- Paperback: 284 pages
- Publisher: New Life Images; Revised edition (September 1, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0964118319
- ISBN-13: 978-0964118317
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 31 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Essential Exercises for the Childbearing Year: A Guide to Health and Comfort Before and After Your Baby Is Born Revised Edition
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.. a classic since 1976. Like good wine, it has become enriched with age... improves with each revision. -- BookMarks, International Childbirth Education Association, Minneapolis
An encyclopedia of information so well written...difficult to put down once started...it leaves no question unanswered. -- Family Journal
An encylopedia of information so well written that it is difficult to put it down ...leaves no question unanswered. -- Family Journal, Jan-Feb 1982
Elizabeth Noble is a writer and teacher extraordinaire. -- Jane Frahm, PT, Past-President: Section on Women's Health, American Physical Therapy Association
Essential Exercises undoubtedly presents the role of physical therapy during pregnancy and postpartum in the most complete fashion. -- Raul Art, MD, Author: ACOG Guidelines for Exercise During Pregnancy and the Postpartum Period, Exercise in Pregnancy, and Pregnancy and Exercise
It has become a classic...like good wine... enriched with age, as Noble improves it with each revision. -- BookMarks, ICEA Bookcenter, Minneapolis
Noble stands out dramatically as one of the few women who have significantly improved the health of childearing women... -- Doris Haire, President; American Foundation for Maternal and Child Health
This book has faithfully served clinicians and lay persons by providing sound, practical information relating to the childbearing period. -- ADVANCE for Physical Therapists
From the Publisher
This classic, in print for 3 decades and regularly revised, has helped more than 200, 000 childbearing women understand the changes that their body undergoes during pregnancy, labor, birth and postpartum. The design of the book is unique, addressing the various muscles and functions of the body with detailed explanations of the appropriate exercises and their modifications and progressions. Noble has taught prenatal and postpartum exercise to women, and health care providers for 40 years. She is the "grande dame" of body awareness, remedial positions and movements during the childbearing year.
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I am deducting a star for the pictures I really could have done without the what I assume is the author laboring in water. I thought the "no" pictures were a little aggressively formatted as some other reviews have mentioned. I am not sure why the sketch artist decided to draw most of the illustrations as naked women when the exercises being demonstrated are most often prenatal or post-partum (I get the sketches naked during birth or that illustrate anatomy, obviously). I would recommend reading this book in the privacy of your home due to the awkward pictures. Some of the authors personal opinions are a little out there but nothing I didn't expect to some degree in a childbearing book.
Note this book was written in 1976 and last updated in 1995 so keep that in mind when considering cultural context or medical advice. This book is about exercise and I think those sections are still great but this isn't where I would look for the best info on c-sections (which is a chapter).
One word of warning before you read this book: the author is a bit unorganized, which can easily discourage the reader. I recommend finding the quick reference to the "Essential Exercises" in the back of the book first so you can be doing exercises from the beginning. Then, if you really want to read the entire book (which I think you should) start with Chapter 4 on the abdominal muscles because that is where she talks about positions and pushing during labor. Next, go to Chapter 3 on the pelvic floor muscles (avoid an episiotomy!) and then Chapter 5 on posture (she covers good laboring positions in this chapter, too). Those are the truly essential parts of the book!