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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Thorsons (5 Sept. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007173717
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007173716
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 3.4 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,375 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Leading fertility and pregnancy expert Zita West is a practising midwife, acupuncturist and nutritional advisor. In 1992 she set up the Zita West Clinic - London's most famous holistic fertility clinic which combines cutting edge medical science with complementary therapies helping couples conceive naturally and through IVF.

This holistic approach to fertility includes nutrition, acupuncture, hypnotherapy and counselling alongside medical treatments and both natural and IVF success rates are very high using this approach.

She is the author of nine fertility and pregnancy books and her latest book, 'Eat Yourself Pregnant' was released in September 2014. Zita has treated many high profile clients and has a loyal and sophisticated following amongst women looking for mainstream and alternative treatments and practical support during one of the most exciting and daunting times of their lives.

In over 25 years of practice, Zita has seen thousands of couples who have experienced difficulty getting pregnant and helped them to conceive both naturally and, where necessary, through IVF.

More on Zita's journey as a midwife, acupuncturist and nutritional advisor and on her clinic's work can be found at www.zitawest.com or visit www.zitawestblog.com

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‘Much sought after acupuncturist and midwife who helped Kate Winslet stay in shape during her pregnancy.’ Elle

‘West is renowned for helping women to get pregnant when everything else has failed.’ Times

‘one of Europe’s leading authorities on using natural health to enhance fertility.’ Style magazine

‘Zita, the baby dream maker.’ Sunday Mirror

‘With her conventional-meets-complementary approach to pregnancy, midwife Zita West has become a favourite with celebrity mums-to-be.’ Natural Pregnancy

‘Zita West is consulted by the rich and famous when they want a trouble-free pregnancy.’ Mirror

About the Author

Zita West is a fertility expert who was a midwife for 20 years and acupuncturist for seven. Her Harley Street clinic advises on every aspect of pregnancy, fertility and birth and Zita’s clients include celebrities such as Kate Winslet and Gaby Roslin. She has had two previous books published – Natural Pregnancy and Natural Fertility (with Dorling Kindersley).


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73 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Victoria Hodgkins on 16 Feb. 2006
Format: Paperback
I have PCOS and just wasn't getting pregnant. Despite traditional help (Clomid) nothing worked. I read this book and now, just four weeks later, I'm pregnant using no drugs. The book recommended a diet, acuptuncture and hypnotherapy, and I used all three.
What's really great about this book is that it refutes some of the traditional ideas (saving sperm, that you ovulate in the middle of your cycle to name but two) and instead helps women understand their fertility and feel empowered to do something about it.
The only part of this book I didn't like was the bit about chinese herbs but that's probably more to do with my prejudice against taking any form of drugs or supplements than anything else.
I can highly recommend this book.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Richard C. Marten on 4 July 2006
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I ordered this book when my husband and I made the decision to try for a baby, I found it very easy to read, it started with the basics and I realised how little I knew. If this is the first time you have ever thought about having baby I would recommend this strongly.
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84 of 97 people found the following review helpful By A. Reader on 4 May 2009
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This book may be helpful for people who wonder why they can't get pregnant when they work 100 hours a week, live off nothing but Diet Coke and junk food and are severely under/overweight. Most of her case studies seem to involve people like this and you have to wonder how many people are that uninformed. Some of the more advanced nutritional advice is interesting (such as avoiding alcohol around ovulation) but much of this book just plugs Zita West's very expensive clinic and seems to be written for the lowest common denominator.

There are two specific glaring omissions in this book:
1. She fails to point out that period pain may be caused by endometriosis or that this is a leading cause of infertility. This is a shameful omission as many people with endometriosis are not aware they may have this disorder.

2. She fails to inform readers having trouble with lubrication that there are several products on the market (one is called Pre-Seed) that do not interfere with conception and can actually help. Like a judgmental matron, she just says 'you can't use saliva or eggwhites' and that's all. Yet this is something that affects 50% of women!

If you are trying to get pregnant I would highly recommend 'Taking Charge of Your Fertility' by Toni Wessler, and consider buying the charting software too. This will help you understand your cycle to maximise your chances of conceiving, and it has a lot of useful related information and a far more supportive and intelligent tone than Ms West.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Valeria Fangarezzi on 11 Sept. 2007
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We were trying for our second baby, nine years after the first, but I had PCOS and I was told I had to get shots to stimulate ovulation. I was a little squeamish about fertility treatments so I bought this book and began to follow Zita West's directions, especially the fertility awareness kind, and i went on to conceive naturally after a month. I am currently 3 months along and I feel a huge gratitude for this book as it made our dream come true!
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By thatkat on 8 Feb. 2007
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I bought this when we decided to try for a baby. I knew that this would be challenging as I have PCS and am overweight. The book gave me a greater understanding of my own fertility. It was easy to read and avoided excessive jargon. I'm pleased to report that I got pregnant first time as did a friend of mine to whom I passed it on. Now, this may not be down to Zita's advice but I certainly think that I increased my chances with this book.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Watersign76 on 20 Jan. 2008
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I bought this book as I thought I was going to have lots of trouble as I have PCOS. The great thing is that Zita covers the basics (ovulation, helping the sperm reach the egg etc) and then she also goes on to talk about things to do once you are pregnant to help you keep hold of the baby.
As Zita generally deals with infertility, it can seem an overwhelming read (radically changing your diet, herbs etc)...but my approach was to educate myself on the basics first and then if that didn't work, then at least I could try the other things she suggests.
I luckily fell first time and I am now 6 months pregnant.
I have passed my copy on (sorry Amazon!) to 2 other friends who have also fallen quickly.
I don't think it is a miracle book, but it does give you the best chance of conceiving before you have to seek medical help. Aged over 30 I didn't want to just "see how it went", I wanted to give us the best chance and this book tells you how.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jefnur on 6 Sept. 2014
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Some fab information in this book. Goes into great detail about all aspects of getting pregnant. Includes sections on specific health conditions. I've had a thyroid problem for over 20 years but no doctor has told me that my thyroid hormone levels can affect ovulation. The book is written well, very easy to read in plain terms while still being extremely informative.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Me on 15 Feb. 2008
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I got this book when my husband and I decided to start trying for a baby.

I realised I only knew the very basics about fertility and wanted to understand it a bit more to gives us a good chance. I only read this book and feel that I have never needed any others. The style of writing is excellent. A lot of these kinds of books can be really patronising but Zita West's style is much more in line with talking things over with a good friend and a glass of wine.

I am so glad I bought this book. West's approach helped me understand my own body in a way I never thought possible. I was so in tune I didn't need fertility sticks (and believe me I am a complete dunce when it comes to things like this) and after 2 months we were delighted to find out that we were pregnant. I am now nearly 7 months pregnant and I have to say I am having a really healthy, confident pregnancy.

Personally, I feel a lot more confident in the pregnancy (this is my first) because I started off with a relaxed and calm frame or mind and felt prepared by reading the book.

I am so glad I bought the book and would recommend it to anybody.
I am so glad I bought this book. The main thing is that it taught me to relax and how to 'read' my body.
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