PCN Guide – Super Amazing Resource for Pregnancy

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So, we use Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn as one of the main books studying to be a childbirth educator for ICEA.

It’s probably the only book you’ll need during your pregnancy – it covers it all.  Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth & Spiritual Midwifery are also great, but PCN really covers it all – and doesn’t go too deep like other books such as Labor Progress Handbook, which is geared more towards those in the birth field.

Anyways, the best part is – all of the important parts are FREE on PCNGuide.com.

On the main page, scroll to the bottom and you’ll find the 2010 and 2016 edition w PDFs combined.  I downloaded the 2016 version since it’s most current; you can find it here.  126 pages of awesome info and you don’t really need to read anything else (if you just want to read one book during your pregnancy).

Only negative is there’s no page numbers, so if your printer is like mine, it can get a bit messy.  I’ll star page numbers for pages I think are especially helpful 🙂  Some pages you can use as a pregnancy journal.

  1. Preconception – External Links and Resources
  2. Preconception – Improve Your Health and Enhance Fertility
  3. Preconception – Emotional Wellness
  4. Preconception – Wellness
  5. Preconception – Health Care
  6. Preconception – Hazards
  7. Enhancing Fertility and the Odds of Conception
  8. Concerns about Infertility
  9. Ch 1 – You’re Having a Baby – External Links and Resources
  10. *Ch 1 – You’re Having a Baby – Your Experience of Finding Out about Your Baby
  11. *Ch 1 – You’re Having a Baby – Your Experience of the First Trimester
  12. *Ch 1 – You’re Having a Baby – Your Experience of the Second Trimester
  13. *Ch 1 – You’re Having a Baby – Your Experience of the Third Trimester
  14. *Ch 1 – You’re Having a Baby – Your Experience of the Final Weeks
  15. *Ch 1 – You’re Having a Baby – Your Experience of Early Labor
  16. *Ch 1 – You’re Having a Baby – Your Experience of Active Labor and Birth
  17. *Ch 1 – You’re Having a Baby – Your Experience of Beginning a New Family
  18. Ch 2 – So Many Choices – External Links and Resources
  19. Ch 2 – So Many Choices – External Links contd
  20. *Ch 2 – So Many Choices – Questions to Ask about Health Insurance
  21. *Ch 2 – So Many Choices – Questions Health Insurance contd
  22. *Ch 2 – So Many Choices – Questions to Ask about Birthplaces
  23. *Ch 2 – So Many Choices – Questions to Ask about Out of Hospital Birth
  24. *Ch 2 – So Many Choices – Questions to Ask Potential Caregivers
  25. *Ch 2 – So Many Choices – Questions Potential Caregivers contd
  26. *Ch 2 – So Many Choices – Questions to Ask about Childbirth Classes
  27. *Ch 2 – So Many Choices – Questions Childbirth Classes contd
  28. *Ch 2 – So Many Choices – Questions to Ask Birth Doulas
  29. *Ch 2 – So Many Choices – Finding a Health Care Provider for Your Baby
  30. *Ch 2 – So Many Choices – Questions to Ask Postpartum Doulas
  31. *Ch 2 – So Many Choices – Plan for Returning to Work
  32. *Ch 2 – So Many Choices – Plan for Maternity/Paternity Leave
  33. Quiz: Choosing the Best Birthplace and Caregiver for You
  34. Quiz contd
  35. Ch 3 – Common Changes and Concerns – External Links and Resources
  36. Ch 3 – Common Changes and Concerns – contd
  37. Ch 4 – Having a Healthy Pregnancy – External Links and Resources
