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Catholic Mother's Companion to Pregnancy

Walking with Mary from Conception to Baptism

Author(s): Sarah A. Reinhard

ISBN13: 9781594712982

ISBN10: 1594712980

Publisher: Ave Maria Press (30 Nov 2012)

Extent: 224 pages

Binding: Paperback

Size: 1.8 x 13.8 x 21 cm

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  • In A Catholic Mothers Companion to Pregnancy: Walking with Mary from Conception to Baptism popular Catholic blogger and speaker Sarah A. Reinhard presents the first book to accompany expectant mothers from conception to baptism. This book includes weekly reflections and prayers rooted in the mysteries of the Rosary and related to the baby’s physical development.

     

    Designed to help expectant mothers embrace pregnancy as an opportunity for spiritual growth, A Catholic Mother’s Companion to Pregnancy prepares mothers for the trials and joys of pregnancy, childbirth, baptism, and, ultimately, motherhood.

     

    Each week of pregnancy is paired with a mystery of the Rosary, a personal, down-to-earth reflection from Reinhard, advice for living the sacramental life, and a prayer to help the reader grow in faith as she bonds with her unborn child.

     

    About CatholicMom.com Books

     

    Building on the popularity of Lisa M. Hendey’s The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms and her award-winning website CatholicMom.com, Ave Maria Press is pleased to announce the launch of CatholicMom.com Books. This series will deal with a variety of family and parenting issues from a thoroughly Catholic perspective and will be a treasury of wisdom from many of Lisa’s well-known and trusted CatholicMom.com contributors and others.

     

    Contents:

    Foreword by Lisa M. Hendey ................................................. xi

    Preface.........................................................................................xv

    Part One: Weekly Journey through Pregnancy ....................1

    1. The First Five Weeks (Fetal Age: 1–3 Weeks) ...................3

    2. Week 6 (Fetal Age: 4 Weeks) ...............................................7

    Feature: Surprise! The Unintended Pregnancy

    3. Week 7 (Fetal Age: 5 Weeks) ..............................................13

    Feature: Eating Disorders during Pregnancy, by Kate Wicker

    4. Week 8 (Fetal Age: 6 Weeks) ..............................................21

    Feature: When Do You Tell?

    5. Week 9 (Fetal Age: 7 Weeks) ..............................................27

    Feature: Miscarriage, by Mary De Turris Poust

    6. Week 10 (Fetal Age: 8 Weeks) ............................................33

    7. Week 11 (Fetal Age: 9 Weeks) .............................................39

    8. Week 12 (Fetal Age: 10 Weeks) ..........................................45

    Feature: Depression during Pregnancy

    9. Week 13 (Fetal Age: 11 Weeks) ...........................................51

    10. Week 14 (Fetal Age: 12 Weeks) ..........................................57

    11. Week 15 (Fetal Age: 13 Weeks) ..........................................61

    Feature: Boy, Girl, or Surprise?

    12. Week 16 (Fetal Age: 14 Weeks) ..........................................65

    Feature: The Unexpected Child, by Leticia Velasquez

    13. Week 17 (Fetal Age: 15 Weeks) ..........................................71

    14. Week 18 (Fetal Age: 16 Weeks) ..........................................77

    Feature: Keeping Daddy Involved

    15. Week 19 (Fetal Age: 17 Weeks) ..........................................81

    16. Week 20 (Fetal Age: 18 Weeks) ..........................................85

    17. Week 21 (Fetal Age: 19 Weeks) ..........................................89

    Feature: Coming to Terms with a Baby Who Might Not Live, by Jane Lebak

    18. Week 22 (Fetal Age: 20 Weeks) ..........................................95

    19. Week 23 (Fetal Age: 21 Weeks) ..........................................99

    20. Week 24 (Fetal Age: 22 Weeks) .........................................103

    Feature: The Joy of Mothering Many, by Jennifer Fitz

    21. Week 25 (Fetal Age: 23 Weeks) .........................................109

    22. Week 26 (Fetal Age: 24 Weeks) .........................................113

    23. Week 27 (Fetal Age: 25 Weeks) .........................................117

    Feature: How Much Stuff Do You Really Need?

