The Kind Mama: A Simple Guide to Supercharged Fertility, a Radiant Pregnancy, a Sweeter Birth, and a Healthier, More Beautiful Beginning
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The Kind Mama: A Simple Guide to Supercharged Fertility, a Radiant Pregnancy, a Sweeter Birth, and a Healthier, More Beautiful Beginning

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by Alicia Silverstone
     
 

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When did making babies get to be so hard? Infertility is on the rise globally, affecting as many as one in six couples. But instead of considering diet and lifestyle factors, doctors pump their patients full of expensive and invasive fertility treatments. Once pregnant, women just accept that carrying a baby will be the gassy, swollen, irritable, sleepless

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When did making babies get to be so hard? Infertility is on the rise globally, affecting as many as one in six couples. But instead of considering diet and lifestyle factors, doctors pump their patients full of expensive and invasive fertility treatments. Once pregnant, women just accept that carrying a baby will be the gassy, swollen, irritable, sleepless nightmare that has become the new normal—and then assume that new motherhood will be just as challenging, from breastfeeding woes to screaming fits.

It doesn't have to be that way. In The Kind Mama, Alicia Silverstone has created a comprehensive and practical guide empowering women to take charge of their fertility, pregnancy, and first 6 months with baby. Drawing on her own experience, as well as that of obstetricians, midwives, nutritionists, holistic health counselors, and others, Silverstone offers advice on getting one's "baby house" in order through nutrient-rocking foods that heal and nourish, and, once pregnant, gentle ways to boost comfort, energy, and health during each trimester. She helps readers navigate everything from prenatal testing and birth plans to successful breastfeeding and creating a supportive "baby nest." The result is an authoritative, one-stop guide that empowers women to trust their instincts during this vital milestone, while helping them embark on a healthy and more vibrant path to motherhood.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
05/26/2014
Actress Silverstone (The Kind Diet) advocates a kinder path to motherhood, offering advice on preparing for pregnancy, a guide to each trimester, welcoming the baby and lying-in, and the first six months and beyond. A passionate vegan and animal activist, Silverstone encourages readers to switch to a plant-based diet and forego such "nasty" items as meat, dairy, and processed foods (for those struggling with fertility, "The Kind Diet" works like a "baby magnet"). Along with personal wisdom, Silverstone has collected tips from experts including an integrative gynecologist, obstetricians, pediatricians, midwives and others. Though she takes diet and health seriously, the author infuses her text with humor, and writes in an engaging tone. In addition to her birth story, Silverstone discusses morning sickness, circumcision (not recommended) and the family bed (create a safe sleep sanctuary for the whole family). In "For Gentlemen Only" sections, she doles out useful tips for dads on how to be supportive partners. Health-conscious moms-to-be will enjoy and learn from this heart-centered guide. (Apr.)
From the Publisher

The Kind Mama gives you the solid information you need for raising a healthy baby. Medically sound and engagingly written, this book will be on your bedside table as a trusted guide.” —Neal D. Barnard, MD, Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine, George

“I LOVE this book! It's chock-full of invaluable information for mamas, along with the most beautiful images. Kudos to Alicia Silverstone for sharing your story and the personal choices you've made for your family thus far. So Inspiring!” —Ricki Lake, producer of The Business of Being Born

“A unique and positive statement about how wonderfully well pre-birth, pregnancy, birth, and child raising can be experienced. Not only do you need this book, but I needed this book.” —From the foreword by Jay Gordon, MD, FAAP

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781623360405
Publisher:
Rodale Press, Inc.
Publication date:
04/15/2014
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
179,188
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

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Alicia Silverstone is the bestselling author of The Kind Diet and founder of TheKindLife.com. Best known for her generation-defining turn in Clueless, she continues to work steadily in film, television, and theater. A dynamic and well-connected fixture in the acting, political, and scientific communities, she is a dedicated activist on behalf of humans, our planet and animals. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their son, Bear Blu.

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