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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Addicus Books; 1 edition (January 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1886039593
  • ISBN-13: 978-1886039599
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #533,322 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

James F. Clapp III, M.D. has been the world's foremost researcher in the area of exercise and pregnancy since the early 1980`s. He is currently the director of obstetrical research at Metro Health Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio, and a professor in the Department of Reproductive Biology at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Prior to this, he had been a professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Vermont College of Medicine since 1970. He also served as the director of research from 1979 to 1987. A member of the American College of Sports Medicine and the Society for Gynecological Investigation, Clapp received his MD from the University of Vermont in 1963.

About the Author

James F. Clapp III, MD, is a professor emeritus of reproductive biology at Case Western Reserve University and a research professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He lives in Byron, California.

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Customer Reviews

I would highly recommend this book to any woman who is pregnant or planning to conceive!!!
Jen125
This is a good book for women who have been exercising seriously before pregnancy and want to continue their level of fitness during pregnancy.
C. Kearney
I was looking for information about exercising during pregnancy and someone recommended this book to me.
Debbie Flaws

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72 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Amy Swedlo on December 1, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book is excellent!
With my first pregnancy, I got so frustrated following the ACOG recommendations for exercise that I stopped working out. It was just too boring to go for a "brisk" walk.
This book helped me to realize that its o.k. to continue running throughout my pregnancy (which I'm still doing at 26 weeks). Dr. Clapp has references to many women who are very active throughout their pregnancies, with *postive* effects on their pregnancy: less weight gain (but still a healthy amount) and giving birth earlier but still full term (37 to 42 weeks is considered term - exercisers tend to be closer to the 37/38 week mark in his studies).
Enough motivation in this book to keep you sweating right up until the day you deliever!
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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 26, 1999
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I have ordered several books on exercising during pregnancy and most are a dissappointment if you are already active at all. This book explains in detail (and with scientific, medical studies) exactly what you are feeling and why. It explains what effect exercise has on your growing baby and on you,the Mother. The book also includes exercise prescriptions for different types of women, from sedentary to competitive athlete. I highly recommend this book for anyone wishing to exercise safely during pregnancy -- but particularly recommend it to those who already are exercising and need much more than the typical beginning books about walking and leg lifts.
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80 of 85 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia Hamilton on December 9, 2002
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I have read a lot of books on exercising while pregnant, but most of them are kind of weak. They tell you to be very, very cautious... and they don't tell you much about how it is really affecting you and the fetus/baby.
This book is awesome and I'm a hard critic. It doesn't show you pictures of women doing all the exercises in these modified ways that you never look at again. It focuses on studies of what other women did and the outcomes (babies birth weights, preterm labor, etc). The part I liked best was that the subjects in the studies exercised fairly intensely, not just walking twice a week. It told you how, for example, 25-30 miles of running per week will benefit you and the baby DURING pregnancy.
I just loved it (and I don't know the author!).
And don't be put off by the brightly colored pregnant woman on the front that appears to be walking--this covers intense exercise.
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49 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Fool For Love on February 22, 2000
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This book contains good science and good sense besides. I liked the information about the physiological effects of pregnancy and exercise, as well as the practical tips on staying comfortable while performing aerobics, etc. The findings of Dr. Clapp and his team were both reassuring and inspiring. Strong evidence that my aerobics routine would not harm me or my pregnancy made this book worthwhile by itself, but it was great to read about the many health benefits they discovered for pregnant women that exercise and for their babies.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 17, 2000
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I cannot say enough positive things about this book! Dr. Clapp is a leading expert in the field of exercise and pregnancy, and in this book, he painstakingly explains what happens in your body when you exercise during pregnancy. He also makes very detailed recommendations for different types of women (beginners, recreational, competitive), and he has studied the whole thing for about 20 years. And last but not least, it's really obvious from the book that Dr. Clapp is incredibly enthusiastic about women, exercise, and pregnancy.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Anne Woods on May 28, 2000
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This book goes into great detail about the importance of exercise and proving that it is safe. However, it did not go into exercises that they do or do not recommend for pregnant woman. I feel that I still need another book to give me information on exercises to better prepare me for labor, for example.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Amy on May 13, 2004
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I had heard good things of this book, and when I discovered I was pregnant at 8 weeks and had a 10 mile race scheduled the next weekend, I wanted to be knowledgeable about running and it's effect on the baby.
I appreciated the scientific approach the author took. And while it was full of detailed information, it was an easy read (like 2-3 evenings). For atheletes, this book really fills the gaps that exists in the gammit of other pregnancy books in regards to exercise.
I did the race (at an easy pace), it went fine. And I felt good with the peace of mind that I knew what was going on in my body and that the baby was okay (and I think, enjoying the running!).
That being said, this book includes various types of exercise, so it's not just for runners. And the study follows the women and their children in the first year+. Very interesting stuff.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A. Holliman on April 22, 2006
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I work out 5-6 days a week, 1 to 2 hours a day. I weight train, do cardio of all sorts, and do power yoga. After I got pregnant I looked everywhere for a book on exercising while pregnant that spoke to my situation. All I could find was extremely conservative advice(such as walking 5 days a week for 20 minutes...) and in some places a vague hint that if one had been exercising before the pregnancy it was perhaps o.k. to continue with a similar routine. None of this advice came with any real data to back it up. Frustrating.

Then I read this book. I cannot recommend it enough. Every female athlete who is pregnant or considering pregnancy needs to read this book. Dr. Clapp actually did a real study with real women and was able show that all the myths out there about exercising while pregnant have no foundation whatsoever. Most of the book is about the study, and he then gives advice on what to do and what not to do in the different stages of pregnancy.

This is not an exercise program. There are no description of exercises or exercise plans. He assumes a certain level of exercise "IQ" in his readers. This book has some value to women new to exercise as it really goes into detail on all the benefits of exercise on the mother and the baby, but it is really geared toward the more seasoned athlete.

It feels great to know for sure what is o.k. to do and to know how I am benefiting the baby and myself. If you want peace of mind, this is your book.

This book is awesome!
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