Body, Soul, and Baby: A Doctor's Guide to the Complete Pregnancy Experience, From Preconception to Pos tpartum

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Random House Publishing Group, Oct 21, 2009 - Health & Fitness - 544 pages
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In a culture that rarely sees pregnancy as a journey to self-discovery, Body, Soul, and Baby offers a fresh perspective on this transformative life experience by showing women how to tune in to the cues offered by their bodies and souls—as well as by the babies growing within them—for a healthier pregnancy, a more fulfilling birth experience, and a deeper bond with their baby.

Drawing on the best of both complementary and conventional Western medicine, Dr. Gaudet has written a groundbreaking guide that shows you how to become an active participant in your pregnancy. By working with the natural processes of pregnancy, you can discover how to:

• Pick up important signals from within about what you need, what your body needs, and what is right for both you and your baby
• Tune in to cues that can alert you to early signs of problems
• Use the mind-body connection to reduce stress, explore this remarkable life change, and bond with your baby
• Nurture your whole self, including your evolving sexual and sensual needs
• Make informed and conscious choices that reflect both your personal feelings and the latest
medical information
• Collaborate with your doctor or midwife, and build a supportive health-care team

Empowering, inspiring, and respectful of the wisdom of the female body and spirit, this invaluable book also includes advice on eating right and staying active, and natural and alternative approaches to pain relief. Whether you’re already pregnant or preparing to be, the time to start listening to your inner wisdom is now, and the guide to doing it is here.


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I picked up this book based on an ad I read in Fit Pregnancy as it sounded like it filled a void in my pregnancy reading. I am making the "Liesl's Congratulations, You're Pregnant" gift set for my ... Read full review

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Gaudet (director, Duke Ctr. for Integrative Medicine) has once again teamed up with freelance writer Spencer (see theirConsciously Female ), this time to espouse a more engaged path to healthy ... Read full review

Contents

Where Pregnancy Begins
9
Ten Tools for Tuning In
16
Your Pregnancy SelfCare Plan
33
A Team Approach to Pregnancy
67
PRECONCEPTION
77
Preconception The Inside Scoop
93
Preconception Medical Care
100
Preconception SelfCare
110
Second Trimester The Inside Scoop
214
Second Trimester SelfCare
243
Third Trimester The Inside Scoop
276
Third Trimester SelfCare
309
LABOR AND DELIVERY 393
325
Labor and Delivery The Inside Scoop
345
Labor and Delivery Medical Care
367
Labor and Delivery SelfCare
415

First Trimester Reflection
117
First Trimester The Inside Scoop
131
First Trimester Medical Care
143
First Trimester SelfCare
185
Part Four
201
Postpartum Reflection
439
Postpartum The Inside Scoop
459
Postpartum SelfCare
486
Internet Resources
501
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About the author (2009)

Tracy W. Gaudet, M.D., is Executive Director of the Duke Center for Integrative Medicine at the Duke University School of Medicine. The author of the highly acclaimed Consciously Female, Dr. Gaudet is a practicing, board-certified ob-gyn and the founding executive director of Dr. Andrew Weil’s Program in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona. She lives with her son Ryan in Durham, North Carolina.

Paula Spencer is a freelance writer whose eight books include The V Book and Momfidence!: An Oreo Never Killed Anybody and Other Secrets of Happier Parenting. Author of the “Momfidence!” column in Woman’s Day, she is also a contributing editor to Parenting and Baby Talk. She lives with her husband and four children in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.


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