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

Amy Ogle , Lisa Mazzullo
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Sept. 3 2002
Before Your Pregnancy is a breakthrough book for prospective parents—a completely detailed resource that prepares mothers and fathers-to-be to conceive the healthiest baby possible, to make pregnancy and delivery easier, and to foster the mental and physical well-being of their infant child. Created by two experienced health-care professionals, this unique handbook not only discusses virtually every aspect of preconception that affects a healthy baby, it tells you how to handle each one. The authors spell out what each parent needs to do, starting at least ninety days before conception (the minimum time needed for sperm to mature). The hundreds of topics covered—many for the first time in any book—include

• Men’s Health: Building healthy sperm before conception (nutrition, fitness, and medical influences)
• Women’s Health: Gynecologic well-being, preexisting medical conditions, genetic legacy, boosting fertility, becoming a mother at an older age
• Becoming an Informed Patient: Choosing a doctor, what a complete preconception exam includes, important questions and how to ask them, insurance coverage
• Nutrition: Improving the health of future generations, preconception meal makeovers, ethnic Food Guide Pyramids, avoiding food-borne illnesses, vitamin and mineral facts, pre-pregnancy body weight
• Fitness: Preconception fitness evaluation and exercise prescription, safety tips and motivational anecdotes, preconception strength and flexibility workout
• Medications/Herbs: Baby-friendly ones and ones to avoid
• Personal Readiness: Emotional, financial, and environmental issues
• Romancing the Egg: Tips for success when ready to “start trying”
Plus: Separate questionnaires for the prospective parents to fill out in preparation for their preconception medical visit.

This warm, intelligent, and completely informed reference gives aspiring parents exactly the knowledge and support they need to insure the best of everything for their child-to-be.

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This valuable pre-pregnancy resource should be welcomed by prospective parents. Ogle, a dietician, exercise physiologist, and personal trainer, and Mazzullo (OB-GYN, Northwestern Univ. Medical Sch.) recognized that while the importance of optimal health during pregnancy is widely acknowledged, relatively little information is available to consumers about the significant 90 days that precede conception. Stressing that preconception counseling is relevant for all couples, not just those who may be "high risk," the authors present clear and realistic advice about a range of subjects relating to the smooth delivery of a healthy baby. Among the topics covered are women's health and gynecological well-being, nutrition, fitness evaluation and exercises, men's issues, medications and herbs (which are "baby-friendly"?), and emotional, environmental, and financial issues. Interspersed throughout the readable text are numerous checklists, tables of important facts and practical advice, and patient vignettes. Parents-to-be who read this book will approach parenthood with increased knowledge and self-confidence. Highly recommended for all public libraries and consumer health collections.
Linda M.G. Katz, Drexel Univ. Health Sciences Libs., Philadelphia
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.


“This book represents a substantial contribution to understanding the developing issues in the field of preconception.  Amy Ogle and Lisa Mazzullo have written an insightful and well-researched handbook for couples seeking to maximize their likelihood of having a healthy pregnancy.  The practical information contained in this book will guide couples on their journey to creating healthy babies.”
March of Dimes

“This book provides an excellent path to good health on the road to pregnancy. It will be particularly informative to patients challenged by infertility and serve as a ready reference guide to their health.”
The Zarutskie Fertility and Endocrine Institute

“A source of information all prospective parents will be pleased to assess. It is extremely comprehensive in the variety of topics and the depth of information provided.”
Director, Region 8
Regional Perinatal
and California Diabetes/Pregnancy Programs

