Natural Pregnancy Book: Herbs, Nutrition and Other Holistic Choices

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Reading The Natural Pregnancy Book is like having your own personal herbalist and midwife at your side. Expertly written by Aviva Jill Romm, who has been providing family-centered natural health care for almost twenty years, it guides women through treating the common ills and ailments of pregnancy simply with herbs and nutrition.

Aviva thoughtfully follows the woman's journey from baby's conception to birth, describing herbs that can promote and maintain a healthy ...

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Overview

Reading The Natural Pregnancy Book is like having your own personal herbalist and midwife at your side. Expertly written by Aviva Jill Romm, who has been providing family-centered natural health care for almost twenty years, it guides women through treating the common ills and ailments of pregnancy simply with herbs and nutrition.

Aviva thoughtfully follows the woman's journey from baby's conception to birth, describing herbs that can promote and maintain a healthy pregnancy, along with those you should avoid during your term. Her herbal remedies cover such familiar concerns as anxiety, fatigue, morning sickness, and stretch marks. She also discusses the components of a healthy diet, with an emphasis on natural foods. With its detailed information and comforting voice, The Natural Pregnancy Book is a complete primer for the woman who envisions a safe pregnancy as nature intended it.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781587611780
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press
  • Publication date: 5/15/2003
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 284,167
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.90 (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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  • Posted March 3, 2009

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    Wonderful POSITIVE book for pregnant moms

    Most books women read on pregnancy are so negative and are filled with fears - based from what society has told us of course. This book is not that at all. It is a wonderful book that all pregnant moms should have. Especially if women care about their pregnancy, and want their birth journey to be sacred and positive. Aviva Jill Romm has many wonderful books on both women and children. She does a beautiful job of educating and keeping things positive. I also highly recommend the documentary "Orgasmic Birth" (you can rent it on Netflix). Women need to know their options and their rights when it comes to pregnancy, labor and birth. Women are powerful, full of strength, and have been birthing babies forever. We need more positive books like this one! A MUST read for all pregnant moms!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2008

    My pregnancy Bible

    This book is a must have for anyone who wants to approach their pregnancy and birth in their full power. The author provides excellent information on herbs and nutrition, as well as including great recipes for nourishing herbal teas you can make at home. I am in my third pregnancy (all of my babies have been born at home with a midwife-successfully) I wish I would have used this book more during my first pregnancy. It doesn't leave my side now. This information in this book in invaluable for anyone who wants to take full responsibilty for the outcome of their birthing experience!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2013

    That girl

    That girl on the cover look like a boy.And shes fat.

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2013

    The Natural Pregnancy Book

    Planning labor, delivery ;-)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2007

    One of the Best

    I call it my Bible, as I am a Childbirth Educator this book has become one of my most valued treasures. Cherish it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2005

    Some good advice in moderation.

    The author gives some good advice, such as learning to 'listen' to your body. Although I'm not into the whole natural labor/midwife concept, I do find most of the things practical for expectant mothers. I followed some of the advice during my first pregnancy and it helped. I would suggest like with everything, adapt the info to your lifestyle;always do further research, and use your common sense!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2003

    Good Questions to ask

    This book is written from the point of view a midwife. Personally, I would not use a midwife. This book provides excellent questions to ask yourself about what kind of care you're getting from your doctor or other provider. It questions the safety to the fetus and necessity of tests such as Doppler Ultrasound, Diagnostic Ultrasound, Chorionic Villi Sampling. It has advice about drinking milk, taking vitamins and mentions hormones, pesticides, antibiotics of non-organic foods. It includes a long list of commonly used herbs which you may even use in cooking that are contraindicated for pregnancy. It also includes a good section on exercizes. If you're the type of person who wants to question whatever your provider does regarding the health and safety of your pregnancy this may be the book for you. The author does provide alternative care advice that should be questioned by readers as well. Her advice is not always sound. I particularly thought that the first option she gives as advice for assisting a breech birth was not very good. This offers some excellent advice when read with an open mind.

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