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1.0 out of 5 stars scaremongering, Aug. 15 2000
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This review is from: When You're Expecting Twins, Triplets, Or Quads: A Complete Resource (Paperback)
I didn't like this book at all. Nowhere did this book take a moderate ground, in both exercise and diet. Much of the information was provided in the form of anecdotal evidence from those experiencing difficult pregnancies, (usually made difficult through their own stupidty or otherwise). As a consequence of using these amazing examples of where things went wrong, the authors advocated that expectant mothers behave in the exact opposite way: the only thing an expectant mother of twins could do was sit in bed for 9 months, wrapped in cotton wool and fret about lifting a finger otherwise a premature birth could only be expected. (This indeed was an example of one mother's sure-fire way to give birth to healthy children: the result was that the mother's muscles were so atrophied she was unable to walk after the birth: this is not healthy behaviour, both physically or mentally) Secondly, I do not agree with the dietary advice provided in this book: it condones a high fat diet (40 % of calories derived from fat for example). One justification was that it was to ensure that mothers put on as much weight as possible early on in their pregnancy, (instead of simply eating properly throughout, as recommended by my own doctor) and moreover it appeared that the author didn't really understand the fact that fat cannot be substitued for amino acids (for protein synthesis) or carbohydrates (as an energy source for the brain). I question the author's basic dietary knowledge in this respect. THis book also didn't explain the differences for different types of fats essential for healthy development of the fetuses and lumped all fats in the same category and basically said go for it. I don't recommend this book for those who have a sensible outlook on life. (It might be ok for dills who simply cannot be convinced by their own doctor to moderate their behaviour to accomodate their multiple pregnancy.) I was thoroughly scared by some of the recommendations made in this book until hosed down by my doctor: he told me to burn it, saying that plenty of people had given birth to healthy twins at near full term and sitting in bed eating bacon and eggs all day long was not going to make much difference to whether the twins would be born prematurely or not as long as I behaved sensibly.
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