A blogger, certified holistic health coach, and hypnobirthing practitioner offers tips on guaranteeing a healthy pregnancy in her debut.
Aston argues that prospective parents should begin preparing for pregnancy at least three months before conception, and she offers detailed advice on how to achieve that goal. Her chapters cover topics such as diet, feng shui, beauty, and exercise. The diet section goes far beyond the generic, predictable suggestion to eat organic food; it provides lists of specific items to seek out and others to avoid, not just for good health, but to holistically treat pre-existing health problems, such as thyroid issues or high blood sugar. She also includes her recommendations regarding the timing of conception to increase the chances of conceiving a baby of a particular gender. She even includes advice on changing one’s bedroom environment—such as the placement of the bed, for example—along with traditional temperature-taking and chart-keeping tips. As the book’s title suggests, the bulk of Aston’s advice focuses on conception, but she also gives advice regarding pregnancy, childbirth, and the initial postpartum period, particularly regarding breast-feeding and the mother’s recovery. (The author is a practitioner of hypnobirthing, a natural-childbirth method involving relaxation techniques.) Multiple appendices provide recipes, packing and reading lists, recommended websites and documentaries, and a rudimentary index. Aston’s background as a holistic healer deeply informs the content of the book, and although she’s careful to recommend that readers seek a doctor’s advice or approval regarding her advice, her approach won’t appeal to every audience; indeed, the sheer quantity of advice may be off-putting for some. In addition, its suggestions to purchase expensive products seem to take the socio-economic level of parents-to-be for granted. (It also, of course, assumes a planned pregnancy.) Avid list-makers will appreciate the comprehensive lists, however, and her writing style is easy and approachable, without the chatty, overly chummy tone that other pregnancy books fall prey to.
Offbeat, mostly practical guidelines for a healthy pregnancy.