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YOU: Having a Baby: The Owner's Manual to a Happy and Healthy Pregnancy Hardcover – December 1, 2009

Book 6 of 10 in the Doctor Oz's You Book Series

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  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner; 1 edition (December 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416572368
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416572367
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.5 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #240,904 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Product Description
Few life experiences feature emotional swings as extreme as those of pregnancy--it's a monumental mix of both intense excitement and skip-a-beat anxiety. How do you respond to such a situation? If you're like most, you scour websites, read books, browse blogs, and pick the brains of every friend, family member, and store clerk who's ever had a baby. You talk about the ups and downs, the cravings and the nausea, the maternity clothes and the stretch marks. During this 280-day journey, this sometimes scattered mind-set is perfectly natural--and healthy. But often you need help cutting through the clutter. In YOU: Having a Baby, Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Michael Roizen, America's Doctors, will help ease your tension by teaching you not only about whatyou can do but also why you should do it. They'll explore the biology of your body with amazing insights about a cutting-edge new field called epigenetics, which gives you the power to change the genetic destiny of your child. And they'll give you all the ins and outs of nutrition, exercise, hormones, fetal development, and many more pregnancy-related issues. Using their signature wit and wisdom, they'll test your knowledge, bust many myths, and reassure you that your maternal instincts are usually pretty darn good. After all, the doctors want the exact same thing as you do during this journey--a healthy baby (and a healthy mom). Be assured that YOU: Having a Baby will be one of your favorite passengers on this wonderful ride.

Amazon Exclusive Essay from Michael F. Roizen and Mehmet C. Oz, Authors of YOU: Having a Baby

While many pregnancy books tell you what to do, we aim to add a deeper level of meaning in true YOU style and explain why. After all, when you truly understand the why, the what is much easier to adopt. Instead of giving you a week-by-week or hiccup-by-hiccup guide to pregnancy, we take a more holistic approach, focusing on how your mental and physical health affect your baby, and how--at the same time--pregnancy affects your mind and body. Of course, we provide plenty of our signature YOU Tips and YOU Tools to help you make the best choices for a safe and healthy pregnancy, but we're going to take you there a little bit differently than other pregnancy guides may. Here's what you can expect from us:

We want you to understand at the base level how epigenetics works and why it's important. Starting with the moment you go from making love to making a baby, we explain how you can influence your child's development through this field--perhaps the most important developed in the last decade. Many of us believe that the genetics of our children are predetermined the moment that the sperm locks on its desired egg. But the truth is that research from various sources is suggesting that during pregnancy, you may actually be able to turn your future baby's genes on and off--you have the ability to control genes anytime.

You'll also learn quite a bit about the key player that mediates between you and your baby, transmitting all signals that create those epigenetic changes. That player is the placenta. This beautifully functioning organ is the place where mom and child interact, where nutrients are exchanged, and where growth and development patterns are determined.

After explaining the workings of the placenta, we'll focus more closely on nutrition (both yours and baby's), explaining how too much, too little, or the wrong nutrients all play roles in the health of both you and your child. We also talk about such things as fetal brain development, how to manage (and prevent) postpartum depression, and important pregnancy-related medical conditions like gestational diabetes.

In the second half of the book, we'll help you manage the wide range of side effects you may be feeling--everything from heartburn and insomnia to medical complications like preeclampsia. Finally, we present a bunch of great features you can use, including:

Broadway to Birth: Our interactive board game will take you through the amazing adventure that is labor and delivery to help you understand which elements you can control and which elements you need to leave to the pros (whom we'll help you choose, based on your own labor and delivery goals).

A Top Eight List of Postpartum Issues: After you deliver your baby, you'll appreciate our chapter on everything you need to know to take care of yourself and your newborn in the first month of life. This is where the second adventure begins.

The Ultimate Pregnancy Flight Plan: Step by step, we provide the instructional dials, controls, and levers that will allow you to pilot your way to a safe landing. After all, you're carrying a very precious passenger. This plan is the shorthand version of all the best tips and strategies we give throughout the book.

YOU Tools: At the end of the book, we will give you specific advice about exercise, diet, vitamins, and the like that can serve as an action plan. We also provide guidance on everything from choosing a doctor or midwife to preparing your home for a baby to recipes your partner can make for you during your pregnancy.

We want you to relax and take time to enjoy the beauty of the pregnancy process. The most important thing to keep in mind is that most pregnancies turn out absolutely fine. Absolutely fine. Women's bodies are designed to carry children safely and efficiently. That doesn't mean everything will be smooth sailing on this journey, but it does mean that the odds are greatly in your favor. If you can learn how to maximize your chances that nature runs the course it's supposed to, you will increase those odds even further. This book will help show you how.

