With authoritative advice guidance that takes you from the first signs of pregnancy to postnatal exercises, Sheila explains the physical and emotional changes of pregnancy. A week-by-week pregnancy diary shows what to expect and when, and there is essential information on all aspects of pregnancy, including screening tests, the options open, how to give birth actively, and sex before and after birth. Examining the latest trends in pregnancy and birth, the book looks at the recent boom in elective Caesareans and evaluates a range of common medical procedures and tests from epidurals to episiotomies. In addition, there is information on the newest labour drugs, the safety of current medical technology and helpful advice on nutrition for mother and baby. With authoritative information and clear photographs and diagrams, this is an invaluable reference for anyone who wants sound guidance on the choices and challenges that childbirth brings.