Multiple Sclerosis and Having a Baby

Everything You Need to Know about Conception, Pregnancy, and Parenthood
By (author) Judy Graham

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Multiple Sclerosis and Having a Baby
Everything You Need to Know about Conception, Pregnancy, and Parenthood
By (author) Judy Graham

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Pages : 192

Book Size : 5.38 x 8.25

ISBN-13 : 9780892817887

Imprint : Healing Arts Press

On Sale Date : June 01, 1999

Format : Paperback Book

Judy Graham provides answers for nearly every question a woman with MS might ask before having a baby. With data culled from hundreds of interviews, she addresses such issues as the possibility of relapse, genetic predisposition to MS, pregnancy, postnatal care, and breastfeeding.
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About Multiple Sclerosis and Having a Baby


An essential resource for anyone with MS who is considering having a child. 


• Firsthand advice from a woman with multiple sclerosis who has successfully  borne and raised a child.


• Contains information that can change the lives of many of the 250,000 women in the United States suffering from MS.


• Highly readable format puts the facts at your fingertips. 


Diagnosed with MS at twenty-eight, author Judy Graham gave birth for the first time at the age of thirty-eight. Her new book Multiple Sclerosis and Having a Baby  provides other women who are considering starting a family with the kind of genuine and useful insight that comes only from firsthand experience. Multiple Sclerosis and Having a Baby makes available not only the medical answers prospective parents need, but also the practical suggestions and sound advice that will help them meet the many unique and sometimes difficult challenges that face couples living with MS. 

In this highly informative and readable book, Graham asks and provides answers for nearly every question a woman with multiple sclerosis might want to consider before having a baby. With the latest medical facts and valuable data culled from hundreds of interviews with women who have multiple sclerosis and are currently raising a child, Graham straightforwardly addresses such issues as the possibility of relapse, genetic predisposition to MS, sexuality and fertility, pregnancy, postnatal care, and breastfeeding as they relate to women with MS. 

Table of Contents

Table of content


Acknowledgments

Introduction


1    Will I Get Worse If I Have a Baby
2    Can You Pass MS on to Your Child
3    Deciding Whether to Have a Baby
4    Can You Stop Yourself from Getting Worse?
5    Relationships, Sexuality, and Fertility
6    Pregnancy and Prenatal Care
7    Effects of Medications for MS
8    Labor and Childbirth
9    Breast-feeding
10    Getting the Help You Need
11    Fatigue, Depression, and Other Invisible Symptoms
12    Having More Children
13    Adoption
14    Single Mothers
15    Practicla Tips on Looking after a Child
16    Older Children
17    Working for a Living
18    Fathers with MS
19    Being a Parent with MS

Appendix A: Multiple Sclerosis Organizations and Information Services

Appendix B: Useful Books and Publications

Notes

Index
Author Bio
Judy Graham has had MS for more than twenty-six years and gave birth for the first time at age thirty-eight. By following a variety of alternative therapies she has succeeded in stabilizing her condition and continues to work as a writer and journalist. The author of Multiple Sclerosis and Evening Primrose Oil, she lives in London with her teenage son Pascal.
Reviews

Reviews

Book Praise

Book Praise

"Graham is qualified to offer answers and comments that are sympathetic, empathetic, supportive and very, very honest. This is a wonderful book."
Midwifery Today

"This is a comprehensive and useful reference guide offering professional and practical advice on everything you need to know about conception, pregnancy and parenthood in relation to multiple sclerosis. It is useful for health professionals and couples and builds on earlier texts by the same author."
Midwifery Digest, June 2001
Back Cover

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PARENTING / HEALTH

With her first book, the groundbreaking Multiple Sclerosis, Judy Graham helped thousands of people with MS by supplying valuable information on how to manage the condition. Now in Multiple Sclerosis and Having a Baby, Graham turns her focus to parenthood. With the genuine insight that only comes from firsthand experience, Graham answers all the questions someone with MS may have about pregnancy, childbirth, and parenthood. Will having a baby make my MS worse? Can I pass MS on to my child? Can I have a normal birth? Should I breast-feed? Is it safe to take drugs? What about having more than one child?

Using the latest medical research, Graham gives factual answers to all of these questions. From her discussions with dozens of parents who have MS themselves, she passes on to prospective parents the wisdom of those who have raised children successfully. In addition to giving medical information, Multiple Sclerosis and Having a Baby offers practical advice on how to make the most of parenthood and straightforwardly explores the issues of sexuality, the impact of MS on relationships, and how and why a person with a disability can still be a good parent.

As in her earlier book, Graham offers hope that the disease can be slowed or stabilized through eating a low-fat diet, detecting food allergies, and using nutritional supplements. She also discusses effective pain management through the use of alternative therapies such as yoga, acupuncture, magnet therapy, and homeopathy. Multiple Sclerosis and Having a Baby gives an insightful presentation of the “whole picture”--what it means to be a parent with MS, from conception to your child’s adulthood--in an effort to make the experiences of childbirth and raising a family the joyful and informed experiences they should be.

JUDY GRAHAM has had MS for more than twenty-six years and gave birth for the first time at age thirty-eight. By following a variety of alternative therapies she has succeeded in stabilizing her condition and continues to work as a writer and journalist. The author of Multiple Sclerosis and Evening Primrose Oil, she lives in London with her teenage son Pascal.

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