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The Panic-Free Pregnancy: An OB-GYN Separates Fact from Fiction on Food, Exercise, Travel, Pets, Coffee, Medications, and Concerns You Have When You Are Expecting Paperback – June 1, 2004

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Michael S. Broder, MD, MSHS, is board-certified Obstetrician-Gynecologist. He is an Adjunct Professor at the Case Western Reserve School of Medicine, where he serves on the Council to Advance Human Health, and an Assistant Clinical Professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He has published more than 50 articles in scientific journals including JAMA, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Human Reproduction, Fertility & Sterility, Contemporary Ob-Gyn, and the Journal of Reproductive medicine. Dr. Broder is the author of two books and multiple book chapters. Dr. Broder graduated cum laude from Harvard University before attending medical school at Case Western Reserve University. He completed his Ob-Gyn residency at UCLA and subsequently joined the faculty of both the UCLA School of Medicine and the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, CA. 
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: TarcherPerigee; 5.2.2004 edition (June 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399529896
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399529894
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #226,903 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I purchased and read this book after a family member (incidentally, a NICU nurse) recommended it to me, and I am so glad I picked it up.

First, as other reviewers have noted, this is *not* a book about what specifically occurs during pregnancy and fetal development. If you're looking for the day by day, week by week of what changes your body's undergoing - this isn't it.

What this book is, however, is a supplement to those guides. It is a more in-depth exploration of the science and medicine behind all the "can do/can't do" lists for pregnant women -- it's the source material and the educational footnotes missing from all those kindergarten level lists contained in every other guide. It's the answer to all of us who are frustrated at hearing "no, because I said so" with no way to actually quantify or understand the risk(s) that drive the "no". I'm a relatively highly educated individual, early in my first pregnancy, and was already at the end of my rope with the list of strict prohibitions: no meat unless it's cooked to charcoal, only one 6 oz can of tuna once every other month, no mayonnaise, no cheese, no lettuce or spinach unless you've personally scrubbed and soaked it, no medicine unless its tylenol and only if you're going to die otherwise....and if you eat a chicken mcnugget YOU"RE GOING TO BE A TERRIBLE MOTHER!! HOW COULD YOU!! YOU'VE DONE IRREPARABLE DAMAGE TO YOUR CHILD!!!

I kind of wish I was exaggerating. But I know that I was, frankly, to the point where between all these guides, my professionals and support staff, I was functionally being told that if I dared to step outside during my pregnancy, I was putting my child at an unnacceptable level of risk.
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By mama2be on January 27, 2006
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This book was recommended by my ob gyn and can I just say - thank goodness it was! I really take issue with the doula's review below, and feel that she skimmed the book instead of taking the time to read it.

For example, he doesn't say that you should not increase your water consumption, but rather dispells the myth that you have to drink 8.5 glasses a day. He also goes into detail why things like changing the cat litter, eating sushi, and drinking coffee and occasional alcohol are actually not the horrid things that we've been told, and more importantly ( I thought), he told you what the actual studies were that gave people the info in the first place. In one example, he cited a study which followed 100,000 women who drank less than 2 units of alcohol a day. Not one of the babies born to these women showed any ill effects whatsoever.

But he also stresses that smoking is incredibly harmful and should be eliminated completely.

I would recommend this book to anyone who is pregnant or wants to become pregnant. A stressed out mother can be more harmful to the unborn child than one who is happy and confident in her choices.
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Whenever a friend became pregnant and said how hard it is to give up coffee, tuna, sushi, and pretty much everything under the sun, I would ask why. They never could answer. Well, they should read this book! This book is completely wonderful. Dr. Broder does NOT say you can do whatever you want; just read his section on smoking, which he says is a big NO-NO but then he goes on to explain WHY. Just as he explains WHY in Europe they are not as fanatical about not drinking during pregnancy vs. why the US medical community has their stance on the subject. Everything from sushi to hair dye to nail polish to using cold medicine is explained and discussed. His writing style is excellent, friendly and not too scientific; but more importantly, he backs up what he says with facts (for example, he supports breastfeeding but explains WHY, and he doesn't seem to condemn you if you don't choose to breastfeed). I am so glad I found this book.
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This book was a lifesaver as well as an eye-opener. More doctors and midwives should read it instead of shaking their fingers at expectant moms who choose to continue their exercise routines and average daily diets. Too many women are told to put their lives completely on hold while they're pregnant - women like me who suffer debilitating migraines with pain that lasts for days are told by some doctors to "tough it out" and suffer rather than be given relief, another midwife insisted that "if you love your baby you'll get rid of your cat" ...and other absurdities. Women have been birthing for millennia without this "treat yourself like glass" mentality. This book is also indispensable for shutting up those old-wives-taletelling relatives! THANK YOU DR. BRODER! Now, back to my coffee and my yoga!
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I was overjoyed to find a pregnancy book that cited research as this one does. I've used this book myself and given it as a gift. I am a nurse practioner and have done a lot of work in evidence based medicine and quality improvement. Much of what happens in OB (and health care in general) is based on liability (legitimately in our legal environment) not on scientific evidence. I very much appreciated the authors approach to presenting information. This text is still very medical and might not be appreciated by those who are very anti-medical establishment. On the flip side it is also not a good choice for the person who feels most reassured by absolute confidence in their own care provider. I rated this 4 stars because this book was published in 2004 and could use a new edition.
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