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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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Product details

  • 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: 897,769 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: 4.0 out of 5 stars 65 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read!!! 23 Sept. 2010
By Mountain Mama - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is full of helpful information that women need to know before they get pregnant. I benefited greatly from this knowledge, and have met many women who wished they knew certain things before their first prenatal visit. This book will prepare you, mind and body, for the beautiful journey ahead. The portions I found most helpful were on diet and nutrition, which discuses your pre-pregnancy needs, and how that changes with pregnancy. Following that is a portion on medicine, herbs, teas, etc. that will impact a healthy conception and pregnancy--I turned back to these chapters many times even during pregnancy. This book is very practical, concerning your body's cycle, your bodies needs, what to avoid that will negatively impact pregnancy, and what will benefit you as you prepare.
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok 5 Feb. 2009
By Amy Saffer - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is ok. I didn't bookmark any pages for future reference until I was almost done with the book and these were for after the baby is born for nutrition information. I am almost finished reading The Mother of All Pregnancy Books and highly recommend it over this one. I have never been pregnant and my husband and I are trying for our first baby. This book just scared me (for lack of a better term) and left me feeling uninformed. I was also disappointed that it kept telling me to check with my physician before doing this or that, obviously I would, although I understand they feel a need for a disclaimer in this day in age of complete lack of common sense. Overall, I would still with the Mother of All Pregnancy books over this one.
41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful, very informative 19 Sept. 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for the concerned 1st time mom. 19 Feb. 2009
By Autumn Fetty - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm only about halfway through the book right now but it is good so far. I think that it is great for 1st time moms who are concerned about being ready for pregnancy. I think that a lot of what it teaches is common sense type stuff, but it can be a good re-enforcer to get you in the right mindset while trying to conceive. I would recommend this book for couples planning to start a family, rather than unplanned pregnancies, but it could still be helpful. As I said, I'm only about halfway through, but the friend of mine that recommended the book said that she thought that the end of the book was a bit of a letdown. She hoped that there would be more to it.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Info 8 July 2009
By Meggi1123 - Published on Amazon.com
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This book has some very good information in preparation to get pregnant. The sections on the vitamins and minerals gets very text-book like. I think I expected a little more in this book about getting ready to help boost your rate of conception, like more on the whole timing and ovulation part of it all. While it did have some of this information, I was hoping for more. It was a good read, but really a great deal of the same info can be found in most pregnancy books that cover the "before". Overall, still good to read before you are ready to start trying, but takes a very cautious outlook.
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