The outlook for pregnant working women is changing--there are at least 15 million of them in the work force today, who need not leave their jobs when they start to show--and this book effectively addresses their problems in all spheres. Science writer Lichtendorf and pollster Gillis interviewed 200 professional women to learn the ""meaning of a working pregnancy"" from outright success-models. Among their findings: important new laws protect working pregnant women, but they are unevenly applied and a company's individual policies can be decisive. When properly prepared for, physical activity and travel can safely be part of pregnancy. Maternity care can and should be without strain: work out ahead of time what you want from your maternity care team and how to participate; and remember that it's as important to understand your emotional state as your physical development. Included also are lists of agencies qualified to provide health care, legal aid, pregnancy, and occupational hazard counseling. A sound and responsible guide, and the most comprehensive of its sort to date.