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

3.47  ·  Rating Details  ·  197 Ratings  ·  32 Reviews
Before Your Pregnancy is a breakthrough book for prospective parents—a completely detailed resource that prepares mothers and fathers-to-be to conceive the healthiest baby possible, to make pregnancy and delivery easier, and to foster the mental and physical well-being of their infant child. Created by two experienced health-care professionals, this unique handbook not onl ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published September 3rd 2002 by Ballantine Books (first published May 15th 1998)
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Carissa
Mar 02, 2014 Carissa rated it liked it
Shelves: baby-books
I skimmed through this book because of the amount of baby books I had read before this. It had an excellent section on specific diseases and medications and a large section on nutrition. It is a verbose book, hence why I skimmed it.



Notes:
Use glass, stainless steel, porcelain or ceramic containers for hot foods.
Reduce your use of canned foods.
Microwave food in nonplastic containers designated for microwave usage.
Choose glass or BPA-free baby bottles.

For cat litter, use a mask and gloves. Wash han
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Lightreads
Sep 24, 2011 Lightreads rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, food
Huh. I’m glad I read this, and I’ll keep it around for the vitamins/minerals charts, but overall . . . not so much. This book pays lipservice to the notion that straight married people aren’t the only ones having babies by using the word “partner,” but then doesn’t manage to include anyone LGBT or single having a child anywhere in over 500 pages that I saw. And they want to cover a lot of ground about health and reproduction, so they can’t really dig into anything, with the unfortunate overall i ...more
Jennifer
Nov 10, 2011 Jennifer rated it it was ok
Picked this up in my library free-kindle-book binge, and because I figured it couldn't hurt to read it.

Skimmed much of the content- much of it is so general that frankly it isn't that helpful. Yes, diet and exercise are important... but not just for pre-pregnancy women... and there are some details on vitamins, etcetc. But in the attempt to cover every topic, it doesn't really give you much more information that isn't patently obvious.

If you are trying to get pregnant, don't smoke or do drugs. S
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Darcey
May 26, 2013 Darcey rated it really liked it
Shelves: pregnancy
So. Useful. If there’s one book to read while you’re considering trying to conceive, make it this one. Ogle takes time to look at a large number of aspects which can influence pregnancy, and risks. There are no scare tactics here -- not all of it may be pleasant reading, but neither is it full of horrible things that will happen if you don’t do the suggested things. Understanding the impact a prepregnancy body can have on a pregnancy is important, and knowing the changes to make in order to hav ...more
Kim
Nov 12, 2015 Kim rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
Useful info about vitamins, meds and chemicals to avoid, and practical advice on basics of getting a bit more healthy before conceiving. I found the tone to be a bit annoying at times and some of the scenarios a bit obnoxious...but less so than other books I browsed on a similar topic.

Wouldn't recommend it or dissuade people from it...it just was so-so. But it did follow its claim...I felt ready to start trying and successfully tracking ovulation within 90 days and I was able to conceive quickl
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Jessica
May 02, 2009 Jessica rated it liked it
While this book offers mostly common sense, I did take about a page worth of notes about things I didn't already know. A lot of the book can be skimmed and kept as a reference. Overall I'm glad I read it.
Amanda
May 30, 2016 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the best prepregnancy book I found, although there aren't that many. It does cover a lot, and I think that it did provide useful information on diet, exercise, and overall health. The tone can be a bit annoying. Also, I found that the nutrition section was highly biased towards using the mypyramid.gov website, which I think is now choosemyplate.gov. There are lots of calorie/nutrition trackers out there, and I think that section would have been more useful if it hadn't been so focused on ...more
Derek
Aug 12, 2015 Derek rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up Before Your Pregnancy: A 90 Day Guide for Couples on How to Prepare for a Healthy Conception by Amy Ogle for reasons that should be readily apparent from the book's title. I went with the Kindle e-book version of this book, and, although there was a lot of helpful information in here, I wasn't impressed.

I hate to ding a book for things that are beyond the author's control, but the formatting on this version was TERRIBLE. Text boxes and charts that, in the print edition would likely h
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Heidi
Jun 26, 2015 Heidi rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Women planning to TTC.
Shelves: true-story
I found this to be a solid and interesting resource on preparing the body for pregnancy. This was the ONLY book I was able to find at either my library or local bookstore that focused on TTC in a way that didn't assume that you were having fertility issues, but that you were just looking to plan for a healthy pregnancy (3+ months down the road, though there are health tips that could be implemented sooner or later). It includes chapters on vitamins, minerals, food health, physical health and tra ...more
Jenna
Jun 21, 2010 Jenna rated it it was amazing
This is the only book that I've found that doesn't assume I'm reading because I can't get pregnant. It definitely focuses on nutrition and exercise which makes perfect sense. In fact, 7 of 17 chapters are about the getting the mommy-to-be's body in tip top shape. It has a great list of vitamins/minerals/supplements and what they do and how many of each to consume. It has exercises that help to train your body not only for labor, but for pregnancy as well. It has different options for care provid ...more
Kelly
Jan 19, 2009 Kelly rated it did not like it
Shelves: nonfiction, pregnancy
I didn't read this book cover to cover, but I flipped through all of it and read bits here and there. It's a little too mainstream for me, so I decided to look for another preconception book that is more inline with my values and ideals. For example, this book says that nurse midwives must be under the "supervision" of an ob/gyn to perform deliveries. I know that is not the fact at least in my state. In addition, the nutrition recommendations are basically to use the food pyramid and the exercis ...more
Kat
Sep 24, 2011 Kat rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, pregnancy
Some great information here, but honestly I ended up skimming through quite a bit. I think the book might be more helpful and reassuring for couples potentially facing an "at-risk" pregnancy. There is a lot of information about pre-existing conditions and how they factor in to pregnancy. I found the chapters about nutrition, exercise, and fertility particularly useful. Most pregnancy books seem to have a brief intro chapter for us studious ladies that like to read up before the big assignment, s ...more
Bird
This is a very, very basic book intended for people with no knowledge of what a healthy lifestyle looks like. (Hmmm, lots of exercise and a well-balanced diet. Haven't I heard that somewhere before...? face-->palm)

