Before Your Pregnancy: A 90-Day Guide for Couples on How to Prepare for a Healthy Conception

Before Your Pregnancy: A 90-Day Guide for Couples on How to Prepare for a Healthy Conception


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Before Your Pregnancy: A 90-Day Guide for Couples on How to Prepare for a Healthy Conception by Amy Ogle, Lisa Mazzullo

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345518415
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/24/2011
Pages: 608
Sales rank: 209,303
Product dimensions: 7.22(w) x 9.18(h) x 1.27(d)

About the Author

Amy Ogle, M.S., R.D., is a registered dietitian, exercise physiologist, and ACE-certified personal trainer.
Lisa Mazzullo, M.D., is a practicing OB/GYN and assistant professor of OB/GYN at Northwestern University Medical School.

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Before Your Pregnancy 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was perfect for my husband and I. We have been wanting a baby for quite some time and were not sure we were prepared mentally, physically, and financially. This book helped to ease some minor worries and clear up issues that were in question. This was a great motivator to get healthy first and it even provides a 14 step pregnancy fitness program! I loved it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
With so many books out there about actual pregnancy, it was so nice to find a book devoted to telling would-be-parents what to do to get physically and mentally ready before pregnancy. I was concerned about my weight prior to conception and this book provided valuable information on pre-conception nutrition and fitness for both men and women. Friends of mine who have made the extra effort to get healthy prior to conceiving have had stress-free pregnancies. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is thinking about getting pregnant.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was getting ready for my first pregnancy and picked up 4 different books on pre-pregnancy advice. This one was by far the most comprehensive and complete one of them. I still refer to it almost daily. It doesn't talk to you like you're a moron who can't keep their attention in one place unless there're stupid jokes involved like with the "what to expect" books. Loved the section on nutrition and vitamins. Really needed that kind of complete reference as to minimum requirements and toxicity levels of all the vitamins and minerals. This is a must buy, along with the book by Lee
Guest More than 1 year ago
From the first chapter, which focuses on how to choose medical insurance, to the chapter on how to choose meals which encompass the basic food groups, this book was chock full of infomation that your average person probably already knows. Most of the information provided was common sense: quit smoking, quit drinking alcohol, lose weight if your overweight, don't use illegal drugs, ect... . I skimmed most of this book. There are some helpful chapters such as what OTC and herbal drugs are ok to use before and during pregnancy, but the bulk of this book is information which any person who is thinking of conceiving 'should' already know.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book and have read it a couple of times now. I've been following alot of the tips and advice that are in the book and now I feel more confident that I am ready to have a baby. I would recommend.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was helpful but mostly common sense. I liked the nutrition advice. As with most pre-preganacy advice, so many things are restricted. This can be hard if you are having a hard time getting pregnant -- so many months of so many restrictions!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Recently my Husband and I decided we are going to start trying to conceive this summer 2003. I was looking for a book to help me get my Body ready for Pregnancy. This book has all the information you will ever need. In even has a section for the Men. My Husband read it and thought it was great.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good and interesting book! Highlights all parts and talks about what men can do also to plan for a baby! Has a lot of great information in it!