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Hands Off My Belly: The Pregnant Woman's Survival Guide to Myths, Mothers, and Moods Paperback – Bargain Price, September 22, 2009

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This is a book that EVERY pregnant woman, man or women who are planning to get pregnant needs to own. This will also make a great baby shower gift. All-in-all, this is one of the best pregnancy books out there. 
--Momsword.org

I learned a lot from this book, and laughed quite a bit, too. --Karen Neyer - Families.com

"I found Hands Off My Belly! to be a humorous and informative book that dispels many myths and superstitions in North American culture as well as other cultures around the world - I have read a couple of other popular pregnancy books and although they were also very informative I did not enjoy them very much as they reminded me of reading textbooks from my University days. Hands Off My Belly! provided the right balance of information, anecdotes and humour and I found it hard to put the book down. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Hands Off My Belly! and recommend it to anyone trying to conceive and those already expecting." -- 4 Fabulous Families blog, November 7, 2009 "Laughter being the best medicine, Tassone and Landherr included some downright hilarious examples which provide a good belly laugh, yet also alleviate the sometimes irrational fears which can plague new moms-to-be." --Monsters and Critics.com, November 20, 2009

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"Hands Off My Belly! is an absolutely delightful exploration of the myths that every woman - pregnant or not - knows she's influenced by at some level.  It's great fun finding which ones are yours"
           -CAROLINE MYSS, author of The Creation of Health and Why People Don't Heal
                                                 and How They Can.
"Hands Off My Belly is a comforting and informative guide through the fascinating myths and misconceptions of pregnancy.  The balance of Science and medical fact with humor, compassion, and common sense lends an actionable reference to the inner wisdom of every mother to be."
           -ANDREW WEIL, M.D., author of Why Our Health Matters.
"In our information glutted age, the great task is separating truth from fiction.  Where pregnancy is concerned, this problem has been solved with Hands Off My Belly!  This is the best book I know that guides women on one of the most meaningful journeys of life.  If I were pregnant, this would be my bible."
           -LARRY DOSSEY, M.D., author of Reinventing Medicine and Healing Words
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books; 1st edition (September 22, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591027535
  • ASIN: B003R4ZGRS
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,061,845 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Spiritual Pregnancy: Nine Months of Spiritual Transformation Before You Give Birth is coming out January 2014 to be published by Llewellyn Worldwide (author website http://ladeaobgyn.wix.com/womenhealthdocs )

Shawn A. Tassone, M.D. and Kathryn M. Landherr, M.D. are board certified Obstetrician Gynecologists practicing at Austin Area OBGYN in Austin, TX. As a unique team of married physicians they bring a rare perspective to the topic of women's health. Dr. Landherr is a graduate of the Universtiy of Texas and completed her medical training at Texas A+M Scott and White Hospital. Dr. Tassone attended Regis College and completed his medical training at the Creighton University School of Medicine. They both finished residency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

They have worked with medical luminaries Andrew Weil, Jon Kabat Zinn, James Gordon, and Larry Dossey and are considered international experts in Mind Body Medicine, Integrative Medicine, and Spirituality in Health. They have lectured throughout the United States and the world on topics of menopause and bioidentical hormones, spirituality and pregnancy, indigenous healing practices, mind-body medicine and women't health, and integrative medicine.

They are the first scholars to bring the work of Joseph Campbell and the Hero's Journey and superimpose it over pregnancy (the ultimate hero's journey). They believe there is a significant place for spirituality in health and are champions in the field of women's health.

http://www.thewomenshealthdoctors.com

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As a pregnant woman living in a busy community, and *especially* as a daughter to two parents who are divided from me by a huge culture and generation gap, this book was a godsend during pregnancy.

The authors had a genuine sense of humour as they debunked endless pregnancy myths; it did feel like I had someone who understood exactly what I was going through! My husband and I armed ourselves with the authors' scientific explanations to shield us against the dozens and dozens of well-meaning neighbours, friends and relatives who offered us every pregnancy myth under the sun when we were expecting our son.

