—The Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology, August 2007
“Are you putting up with a lot of discomfort instead of sailing through pregnancy? If your answer is yes, this new book by an ob/gyn and reproductive endocrinologist might be for you. Dr. Robert Greene’s Perfect Hormone Balance for Pregnancy: A Groundbreaking Plan for Having a Healthy Baby and Feeling Great will put you on track for a feel-good pregnancy. Greene, a leader in hormone and brain research, takes this approach: Your pregnancy complaints are symptoms of hormone imbalance, which can and should be safely treated for your wellbeing. The book introduces you to what hormones are in effect during and after pregnancy and how they impact you and your baby, with a focus on relieving symptoms by altering your diet and lifestyle (and, in rare cases, with medications and hormone treatments). It features a trimester-by-trimester guide to taking good care of yourself, plus sections on labor and the postpartum period, with special troubleshooting chapters that cover sexuality, body image, lack of sleep, breast pain, and whirling emotions. Quizzes, Q&As, and a personal approach make it seem like the doctor is right there with you.”
—Pregnancy Magazine, June 2007
“Not all women are glowing and happy throughout their pregnancies. Many experience trying side effects like morning sickness, lethargy, and cravings. In his second book, ob-gyn and reproductive endocrinologist Greene (Perfect Balance: Dr. Robert Greene’s Breakthrough Program for Finding the Lifelong Hormonal Health You Deserve) presents his Perfect Balance Program, which claims to ease the difficult aspects of pregnancy via hormone therapies combined with diet and exercise. After Greene’s persuasive introduction about the safety of bioidentical and biosimilar hormone therapies, the guide covers each trimester of pregnancy, labor, and the postpartum period, along with troubleshooting hormone disorders throughout pregnancy. He recommends a flexible vegetarian diet, organic food, and plenty of exercise. Keeping a pregnancy journal is repeatedly advised as a way to reduce stress and track symptoms, with many chapters containing journaling prompts or ideas. Women who are concerned about taking medications or hormone therapies while pregnant will be interested in Greene’s book, including those who may want to continue taking antidepressants. Suitable for public libraries, especially where there is interest in Greene’s first book.”
—Library Journal, April 1, 2007
About the Author
LAURIE TARKAN is a regular contributor to the New York Times, an award-winning medical
writer with more than twenty years of journalism and writing experience, and the mother of two young children.