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Preparing for Birth with Yoga: Empowering and Effective Exercise for Pregnancy and Childbirth Paperback – 1 Dec 2003


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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Thorsons; New edition edition (1 Dec 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007166761
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007166763
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 1.5 x 24.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 396,184 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Janet Balaskas is a pioneer and innovator in the field of childbirth and maternity care. She is the founder of the well-known and influential Active Birth Movement and is the preeminent pregnancy and childbirth writer and expert of our time; Janet is internationally recognised by mothers and midwives alike as THE name in yoga for pregnancy and natural, self-empowering approaches to the birth experience. Janet now runs the International Active Birth Centre in London, lectures internationally and is a well-known campaigner for women’s rights in childbirth. She is the author of several books, including Water Birth, New Active Birth, Natural Pregnancy and The Encyclopedia of Pregnancy and Birth.


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By rockchick on 17 Oct 2005
Format: Paperback
I read this book whilst expecting my first child and found that, although it waffles on a bit in places the principles it teaches were very calming and empowering and I certainly drew on what it had taught me during labour. It seemed to help me focus and get through it. The descriptions and diagrams of the exercises although much further into the book than I had expected were quite easy to follow.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Excellent book for pregnant mothers 1 May 2005
By Ludmila - Published on Amazon.com
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I was recommended this book by my yoga teacher, an Indian woman from Rajastan, who has devoted her whole life to yoga. It is truly a great book. It has clear explanations of all processes that happen in woman's body in pregnancy, helps you understand your body and mind during pregnancy and helps you fix the basic troubles you might have in pregnancy, like bad posture, week pelvic muscles or backpain with simple tips. Being in the second half of my pregnancy, I used the advice from this book on daily bases and have no backpain or other troubles so far. In addition I think yoga makes you be more "with" yourself, so you can feel and be calm about your changes, and I think you can connect to your baby much better. I am pregnant for the first time, but felt the first movements of my baby already since week 15.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
any question about pregnancy? here is the answer 6 April 2004
By alexandra van oosterum - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I am reviewing this book for my website - [...] - as it is a book I recommend for the yoga teacher training I conduct in Milano Italy. As yoga teachers we have also pregnant women in normal classes and have to take care of their condition with the do and do nots.The anatomical illustrations are very clear and what is especially helpful is how the author stresses the role of the partner, who is also active in the whole process. excellent the suggestions for labour and what happens after, I have given this book to more than one pregnant student and of course my own daughter mother of 3!
excellent resource for pregnant women 28 Dec 2013
By M Teresa de la Vega - Published on Amazon.com
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I LOVE this book. As a teacher of yoga for pregnancy, I have found it to be a treasure-trove of inspiration and ideas. Founder of the Active Birth movement, Janet Balaskas is a revolutionary. She shows women that pregnancy and childbirth are natural, normal processes, and that being active during childbirth is not only possible, it is healthier for the mom and baby. Yoga is the perfect exercise for wellness during pregnancy and preparation for childbirth. The strengthening, toning, deep breathing, and relaxation shown in this book can be done at home. Women who practice yoga are much more comfortable during pregnancy, more likely to have shorter labors, and fewer complications. I highly recommend this book.
Helpful yoga modifications for pregnancy 31 Jan 2013
By Sarah Kathryn Larsen - Published on Amazon.com
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I used this book during my pre-natal yoga certification course. It is a great reference tool for personal practitioners as well as pre-natal yoga instructors.
Excellent, a must read! 11 Oct 2009
By BBS - Published on Amazon.com
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Great, easy to read and understand. Very informative and helpful for women who want to prepare for birth with yoga. Empowering! A must read.
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