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Dr. Robert Greene's Perfect Hormone Balance for Pregnancy: A Groundbreaking Plan for Having a Healthy Baby and Feeling Great Paperback – April 17, 2007


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter; 1 edition (April 17, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307337383
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307337382
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.3 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #685,932 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“The title of Dr. Robert Greene’s book says it all. His “Perfect Hormone Balance for Pregnancy” encourages the integration of three important aspects for overall health in pregnancy. The first is claiming personal responsibility for one’s emotional and physical wellbeing. The second is taking action by incorporating a healthy diet and regular exercise into one’s daily lifestyle. Finally he encourages women to actively seek therapy (both alternative and allopathic) when indicated. This is a comprehensive guide for expectant mothers from conception to the postpartum period. Dr. Greene not only educates women about the impact of hormone imbalances on her and her baby’s health, but also makes explicit and evidence-based recommendations for incorporating a healthy diet and regular exercise into one’s daily life in order to achieve the perfect hormone balance in pregnancy. The foundation for such a fundamental lifestyle approach to pregnancy is outlined in a chapter dedicated to the first trimester, and nuances are added and recommendations are modified with the changing hormone milieu as pregnancy progresses. Peppered throughout the text is an assortment of practical information. Actual case presentations illustrate the diversity of symptoms expectant women may experience, highlighting the uniqueness of each pregnancy. Also included are several self evaluation questionnaires for symptoms common to pregnancy from sleep, mood, and energy alterations to loss of bladder control, allowing the reader to perform her own self evaluation. Practical information about nutrition and exercise, and important to-do lists for each trimester, are likewise included. As an OB-Gyn I was surprised to find this book so enlightening. As an expectant mother, I found the book as enjoyable as it was educational. This is definitely a book that I would recommend (and already have) to my dearest of friends and patients alike.”
—The Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology, August 2007

“Are you putting up with a lot of discomfort instead of sailing through pregnancy? If your answer is yes, this new book by an ob/gyn and reproductive endocrinologist might be for you. Dr. Robert Greene’s Perfect Hormone Balance for Pregnancy: A Groundbreaking Plan for Having a Healthy Baby and Feeling Great will put you on track for a feel-good pregnancy. Greene, a leader in hormone and brain research, takes this approach: Your pregnancy complaints are symptoms of hormone imbalance, which can and should be safely treated for your wellbeing. The book introduces you to what hormones are in effect during and after pregnancy and how they impact you and your baby, with a focus on relieving symptoms by altering your diet and lifestyle (and, in rare cases, with medications and hormone treatments). It features a trimester-by-trimester guide to taking good care of yourself, plus sections on labor and the postpartum period, with special troubleshooting chapters that cover sexuality, body image, lack of sleep, breast pain, and whirling emotions. Quizzes, Q&As, and a personal approach make it seem like the doctor is right there with you.”
—Pregnancy Magazine, June 2007

“Not all women are glowing and happy throughout their pregnancies. Many experience trying side effects like morning sickness, lethargy, and cravings. In his second book, ob-gyn and reproductive endocrinologist Greene (Perfect Balance: Dr. Robert Greene’s Breakthrough Program for Finding the Lifelong Hormonal Health You Deserve) presents his Perfect Balance Program, which claims to ease the difficult aspects of pregnancy via hormone therapies combined with diet and exercise. After Greene’s persuasive introduction about the safety of bioidentical and biosimilar hormone therapies, the guide covers each trimester of pregnancy, labor, and the postpartum period, along with troubleshooting hormone disorders throughout pregnancy. He recommends a flexible vegetarian diet, organic food, and plenty of exercise. Keeping a pregnancy journal is repeatedly advised as a way to reduce stress and track symptoms, with many chapters containing journaling prompts or ideas. Women who are concerned about taking medications or hormone therapies while pregnant will be interested in Greene’s book, including those who may want to continue taking antidepressants. Suitable for public libraries, especially where there is interest in Greene’s first book.”
—Library Journal, April 1, 2007

About the Author

DR. ROBERT GREENE is one of the country’s leading hormone specialists, board certified in ob/gyn and reproductive endocrinology. His practice, the Center for Reproductive Health and Hormone Balance, is in northern California. Visit his website at www.robertgreenemd.com.