This book is an excellent resource for pregnant women - an excellent shower gift - and even an excellent resource to give your superstitious mom so that she steps off, and you can grow your baby in peace. A+.
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These authors really know what they're talking about. I love that this book is written in a Q&A "myth buster" format because I heard 90% of the rumors they mention and then debunk with experiential, anecdotal and scientific evidence. Bravo!
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This book is both informative and fun. The authors have assembled all the questions/myths/old wives tales that doctors get asked. Over and over again. They even include fertility myths, so this book would also be a great buy for someone thinking about getting pregnant.

I am a doctor and have been asked many of these questions at prenatal visits and also at parties. However, there are definitely a few that I have never heard.

I gave a copy as a baby shower present and no one could keep their hands off the book! Everyone kept saying things like, "Listen, listen. What about this one?!"

If you are pregnant and want good solid info as well as answers to all those crazy things you read on the Internet, get this book. I also recommend this book as a baby shower gift.
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Hands Off My Belly: The Pregnant Woman's Survival Guide to Myths, Mothers, and Moods

I got this book for my pregnant daughter-in law who had some worries and concerns about her pregnancy. I also got a copy for myself and for my daughter who is just recently married. As a mother of four and grandmother now it is great to have some accurate information about pregnancy and it's associated myths from OB/GYN's who deliver babies every day. I am a counselor as well and so like to have accurate information to share with my clients backed up by medical science. This was so much more enjoyable to read though, written with a sense of humor and some heart rending stories to illustrate. It is also great to have both the male and female perspective woven in by this great husband & wife team who both practice and author books together. Great book and wonderful, useful information. Especially nice as a baby shower gift for the newly pregnant, mother-to-be.
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After 3 kids, I thought I understood all I needed to know about pregnancy. Of all the many books I have read on the topic, this is by far the most useful, witty and informative. Dr. Landherr and Dr. Tassone do a fantastic job of explaining away the myths and plainly presenting medical facts and science. Their antidotal stories from their shared OBGYN practice will keep you laughing late at night. My husband even stole the book and was sharing a story with his buddies! It is so much more enlightening and fun to read than the famously boring "What to Expect When You Are Expecting." It truly is the pregnant woman's survival guide to myths, mothers and moods. I have made this book my favorite gift to all my friends who wish to be pregnant or are having another child. Grab it - you'll love it!
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Really enjoyed the informative, clinical take on pregnancy from two ob/gyns. Thank you! Pregnancy's stressful enough without every other person's opinions. This is a straightforward book on the facts versus the myths, honestly telling you when to see the doctor and we'll all have to endure the Pregnancy Police each week of gestation.
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I felt as though I was reading a different book than the one reviewed by everyone else. This book is full of the same information you'll find in every other pregnancy book except that it's organized by groups of myths. Do you really need to be told that old wives' tales don't accurately predict gender? Does your grandmother rule the roost in your family and you need practical guidance to ignore her? Tough, because the good doctors/authors "know better than to argue with a grandmother."

There is no guidance in this book other than to smile and ignore most of what other people will tell you about your pregnancy. Gee, I really needed a book to tell me that.

Sorry, I just don't think the hype for this book is warranted.
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This book is a catalog of myths and old wives tales about conception, pregnancy, and childbirth. Each chapter compiles several myths around the same topic (e.g. determining gender). The book addresses whether the myth is true or false as well as the possible origin of the myth and sometimes also incorporates anecdotes from the authors (who are parents and doctors) experience.

I found that most of the myths were not things I needed "debunked." Some should be obvious to anyone who has taken high-school sex ed (e.g. Pulling out is an effective form of birth control. You can't get pregnant the first time you have sex.), while others seem obvious using common sense. There is a whole chapter on the various methods of determining sex, which concludes by saying the only way surefire to determine sex is through ultrasound or amniocentesis. You can find the answer to that question via Google in far fewer words. There were a few questions that could be useful, but these topics are usually answered much more fully and with better detail in more standard pregnancy books.

I was also disappointed in the lack of scientific evidence used. There were a few examples that stuck out. One was when the authors examine a Chinese Chart that is supposed to predict gender with 90% accuracy. The authors cite a few reasons why the chart may not be trustworthy, but also say that it worked for 9 of 10 people in their office who had recently had babies. Not exactly scientifically rigorous research. There's also a question about declining fertility as women age.
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