Before Your Pregnancy: A 90-Day Guide for Couples on How to Prepare for a Healthy Conception (2nd Ed.)

Now completely revised and updated, the classic guide that helps mothers- and fathers-to-be conceive more easily and boost the odds of a healthy pregnancy
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 lower the risk of pregnancy complications and improve lifelong health. Why a ninety-day guide? It takes that long for sperm to mature, and at least that much time for the prospective mother to ensure that her body becomes pregnancy-ready. 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, including a preconception-friendly exercise program, plus advice for avid athletes
• Becoming an informed patient: choosing a doctor, insurance coverage, baby-friendly medications, and the latest genetic screening guidelines
• Women’s health: expanded coverage of gynecologic and 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, before trying for another
• Resources: questionnaires for your preconception medical visit, and charts to track fertility signs

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  1. Great material for any couple For someone who has devoted their life to medicine, I certainly don’t know everything about the field (and I willingly admit that). I have a lot to learn and a long way to go before I would be considered an expert in anything. Pregnancy would be no exception. There are a lot of things, maybe 40-50% of the book, that were review for me — but even then, that leaves a lot of information to learn. And even the things that were review were great to refresh my memory on. It’s also great to have all…

  2. Overwhelming Yes, yes, this book tells you everything you might need to know about how to prepare for getting pregnant… And for that it is a good book. But for me, it was overwhelming. I JUST needed a list of “must do’s.” Instead this book made me feel not good enough to have a baby, so I stopped reading. Lots of people with various backgrounds (nutritionally, physically, mentally, etc.) get pregnant and have healthy children every day. I found it healthier to keep reminding myself that everything…

  3. comprehensive On first glance this book is overwhelming but it is a comprehensive and easy to understand guide to the science and practicality of making a baby. It may help you conceive but more importantly it will empower you with knowledge on something we think we know a lot about but actually don’t.

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