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The Complete Organic Pregnancy Paperback – September 26, 2006
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About the Author
Deirdre Dolan is a journalist whose writing has appeared in Harper's Bazaar, Rolling Stone, and the New York Times Magazine, among other publications. She has written columns for the New York Observer and the National Post, and is the author of Curb Your Enthusiasm: The Book.
Alexandra Zissu is a writer and editor who has worked at T: The New York Times Style Magazine, the New York Observer, Details, and Lifetime magazine. She has also written for Vogue, Organic Style, and Health magazines, among other publications.
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I didn't feel I learned anything useful from the personal stories, which are numerous in the book. Also there are alot of "one of my friends" advice, which doesn't seem all that sound. They recommend using chinese herbs a few times, and I dont' know if that is safe. I am chinese and I don't know what is in those herbs and whether they are tested in any way for purity and safety. I am also surprised that in the Omega-3 section they don't mention algae derived DHA pills. DHA is the form of omega-3 that is important for fetal brain development. I'm a vegetarian and the pills are a good alternative to fish as source of DHA since they are mercury free. They do mention flax seed oil as an alternative to fish for Omega-3, but they should know that humans convert only a very small percentage of omega-3 in flax seed oil into DHA, so flax seed is not a good alternative source of DHA. The authors also make it seem like it is difficult to find clean fish pills, but this is not so. My husband buys them from a nutrition chain store found in most malls and he's a toxicologist. I think they should have discussed what questions women should ask when trying to determine if a fish pill is safe. Also what independent testing companies they can contact.
The lack of rigor in this book bothers me, for example, the section on ultrasounds. They mention that there is some "anecdotal debate about their safety".Read more ›
This book is organized into three sections--transforming (pre-conception), growing (pregnancy), and living (babyhood). In each section, the authors cover food, home environment, work environment, fitness, play, etc. The text is easy to read and accurate, and broken up by essays written by various journalists. I find these essays to be a pleasure to read, not something to skip over. The perspectives are varied and many of them are quite amusing. There is also an abundance of website recommendations throughout the book--a nice perk in any recently published book.
The best sections are the ones that cover food (which are most important to eat organically and why), your house (why not to remodel when pregnant, lead, mold, water filters, plants that can actually filter your air), beauty products (phthalates, what to toss out now), household cleaning products (what's really in them and why it's dangerous), labor (natural or epidural--a great non-judgmental summary of your options), and plastics (why they're dangerous for you and for baby). Some of the advice may be a bit over the top for the average person (can you really afford an organic mattress for you and for baby?), but their advice is sound and not alarmist at all. I'm surprised by the review "Go, Fear Culture, Go!Read more ›
At times, these writers deviate from their organic focus, giving women generic advice about what to pack for labor or how to eat one-handed when you have a baby in your arms (buy bags of organic nuts or carrots...Come on! Is this advice I need?) Or perhaps my favorite excerpt, if you do drink coffee during pregnancy buy fair-trade coffee because it "helps family farmers in developing countries gain direct access to international markets and allows them to receive fair prices on their products." These writers haven't done enough research to know how pesticides on coffee beans can affect your developing fetus, but they did manage to define Fair Trade about as thorough as my grocery-store coffee kiosk does.
Overall, I found this book to be trite and not well-researched. For anyone who already shops organic and has read informative books, your time would be better spent on the Internet doing your own Google search. Thirty minutes pulled up better research and information.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is the best pregnancy book I have ever purchased. I have a multiple copies for friends his gifts. I would highly recommend buying this book. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Bookgirl
Bought book in following condition: "Used - Very Good - Book has appearance of light use with no easily noticeable wear". Read morePublished 15 months ago by Gabriel Pena
I'm someone who is in shape, health aware, eat mostly organic... but this book is crazy! It completely freaked me out. "Get your water tested.... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Carole J.
This has been an excellent reference book for me throughout my pregnancy and conception planning. Personally, I don't agree with everything, or follow all the instructions, but I... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
A good reference book with several different categories and specifics to avoidPublished 21 months ago by Roxanne