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The Natural Pregnancy Book: Herbs, Nutrition, and Other Holistic Choices Paperback – April 1, 1997

ISBN-13: 978-0895948199 ISBN-10: 0895948192 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Crossing Press; 1 edition (April 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0895948192
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895948199
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.8 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,198,469 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

AVIVA JILL ROMM is a midwife and herbalist who has been the director of the LifeCycles Center for Midwifery and Botanical Medicine since 1985. Current president of the American Herbalists Guild, she is the author of several books and many articles on natural healing and pregnancy issues. Ms. Romm lives outside of Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband and four children. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Customer Reviews

Very informational and helpful.
Kaylee
I felt like the book was written just for me, but I know that anyone else who reads it will feel the same way.
Amy Townsend
I have enjoyed the nourishment tea recipe the author includes, as well as the useful herbal information.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

106 of 108 people found the following review helpful By Laura B on October 17, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book is *much* more helpful than many others on the market, in my not always so humble opinion. Very sound advice, suggestions, great tone/approach overall. Because when it comes right down to it, nutrition is THE biggest thing we have control of, while pregnant. Even if one does not want to invest in or "do" all the herbs she suggests throughout the text, the basic pregnancy and nutritional advice is very sound, and ultimately, helpful throughout a woman's life. Funny... another reviewer mentioned pagan content. I've owned, referred to and personally used this book for two years, and have never noticed anything "pagan" about it. Does merely recognizing the spiritual aspects of birth count as pagan? If so, I guess I must be a pagan, too. Modern obstetrics would have us ignore the spiritual/emotional aspects of birth, seemingly entirely, but... the food we eat nourishes not only our unborn children, but our own souls, as well. Check out this wonderful book/approach to pregnancy, birth and life.
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63 of 64 people found the following review helpful By "tlroot" on April 4, 2001
Format: Paperback
After having read the "What to Expect When You're Expecting" book, and hating it, a friend gave this book to me during my fourth month of pregnancy (with my first baby). I really like this book, even though Ms. Romm is kind of corny and extreme in some of her ideas. (What if I don't want to "wear my stretch marks like silver jewelry"?)
The book has great suggestions for alternative ways to deal with the discomforts of pregnancy. It also teaches you to love yourself, and to value yourself for what your body is able to do.
It doesn't have a detailed month-by-month account of what to expect. Rather, it lets you say what you're experiencing now, rather than on someone else's timeline, and gives you suggestions for dealing with it positively. I credit this book with helping me to find non-medication ways of dealing with depression, so I can actually enjoy being pregnant during my last trimester.
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59 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 31, 2000
Format: Paperback
Romm's book is refreshing and helpful for women seeking a more natural approach to the joys and discomforts of pregnancy. As a midwife, herbalist, and mother, the author offers wise and inspirational knowledge that she has culled over the years.
The book is divided into chapters and sections dealing with many aspects of pregnancy, including physical and emotional changes, nutrition, exercise, safe herbal remedies for common discomforts, and even a chapter written by her husband directed toward pregnancy partners. Though it may not have all the specific details of what is happening developmentally each and every week, as some books do, it does offer overall treatment of many common pregnancy topics and questions.
Romm believes that pregnancy and birth are natural parts of life, not illnesses to be dealt with medically. When common concerns do arise, she offers suggestions for dealing with the emotional and physical aspects of the concerns, through healthy thinking, healthy eating, and herbal remedies that are safe for pregnancy. She encourages a proactive approach toward excellent living, rather than a pill or shot that will temporarily relieve symptoms.
I enjoyed the positive, nurturing tone of the book, as the author's obvious love of pregnancy as a time of wonderful change is communicated in many ways. The book is nourishing, and encourages the reader to enjoy the splendors of pregnancy by communicating with the baby, finding creative outlets for the mother-to-be's questions and energy, and so on. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to be more involved with the natural and emotional aspects of pregnancy, rather than just knowing what week the baby grew fingernails and how much weight guidelines say you should gain per week, on which many pregnancy guides tend to focus.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By "biddlecome" on May 8, 2002
Format: Paperback
I enjoyed this book and it was a great help. From wondering what was going on, if it was normal to how to treat constipation and other pregnancy ills naturally. Also very informative to know which herbs are helpful and which to avoid.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 13, 2007
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I bought this book as soon as we found out we were pregnant and were constantly rewarded by the abundance and relevance of the information contained within. The true test of the book came unfortunately, when we miscarried at 13 weeks - it was then that the author seemed to step out of the pages and hold us to guide us through the transition of losing our first pregnancy. What a comfort and a joy to have a book that seemed to mirror our experience while supporting and advising on our path of action. She is brilliant and the book is a wonderful guide to our intrinsic knowledge.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Serenitee on December 10, 2005
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I am a novice herbalist, not an expert by any means, but herbs are definitely my first choice when it comes to helping me or my family's body's deal with infection, boosting health, etc. However, when it came to pregnancy I was stumped with what was safe and what is not. This book really answered a lot of questions as to what is great to take to nurture the pregnancy as well as what to take if there are problems encountered. I was also VERY impressed and influenced by Romm's perspective on women taking back their right to deal with their pregnancy as a natural occurrence rather than the way western medicine deals with it almost as a sickness. In addition this book inspired me to utilize the help of a midwife rather than a M.D. during my next pregnancy. I absolutely recommend this to women who are seeking to be pregnant or are already pregnant and wish to utilize alternative natural means to aid your pregnancy.
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