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AVIVA JILL ROMM is a midwife and herbalist who has been the director of the LifeCycles Center for Midwifery and Botanical Medicine since 1985. Current president of the American Herbalists Guild, she is the author of several books and many articles on natural healing and pregnancy issues. Ms. Romm lives outside of Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband and four children.
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AVIVA JILL ROMM is a midwife and herbalist who has been the director of the LifeCycles Center for Midwifery and Botanical Medicine since 1985. Current president of the American Herbalists Guild, she is the author of several books and many articles on natural healing and pregnancy issues. Ms. Romm lives outside of Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband and four children.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780895948199
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/1997
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 8.48 (w) x 9.99 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xii
Foreword xiv
Preface xvii
Part I Your Pregnancy 1
Chapter 1 The Basics 3
A Brief History of Birthing Practices 4
What I Mean by Natural 7
Alternative Childbirth and the Resurgence of Midwifery 8
Looking to the Future 9
Chapter 2 Becoming Body-Centered 11
Learning to Listen to Your Body 12
Feelings and Fears about Your Body 15
Moving Your Body Joyously 16
Reclaiming Women's Wisdom 17
Chapter 3 The Baby inside You 20
Your Growing Baby 22
Creating a Nourishing Prenatal Environment 26
Communicating with Your Baby 29
Chapter 4 Prenatal Care 33
Choosing Your Prenatal Care Provider 34
Prenatal Visits 42
Prenatal Testing 45
Childbirth Education Classes 49
Chapter 5 Nutrition during Pregnancy 52
Committing Yourself to Eating Well 55
Every Woman Is Unique 55
Diet Diaries 56
Essential Nutrients 61
Vegetarian and Other Natural Foods Diets 73
Supplements 76
Cravings 77
Weight Gain 78
Chapter 6 Herbs, Safety, and Pregnancy Health 80
Herbs to Avoid during Pregnancy 83
Herbs to Promote and Maintain Pregnancy Health 86
Chapter 7 Exercise and Posture 93
Posture 96
Essential Movements for Pregnant Women 97
Pelvic Health 103
Massage: Passive Exercise 106
Chapter 8 The Need for Rest 109
Relaxation Techniques 110
Spending Time Out-of-Doors 112
Chapter 9 Physical Changes during Pregnancy 114
Your Breasts 114
Your Yoni 116
Digestive Changes 116
Urinary Tract 117
Uterus and Belly 117
Skin and Hair 119
Bones and Muscles 120
Touch, Sound, and Smell 120
Chapter 10 Emotional Changes by Trimester 121
First Trimester 122
Second Trimester 124
Third Trimester 125
Chapter 11 The Month before Birth 127
Nutrition and Rest during Late Pregnancy 128
Herbs for Late Pregnancy and Birth Preparation 130
Preparing Your Body for Birth 134
Preparing for Breastfeeding 135
What You Need after the Baby Is Born 136
Celebrating Pregnancy 138
Chapter 12 Pregnancy as a Rite of Passage 145
An Opportunity for Personal Growth 146
Self-Empowerment 147
Chapter 13 Your Changing Family 153
Your Relationship with Your Mate 153
When You Already Have Children 156
The Man's Point of View by Tracy Romm 158
Part II Common Concerns During Pregnancy 165
Chapter 14 A Guide to Common Pregnancy Issues 167
Anemia 168
Anxiety (see "Insomnia and Anxiety")
Backaches and Sciatica 174
Bleeding and Cramping in Early Pregnancy 178
Bleeding, Late-Pregnancy 181
Breasts, Sore 182
Breech Births 183
Colds, Flu, and Mild Illnesses 185
Constipation 189
Cramping (see "Bleeding and Cramping in Early Pregnancy")
Ectopic Pregnancy 192
Edema (see "Swelling")
Emotional Swings 193
Fatigue 198
Fibroids, Uterine 200
Flu (see "Colds, Flu, and Mild Illnesses")
Headaches 203
Heartburn (see "Indigestion and Heartburn")
Hemorrhoids (see "Varicose Veins and Hemorrhoids")
Herpes 206
High Blood Pressure 211
Indigestion and Heartburn 217
Insomnia and Anxiety 220
Itchiness and Skin Troubles 223
Ketones in Urine (see "Urine Testing for Protein, Sugar, or Ketones")
Late-Pregnancy Bleeding (see "Bleeding, Late Pregnancy")
Leg Cramps 225
Minor Illnesses (see "Colds, Flu, and Mild Illnesses")
Miscarriage 228
Morning Sickness 242
Protein in Urine (see "Urine Testing for Protein, Sugar, or Ketones")
Sciatica (see "Backaches and Sciatica")
Skin Troubles (see "Itchiness and Skin Troubles")
Stretch Marks 248
Sugar in Urine (see "Urine Testing for Protein, Sugar, or Ketones")
Swelling 250
Toxemia 251
Urinary Incontinence 254
Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) 255
Urine Testing for Protein, Sugar, or Ketones 258
Vaginal Infections 264
Varicose Veins and Hemorrhoids 277
Vomiting, Severe (Hyperemesis gravidarum) 282
Appendix I Herbal Preparations 285
Appendix II Common and Latin Names for Herbs in This Book 295
Resources 297
Bibliography 304
Index 312
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