Your Plus-Size Pregnancy and Beyond

This ultimate guide for the full-figured expectant mom is a groundbreaking book (available ONLY as an ebook) and the first to offer encouragement, information, and resources to the millions of plus-size moms who are in the midst of adding to their families. Written in a friendly and supportive tone, this book takes a rational (and non-hysterical) look at what the studies about weight and pregnancy really mean, and offers practical advice.

The book is officially endorsed by the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics at the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

This Book includes:

  • How to gain the right amount of weight (because plus-size moms should gain weight during pregnancy)
  • Ways to feel good about yourself and celebrate your pregnancy
  • How to find a health care provider who will support you and help you feel good about yourself
  • Where to find maternity clothes and how to choose flattering styles
  • Nursing as a plus-sized mom
  • Vaginal birth versus C-section for plus-size moms
  • Feeling good about yourself after the birth and how to lose weight after you’ve had the baby
  • The impact of conditions such as PCOS and diabetes on pregnancy
  • Understanding medical terms and how to interpret studies about weight and pregnancy
  • Keeping your partner involved in your pregnancy
  • Finding childbirth classes where you are comfortable

Each chapter contains quotes from real plus-size moms about their personal experiences with every aspect of pregnancy, nursing, and postpartum care.

Written by Experts
Your Plus-Size Pregnancy is the result of a collaboration between a plus-size mom of two who is a pregnancy and parenting writer and a Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist who is experienced in working with plus-size moms.

Brette Sember
Brette Sember is a plus-sized mom of two who felt it was time someone noticed the fact that half the pregnant women in this country are plus-sized! Sember is a former attorney and author of 20 non-fiction books, including Your Practical Pregnancy Planner: Everything You Need to Know About the Financial and Legal Aspects of Planning for Your New Baby (McGraw-Hill, 2005), How to Parent With Your Ex: Working Together in Your Child’s Best Interest (Sourcebooks, 2005), and The Complete Adoption and Fertility Legal Guide (Sourcebooks, 2004). She has also written a children’s book. Sember is a contributing writer for ePregnancy print magazine and a contributing editor to amaZe magazine and has written extensively about family and parenting. Her freelance work has appeared in over 140 publications, including Pregnancy, American Baby, Every Baby, Child and others. She is a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ) and the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA).

Dr. Bruce D. Rodgers

Bruce D. Rodgers, M.D. is a Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialist with 20 years of clinical experience in the care of high-risk pregnancies. He is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Maternal-Fetal Medicine, and is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. He is an Associate Professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology at the State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, and is presently Director of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Fetal Cardiovascular Medicine at the Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, in Buffalo, New York.


Baby Steps Magazine, Spring 2006:“The book and Web site include detailed medical information and statistics, as well as tips for staying positive, birth stories, fertility issues, and even where to shop for stylish plus-size maternity wear.”

ePregnancy Magazine, September, 2005: “Offers advice, information and support for plus-size moms-to-be.” “Groundbreaking book…first to offer encouragement, information, and resources to plus-size moms. Written in a friendly and supportive tone”

Fitfor2.Com, December 2005 newsletter Book of the Month: “Chock full of great information on nutrition, fitness, clothing, etc. for moms-to-be who aren’t a size 0!”

Buffalo News April 11, 2006: “Provides a realistic approach to health concerns plus-size women have about pregnancy, to focus on the positives, to help them feel good about themselves, and to provide an impressive list of resources in the book’s appendix – such as where to find decent maternity clothes and help with breast-feeding challenges faced by plus-sized women.” “The only plus-sized pregnancy book you will ever need. It was a refreshing change to find such an honest approach to plus sized pregnancy when reading this book…filled with information even the most experience mother may not know about Topics discussed in a practical, heartfelt manner range from self esteem issues and accepting your pregnant developing body, the tests available, possible problems and how to deal with them and complications such as breast feeding with larger breasts and how to deal with postpartum issues, all dealt with in a sensitive yet frank way.

I like the way the book had little quotes from interviews with plus sized mothers who have experienced pregnancy or are at the moment going through the experience. At times hilarious, other times touching, these honest tales of the issues we, as big girls, have to deal with were powerful.

This pregnancy book will become a must have for plus size pregnant mums, a mine of information presented very well.”

What People Are Saying:

“Brette Sember’s informative, wonderful books got me through my question-filled pregnancies and made it all less mysterious and more empowering. I recommend them to anyone who’s expecting!”
– Jill Kargman, author of Momzillas

“This book is jam-packed with real advice and answers to every conceivable medical, emotional and lifestyle question posed around being plus-sized and pregnant…” Catherine Schuller, president International Size Acceptance Association

“As a childbirth educator I would highly recommend Your Plus- Size Pregnancy to expectant mothers….” Jane Hanrahan, President-Elect, International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA)

“Brette’s book gets right at the heart of what plus-size pregnant women want to know….” Misty Bott, managing editor, ePregnancy Magazine

“This book tells you what to expect when you’re expecting — if your weight exceeds expectations.” Wendy Shanker, author of The Fat Girl’s Guide To Life

“I LOVE this book and wish I had it when I was pregnant!…” Barbara Brickner, Plus-Size Model with Wilhelmina Models in New York Founder & President of BB Maternity – Exclusively for Plus Sizes

“Brette’s book is a wealth of information from the ‘full-figured’ side of the scale on pregnancy!…” – Michele Weston, co-founder of curvy brand media consulting firm, Selling Style,Inc., Executive Editor, Style & News for and author of Learning Curves: Living Your Life in Full and in Style

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The Practical Pregnancy Planner by Brette Sember