Sunday, 25 January 2015

Recommended Fertility and Infertility Books

There are so many books out there that it's easy to get overwhelmed. Here are some books that consistently get good reviews. The Book Depository has free shipping to Korea. What the Book in Itaewon can get most books for you. Amazon might be a good option if you have someone coming to visit or can buy the Kindle version of the book. The descriptions are based off of Amazon's descriptions.


It Starts with the Egg: How the Science of Egg Quality Can Help You Get Pregnant Naturally, Prevent Miscarriage, and Improve Your Odds in IVF
Written by Rebecca Fett

Research has shown that age-related infertility, recurrent miscarriage, infertility in PCOS, and failed IVF cycles all come back to the egg. This book contains information on how to improve the quality of your eggs. It tells you how to minimize your exposure to toxins, eat healthy, and which supplements you should be taking. You can buy it on Amazon and the Book Depository.



The Impatient Woman's Guide to Getting Pregnant
Written by Jean M. Twenge Ph.D.

This book is a complete guide to getting pregnant. There's a lot less to worry about that we though. The author shares information about how to prepare for getting pregnant and how to deal with a miscarriage. She also covers how to know when you're ovulating, maximizing your chances of getting pregnant, and how to increase the odds of having a boy or girl. You can buy it from Amazon or the Book Depository.




The Infertility Cure: The Ancient Chinese Wellness Program for Getting Pregnant and Having Healthy Babies
Written by Randine Lewis

Instead of new technology, this book tells us to look bad at tradition ways of getting pregnant. There are Chinese medicines that can help overcome fertility. You can buy it on Amazon or the Book Depository.



Making Babies: A Proven 3-Month Program for Maximum Fertility
Written by Sami S. David and Jill Blakeway


Lifestyle choices rather than surgical, chemical, and technological intervention is what this book proposes. From taking cough medicine, to getting acupuncture, and decreasing doses of fertility drugs, this book helps you learn how to get pregnant. You can buy it at Amazon or the Book Depository.




Taking Charge of Your Fertility, 10th Anniversary Edition: The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control, Pregnancy Achievement, and Reproductive Health
Written by Toni Weschler

This book has helped hundreds of thousands of women. It contains information about fertility technologies and natural approaches to conception. There are answers to questions that women have about not being able to get pregnant. The author uses the Fertility Awareness Method that will allow you to take charge of your own fertility. It's a #1 Best Seller in Fertility on Amazon. You can also buy it from the Book Depository.



Unsung Lullabies: Understanding and Coping with Infertility
Written by Dr. Martha Diamond, Dr. Janet Jaffe, and Dr. David Diamond

This book focuses on getting over their sense of helplessness and isolation that comes with infertility. It helps them mourn their loses of infertility and move on. You can buy it on Amazon or the Book Depository.


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Saturday, 17 January 2015

Seeding a Baby's Microbiome

Midwife Thinking has an interesting article about human microbiomes and they discuss the differences between vaginal births and C-sections and breastfeeding and formula feeding.  The comments are definitely worth reading as well. The New York Times has a much shorter article about how microbiomes can be seeded before birth.


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Saturday, 10 January 2015

Recommended Pregnancy Books

There are so many books out there that it's easy to get overwhelmed. Here are some books for both moms and dads that consistently get good reviews. The Book Depository has free shipping to Korea. What the Book in Itaewon can get most books for you. Amazon might be a good option if you have someone coming to visit or can buy the Kindle version of the book. The descriptions are based off of Amazon's descriptions.


Dude, You're Going to Be a Dad!: How to Get (Both of You) Through the Next 9 Months
Written by John Pfeiffer

This book will help the expectant dad focus on what he can do to help his partner. Written from a dad's perspective there is tons of information about what the dad can do. Despite the fact that he's not pregnant, he still has lots of responsibilities. This book will tell just exactly what you can do. You can find it on Amazon.


Eating Expectantly:  Practical Advice for Healthy Eating Before, During and After Pregnancy
Written by Bridget Swinney

Unfortunately eating for two doesn't really apply. From the second trimester you only need an extra 300 calories (if you're breastfeeding you need an extra 500 calories per day). And they should come from healthy sources. That extra slice of cake won't cut it. Nowadays with all the fast food options and super-sized portions it's getting harder to eat healthily. A mom's diet is very important, before, during, and after pregnancy. This books has tips on what to eat as well as which cleaning and beauty products are safe to use. You can find it on Amazon and the Book Depository.



The Healthy Pregnancy: Month by Month, Everything You Need to Know by America's Baby Experts
Written by William Sears, Martha Sears, Linda Holt, and BJ Snell


This book will take parents through pregnancy step-by-step. You will learn about the changes that take place in both mom and baby, from physical to emotional. There's also helpful information about nutrition, healthy living, managing stress, and choosing how and where to birth.  Although it's got a lot of information it's arranged in a manner that allows you to pick and choose what you want to read.  You can find it on Amazon and the Book Depository.


Ina May's Guide to Childbirth
Written by Ina May Gaskin

Ina May is the nation's leading midwife. Known for her work on The Farm, a natural birthing community, Ina May tells you everything you need to know about birthing, such as what happens during labor, how to induce labor, episiotomies, anesthesia, c-sections, postpartum depression, how to choose a place to birth, and more. This book was written to empower women and allow them to birth easily with less pain and little interventions. You can buy it off Amazon or the Book Depository.


The Pregnancy Countdown: Nine Months of Practical Tips, Useful Advice, and Uncensored Truths
Written by Susan Magee

There are 280 tips to help you through your pregnancy. This book has information about topics such as what you can and cannot eat, how to sleep, and when to tell people about your pregnancy. It's not a comprehensive guide or medical literature, but tells you about pregnancy honestly and humorously. You can find it on Amazon and the Book Depository.


Natural Pregnancy Book: Your Complete Guide to a Safe, Organic, Pregnancy and Childbirth with Herbs, Nutrition, and Other Holistic Choices
Written by Aviva Jill Romm

You are what you eat and when you're pregnant, you need to be very healthy for the sake of your child. There's information about healthy diets, natural remedies, exercise, and posture. While the medical world is trying to take over pregnancy and birth many people are realizing that it's best to go back to basics. You can find it on Amazon.



What to Expect When You're Expecting
Written by Heidi Murkoff

This famous book has been recommended for years. It's easy to read and you can skip to the parts that interest you. The book has information on different types of pregnancy, such as high risk and multiples, and even deals with abnormalities and disabilities. A difficult topic, but one that must be discussed. There's also information about mom's emotional and physical changes. Support people will also find lots of useful tips in this book. Chocked full of tips and hints about pregnancy, there's a reason why this consistently tops the best sellers lists. You can find it on Amazon and the Book Depository.


What to Expect When Your Wife is Expanding
Written by Thomas Hill
A humorous book written for dads-to-be. There are topics such as what to say during labor, what to buy, how to maintain work-life-wife balance, the cloth diaper debate, a baby name guide, and more. What you should and shouldn't say on social media, gifts you shouldn't buy your partner, and why you shouldn't pick out maternity clothes. You can buy it on Amazon and the Book Depository.


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