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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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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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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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+.
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.
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book only addressed some myths about pregnancy, it does not properly address moods nor does it give real advice on the "mothers" portion. Read morePublished on December 12, 2013 by christa
Great at dispelling the old wives tales and taking your mind off the crazy which is a side-effect of pregnancy.Published on August 30, 2013 by Marilyn Perez
I think I might have had too high hopes for this book. When it came in I was very excited, but within a few minutes-I was pretty disappointed. Read morePublished on December 8, 2011 by Hannah
Did not get much new out of this book. Since I don't believe many o fthe myths floating around I found this book a bit boring.Published on June 14, 2010 by J. Trevino
I found this book to be boring and it doesn't really contain any info you can't find everywhere else. Read morePublished on May 31, 2010 by DJP
Just finished reading the book. I ordered another copy to put out in my exam rooms for my patients to enjoy. I think it is well written and medically accurate. Read morePublished on December 17, 2009 by J. Livingston
Hands Off My Belly is a brilliant book that every pregnant woman should read. I now have it on my required reading list for my doula training and recommend it to all of my prenatal... Read morePublished on December 7, 2009 by Jenliette