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  • Paperback: 245 pages
  • Publisher: Addicus Books; 2 edition (July 15 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936374331
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936374335
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 14 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
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"[The authors] have written a comprehensive, technical, scientific book, but in layperson's language. A number of myths about fertility and exercise are examined." —Consumer Connection, a publication of the American Medical Library Association

About the Author

James F. Clapp, III, MD, was a professor emeritus of reproductive biology at Case Western Reserve University and a research professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. Catherine Cram, MS, is an exercise physiologist specializing in prenatal and postpartum fitness whose consulting company, Comprehensive Fitness Consulting, LLC, provides maternal-fitness certificate-training courses for health and fitness professionals. She is the coauthor of Fit Pregnancy for Dummies and writes for Baby Years, Pregnancy, and Women’s Health and Fitness magazines. She has been featured in prenatal fitness articles for the American Journal of Medicine and Sports and Babytalk, Fit Pregnancy, Glamour, and Parenting magazines. She lives in Middleton, Wisconsin.

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This book is written very well and provides great arguments for why women should be exercising during pregnancy. It is easy to read and is written more at the "scientific" level which is appreciated. A must read for those who are not sure why exercise is important. It will motivate you to move!
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I highly recommend this book for any female athlete, or exercise enthusiast, who is wondering whether or not she will exercise during her pregnancy. Dr. Clapp's work is actually based on research and not some wishy-washy, "just do stretching and walking" type of out-dated advice. I was shocked by some of the facts, such as the drastic reduction in C-sections that can be achieved by continuing to exercise. Best book out there on the topic!
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa21d2e34) out of 5 stars Factual, straightforward, non-condescending Feb. 10 2013
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I am really enjoying this book. I exercise regularly now (pre conception) with high intensity interval training, endurance running, heavy weight lifting and plyometrics. This is the only book I have found that gives specific, factual information regarding exercise during pregnancy. So many other books recommend not lifting more than ten pounds (are you kidding me? my purse weighs more than that!) or not getting your heart rate about 140 (this is below my zone 2 now- what I consider my easy runs). They give the impression that women are weak and not capable of or interested in being physically powerful. Additionally, these recommendations have always seemed arbitrary to me; I want to know that if I have to drastically alter my lifestyle and give up so may activities that I truly enjoy that the need to do so is based on science and not condescending paternalism. This book gives me the guidelines I will need to follow to allow me to exercise safely. This is exactly what I was looking for.
In addition to the content, the book is written and organized very well. It's full of cold hard science; no cutesy pictures or flowery stories- so it may not be for everyone. I highly recommend this book to any women who are looking for the facts about exercising during pregnancy!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa282609c) out of 5 stars Very Factual- Case Study for Exercise, not a book of plans or exercise suggestions Sept. 9 2013
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People looking for a "workout plan" or suggested exercises most likely will be disappointed in this book, because it is more of a description of a large case study that the author did on exercising and non-exercising women through their pregnancies. I found the facts very interesting and motivating, and I used the information as basis in discussions when people would ask me about whether continuing to run was "safe" for my baby. There is even interesting information on the intelligence of the children in the exercising group as they got older. If I recall correctly, however, the author's study requirements to fit his "exercising" category were pretty high- moderate to high intensity 50 mins/day 5+ days I week, continued all the way through pregnancy, I think. Although he had case study results for a lighter exercise category as well.

I think that personal trainers and fitness instructors who interact with pregnant women would benefit from the information in this book. It puts a lot of the old guidelines (heart rate 140, etc) to rest, which is good news for those of us who were at a high fitness level when we became pregnant.

There are some photos in the back and some sample exercises, but they are very basic, and more along the lines of stretches, yoga ball moves, resistance band training, etc.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2826060) out of 5 stars Excellent read for any recreational or professional athlete June 27 2013
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I too am very tired of the same old adage about "taking it easy" when there is absolutely no scientific evidence that exercise causes any fetal harm. I don't know how I am supposed to "take it easy," while my midwife has instructed me that the Institute of Medicine has changed the standards around weight gain. The 32lbs I gained with my first has now become unacceptable even though she was a healthy 8lbs. It rationally made no sense to me. To ask an avid exerciser to go from an hour of cardio 6/7 days a week to light yoga is asking for substantial weight gain...but i'm supposed to gain less? I didn't know how to reconcile the two conflicting opinions.

That's where this book comes in. It's been so refreshing to have actual evidence that backs up my inclinations - that I most certainly can keep up with my pre-pregnancy exercise routine and should - that the outcomes for babies are NO DIFFERENT between the exercisers and the control group. It even explains what is happening with my heart rate (I wear a monitor), why it has fluctuated in certain directions, and why I am working at a higher capacity without feeling as fatigued. The quote on blood-doping is so completely accurate because that's exactly what it's like. I generally work in the 80 to 85% capacity range but i'm barely winded where as 85% pre-pregnancy would have given me a near heart attack. I thought I knew plenty about being pregnant, but it's astonishing to learn the real truth about the efficiency of the pregnant vascular system and the positive effects exercise has on the embryo/fetus/baby through the stages. I don't know why this information is still so secretive and elusive. Healthy, exercising pregnant women should not be shunned from society while the sedentary and lazy are put on a pedestal.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2826354) out of 5 stars Solid resource for women who are serious about training, though still lacking... July 20 2013
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As somebody who weight lifts heavy weights (and also does cardio) several times a week, I was looking for a solid resource on exercise during pregnancy that was backed by scientific evidence. After having scoured Amazon, this seemed to be the only book out there that met my needs.

The studies conducted by the authors were mainly focused on women who did "weight-bearing exercise," during pregnancy, such as jogging & aerobics. I would have liked to see much more on weightlifting. While there is a shorter section on weightlifting and this aspect is not neglected, it is definitely not the focus of the book or the studies presented.

Considering, however, that there seems to be no such resource out there, this is the best option. It was still extremely helpful in providing guidelines of what is and isn't allowed and makes a strong argument for the benefits of physical activity to mother & baby.

The "pilates-style" exercise photos shown at the end were a little disappointing. This book seems to have been written more for women who are focused on "weight-bearing exercise" like cardio and aerobics or those who want to start an exercise regimen during pregnancy, but not as much for more advanced athletes & weightlifters. Still, I learned a great deal, & it is a good read. I definitely recommend it to trainers & expecting women.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa28263b4) out of 5 stars Great Book for the Facts Jan. 4 2013
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I chose to purchase this particular book because I was really frustrated on the lack of scientific information given to me by various healthcare providers as I am currently 31 weeks pregnant and felt exercising as I have done in past "seemed" fine. After reading the first pages and subsequent chapters I knew I had purchased the correct book to fit my needs and it gave me the peace of mind to shake off the negative remarks about exercising while being pregnant ("Does your husband know you ran a 5K? Isn't he mad at you?", etc).

My only dislike concerns the medical jargon and scientific documentation which can be lengthy and tiresome to read- especially of you are exhausted from being pregnant. However this type of writing may actually give a much deeper understanding of what the medical community knows and does not know and while I found it somewhat tiring my husband quite enjoyed it.