  38. *Ch 4 – Having a Healthy Pregnancy – Routine Prenatal Exams and Screening Tests
  39. *Ch 4 – Having a Healthy Pregnancy – Routine Exams contd
  40. *Ch 4 – Having a Healthy Pregnancy – Routine Exams contd
  41. *Ch 4 – Having a Healthy Pregnancy – Common OTC Medications
  42. *Ch 4 – Having a Healthy Pregnancy – Common OTC Meds contd
  43. *Ch 4 – Having a Healthy Pregnancy – Hazards of Drug Abuse in Pregnancy
  44. Ch 4 – Having a Healthy Pregnancy – Notes from Prenatal Care Appointment
  45. Ch 4 – Having a Healthy Pregnancy – Noticing Baby’s Movement
  46. Ch 4 – Having a Healthy Pregnancy – Noticing Baby’s Movement contd
  47. Ch 5 – Feeling Good and Staying Fit – External Links and Resources
  48. *Ch 5 – Feeling Good and Staying Fit – Your Goals for Exercise
  49. Ch 6 – Eating Well – External Links and Resources
  50. *Ch 6 – Eating Well – Food Diary
  51. *Ch 6 – Eating Well – Nutrients, Vitamins, and Minerals – Daily Recommendations
  52. *Ch 6 – Eating Well – Nutrients etc contd
  53. *Ch 6 – Eating Well – Nutrients etc contd
  54. Ch 7 – When Pregnancy Becomes Complicated – External Links and Resources
  55. Ch 7 – When Pregnancy Becomes Complicated – Diagnostic Tests
  56. Ch 7 – When Pregnancy Becomes Complicated – Diagnostic Tests contd
  57. Ch 7 – When Pregnancy Becomes Complicated – Diagnostic Tests contd
  58. Ch 7 – When Pregnancy Becomes Complicated – Diagnostic Tests contd
  59. Ch 7 – When Pregnancy Becomes Complicated – Medications Used to Manage Preeclampsia and Gestational Hypertension
  60. Ch 7 – When Pregnancy Becomes Complicated – Infections during Pregnancy
  61. Ch 8 – Planning for Birth and Post Partum – External Links and Resources
  62. *Ch 8 – Planning for Birth and Post Partum – Work Sheet for Preparing Your Birth Plan
  63. *Ch 8 – Planning for Birth and Post Partum – Work Sheet for Preparing Your Birth Plan contd
  64. *Ch 8 – Planning for Birth and Post Partum – Work Sheet for Preparing Your Birth Plan contd
  65. Ch 8 – Planning for Birth and Post Partum – Sample Birth Plans
  66. Ch 8 – Planning for Birth and Post Partum – Birth Plan for Jane Smith
  67. Ch 8 – Planning for Birth and Post Partum – Birth Plan for Jason and Xiaoling
  68. Ch 8 – Planning for Birth and Post Partum – Birth Plan for Melissa and John
  69. Ch 8 – Planning for Birth and Post Partum – Felicia’s Preferences for Labor and Birth
  70. *Ch 8 – Planning for Birth and Post Partum – Postpartum Resource List
  71. *Ch 8 – Planning for Birth and Post Partum – Packing Your Bag
  72. Ch 9 – When and How Labor Begins – External Links and Resources
  73. *Ch 9 – When and How Labor Begins -Signs associated with the Beginning of Labor
  74. *Ch 9 – When and How Labor Begins – Early Labor Record
  75. Ch 10 – What Childbirth Is Really Like – External Links and Resources
  76. *Ch 10 – What Childbirth Is Really Like – Quick Review of Normal Labor without Pain Medications
  77. Ch 10 – What Childbirth Is Really Like – Quick Review contd
  78. Ch 10 – What Childbirth Is Really Like – Quick Review contd
  79. *Ch 10 – What Childbirth Is Really Like – OB Interventions during Childbirth
  80. *Ch 10 – What Childbirth Is Really Like – OB Interventions during Childbirth contd
  81. *Ch 10 – What Childbirth Is Really Like – OB Interventions during Childbirth contd
  82. *Ch 10 – What Childbirth Is Really Like – OB Interventions during Childbirth contd
  83. Ch 11 – Labor Pain and Options for Pain Relief – External Links and Resources
