In this book Sheila Kitzinger provides the information and comforting support every woman needs to survive the physically, emotionally, and socially turbulent first year following the birth of a child. Time and again women say that they felt prepared for the birth, but not for what happened afterward. After all the attention that an expectant mother gets, she is often left to face this experience alone. There is no shortage of baby-care books, but this is the only authoritative mother-care book available. With over three hundred full-color photographs and drawings, here is everything a woman needs to know about this roller-coaster year: how her body changes physically and emotionally; tips about breastfeeding and nutrition; the developmental stages in her baby's life; how her husband is coping and their relationship is changing; sex; and finally, coming up for air after the first twelve months. In this new volume Kitzinger provides the mother of a newborn with a wealth of practical and down-to-earth advice to guide her through a time of exhaustion and elation, anxieties and achievements.