A Natural Guide to Pregnancy and Postpartum Health

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Having a baby can and should be one of the most joyful experiences of a woman's life. While there are hundreds of books that provide information on how to ensure the development of a healthy baby, few of them dedicate more than a few pages to the nourishment of the mother herself during this physically and emotionally demanding time. It is rarely discussed, but women commonly experience a wide variety of ailments during the postpartum period, from depression to anxiety, ...

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Overview

Having a baby can and should be one of the most joyful experiences of a woman's life. While there are hundreds of books that provide information on how to ensure the development of a healthy baby, few of them dedicate more than a few pages to the nourishment of the mother herself during this physically and emotionally demanding time. It is rarely discussed, but women commonly experience a wide variety of ailments during the postpartum period, from depression to anxiety, backache, and loss of libido.

A Natural Guide to Pregnancy and Postpartum Health is the first book by physicians that is devoted entirely to telling women how they can prevent postpartum problems and attain optimum health after the delivery of their babies. Elements of the program, which is meant to be adopted during-or, if possible, before-pregnancy, include diet, nutritional supplementation, exercise, hormone-balancing, the use of medicinal herbs, and conventional medications. Developed by the authors in clinical practice, this program has a proven track record in helping women to avoid and overcome postpartum difficulties.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781583331385
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 970,588
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 9.14 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

Dean Raffelock is a doctor of chiropractic, a diplomate in acupuncture and applied kinesiology, and a certified clinical nutritionist. He has a special interest in helping mothers to recover their lost nutritional reserves after giving birth, thus preventing and resolving many postpartum disorders.
Robert Rountree, M.D., is a board-certified practitioner of family medicine who has done extensive postgraduate work in nutritional and herbal pharmacology. His practice incorporates traditional family medicine, nutrition, herbology, and mind-body therapy. Dr. Rountree is also a certified master practitioner of neurolinguistic programming.

Melissa Block is the host of NPR's All Things Considered.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix
How to Use This Book 1
1 I Have a Beautiful Baby. Why Do I Feel So Terrible? 3
2 Pregnancy Preparation, Support, and Recovery 20
3 How Nutrient Depletion Sets the Stage for Postpartum Ailments 34
4 Laboratory Tests--and How to Read Them 64
5 Building Nutrient Reserves with Diet 85
6 Postpartum Food Preparation: Practical Matters 112
7 Building Nutrient Reserves with Supplements 124
8 Healing Your Digestive Tract 158
9 Using Hormones to Regain Balance after Pregnancy 178
10 The Breastfeeding Factor 209
11 Using Herbs to Restore and Maintain Postpartum Health 228
12 The ABCs of Exercise 241
13 A Healthier Outlook 259
References 269
Resources 273
Sample Test Results 276
Permissions and Credits 285
Index 287
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2007

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    Drs. Dean Raffelock and Robert Rountree have truly produced a book that should be read by not only every expecting mother, but also by their doctors! If this were the case I firmly feel that the current horrific national epidemic of severe postpartum depression and infanticide that is all too commonly detailed on the evening news would be nothing more than a sad footnote in history. The currently attempted solution, which is to simply give young mothers anti-depressant drugs, is clearly not working. Drs. Raffelock and Rountree constructed this book in a clear and concise format so that the person with no medical or nutrition knowledge, or the highly trained physician, can equally benifit. The most current understanding of alterations in the nutritional, hormonal, and neurotransmitter status of new mothers is easily explained. Novel methods for diagnosing and treating these problems in the most non-invasive and supportive ways possible are clearly detailed in order for women to acheive a lasting and true recovery from the physiological stressors of pregnancy. It is obvious from reading this book that these two enlightened doctors are not only on the cutting-edge of knowledge in the fields of functional medicine and clinical nutrition, but they are also gifted clinicians who have compassion for their patients and have a passion for this grave public health issue. It is often said that medicine is not only a science, but an art. These doctors have produced a masterpiece. If it could only be read by every obstetrician in the country and if only there were more doctors who thought like them. Bravo! Dr. David M. Brady, Director Human Nutrition Institute University of Bridgeport (CT, USA)

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