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Body, Soul, and Baby: A Doctor's Guide to the Complete Pregnancy Experience, From Preconception to Postpartum

3.33  ·  Rating Details ·  45 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
In a culture that rarely sees pregnancy as a journey to self-discovery, Body, Soul, and Baby offers a fresh perspective on this transformative life experience by showing women how to tune in to the cues offered by their bodies and souls—as well as by the babies growing within them—for a healthier pregnancy, a more fulfilling birth experience, and a deeper bond with the ...more
Hardcover, 544 pages
Published January 30th 2007 by Bantam (first published 2007)
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Aug 03, 2014 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
During one of my early visits with my ob, I asked her for a recommendation for a good pregnancy book to read. She told me about Body, Soul and Baby by Dr. Tracy Gaudet, the former director of Duke Center for Integrative Medicine. I've read a dozen pregnancy books since then and this is still the best one.

Perhaps from the title you can tell that _Baby Body and Soul_ is a different sort of pregnancy preparedness book. The emphasis isn't "just the facts" although there are plenty of those. And its
Nov 09, 2012 Dayna rated it it was ok
I had hoped this would be a good "in between" guide, practical and well-balanced between holistic care and Western medicine, as I would love a more natural approach but will probably have an entire team of doctors. Some women may find this book helpful, and I do appreciate that Gaudet writes so much about the emotional AND spiritual journey through pregnancy and childbirth (and she touches on how the journey continues throughout motherhood). But her style did not do it for me. Those who lean ver ...more
Jun 21, 2008 Liesl rated it it was amazing
Shelves: parenting
I picked up this book based on an ad I read in Fit Pregnancy as it sounded like it filled a void in my pregnancy reading. I am making the "Liesl's Congratulations, You're Pregnant" gift set for my friends that get pregnant in the future and am definitely including this book. So many of the pregnancy books I have read focus on how the baby is developing and touch lightly on the bodily changes you are experiencing, both of which are important. However, this book focuses on the components of what y ...more
Apr 20, 2009 Stephanie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: pregnant women
This book discusses pregnancy and childbearing using a holistic mind-body approach and offers advice for integrating your mind and body to deal with the changes of pregnancy and the miraculous event of labor and delivery. Since I believe that health is multidimensional--that is, it encompasses physical, intellectual, social, spiritual, and emotional aspects--I appreciated reading Gaudet's integrated approach to childbirth. I think that the exercises she suggests doing are useful, and I will defi ...more
Jan 19, 2011 Gail rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: parenting, birth
I love this book! Most books gloss over the emotional side if pregnancy (and preparing for pregnancy), but this book faces them head on. It covers all aspects of the mother's well-being. It is also great for helping you decide if you are really ready for a baby. I would recommend this to anyone interested in having a baby in the near future, or who feels like the clock is ticking but they aren't sure what to do about it. It is also a great book for worriers because it covers pregnancy in a very ...more
Apr 24, 2009 Kris rated it it was ok
A friend suggested this, and the idea sounded interesting, but it was mostly not for me. When I "check in" with my fetus, it doesn't have much to say at this point, probably because it is a fetus. Maybe the tips will be more useful when I'm further along?

(Full disclosure: I only read through the second trimester, because I didn't want to skip ahead.)
Jul 14, 2016 Sps added it
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OK yes cheesy title and a sometimes un-emulsified mix of Western medical approaches and complementary techniques. But I'm finding it useful as a reminder to deliberately pay attention (in the Ray Smuckles sense.)

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Sep 12, 2007 Heather Clark rated it did not like it
Shelves: pregnancy
This one is way too new agey for me. There were bits of good information in it, but it just wasn't what I am looking forward to - I don't need to check in with my chakras to know I'm okay with being pregnant, when the time comes :)
Sep 01, 2008 Kirsten rated it it was ok
a little too touchy-feely
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Jul 29, 2012 Monica rated it it was ok
A little too new wavey for me but filled with useful tips on managing stress and dealing with anxiety and fear.
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