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The Complete Guide to Everyday Risks in Pregnancy and Breastfeeding: Answers to All Your Questions about Medications, Morning Sickness, Herbs, Diseases, Chemical Exposures and More [Paperback]

Dr. Gideon Koren
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Book Description

Oct. 2 2004

This book is an indispensable guide to the risks of medications, environmental toxins, and herbal remedies taken during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Since the discovery of birth defects caused by thalidomide, expectant mothers have questioned the effects of medications and other substances during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

This book offers authoritative descriptions of the risks involved during pregnancy and breast-feeding, from prescription drugs, diseases, chemicals, vitamins, herbs, foods, alcohol, cigarette smoke, recreational drugs, and other abuse substances.

Some of the topics covered:

  • Tests for determining risks before conception, during pregnancy and after birth
  • Charts and scores of answers to Frequently Asked Questions
  • Charts of safe/unsafe medications, chemicals, vitamins, herbs and foods
  • Practical advice for treating illnesses, avoiding exposure to toxic chemicals, and eating safely.

The Complete Guide to Everyday Risks in Pregnancy and Breastfeeding has information that counselors for Motherisk share two hundred times a day.

Since 1985, the Motherisk program at The Hospital for Sick Children has provided counseling based on the most up-to-date evidence research on tertatogens, substances or environmental factors that can cause birth defects. Motherisk is one of the biggest programs of its kind worldwide, counselling some 2,000 callers per week.

This book will be an invaluable reference throughout a pregnancy and while nursing.

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An important reference tool for mothers-to-be and new mothers. Recommended for consumer health collections. (Linda M.G. Katz Library Journal 2005-01-01)

A handy reference guide for pregnant moms and concerned dads. (Nicole Sunkes Woodland Hills Daily News 2005-04-25)

This book offers reliable information on the various risks associated with certain substances, exposures and illnesses. (Parents Express 2005-04-00)

Up-to-date, evidence-based research... written in an easy-to-read question/answer format... an excellent addition to any consumer health collection. (Laura Townsend Kane E-Streams 2005-06-00)

An easy-to-use reference-style format. It offers straightforward answers and advice for a variety of concerns. (Kristy Erickson Taste for Life 2005-10-00)

About the Author

Gideon Koren, MD, FACMT, FRCP(C) is the director of the Motherisk program at the Hospital for Sick Children, as well as a Professor of Pediatrics and Clinical Pharmacology at the University of Toronto.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A great medical reference for pregnant women Nov. 5 2004
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I just received my copy of "The Complete Guide to Everyday Risks in Pregnancy and Breastfeeding" Wow! What a wealth of information. Nice to see it so well presented. I am a therapist who works with many pregnant and nursing women. I will not hesitate to recommend they read this text nor will I hesitate to lend my copy to my clients who cannot afford it. This is important stuff. Gideon Koren presents information regarding medical, physiological and environmental concerns for during pregnancy and nursing. For issues relating to the emotional development following birth and beyond I would pair this book with "Systemic Parenting: An Exploration of the Parenting Big Picture" (Gaskill). This has an equal amount of information for mother & fathers. Best to prepare early.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Useless! Aug. 22 2007
For an MD, the author really lacks in research skills. This book mostly examines the safety of drugs, and even then does not go into great detail as to why a certain drug is safe or unsafe to use throughout pregnancy. I found alot of conflicting information with other (I'd like to say, more reliable) sources. The author barely touches herbs, and the information given on the few "examined" is hardly worthy of attention. It seems this subject was approached overnight using very few ressources. Alot of information on the subject was provided by traditional knowledge, and never cross-referenced by medical research. Overall, I'm not sure I trust the content of this book at all. A total waste of money!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive book from a reliable source Aug. 3 2007
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Fabulous book. Literally covers every medical concern one could ever have about pregnancy and breastfeeding. And since it comes from a very reliable source, you know you can trust what it says.

Give a copy of this book as a baby shower gift and it will be circulating among your friends for years!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Clear, non-paranoid advice Feb. 8 2009
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Very clear advice regarding the safety of a variety of medications, supplements, and occupational hazards during pregnancy and breastfeeding. The only thing that would have made it better would be a more comprehensive section on foods - there's a lot of misinformation about foods you supposedly can't eat while pregnant or breastfeeding.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Resource March 29 2009
By Bryce A. Beattie - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book for my wife who is now pregnant. She (and her also pregnant sister) look something up in here about every other day. It has eased a lot of fears and helped us avoid some risks. As another reviewer mentioned, it could use more information on foods.
2.0 out of 5 stars Everyday Risks in Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Nov. 2 2010
By Jessica J Debner - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was set up in an easy to read questopn to answer format. However, I have found other books that have provide the information in a preferable format that was congruess.
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