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Before Your Pregnancy: A 90-Day Guide for Couples on How to Prepare for a Healthy Conception Paperback – 1 Aug 2002

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; 1 edition (1 Aug. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034544096X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345440969
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 2.7 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 272,635 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Not many books make me want to leave a review, but this one is so good I have to. It is clear, to the point and realistic. It is not preachy or OTT, just practical and deeply informative.
Their section on vitamins and supplements is very detailed and helpful. This is a very well researched and easy to follow guide to pre-conception nutrition.
My only quibble is the American measurements for food (e.g. 1 cup of rice etc.). I wish they would use ounces or grams so I would understand portion sizes better. We don't use cups as measurements in Ireland!
However, if you are planning a pregnancy, buy this and it will open your eyes as to the importance of what we eat. I feel healthy and well, and I look great. Next stop, conception!!
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When my husband and I were thinking to start a family, i went online to look for books that would give me some information on pre-conception care. However, i was surprised that there were not many.
This is probably one of the very few books that provide lots of useful information on preconception care. I think it is important for parents-to-be to prepare their bodies for such an important milestone of their lives.
The book has comprehensive information ranging from nutrition to supplements to exercises. I recommend parents-to-be to read this book 3 months before trying to conceive.
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Not all the way through the book yet, quite Americanized, a few interesting reads but a lot of this book is not that relevant for someone in the UK. - that said, I am only at the half way point.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x95720144) out of 5 stars 65 reviews
431 of 461 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9575eb88) out of 5 stars not so good 1 April 2004
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I really wanted to like this book. I wasn't even expecting it to have lots of information that I didn't already know, having done a ton of research myself in my role as fertility counselor, but thought that it would be slightly helpful at least. It was not. It was instead incomplete and incorrect.
Conclusions made are inconsistent - thing A is to be treated with caution because its safety for pregnant women is unproven, whereas thing B is considered safe because it has never been shown to cause problems. Where is the logic here? There is no difference between "never been shown to cause problems" and "safety unproven". And if there is a difference in the proven safety of these two things, it should be stated explicitly rather than left at these two vague comments.
Some statements are just plain incorrect. For example, it is stated that ovulation is the day of the basal body temperature rise, when in fact the temperature rise usually occurs the day following ovulation. Also, intercourse on this day is stated to give the best chance of conception. This is incorrect whichever way you look at it - intercourse on the day of the temperature rise is usually too late (being the day after ovulation, the egg is often dead by then), and intercourse on the day of ovulation is still not the best timing (for those who are interested, intercourse the day before ovulation is best, although difficult to time). I have to wonder what other "facts" in this book are downright wrong.
Finally, conclusions are drawn without sharing the information used to make them. It is claimed that a woman who has no immunity to rubella must get vaccinated, stating that the potential risks of the vaccine far outweigh the benefits. Nowhere is it mentioned that an adult woman receiving the rubella vaccine has much higher risk of serious medical conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and thrombocytopenia, and that according to the CDC the incidence of rubella in the US is extremely low. Whether or not the benefits of this vaccine outweigh the risks is something for women to decide for themselves, with all pertinent information.
Now, I would expect a book written by two doctors to side more often with medical gospel than not, but I was very surprised by the lack of portrayal of the other side of the issues. Or more to the point, that some things were treated as complete non-issues: women are encouraged to run right out and get the flu and chicken pox shots, with no mention of their risks or efficacy.
I should say that I did find the information on weight, diet, and exercise to be very thorough and mostly consistent with other reading I have done. Still, I simply cannot recommend this book.
59 of 61 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa8389d80) out of 5 stars The Best Book On Pre-Conception and Pregnancy Too! 8 Aug. 2003
By K - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I am usually too lazy to bother to type reviews. However, I HAD to write on on this book. If you are like me in that you want from a pre-pregnancy/pregnancy book:
- thoroughness
- inclusiveness
- reliability
- readibility
then you will not be disppointed by this book. I bought this first, before I conceived, to make sure that I was doing all I could/ should to prepare my body for pregnancy. This book addressed the whole range of issues related to this, and in a very clear, readable (lots of graphics to explain things) yet extremely authoritative manner. The authors have their credentials and this comes through clearly.