-Michael F. Roizen and Mehmet C. Oz

(Photo © James Robinson)

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

From Publishers Weekly

Media-star physician authors Roizen and Oz have published no less than six bestsellers beginning with You: The Owner's Manual. Having covered optimal self-health, diet and nutrition, longevity and beauty, they now tackle the issues and questions of parents-to-be. In their familiar straightforward, colloquial and often humorous style, and assisted by ob/gyn Margaret L. McKenzie and other expert writers, they take on pregnancy and birth in this brand-extending volume. Like other pregnancy guides, the book covers all the basics: fertility; risks; prenatal nutrition and supplements; managing stress, pregnancy brain and mood; physical symptoms; exercise; sex; choosing a birth plan and medical professional; delivery; the postpartum period; and infant care, along with self-tests, sidebars, food plans and recipes, and content-heavy appendixes. Proceeding topic-by-topic instead of the formulaic week-by-week or month-by-month diary approach of most pregnancy books, it also provides interesting biological and physiological information about hormones, digestion, morning sickness and other maternal-fetal interaction. Although the updated edition of What To Expect When You're Expecting is in many ways a more useful reference, this volume will serve as an excellent compendium. (Dec.)
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Customer Reviews

This book was a easy read & very informative in a noninvasive way.
I would definitely recommend this book to all expecting mothers & women who are planning on becoming mothers.
I rarely want to return a book, but this one is truly useless to me.

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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Kjoy on May 5, 2011
Format: Paperback
I hate to leave a negative review of anything Dr. Oz does, but this book was a huge disappointment. I have an arsenal of pregnancy, baby and child-related books and was so excited for this new one that I pre-ordered it and checked the mailbox daily. The book is not what you would expect if you're used to reading the "What to Expect" series. It actually reads like a middle school health text book with endless, useless illustrations that are just not of value for even the most moderately educated woman. If you have a pretty good awareness of your body, health and your reproductive system, this book is pretty dumbed-down...kind of a "Pregnancy for Dummmies." There was hardly any information that actually answered my "run for the bookshelf" questions like the What to Expect books. I rarely want to return a book, but this one is truly useless to me.

If you want a complete pregnancy book, I would highly recommend the What to Expect When You're Expecting, but even more so, the Dr. Sears "Pregnancy Book", which surprised me by becoming my favorite. I love the Dr. Sears books, but am not a huge fan of co-sleeping and attachment parenting...just returned their "Baby Sleep Book"...but their Pregnancy Book is really comprehensive, especially for all those neurotic questions we come up with as pregnant mothers! I also LOVE the Dr. Sears "Breastfeeding Book" and "The Nursing Mother's Companion". Once baby arrives, I cannot recommend highly enough "The Baby Whisperer Solves All Your Problems" by Tracey Hogg. By far, the most helpful, wonderful, effective book for all things infant ever created!!! This book was/is my Baby Bible! Kind, loving methods to solve every baby question/problem from eating to sleeping to breaking bad habits - amazing!!!
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39 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Jenny Loving on January 1, 2010
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I purchased this book based on a recommendation in a magazine. The excerpt provided there talked about epigenetics. I was very intrigued and expected there to be a wealth of information on this topic -- there was just a very short section :( The rest of the information is quite good, and I picked up several valuable pointers (despite the fact that I've read about a gazillion books on pregnancy before). However, I agree with reviewers that said this book is not essential if you have others laying around the house already. The epigenetics section certainly isn't enough to set it apart like I hoped it would.

I also found the book to be very disorganized (jumping from what to eat while you're pregnant, to what to buy for your newborn, to how to choose an OB, to what to do if you are having trouble getting pregnant, and back to what to do while you're pregnant, and so on). I found myself wondering who in the world organized the content for the book, because it didn't make sense to me!

All in all, I was very disappointed by this title, which I have for the Kindle. As a note, the Kindle version's formatting is VERY off and many sentences are completely missing and certain tables completely unreadable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie J. Trillo on February 24, 2010
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I am a fan of the YOU books, this is my third one. It does feel a little disjointed at times. I found myself skipping or skimming over certain parts and then later in pregnancy going back when the information became more relevant. It feels like someone's rambelings - which though highly knowledable - it felt like someone just didn't know what to do w/ it once it was all written down so they just shuffled it together.

But other than that, the book has a lot of great information. I have a few other books that I read a chapter from in every week of my pregnancy. My fave weekly is Your Pregnancy Week by Week, 6th Edition (Your Pregnancy Series).

But this book has the humor and dumbs down some parts of it and has the wonderful drawing that you come to expect from the YOU series. I do enjoy the fun that the put into it and I truly have learned a lot.

Quite happy with this book and their You: Having a Baby Workout (DVD): The Owner's Manual to a Happy and Healthy Pregnancy. I didn't expect to love the two workouts in here in this bookas much as I have, but I do and the DVD is awesome.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mom of 4 girls on August 23, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I'm pregnant for the third time, and most pregnancy books put me to sleep- no offense to any of them, but I have heard so much of the same info over and over. I enjoyed reading this book because it was so different than other pregnancy books. I found the descriptions of some of the biological processes at work to be pretty interesting (although the whole "epigenetics" phenomenon is greatly over-hyped: basically, all you need to do is eat healthy, avoid stress and quit smokin' and drinkin'.) The fact that the doctors are men and write from a male, medical perspective didn't bother me particularly either- I think I've read enough holistic earth-mama pregnancy books that I don't mind hearing a different take on pregnancy. Some of the puns and lame jokes and euphemisms for sex are annoying, but I'm kind of used to those in pregnancy books, and some of the jokes are actually funny. I agree that the pictures are weird but I think that's the style of this whole series. This wouldn't be a bad read to get some additional medical background on what's going on during your pregnancy, but I wouldn't use it as your primary reference book throughout the nine months.
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