There are a few good tidbits that women may not know (like that you should begin taking a folic acid supplement three months before you intend to start trying to conceive), but overall anyone health conscious enough to be thinking about picking this book up won't find anything new o
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Nikki
This is a good book, but I just didn't enjoy it as much as What to Expect Before You're Expecting. It's good really good info, but I realized its focus on health provided me with a lot of info I'm already familiar with. Matt and I have already jointly developed healthy diets and good exercise programs. All in all, I would say it's a useful book, but just not one I really needed. I would recommend it to anyone looking to learn more about nutrition and exercise before conception.
Erica
May 14, 2015 Erica rated it it was amazing
Hands down the best pregnancy book I've read to date: and it actually focuses on the "pre pregnancy" period. The tone and pacing were perfect, the content deep, scientific and engaging. I wish Mazzullo would write a pregnancy book, and then maybe a post-pregnancy book: although the market is glutted with these type of books, Mazzullo's would rise to the top because she doesn't talk down to her readers, and includes all relevant data in a balanced fashion. Fantastic.
Laura
This is a great book to just give you a general heads-up of what to expect when starting a family. It has nutritional information, a general over-view of conception and infertility, it also gives great insight to lifestyle choices when starting a family. Some of the info didn't apply to me and it had these little anecdotes that were cheesy. But I think this book is a good starting place for researching family planning.
Mia McInnis
Jun 12, 2014 Mia McInnis rated it it was amazing
A lot of information that is very well laid out and explained. Complete with charts, food guides, checklists and more I would highly recommend this to anyone planning parenthood.
Perrie
Apr 21, 2012 Perrie rated it really liked it
An excellent reference for couples who are planning to get pregnant. It's very heavy on detail, all based on sound scientific studies (unlike many similar books in the field). This is more of a textbook and may not appeal to all readers but would serve as a very sound reference guide.
Evie
Mar 24, 2013 Evie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
After reading about ectopic pregnancies and the genetic possibilities of inheriting Huntington's disease, I checked out. Returned this book to the library after 3 renews and I'd still only managed to skim half.

No rush, anyway.
Stephanie
Nov 04, 2013 Stephanie rated it really liked it
This book was filled with information about how to prepare your body for pregnancy. Not only was it good information for pregnancy, but great information for eating and living healthy in general!
Ashley
Apr 11, 2013 Ashley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good primer, I think. We're not quite ready yet but I love the idea of being proactive beforehand to make sure you and your body are in the best place possible before conceiving.
Gail
Sep 20, 2011 Gail rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very dense. Beware, it could take you 90 days just to read this book. It seems to have some good information though - for overall health as well as getting ready for pregnancy.
Kristen
Jan 28, 2012 Kristen rated it liked it
good read. was able to skim most of it though, since it appeared to be geared towards sedentary, overweight women with poor diets. for me, about 1/3 of the book was useful.
Marisa
Jan 15, 2009 Marisa rated it did not like it
This book was way too detailed for me, and made me totally paranoid about everything before I even got pregnant. I worry enough, thank you very much.
Jo
Dec 21, 2013 Jo rated it liked it
Way more technical than I was hoping for--and all things that I'd previously read. I was looking for more emotional prep, and less "stop eating X".
Jaclyn Harrison
Jan 28, 2013 Jaclyn Harrison rated it really liked it
This book was a little outdated, but I'm still giving it 4 stars since there are not many quality books in the pre-conception genre.
Michelle
Jul 28, 2012 Michelle rated it liked it
Didnt tell me anything I havent been able to find just by doing research from the internet.. But its a good starters book.
Amanda
Oct 09, 2010 Amanda rated it really liked it
Very informative if you are preparing to get preganant. I only skimmed some chapters but read others more closely.
Gretta Walhovd
Nov 24, 2013 Gretta Walhovd rated it really liked it
This book is for an over-preparer who loves tons of details. Me! Lots of info on nutrition.
Hannah
Dec 08, 2015 Hannah rated it liked it
Lots of good information, but really hard to get through.
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