I have very high expectations of books, especially when they are on such an important topic as pregnancy. Up-to-date info. is mandatory--not optional--and this books has it.
After I became pregnant, I bought many other pregnancy books, but kept coming back to this one. The others are better for describing what is going on month-by-month, etc., but NONE are better for general medical reference info. For example, this is the only book I have found that breaks down herbs into 3 categories ("Safe During Pregnancy", "Herbs That Warrant Caution" and "Herbs to Avoid") and clasifies every major herb you are likely to encounter (in teas, body creams, etc.). They also describe common concerns/ probelms in a very user-friendly yet authoritative manner, and told me all I needed to know about continuing to exercise safely throughout pregnancy. Plus the tone of the book is very positive, reassuring and upbeat.
I can't say enough about this book. It is my pregnancy bible.
41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x962dc900) out of 5 stars Very helpful, very informative 19 Sept. 2002
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I've read and looked through a lot of "pre-pregnancy" books over the past few months but this one is not only the most helpful and up-to-date one I've come across, but also it is the LEAST panic-inducing. So many other books devote more than half the text to fertility problems, which only served to heighten my paranoia and fear about that very issue. This book took a very calm and rational approach to ALL topics that need to be covered during the pre-conception time, and I really appreciated that.
I also really liked the tone of this book. It was friendly and informative yet confident and authoritative. I did not feel like there was lecturing going on (which is good as lecturing, let's be honest, can sometimes trigger a "I don't care what you say, I'm gonna do such-and-such anyway!" reaction), but rather like the authors were part of my "preconception team," working WITH me and my husband towards achieving the goal of a healthy and happy pregnancy.
36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x962dcaa4) out of 5 stars Gettin' ready to have a baby 6 April 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
There is so much great info in this book that I don't think anyone should even THINK about getting pregnant without reading it first. I initially purchased "Before your Pregnancy" and the Dr. Sussman book (Before you Conceive). After reviewing both of them, I decided on this one due to its pleasant and reader-friendly format. It covers all aspects from family history to even what kind of herbal teas to stay away from. Definately have a highlighter handy to mark important stuff! The Dr. Sussman book is also very good, but I found it dedicated way to many chapters on genetics, family illnesses, and disorders. "Before your Pregnancy" gives a great deal of info on these topics also, but not an overkill. So if your on a budget like I am and can't afford to buy every book out there, this is a great book to buy. After reading this book, I feel very prepared to get started trying. I also recommend purchasing "Before..." with the Mother of All pregnancy...they go really good together.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9575eba0) out of 5 stars The Best Book On Pre-Conception and Pregnancy Too! 8 Aug. 2003
By K - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I am usually too lazy to bother to type reviews. However, I HAD to write on on this book. If you are like me in that you want from a pre-pregnancy/pregnancy book:
- thoroughness
- inclusiveness
- reliability
- readibility
then you will not be disppointed by this book. I bought this first, before I conceived, to make sure that I was doing all I could/ should to prepare my body for pregnancy. This book addressed the whols range of issues related to this, and in a very clear, readable (lots of graphics to explain things) yet completely trustworthy manner. The authors have their credentials and this comes through clearly.
I have very high expectations of books, especially when they are on such an important topic as pregnancy. Up-to-date info. is mandatory--not optional--and this books has it.
After I became pregnant, I bought many other pregnancy books, but kept coming back to this one. The others are better for describing what is goig on month-by-month, etc., but NONE are better for medical info. For example, this is the only book I have found that breaks down herbs into 3 categories ("Safe During Pregnancy", "Herbs That Warrant Caution" and "Herbs to Avoid") and clasifies every major herb you are likely to encounter (in teas, body creams, etc.). They also describe common concerns/ probelms in a very user-friendly yet authoritative manner.
I can't say enough about this book. It is my pregnancy bible.
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