    24. Week 28 (Fetal Age: 26 Weeks) .........................................123

    25. Week 29 (Fetal Age: 27 Weeks) .........................................127

    26. Week 30 (Fetal Age: 28 Weeks) .........................................131

    Feature: Naming Your Child

    27. Week 31 (Fetal Age: 29 Weeks) .........................................137

    28. Week 32 (Fetal Age: 30 Weeks) .........................................141

    29. Week 33 (Fetal Age: 31 Weeks) .........................................145

    Finding Peace in Stillbirth, by Karen Murphy Corr

    30. Week 34 (Fetal Age: 32 Weeks) .........................................151

    31. Week 35 (Fetal Age: 33 Weeks) .........................................155

    32. Week 36 (Fetal Age: 34 Weeks) .........................................159

    33. Week 37 (Fetal Age: 35 Weeks) .........................................163

    Feature: When Labor Doesn’t Go as Expected, by Dorian Speed

    34. Week 38 (Fetal Age: 36 Weeks) .........................................167

    35. Week 39 (Fetal Age: 37 Weeks) .........................................171

    36. Week 40 (Fetal Age: 38 Weeks) .........................................175

    Part Two: Labor and Birth ..................................................... 179

    37. A Summary of Labor ..........................................................181

    38. Preparation for Labor .........................................................187

    39. Spiritual Practices for Labor .............................................195

    40. Tips and Strategies for Birth..............................................201

    41. Spiritual Practices for Birth ...............................................209

    Part Three: Baptism ................................................................ 215

    42. Overview of Baptism .........................................................219

    43. Preparation for Baptism ....................................................221

    44. Reflecting on Your Child’s Baptism .................................227

    Conclusion ................................................................................ 231

    Afterword by Danielle Bean ................................................... 233

    Acknowledgments ................................................................... 235

    Notes .......................................................................................... 237

    About the Contributors ........................................................... 238

  • Sarah A. Reinhard


        Sarah A. Reinhard is a popular Catholic writer, blogger, and contributor to such sites as CatholicMom.com, Integrated Catholic Life, New Evangelizers, and Amazing Catechists. She produces a weekly segment on Mary for the iPadre, Catholic Foodie, and Uncommon Sense podcasts. In addition to serving as editor of her parish’s publications, ministry scheduler, and odds-and-ends parish support, Reinhard is the author of five books for Catholic families and writes a monthly column in the Diocese of Columbus’s The Catholic Times. She also contributes a weekly column on the Catholic Writers Guild’s blog. Reinhard holds a master’s degree in marketing and communications and has worked for many years in corporate and nonprofit organizations. She lives in central Ohio with her husband and three children.


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    Uncertainty, morning sickness, and anxiety suddenly turn to hope and direction in A Catholic Mothers Companion to Pregnancy, a book that will comfort, guide, and inspire you during your pregnancy.

     

     - Donna-Marie Cooper OBoyle, EWTN Host of Everyday Blessings for Catholic Moms

     

    Whether youre expecting your first child or tenth, A Catholic Mothers Companion to Pregnancy speaks to the hopes, fears, and love that come with nurturing a new life. This treasure of a book truly is a companion for expectant moms and its words of wisdom and encouragement will help readers mature in faith just as their baby matures in the womb.

     

     - Kate Wicker, Author of Weightless: Making Peace with Your Body

     

    Sarah Reinhard takes the reader by the hand and walks her through the amazing process that is pregnancy. Never hesitating to explore both the challenges and the joys of this season of life, Sarah has created the guide to pregnancy that Catholic women have been waiting for.

     

     - Hallie Lord, Author of Style, Sex, and Substance

     

     

    Sarah Reinhard combines insight and humor to create yet another must-have book for Catholic moms. Whether this is your first pregnancy or your tenth, youll find A Catholic Mothers Guide to Pregnancy to be an invaluable resource.

     

     - Jennifer Fulwiler, Blogger at ConversionDiary.com

     

    To bring a new life into the world is the ultimate journey, so why not make it a spiritual journey? In A Catholic Mothers Companion to Pregnancy, Sarah Reinhard invites us to experience pregnancy and birth through the prism of our Catholic faith. Week by week, we marvel at what God has created within us, cling to him every step of the way for strength and consolation, and yearn for the moment when we will bring our long-awaited bundle of joy to the baptismal font to join the family of God. This book is a great journey companion for every Catholic mom-to-be. I sure wish I had it when I was pregnant with my four boys!

     

     - Elizabeth Ficocelli, Author of Seven from Heaven

     

    Reinhard is reassuring, down to earth, and sympathetic without ever being sappy or unrealistic.

     

     - Julie Davis, Blogger at Happy Catholic



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