  84. *Ch 11 – Labor Pain and Options for Pain Relief – Effectiveness of Pain Relief Options: What New Mothers Say
  85. *Ch 11 – Labor Pain and Options for Pain Relief – Research Reviews of Effectiveness of Pain Coping Techniques
  86. Ch 11 – Labor Pain and Options for Pain Relief – Research contd
  87. Ch 11 – Labor Pain and Options for Pain Relief – Reducing Effects of Fear on Labor
  88. Ch 11 – Labor Pain and Options for Pain Relief – Reducing Effects contd
  89. Ch 11 – Labor Pain and Options for Pain Relief – Understanding Your Coping Style
  90. Ch 11 – Labor Pain and Options for Pain Relief – Understanding Coping Style contd
  91. Ch 12 – Comfort Techniques for Pain Relief and Labor Progress – External Links and Resources
  92. **Ch 12 – Comfort Techniques for Pain Relief and Labor Progress – Checklist of Comfort Techniques
  93. **Ch 12 – Comfort Techniques for Pain Relief and Labor Progress  – Practice Sessions
  94. **Ch 12 – Comfort Techniques for Pain Relief and Labor Progress – Practice Sessions contd
  95. Ch 13 – Pain Medications – External Links and Resources
  96. *Ch 13 – Pain Medications – Common Medications Used for Pain Relief during Childbirth
  97. Ch 13 – Pain Medications – Common Meds contd
  98. Ch 13 – Pain Medications – Common Meds contd
  99. Ch 13 – Pain Medications – Common Meds contd
  100. Ch 13 – Pain Medications – Common Meds contd
  101. Ch 14 – When Childbirth Becomes Complicated – External Links and Resources
  102. *Ch 14 – When Childbirth Becomes Complicated – Self-Help and Complementary Medicine Methods for Cervical Ripening and Induction
  103. *Ch 14 – When Childbirth Becomes Complicated – Self-Help contd
  104. *Ch 14 – When Childbirth Becomes Complicated – Self-Help contd
  105. *Ch 14 – When Childbirth Becomes Complicated – Self-Help contd
  106. *Ch 14 – When Childbirth Becomes Complicated – Self-Help contd
  107. Ch 14 – When Childbirth Becomes Complicated – Breech Babies and External Version
  108. Ch 14 – When Childbirth Becomes Complicated – Breech contd
  109. Ch 15 – All About Cesarean Birth – External Links and Resources
  110. Ch 15 – All About Cesarean Birth – Seeding and Feeding the Microbiome
  111. Ch 15 – All About Cesarean Birth – Microbiome contd
  112. Ch 15 – All About Cesarean Birth – Microbiome contd
  113. Ch 16 – What Life Is Like for a New Mother – External Links and Resources
  114. *Ch 16 – What Life Is Like for a New Mother – Planning for a New Family Life
  115. *Ch 16 – What Life Is Like for a New Mother – Planning contd
  116. *Ch 16 – What Life Is Like for a New Mother – Planning contd
  117. *Ch 16 – What Life Is Like for a New Mother – Planning contd
  118. Ch 17 – When Postpartum Becomes Complicated – External Links and Resources
  119. Ch 18 – Caring for Your Baby – External Links and Resources
  120. *Ch 18 – Caring for Your Baby – Newborn Tests and Procedures
  121. *Ch 18 – Caring for Your Baby – Newborn Tests contd
  122. Ch 18 – Caring for Your Baby – Sleep and Activity Chart
  123. Ch 18 – Caring for Your Baby – Sleep Chart contd
  124. *Ch 18 – Caring for Your Baby – Calling Your Baby’s Doctor
  125. Ch 19- Feeding Your Baby and Ch 20- When Breastfeeding Becomes Challenging – External Links and Resources
  126. Ch 21 – When You’re Pregnant Again – External Links and Resources

You can select single pages that interest you and print those

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