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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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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.Read more ›
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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It's kind of old but it still has a lot of good information that really helped me understand what was ok and what wasn't when I got pregnant. It was more helpful than my doctor.Published 1 month ago by Alicia M. Reynolds
My go-to when I was pregnant and favorite book to gift to new moms. There is so much info out there it can be overwhelming. This really helps by paring it down to essentials. Read morePublished 6 months ago by CMH123
I love this book. It really did make things panic free. This book addresses my concerns like exercising, or if sleeping on my back is okay, etc. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jeanette
I am very glad I purchased this. It addresses questions I had and makes me feel better about not being over the top on certain things. Read morePublished 10 months ago by B & K
Highly recommend this book and Expecting Better if you are looking for non-alarmist, data-based pregnancy books. These have been my bibles during pregnancy!!Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a great resource when you are trying to juggle the million different things everyone is telling you that you absolutely can't ever do. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Kristi Roehrs
I like the advice in this book, but it can be summed up easily. Here it goes:
Outside of prescription drugs and illegal drugs pretty much everything else is fine in... Read more
Love this book and have purchased it for every pregnant friend I have had. Excellent for easing paranoid mommies-to-be, yet gets serious about the risks of some behaviors.Published 13 months ago by D. Fisher