Synopsis This practical guide should be useful for every woman who wishes to approach the birth of her baby feeling fit, relaxed and confident. It offers a simple, safe and reliable programme of exercises which, followed throughout pregnancy, should reduce stress and fatigue, increase fitness and suppleness, help towards a healthy, comfortable birth, and encourage a quick recovery. Introductory pages contain all the necessary general guidance and essential information. This is followed by a section on “Exercising On Your Own”, a complete programme of basic exercises which every woman can do in her own home. Part 2, “Working with a Partner”, gives guidelines for exercising with a partner at home or in a group or class, and includes easy massage techniques. All exercises are illustrated in easy-to-follow, full-colour photographs, with adjacent step-by-step instructions. Janet Balaskas is the author of “Active Birth”, “The Encyclopedia of Pregnancy and Childbirth”, “Natural Pregnancy”, “Water Birth” and “Preparing for Birth with Yoga”. Anthea Sieveking is the photographer for “Your Child’s Development” and “The Encyclopedia of Pregnancy and Birth” as well as 12 children’s books, including “All About Me”, “Baby’s First Year” and the “Right Start” series.