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars not so good April 1 2004
By A Customer
I really wanted to like this book. I wasn't even expecting it to have lots of information that I didn't already know, having done a ton of research myself in my role as fertility counselor, but thought that it would be slightly helpful at least. It was not. It was instead incomplete and incorrect.
Conclusions made are inconsistent - thing A is to be treated with caution because its safety for pregnant women is unproven, whereas thing B is considered safe because it has never been shown to cause problems. Where is the logic here? There is no difference between "never been shown to cause problems" and "safety unproven". And if there is a difference in the proven safety of these two things, it should be stated explicitly rather than left at these two vague comments.
Some statements are just plain incorrect. For example, it is stated that ovulation is the day of the basal body temperature rise, when in fact the temperature rise usually occurs the day following ovulation. Also, intercourse on this day is stated to give the best chance of conception. This is incorrect whichever way you look at it - intercourse on the day of the temperature rise is usually too late (being the day after ovulation, the egg is often dead by then), and intercourse on the day of ovulation is still not the best timing (for those who are interested, intercourse the day before ovulation is best, although difficult to time). I have to wonder what other "facts" in this book are downright wrong.
Finally, conclusions are drawn without sharing the information used to make them. It is claimed that a woman who has no immunity to rubella must get vaccinated, stating that the potential risks of the vaccine far outweigh the benefits.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best preconception book Feb. 10 2004
I spent 3 hours in the bookstore looking at different conception and pregnancy books. I found a lot of real good books but found that I would have to buy about 4 or 5 books to get all the information I got from this book. This touches on all aspects including financial, emotional, and physical readiness for pregnancy. It is also very easy to reference back to because of the format. I am yet to find another book as good as this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Preconception Resource March 4 2003
By A Customer
I highly recommend this book for anyone thinking about having a baby. There aren't very many preconception books to make you aware of what you need to know long before you get pregnant. "Before Your Pregnancy" is comprehensive, detailed, and easy to read. It includes scenarios of real people in real-life situations. One reviewer mentioned that it doesn't give you a thorough conception "how-to" guide, and she's basically right, but really, there are lots of conception guides. This book really fills the need for women and couples who want to plan a future child as carefully and conscientiously as possible, people who "want to have their ducks in a row." I found the information on vitamins and on physical health particularly informative. If you think you might start trying to conceive in 3 months or 6 months or even a year, buy this book to help you get the best start!!
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This book is full of valuable facts for anyone planning to become a parent. This book is valuable if read 90 days or 2 days before conceiving. The advice is easy to follow. The book has advice that everyone already knows (ie. not to drink), but surrounds it with detailed information about why things are important and when idealy you would make the changes to your lifestyle. The book is so full of facts and details you can make decisions for yourself on what you think is best. The ideas expressed are what I would consider to be mainstream - they are not radical nor difficult ideas to implement. I consider myself a well educated person about pre-pregnancy health concerns (read other books and did research on the internet) and I learned lots from this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for the Planners Dec 29 2003
By A Customer
This book is great! There aren't many books out there for those who want to make sure they are on the right track to pregnancy. I highly recommend this to people who like to make to do lists and are extremely organized. Those type of people will really like this book because it helps you to be organized and answer questions when you aren't sure.
It is very easy to read from beginning to end but also easy to flip pages to find the answer that you are looking for. There are several sections that are for if you have preexisting conditions but they are easy enough to flip over. Helps you calm any fears about conceiving and is there for you when you can't get to the doctor.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worked for us! Nov. 15 2003
This book is very comprehesive, well-organized, and easy to read. It reinforced many things I knew - but whenever I thought of a question, all I had to do was open the book for an answer. I would, of course, suggest meeting with your doctor to talk about your family planning - but this book is a great supplement to your doctor's recommendations. 4 months later - we are expecting!
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5.0 out of 5 stars So Informative! Nov. 2 2003
I purchased this book 6 months ago and now am one month pregnant! This was like my bible! Anytime I had questions, I referred to it. Definitely the best of its kind out there!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book!!!
This a great book. Well researched and divided into easy to find topic groups/chapters. If I had one recommedation, it would be a suggested list of vitamin manufacturers. Read more
Published on May 10 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book
My husband and I bought this book a few months ago when we were getting ready to start trying to conceive, and we found it very informative without being too dry. Read more
Published on Sept. 3 2003 by Bik
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Book On Pre-Conception and Pregnancy Too!
I am usually too lazy to bother to type reviews. However, I HAD to write on on this book. If you are like me in that you want from a pre-pregnancy/pregnancy book:
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Published on Aug. 8 2003 by K
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Book On Pre-Conception and Pregnancy Too!
I am usually too lazy to bother to type reviews. However, I HAD to write on on this book. If you are like me in that you want from a pre-pregnancy/pregnancy book:
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Published on Aug. 8 2003 by K
4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful, but...
...not as helpful to future fathers as future mothers...
Published on Aug. 6 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars VERY HELPFUL BOOK
My husband and I thought that this book was exceptionally well written and very helpful for us as first time parents. Would definately recommend for other people.
Published on July 28 2003 by Carol Scheidelman
2.0 out of 5 stars There are better resources out there...
I was disappointed in this book. While it does contain good info on basic health/nutrition practices, it did not provide anything that other pregnancy books don't have. Read more
Published on June 17 2003
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