Before Your Pregnancy- Book Review


Before Your Pregnancy; A 90 Day Guide for Couples on How to Prepare for a Healthy Conception

Authors- Amy Ogle and Lisa Mazzullo

This book is jam packed with information related to fertility. It addresses what both men and women can do to make sure they are at a prime fertility level when they try to conceive. Their preconception plan is meant to take 90 days because that is how long it takes for healthy sperm to completely mature.

The book covers every aspect of pre-pregnancy health. The following is a list of the chapter topics so that you can get a feel for how the book is set up and the information it covers.

Chapter 1: So You Want to Have a Baby
Chapter 2: Lifestyle Habits: Smoking, Drinking, Drugs and Caffeine
Chapter 3: Your Environment at Work and at Home
Chapter 4: The Preconception Visit
Chapter 5: Understanding Your Gynecology Factors That Influence Conception
Chapter 6: Ancestry and Age: Your Baby’s Genetic Legacy
Chapter 7: To Your Health: Pre-existing Medical Condition
Chapter 8: Conception Friendly Medication and Herbs
Chapter 9: What Men Can Do
Chapter 10: Pre-pregnancy Nutrition: The Basics
Chapter 11: Vitamins, Minerals and Supplements
Chapter 12: The Joy of Food Groups Using the Food Guide Pyramid
Chapter 13: Tailoring Your Preconception Diet to Meet Your Needs
Chapter 14: Body Weight, Body Challenges
Chapter 15: Getting in Shape Before You Conceive
Chapter 16: Your Preconception Exercise Prescription
Chapter 17: Romancing the Egg

As you can see from the list of chapters, the book really does address every aspect of preconception. In fact there are many lists, checklists, recipes and exercises included in the book. One of my favorite elements was that within each chapter there were many interesting anecdotes and tidbits of information. Another element I liked was that each chapter also included information for after you were pregnant. It felt as if they were giving you the now and the future of what to expect.

And while the incredible amount of information was wonderful, I was expecting something a little different based on the title. It isn’t really presented in a way where you can start on day one and work through it for the next month and a half. You really have to dig deep and pull out the information that is most applicable to you and your partner.

I would however recommend this book if you are getting ready to conceive. I felt as if it made me really focus on all aspects of my preconception plan. If this book sounds like something you are interested in, you can find it on Amazon.com, or you can do what I did which was check it out from your local library!

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