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Title:
The natural pregnancy book : your complete guide to a safe, organic pregnancy and childbirth with herbs, nutrition, and other holistic choices
Author:
Romm, Aviva Jill.
Personal Author:
Edition:
Third edition.
Publication Information:
Berkeley [California]: Ten Speed Press, [2014]
Physical Description:
xvi, 288 pages ; 24 cm
Summary:
"A revised and updated edition of the classic handbook for women seeking a safe, organic, eco-friendly, and natural pregnancy, featuring an integrative-based approach with new medical, herbal, and nutritional information. Over the last two decades, The Natural Pregnancy Book has ushered thousands of women through happy and healthy pregnancies. Addressing women's health from conception to birth, Dr. Romm describes herbs that can promote and maintain a healthy pregnancy, and allays such familiar concerns as anxiety, fatigue, morning sickness, and stretch marks. She also discusses the components of a healthy diet, with an emphasis on natural foods. New to this edition is integrative health advice based on Dr. Romm's new credentials as a Yale-trained physician, combined with her twenty years of experience as a midwife and herbalist"--
General Note:
"Previous editions published in 1997 by Crossing Press, Freedom, California, and in 2003 by Celestial Arts, Berkeley, California."--Title page verso.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781607744481
Format :
Book

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Over the last two decades, The Natural Pregnancy Book has ushered thousands of women through happy and healthy pregnancies. Addressing women's health from conception to birth, Dr. Romm describes herbs that can promote and maintain a healthy pregnancy, and allays such familiar concerns as anxiety, fatigue, morning sickness, and stretch marks. She also discusses the components of a healthy diet, with an emphasis on natural foods. New to this edition is integrative health advice based on Dr. Romm's new credentials as a Yale-trained physician, combined with her twenty years of experience as a midwife and herbalist.


Author Notes

Aviva Jill Romm, MD, is a physician and highly respected expert in botanical medicine, childbirth, women's health, and pediatrics. She practiced as a homebirth midwife and herbalist for more than twenty years, becoming one of the first certified, professional midwives (CPM) in the United States, and graduated from Yale School of Medicine, where she was instrumental in creating the school's first Integrative medicine curriculum. Visit www.avivaromm.com.


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Preface This book was conceived nearly thirty years ago in the kitchen of a dear friend's home. At that time, she and I, both midwives and each the mother of a young child, were beginning a lifetime journey of uncovering and rediscovering a great wealth of information about childbearing and child raising. We were gleaning information from a variety of sources: anthropological research, medical and lay texts, our work as mothers and midwives, the experiences of other midwives and mothers, and, most significantly, what we were learning from our intuition, from each other as women friends, from our partnerships with our mates, and from our babies. We had found that pregnancy did not have to be ten (lunar) months of drudgery, discomfort, and exhaustion. We were finding that pregnancy and motherhood could be highly creative times, filled with confidence, perceptiveness, awe, and appreciation for the beauty of our changing physical shape, and the extension of this in the form of our growing children. Standing in the doorway of that kitchen on an early spring day, a moment ripe for beginnings, I found an inspiration and made the commitment to carry this inspiration inside me, to gestate and nurture my discoveries until, like a baby after a full-term pregnancy, a book would be ready to emerge, to be born--a book to share the joy and strength I was gaining from my experiences. That so many women see pregnancy as a burden to be endured, a time fraught with insecurity and doubt, seemed a great loss. Aware of the transformative potential of the written word, I became determined to contribute a positive, supportive narrative about pregnancy by a woman and mother, for women and mothers everywhere. I now have four children, all of whom have grown and flourished in their own unique and significant ways. I've had healthy pregnancies, strong labors, and beautiful births. I've nursed my babies and deeply enjoyed each of our children through every stage of childhood, adolescence, and unfolding adulthood. Each pregnancy has reaffirmed my conviction that natural health care is the bedrock of continuing wellness for myself and my family, and watching my children develop into strong, healthy beings has only strengthened that principle. In addition to my own pregnancies, I have had the honor to know and assist many women and families on the mostly joyous, sometimes tumultuous, and occasionally painful path of pregnancy. I experienced life come full circle this past January when I served as the midwife for the birth of my first grandchild. The joy I felt as I witnessed and supported my baby as he experienced the birth of his baby was transcendent, otherworldly, a moment that far exceeded any fantasy I could have dreamed up. As women have become increasingly aware of the options of natural birth and home birth, and of the potential value of natural therapies as safe alternatives to some of the conventional medical treatments of common pregnancy complaints, I have watched with pride and elation as this book has found renewed purpose. Today it speaks to more than a piqued group of concerned alternative thinkers; it speaks to a diverse population of women and mothers who are curious about taking control of their health, their bodies, and their pregnancies. The face of wellness has changed since this book was first published, and there is now welcomed emphasis on natural treatments, herbal medicine, and integrative support. It is a pleasure to share this book--one of the original voices in the world of natural health for mommas--with you. The wisdom and information within it stands the test of time. Excerpted from The Natural Pregnancy Book, Third Edition: Your Complete Guide to a Safe, Organic Pregnancy and Childbirth with Herbs, Nutrition, and Other Holistic Choices by Aviva Jill Romm All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

