A well-rounded approach to ensuring a successful pregnancy.
Maizes provides a wealth of practical advice and a comprehensive self-assessment test covering contraception, nutrition, diet and exercise, environmental factors and spirituality. Using an integrative medicine approach, "the thoughtful synthesis of conventional and alternative medicines," the author’s reader-friendly, step-by-step methodology is easy to understand and painless to incorporate into a full lifestyle. Maizes believes that in today's "high-stress, chemical-laden, frequently unhealthy environment, integrative medicine is the most effective way to prepare for pregnancy, guiding you to create an oasis of health." She advocates preparing one's body through adequate sleep, good food and the use of supplements, and she provides extensive information on food and vitamin choices. To prepare one's mind for the changes pregnancy and motherhood will bring, the author suggests yogic breathing techniques, exercise and journaling, among other methods. Maizes covers conventional medical practices for conception, from analyzing basal body temperature to mucus, as well as Chinese medical techniques and Ayurveda. The author also addresses the fears and troubles with infertility and provides numerous ideas for solutions to this increasingly common problem. Personal stories of successful pregnancies based on Maizes' patients add warmth to the solid scientific advice. Men will also gain valuable insight in regard to their own physical and mental health.
Solid and wide-ranging prenatal advice for women of all ages.