The Wise Woman's Guide to Your Healthiest Pregnancy and Birth: From Preconception to Postpartum

The Wise Woman's Guide to Your Healthiest Pregnancy and Birth: From Preconception to Postpartum

by Patricia Ladis, Anita (With)


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A fresh, new pregnancy guide—the first complete functional medicine book—offering women and their partners a comprehensive approach to maintain and enhance health and wellness before, during, and after pregnancy.

The Wise Woman’s Guide to Your Healthiest Pregnancy and Birth combines the expertise of top-tier physical therapist Patricia Ladis—who works with superstar athletes, professional dancers, and celebrities—with Dr. Anita Sadaty, a highly regarded holistic ob-gyn with a celebrity clientele. Together, they have devised a six-step protocol beginning the six months before conception continuing forty days post-birth and beyond, incorporating holistic principles that encourage optimal wellness for mother, partner, and baby. Whether they are in their 20’s, 30’s or 40’s, this book empowers readers to be in tune with their bodies during all stages of pregnancy, and is the first book by a functional medicine dream-team aligning medical and structural body issues to avoid such potential pregnancy outcomes as osteoporosis, sciatica, pelvic prolapse, structural weakness, and postpartum depression.

Each of the six stages organizes Ladis and Sadaty’s holistic principles into five easy-to-follow aspects: Body, Movement, Breathing, Nourishment, and Wisdom. They include practical applications such as foods to help reduce internal inflammation, specific exercises—with instructive photos—in each stage, breathing techniques to lower stress, and “pearls of wisdom” backed by science exploring a multicultural history of this special time in a woman’s life. For the first time, a pregnancy guide considers the importance of choices you make six months prior to conception, and the effect on genes. When both members of a couple are calm, fit, and well-nourished, the latest science suggests that together they are less likely to pass on negative genes to a child.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780757323706
Publisher: Health Communications, Incorporated
Publication date: 01/05/2021
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 361,875
Product dimensions: 8.80(w) x 5.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Patricia Ladis, PT, CBBA, is a licensed physical therapist and the co-founder of The First 1000 Days of Wellness, a global educational platform for practitioners, spas, and consumers to promote perinatal wellness and prevent non-communicable diseases in future generations. Patricia was the co-founder of KIMA Center for Physiotherapy & Wellness, one of New York City’s most highly regarded PT and wellness centers. Patricia was also a professional dancer and as a physical therapist has been helping pregnant dancers and athletes get back on stage or sport after pregnancy since 1999. She has worked with the Rockettes, various Broadway shows including Fosse, Lion King, and Movin’ Out, the American Ballet Theatre, and Paul Taylor Dance Company, and currently consults with the United States Tennis Association (USTA) and Women’s Tennis Association (WTA). Patricia is building a new protocol for women returning to sport after pregnancy (WTA, IOC) and has designed the exercise program for the first-ever postpartum exercise study coming out in 2021 with the Hospital for Special Surgery and the Weill-Cornell Medical Center. She has appeared in articles in Forbes, Vogue, Men’s Health, Thrive Global and Ladies’ Home Journal. TV appearances include NBC and CBS, and she regularly appears on Sirius XM’s Doctor Radio. As an active delegate of the Global Wellness Summit and chair of the First 1000 Days Initiative for the Global Wellness Institute, Ladis has support from wellness centers around the world, including Six Senses, Canyon Ranch, Rancho La Puerta, and Borgo Egnazia. Visit her website at

Anita Sadaty, MD, is a holistic practitioner and founder of Redefining Health Medical, a women-focused medical practice that combines conventional medical training with an integrative functional medicine approach. A graduate of Cornell Medical and a board-certified ob-gyn, Dr. Sadaty is also recognized as a Certified Medical Practitioner by the Institution for Functional Medicine. She was a founding member of the Kresser Institute ADAPT Functional Medicine Training program in 2016. In addition to maintaining a full-time private practice, Dr. Sadaty is involved in residency training education at Northwell Hospital and is a clinical assistant professor at Hofstra Medical School. She serves as an expert reviewer for women’s reproductive health articles featured in and was recently named as one of the best obstetrics and gynecology physicians on Long Island, New York, in Best of Long Island. She has appeared in numerous newspaper articles, magazines, and professional publications to discuss various topics in women’s health. Visit her website at

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction 1

Part I Preconception: A Six-Month Head Start 11

Part II The First Trimester: Three Months of New Beginnings 89

Part III The Second Trimester: Three Months to Get Fit and Strong 167

Part IV The Third Trimester: Three Months to Get Ready to Deliver 229

Part V Labor and Delivery 305

Part VI The First Forty Days: A Rest and Recovery Protocol 329

Part VII Beyond Forty Days: Getting Your Body Back 377

Resources 425

Notes 427

Index 431

About the Authors 437

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