Ina May Gaskin
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Forewordp. xiii
Prefacep. xv
Part I Your Pregnancyp. 1
Chapter 1 The Basicsp. 3
A Brief History of Birthing Practices in the United Statesp. 4
What I Mean by Naturalp. 7
Alternative Childbirth and the Resurgence of Midwiferyp. 7
Looking to the Futurep. 9
Chapter 2 Becoming Body Centeredp. 11
Learning to Listen to Your Bodyp. 12
Feelings and Fears About Your Bodyp. 15
Moving Your Body Joyouslyp. 16
Reclaiming Women's Wisdomp. 17
Chapter 3 The Baby Inside Youp. 20
Your Growing Babyp. 20
Creating a Healthy Prenatal Environmentp. 25
Communicating with Your Babyp. 28
Chapter 4 Prenatal Carep. 32
Prenatal Care Basicsp. 33
Choosing Your Birth Placep. 34
Choosing Your Birth Attendantp. 35
Prenatal Visitsp. 42
Prenatal Testingp. 44
Childbirth Education Classesp. 49
Chapter 5 What to Eat When You're Pregnantp. 51
Getting Startedp. 53
We Bring Home More Than the Hidden Dangers in Our Foodsp. 54
What Should You Eat?p. 55
The Nutrientsp. 55
Vegetarian and Other Natural Foods Dietsp. 69
Cravingsp. 72
Weight Gain-How Much?p. 72
Take Inventoryp. 74
Foods to Avoid in Pregnancyp. 75
Chapter 6 Herbs, Safety, and Pregnancy Healthp. 76
Are Herbs Safe During Pregnancy?p. 76
Using Herbs During Pregnancyp. 77
Herbs Considered Safe in Pregnancyp. 80
Herbs to Avoid During Pregnancyp. 83
What Forms of Herbs Are Safe During Pregnancy?p. 86
Chapter 7 Exercise and Posturep. 87
Posturep. 89
Essential Movements for Pregnant Womenp. 91
Pelvic Healthp. 95
Massage: Passive Exercisep. 98
Chapter 8 The Need for Restp. 101
Relaxation Techniquesp. 102
Spending Time Outdoorsp. 104
Chapter 9 Physical Changes During Pregnancyp. 106
Your Breastsp. 106
Your Yonip. 108
Digestive Tractp. 108
Urinary Tractp. 109
Uterus and Bellyp. 109
Hair and Skinp. 111
Bones and Musclesp. 112
Touch, Sound, and Smellp. 112
Chapter 10 Emotional Changes by Trimester
First Trimesterp. 114
Second Trimesterp. 116
Third Trimesterp. 117
Chapter 11 The Month Before Birthp. 119
Nutrition and Rest During Late Pregnancyp. 120
Herbs for Late Pregnancy and Birth Preparationp. 121
Preparing Your Body for Birthp. 122
Preparing for Breastfeedingp. 123
What You Need After the Baby Is Bornp. 124
Chapter 12 Pregnancy as a Rite of Passage
An Opportunity for Personal Growthp. 128
Self-Empowermentp. 128
Celebrating Pregnancyp. 134
Chapter 13 Your Changing Family
Your Relationship with Your Motep. 141
Single Mommasp. 144
When You Already Have Childrenp. 144
A Partner's Point of Viewp. 146
Part II Common Concerns During Pregnancyp. 153
Chapter 14 A Guide to Common Pregnancy Issuesp. 155
Anemiap. 158
Anxietyp. 162
Backaches and Sciaticap. 162
Bleeding and Cramping in Early Pregnancyp. 165
Bleeding in Late-Pregnancyp. 168
Breasts, Sorep. 168
Breech Birthsp. 169
Colds, Flu, and Mild Illnessesp. 171
Constipationp. 175
Crampingp. 178
Depressionp. 178
Ectopic Pregnancyp. 178
Edemap. 179
Emotional Swingsp. 179
Fatiguep. 183
Gestational Diabetesp. 186
Headachesp. 187
Herpesp. 189
High Blood Pressurep. 194
Hyperemesis Gravidarump. 199
Indigestion and Heartburnp. 201
Insomnia and Anxietyp. 204
Itchiness and Skin Troublesp. 206
Leg Cramps and Restless Legsp. 207
Miscarriagep. 210
Morning Sicknessp. 224
Preeclampsiap. 230
Stretch Marksp. 231
Swellingp. 232
Urinary Incontinencep. 233
Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)p. 234
Vaginal Infectionsp. 237
Varicose Veins and Hemorrhoidsp. 248
Appendix A Herbal Preparationsp. 253
Gathering Herbsp. 253
Purchasing Herbsp. 254
Preparing Herbsp. 255
Appendix B Common and Latin Names for Herbs in This Bookp. 263
Resources: Childbirth Education and Doula Organizationsp. 266
Herbal Organizationsp. 267
Herbal Product Resourcesp. 267
HypnoBirthingp. 267
Magazinesp. 268
Midwifery Organizationsp. 268
Pregnancy and Birth Supplies for Midwives and Home-birth Mamasp. 269
Pregnancy and Birth Websites and Blogsp. 269
Women's Herbal Educationp. 270
Bibliographyp. 271
About the Authorp. 280
Indexp. 281