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Before Your Pregnancy: A 90-Day Guide for Couples on How to Prepare for a Healthy Conceptionby Lisa Mazzullo
Synopses & Reviews
Before Your Pregnancy is a breakthrough book for prospective parents--a completely detailed resource that prepares mothers and fathers-to-be to conceive the healthiest baby possible, to make pregnancy and delivery easier, and to foster the mental and physical well-being of their infant child. Created by two experienced health-care professionals, this unique handbook not only discusses virtually every aspect of preconception that affects a healthy baby, it tells you how to handle each one. The authors spell out what each parent needs to do, starting at least ninety days before conception (the minimum time needed for sperm to mature). The hundreds of topics covered--many for the first time in any book--include
- Men's Health: Building healthy sperm before conception (nutrition, fitness, and medical influences)
- Women's Health: Gynecologic well-being, preexisting medical conditions, genetic legacy, boosting fertility, becoming a mother at an older age
- Becoming an Informed Patient: Choosing a doctor, what a complete preconception exam includes, important questions and how to ask them, insurance coverage
- Nutrition: Improving the health of future generations, preconception meal makeovers, ethnic Food Guide Pyramids, avoiding food-borne illnesses, vitamin and mineral facts, pre-pregnancy body weight
- Fitness: Preconception fitness evaluation and exercise prescription, safety tips and motivational anecdotes, preconception strength and flexibility workout
- Medications/Herbs: Baby-friendly ones and ones to avoid
- Personal Readiness: Emotional, financial, and environmental issues
- Romancing the Egg: Tips for success when ready to start trying
Plus: Separate questionnaires for the prospective parents to fill out in preparation for their preconception medical visit.
This warm, intelligent, and completely informed reference gives aspiring parents exactly the knowledge and support they need to insure the best of everything for their child-to-be.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
An updated edition of a classic guide to preconception advises prospective parents on how to maximize their chances for a healthy conception and pregnancy, providing the latest nutritional and medical recommendations and coverage of current tests. Original.
The classic guide for couples preparing to have a baby for the first time, as well as those who have been trying unsuccessfully to conceive, has now been completely revised and updated.
Covering preconception and interconception (between-pregnancy) well-being for women and men, Amy Ogle and Lisa Mazzullo draw on new research from their complementary fields of expertise and reveal how good preconception health can reduce the risk of pregnancy complications and birth defects. Why a 90-day guide? It takes that long for sperm to mature, and at least that much time for the prospective mother to take specific steps to ensure her body can provide optimal “womb service.” In a warm, intelligent style, the authors address up-to-date topics such as age, heredity, vaccinations, supplements, and weight. In easily accessible chapters, this guide covers such topics as
• Nutrition: meal makeovers plus new facts (and fiction) about fish, omega-3s, vitamins, and herbs
• Personal readiness: how to assess emotional, financial, and physical readiness, plus a preconception-friendly exercise program
• Heredity: the latest technology for genetic testing, and updated screening guidelines
• Medical issues: expanded coverage of medical conditions affecting fertility and pregnancy (including bariatric surgery and physical disabilities), and steps to create a welcoming womb by optimizing immune health
• Environment: a roundup of environmental exposures and travel tips
• Men’s health: practical lifestyle advice for men to help maximize the number and health of sperm
• Conception: clear signs that predict when to “start trying,” and the truth behind common myths
• Infertility: reassuring options for reproductive assistance
• Interconception health: the best plan for pregnancy recovery, should you want to try for another
• Resources: questionnaires for your preconception medical visit, and charts to track fertility signs
About the Author
Amy Ogle, M.S., R.D., is a registered dietitian, exercise physiologist, and ACE-certified personal trainer.
Lisa Mazzullo, M.D., is a practicing OB/GYN and assistant professor of OB/GYN at Northwestern University Medical School.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Don't just conceive: preconceive! — So, you want to have a baby — Lifestyle habits: smoking, drinking drugs... and caffeine? — Your environment at home and at work --The preconception visit — Gynecological and obstetrical factors that influence conception and delivery — Ancestry and age: your baby's genetic legacy — To your health: your immune system and other medical matters — Conception-friendly medications and herbs — What men can do — Pre-pregnancy nutrition — Vitamins, minerals, and supplements — Using MyPyramid as a guide: ready to provide womb service? — Tailoring your preconception diet to meet your needs — Body weight, body image — Getting in shape before you conceive — Your preconception exercise prescription — Romancing the egg — Understanding infertility — Epilogue: After you conceive.
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