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Hands Off My Belly: The Pregnant Woman's Survival Guide to Myths, Mothers, and Moods Paperback

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Shawn A. Tassone, MD, FACOG, and Kathryn M. Landherr, MD, FACOG (Tucson, AZ), are the co-owners of La Dea Women’s Health in Tucson, AZ, where Dr. Tassone is the medical director and his wife, Dr. Landherr, is a practicing physician. Both Drs. Tassone and Landherr completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and are board certified in obstetrics and gynecology. Each is also an Associate Fellow of Integrative Medicine under Dr. Andrew Weil at the University of Arizona. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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"Hands Off My Belly! is an absolutely delightful exploration of the myths that every woman - pregnant or not - knows she's influenced by at some level.  It's great fun finding which ones are yours"
           -CAROLINE MYSS, author of The Creation of Health and Why People Don't Heal
                                                 and How They Can.
"Hands Off My Belly is a comforting and informative guide through the fascinating myths and misconceptions of pregnancy.  The balance of Science and medical fact with humor, compassion, and common sense lends an actionable reference to the inner wisdom of every mother to be."
           -ANDREW WEIL, M.D., author of Why Our Health Matters.
"In our information glutted age, the great task is separating truth from fiction.  Where pregnancy is concerned, this problem has been solved with Hands Off My Belly!  This is the best book I know that guides women on one of the most meaningful journeys of life.  If I were pregnant, this would be my bible."
           -LARRY DOSSEY, M.D., author of Reinventing Medicine and Healing Words
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books; 1st edition
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003R4ZGRS
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,373,942 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Mia Torr on November 26, 2009
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As a pregnant woman living in a busy community, and *especially* as a daughter to two parents who are divided from me by a huge culture and generation gap, this book was a godsend during pregnancy.

The authors had a genuine sense of humour as they debunked endless pregnancy myths; it did feel like I had someone who understood exactly what I was going through! My husband and I armed ourselves with the authors' scientific explanations to shield us against the dozens and dozens of well-meaning neighbours, friends and relatives who offered us every pregnancy myth under the sun when we were expecting our son.

This book is an excellent resource for pregnant women - an excellent shower gift - and even an excellent resource to give your superstitious mom so that she steps off, and you can grow your baby in peace. A+.
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These authors really know what they're talking about. I love that this book is written in a Q&A "myth buster" format because I heard 90% of the rumors they mention and then debunk with experiential, anecdotal and scientific evidence. Bravo!
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This book is both informative and fun. The authors have assembled all the questions/myths/old wives tales that doctors get asked. Over and over again. They even include fertility myths, so this book would also be a great buy for someone thinking about getting pregnant.

I am a doctor and have been asked many of these questions at prenatal visits and also at parties. However, there are definitely a few that I have never heard.

I gave a copy as a baby shower present and no one could keep their hands off the book! Everyone kept saying things like, "Listen, listen. What about this one?!"

If you are pregnant and want good solid info as well as answers to all those crazy things you read on the Internet, get this book. I also recommend this book as a baby shower gift.
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Hands Off My Belly: The Pregnant Woman's Survival Guide to Myths, Mothers, and Moods

I got this book for my pregnant daughter-in law who had some worries and concerns about her pregnancy. I also got a copy for myself and for my daughter who is just recently married. As a mother of four and grandmother now it is great to have some accurate information about pregnancy and it's associated myths from OB/GYN's who deliver babies every day. I am a counselor as well and so like to have accurate information to share with my clients backed up by medical science. This was so much more enjoyable to read though, written with a sense of humor and some heart rending stories to illustrate. It is also great to have both the male and female perspective woven in by this great husband & wife team who both practice and author books together. Great book and wonderful, useful information. Especially nice as a baby shower gift for the newly pregnant, mother-to-be.
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After 3 kids, I thought I understood all I needed to know about pregnancy. Of all the many books I have read on the topic, this is by far the most useful, witty and informative. Dr. Landherr and Dr. Tassone do a fantastic job of explaining away the myths and plainly presenting medical facts and science. Their antidotal stories from their shared OBGYN practice will keep you laughing late at night. My husband even stole the book and was sharing a story with his buddies! It is so much more enlightening and fun to read than the famously boring "What to Expect When You Are Expecting." It truly is the pregnant woman's survival guide to myths, mothers and moods. I have made this book my favorite gift to all my friends who wish to be pregnant or are having another child. Grab it - you'll love it!
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Really enjoyed the informative, clinical take on pregnancy from two ob/gyns. Thank you! Pregnancy's stressful enough without every other person's opinions. This is a straightforward book on the facts versus the myths, honestly telling you when to see the doctor and we'll all have to endure the Pregnancy Police each week of gestation.
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I felt as though I was reading a different book than the one reviewed by everyone else. This book is full of the same information you'll find in every other pregnancy book except that it's organized by groups of myths. Do you really need to be told that old wives' tales don't accurately predict gender? Does your grandmother rule the roost in your family and you need practical guidance to ignore her? Tough, because the good doctors/authors "know better than to argue with a grandmother."

There is no guidance in this book other than to smile and ignore most of what other people will tell you about your pregnancy. Gee, I really needed a book to tell me that.

Sorry, I just don't think the hype for this book is warranted.
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I think I might have had too high hopes for this book. When it came in I was very excited, but within a few minutes-I was pretty disappointed. It is definitely NOT "What to Expect", or "Girlfriends Guide to Pregnancy", if you liked those types of books. To me, "What to Expect" was my favorite "informative" book...I usually refer back to it for things I might have missed out on, where I should be weight-wise, and even hints/tips throughout this pregnancy. "Girlfriends Guide to Pregnancy" has been my go-to book on making me feel like I'm not alone in everything I'm feeling-even providing much needed humor in this time of uncertaintly about so many things.

This book is really not any of that. It provided me with no information I didn't already know-but it is what it says it is: (a book about pregnancy myths) so I went ahead and gave it three stars.

Informative-no. Entertaining-definitely not. I could probably best describe this book as stating the obvious. Although this is my first pregnancy, and I obviously haven't been through any of this before-I found none of the information useful. It all seemed to be pretty common sense stuff...and if you are wanting a book that actually answers questions you might have-stick with one of the other books I mentioned above.
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