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Body, Soul, and Baby: A Doctor's Guide to the Complete Pregnancy Experience, From Preconception to Postpartum Hardcover – January 30, 2007

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"Having a baby? At last, a book that addresses all your concerns and supports all your hopes. Body, Soul, and Baby is a must have for every woman who not only plans to give birth but wants to become a mother in the fullest, most complete sense of the word."—Rachel Naomi Remen MD, author of Kitchen Table Wisdom

"From the first thought of getting pregnant to the magic of motherhood, this book celebrates every stage of the extraordinary process of giving birth. It's the perfect gift for any expecting mom or dad!"—Cheryl Richardson, author of Stand Up for Your Life, Life Makeovers, and Take Time for Your Life

“This is exactly what a pregnancy guide should be- up to date and comprehensive information about the medical aspects of pregnancy combined with what every mom to be needs to know about the rest of her body, mind, and soul. Pregnancy is indeed about more than what is going on in the uterus”.—Alice Domar, author of Self Nurture

"Body, Soul, and Baby is both a practical source book and inspiring companion to help all women access the inner wisdom available during pregnancy and birth."—Christiane Northrup

About the Author

Tracy W. Gaudet, M.D., is Executive Director of the Duke Center for Integrative Medicine at the Duke University School of Medicine. The author of the highly acclaimed Consciously Female, Dr. Gaudet is a practicing, board-certified ob-gyn and the founding executive director of Dr. Andrew Weil’s Program in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona. She lives with her son Ryan in Durham, North Carolina.

Paula Spencer is a freelance writer whose eight books include The V Book and Momfidence!: An Oreo Never Killed Anybody and Other Secrets of Happier Parenting. Author of the “Momfidence!” column in Woman’s Day, she is also a contributing editor to Parenting and Baby Talk. She lives with her husband and four children in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; 1 edition (January 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385335741
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385335744
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.4 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,059,573 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a health care writer and a mother-to-be, this is currently my favorite book on pregnancy. There are a few excellent books from years ago that address the emotional journey of pregnancy and give the reader psychological exercises to try, such as "Pregnant Feelings" by Rahima Baldwin Dancy and "An Easier Childbirth" by Gayle Peterson, but this is one of the only recent books on the topic that I'm aware of. I love this approach -- and we need this book in a society that neglects the central importance of emotions in pregnancy.

Mothers who use midwives and doulas are often drawn to the extra psychological support offered by their caregivers, and will probably respond well to this book. Also, mothers who see obstetricians would also find this book an important complement to their care, since doctors typically spend significantly less time on prenatal emotional support. Those who are familiar with the book "Birthing From Within" may appreciate "Body, Soul, and Baby" for its similar approach to pregnancy (the former is more solely focused on birth).

My complaints are few, but I was disappointed in the following recommendations made by author and physician Tracy Gaudet. When she writes about midwives, she ignores Certified Professional Midwives, the most common type of home birth midwife in the U.S. She speaks only of "lay" midwives who are uncertified, and she is not supportive -- but she doesn't base her comments on scientific research or have experience working in a home setting (research demonstrates that CPMs and home birth, which can be attended by doctors as well as midwives, are as safe as hospital birth for healthy pregnancies).
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My mom sent me this book as a gift (thanks mom!) and it was just what I was looking for....something to help guide me through my pregnancy without "telling" me what I should be doing or feeling. It helps me to figure out my own feelings about what is going on with my body. The suggestions and exercises make your transition into motherhood more real and make you more aware of the changes that will come about. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for all of their options when it comes to fertility and pregnancy and finding their own way through this magnificent and amazing time!
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I bought 6 pregnancy books and almost didn't get this one because it sounded a little too out there for me. I am so glad I purchased it because it is by far my favorite. This book took me on a totally new pathway through pregnancy. It contains some statistics, but the main focus of the book is to make you more aware of your body and the changes it experiences, physically and emotionally, as you travel down the pregnancy path.

The author is a OB/GYN who strongly believes in coupling modern medicine with holistic practices. She guides the reader through numerous self meditative exercises to check in with her body and relax. In the past I'd never been a fan of these techniques, but now I do not go a day without doing them. The book really teaches you how to be more in tune with your body through your journey from preconception to postpardum, an important skill to have when another life depends so much on yours.

The book gives an overview for each trimester for your body, your developing little one, and the medical care involved at each step. There is also a really good section on preconception health.

An excellent book! I will be giving it to all of my girlfriends.
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This is a great book because it's written more to give the reader a different perspective of the entire pregnancy process than a typical Mayo Clinic type pregnancy book. It makes you look a little deeper at things like how the you feel, etc. versus just the medical facts.
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