raise happy and healthy babies with the most accurate answers and current advice from specialists who work with twins every day. This book provides complete information on pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum experience, from adequate nutrition levels when eating for three and pre-term delivery to feeding schedules and raising your babies as individuals. The second edition introduces additions that ensure that "Twins!" maintains its relevance in a climate of changing medical technology and improved standards of care. It presents new technologies available to expecting mothers including advancements in ultrasounds and non-invasive tests for Down's syndrome; new advances in research and medicine, including recent discoveries about popular drugs (such as anti-depressants and antibiotics), fertilization methods, nutrition, and preventing morning sickness; a new discussion of complimentary and alternative medical practices such as acupuncture and the use of supplements and herbs, and updates on the levels of care in hospital nurseries so parents of twins know what options they have and what they should expect.

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