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Before Your Pregnancy: A 90 Day Guide for Couples on How to Prepare for a Healthy Conception Paperback – September 3, 2002

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This valuable pre-pregnancy resource should be welcomed by prospective parents. Ogle, a dietician, exercise physiologist, and personal trainer, and Mazzullo (OB-GYN, Northwestern Univ. Medical Sch.) recognized that while the importance of optimal health during pregnancy is widely acknowledged, relatively little information is available to consumers about the significant 90 days that precede conception. Stressing that preconception counseling is relevant for all couples, not just those who may be "high risk," the authors present clear and realistic advice about a range of subjects relating to the smooth delivery of a healthy baby. Among the topics covered are women's health and gynecological well-being, nutrition, fitness evaluation and exercises, men's issues, medications and herbs (which are "baby-friendly"?), and emotional, environmental, and financial issues. Interspersed throughout the readable text are numerous checklists, tables of important facts and practical advice, and patient vignettes. Parents-to-be who read this book will approach parenthood with increased knowledge and self-confidence. Highly recommended for all public libraries and consumer health collections.
Linda M.G. Katz, Drexel Univ. Health Sciences Libs., Philadelphia
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Many women with risk factors from age to medical conditions to genetic histories take advantage of pre-pregnancy counseling to ensure their health and that of their not-yet-conceived children. Ogle, a registered dietitian and exercise physiologist, and Mazzulo, a practicing OB-GYN, offer a revised edition of their guidebook for all women, at-risk or not, to ensure healthy pregnancies and babies. Drawing on the latest research on preconception health care, the authors offer 12 steps for women to optimize their health before conception, new body-weight guidelines, and preconception menu planning. The book also focuses on men's health and the issues that may affect the ability to conceive. The authors tackle everything from urban myths about pregnancy to the latest on technology and natural herbs and supplements, as well as new safety information on mercury and fish. Advice ranges from the basic (avoiding alcohol and tobacco and checking for environmental hazards in the home) to the more complex (getting fertility treatments). This is a comprehensive and user-friendly guide for couples who want to get pregnant. --Vanessa Bush

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; 1 edition (September 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034544096X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345440969
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #235,570 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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431 of 461 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 1, 2004
Format: Paperback
I really wanted to like this book. I wasn't even expecting it to have lots of information that I didn't already know, having done a ton of research myself in my role as fertility counselor, but thought that it would be slightly helpful at least. It was not. It was instead incomplete and incorrect.
Conclusions made are inconsistent - thing A is to be treated with caution because its safety for pregnant women is unproven, whereas thing B is considered safe because it has never been shown to cause problems. Where is the logic here? There is no difference between "never been shown to cause problems" and "safety unproven". And if there is a difference in the proven safety of these two things, it should be stated explicitly rather than left at these two vague comments.
Some statements are just plain incorrect. For example, it is stated that ovulation is the day of the basal body temperature rise, when in fact the temperature rise usually occurs the day following ovulation. Also, intercourse on this day is stated to give the best chance of conception. This is incorrect whichever way you look at it - intercourse on the day of the temperature rise is usually too late (being the day after ovulation, the egg is often dead by then), and intercourse on the day of ovulation is still not the best timing (for those who are interested, intercourse the day before ovulation is best, although difficult to time). I have to wonder what other "facts" in this book are downright wrong.
Finally, conclusions are drawn without sharing the information used to make them. It is claimed that a woman who has no immunity to rubella must get vaccinated, stating that the potential risks of the vaccine far outweigh the benefits.
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59 of 61 people found the following review helpful By K on August 8, 2003
Format: Paperback
I am usually too lazy to bother to type reviews. However, I HAD to write on on this book. If you are like me in that you want from a pre-pregnancy/pregnancy book:
- thoroughness
- inclusiveness
- reliability
- readibility
then you will not be disppointed by this book. I bought this first, before I conceived, to make sure that I was doing all I could/ should to prepare my body for pregnancy. This book addressed the whole range of issues related to this, and in a very clear, readable (lots of graphics to explain things) yet extremely authoritative manner. The authors have their credentials and this comes through clearly.
I have very high expectations of books, especially when they are on such an important topic as pregnancy. Up-to-date info. is mandatory--not optional--and this books has it.
After I became pregnant, I bought many other pregnancy books, but kept coming back to this one. The others are better for describing what is going on month-by-month, etc., but NONE are better for general medical reference info. For example, this is the only book I have found that breaks down herbs into 3 categories ("Safe During Pregnancy", "Herbs That Warrant Caution" and "Herbs to Avoid") and clasifies every major herb you are likely to encounter (in teas, body creams, etc.). They also describe common concerns/ probelms in a very user-friendly yet authoritative manner, and told me all I needed to know about continuing to exercise safely throughout pregnancy. Plus the tone of the book is very positive, reassuring and upbeat.
I can't say enough about this book. It is my pregnancy bible.
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 19, 2002
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I've read and looked through a lot of "pre-pregnancy" books over the past few months but this one is not only the most helpful and up-to-date one I've come across, but also it is the LEAST panic-inducing. So many other books devote more than half the text to fertility problems, which only served to heighten my paranoia and fear about that very issue. This book took a very calm and rational approach to ALL topics that need to be covered during the pre-conception time, and I really appreciated that.
I also really liked the tone of this book. It was friendly and informative yet confident and authoritative. I did not feel like there was lecturing going on (which is good as lecturing, let's be honest, can sometimes trigger a "I don't care what you say, I'm gonna do such-and-such anyway!" reaction), but rather like the authors were part of my "preconception team," working WITH me and my husband towards achieving the goal of a healthy and happy pregnancy.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 5, 2003
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There is so much great info in this book that I don't think anyone should even THINK about getting pregnant without reading it first. I initially purchased "Before your Pregnancy" and the Dr. Sussman book (Before you Conceive). After reviewing both of them, I decided on this one due to its pleasant and reader-friendly format. It covers all aspects from family history to even what kind of herbal teas to stay away from. Definately have a highlighter handy to mark important stuff! The Dr. Sussman book is also very good, but I found it dedicated way to many chapters on genetics, family illnesses, and disorders. "Before your Pregnancy" gives a great deal of info on these topics also, but not an overkill. So if your on a budget like I am and can't afford to buy every book out there, this is a great book to buy. After reading this book, I feel very prepared to get started trying. I also recommend purchasing "Before..." with the Mother of All pregnancy...they go really good together.
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