The Ultimate Guide to Pregnancy for Lesbians: tips and techniques from conception through birth
Rachel Pepper. Cleis Press, San Francisco, 2005
Covers everything that a woman needs to think about and be aware of as she approaches the decision to have a baby and/or have a healthy and joyful pregnancy.
There are thirteen chapters which cover the process of pregnancy in great detail, including a number of the unspoken topics of pregnancy.
Chapter One: So you Wanna Be a Mama -getting ready for the ride of your life
Chapter Two: Thinking It over and Making a Plan-what you need to work out before you get started
Chapter Three: Getting Started-Now the Fun Really Begins-conception and fertility
Chapter Four: Getting the Goods-sperm, sperm banks, choosing a donor, money and other options
Chapter Five: Surviving the Roller Coaster - Ten Tips to Keep You Sane - taking care of yourself and your body, finding support, taking time out
Chapter Six: Why am I not Pregnant Yet? - Obstacles to the Path to Parenthood -infertility, treatment, fertility drugs, miscarriage and mourning
Chapter Seven: You're Pregnant-the World of Eating, Sleeping, and Puking-pregnancy the first trimester, the emotional nitty-gritty
Chapter Eight: You're Well Into It Now - Your Second Trimester - the golden/second trimester, medical test, making birth decisions, Partners, changing life circumstances, into the third trimester
Chapter Nine: Self-Esteem and Sexuality During Pregnancy - sexual desire during pregnancy, sexual self esteem, intimacy, sexual questions
Chapter Ten: Into the Home Stretch/ The Last Trimester-taking care of yourself, problems that arise, medical test, naming the baby, congratulations and celebrations
Chapter Eleven: Birth - the Big Event - when it is really time, the excitement, the three stages of labor, dealing with complications, partners become parents too
Chapter Twelve: Holy Cow-What Now?-lesbian motherhood, and the postbirth revelations.