LAURIE TARKAN is a regular contributor to the New York Times, an award-winning medical
writer with more than twenty years of journalism and writing experience, and the mother of two young children.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Karen Anne Webb on July 18, 2007
Format: Paperback
There is an astonishing amount of information in this book. It's written intelligently but it's also written to be very accessible to the lay person. The layout will remind you a little of the Magic School Bus books -- there's a main text but also many interesting little sidebar boxes with "pregnancy pointers," "partner pointers," and the like. It has solid, well-documented information about the roles of nutrition, de-stressing your life, and exercise and even includes an excellent section on sexuality during and after pregnancy. Best of all is the attitude of the book -- an informed patient is a happy patient, an asset to her health care provider, and a partner in her own health care. Better, the book's view is that a pregnant woman can have control over the symptoms that a lot of us are just told are a "normal" concomitant of pregnancy (when else in our lives, except for menopause, are we told symptoms like vomiting and insomnia are normal and to just live with them??) Greene debunks myths, shares his vast knowledge of research, and shows you how to apply his ideas in an overall program that will make for a safer, healthier pregnancy (and for a healthier lifestyle after the kid comes). The book might be a little too packed with info to read cover to cover if reading isn't your thing, but it has an excellent index and can be used as a reference (although he encourages you to dive in with his entire program, which would really benefit anyone, pregnant or not).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By DancingNancy on May 11, 2008
Format: Paperback
Highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to know up-to-date and accurate info. I've read a lot of the pregnancy books out there, and most of them cover the same stuff in the same way. This one takes a different angle and doing so teaches you a whole lot more about what is going on and what to expect or ask.

As an epidemiologist myself, I felt reassured by recognizing that much of the literature he references for topics I already knew about (the nutrition) is very recent and from good studies. I learned a lot from this book and felt like I had better knowledge on what to ask my doctor and what to be concerned about.

Also, though it has tons of detail in it, the author writes very clearly, succinctly, and in a friendly voice, making it easy to take it all in.
His chapters are useful post-partum too, especially the breastfeeding and maintaining sexuality chapters.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tellwiddem on November 12, 2012
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I wish I had known before I purchased this e-book that the author promotes the use of iodized salt, a vegetarian diet, and soy nuts as an ideal snack. I have autoimmune diseases, and all of these are off limits to me.

Some women will benefit from the information in the book about whole foods eating and balancing blood sugar. If you're familiar with these ideas, or if you're pregnant and have a health condition that requires specific nutritional support, I wouldn't recommend this book.
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This book has been a good resource throughout my pregnancy--I really enjoyed the whole food advice. The book also helped me in how to talk with my doctor about some of the issues raised in here. Dr Greene provides good, sound advice specific to hormone balance that helped me throughout the different trimesters. As a previous reviewer said there is lots of good information contained in side bars but the only problem is that it seems like the Kindle version hasn't been properly vetted by the editors so some of the boxes are hard to read and even more difficult to reference.
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By T. R. Tan on July 16, 2012
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I have the Mayo Clinic, the What to Expect when You're Expecting and this book.........by far, this is the book I am living by, cover to cover.

I love how clearly, Dr. Greene has thoroughly explained the factual details (with references to back it's claim) in every nutritional decision we, the mothers take in, to the lifetime development of our unborn child.

The contents of this book, I can not find anywhere else! It's concise and detailed vs the other pregnancy books (mentioned above) that are readily available on the net.

It's life changing and I am confident that together, with Dr. Greene's expertise, I am giving the best that I can for our little baby.
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