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Paperback What Every Pregnant Woman Should Know: The Truth about Diets and Drugs in Pregnancy Book

ISBN: 0140052240

ISBN13: 9780140052244

What Every Pregnant Woman Should Know: The Truth about Diets and Drugs in Pregnancy

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Required reading for anyone involved in pregnancy and childbirth!

The title of this book says it all. Every.Pregnant.Woman.Should.Read.This.Book. I found the beginning a little dated, because I did not think that obstetricians still emphasized weight gain (or lack thereof) nowadays to the degree that it was going on when this book was written in the 70's. However, I have found through discussion with pregnant friends, that this depends on your OB. So, I urge all pregnant women to educate themselves on the importance of good nutrition, NOT the number on the scale, when growing healthy babies. This knowledge is severely lacking in our culture. Modern science is keenly aware of the effect that nutrition has on the gestation of healthy farm animals, and traditional peoples reserve special power-packed foods for expectant parents, but pregnant women in the U.S. receive next to nothing in the way of nutritional information from their doctors or anyone else. Why is this? Perhaps because there is not enough money to be made in promoting proper nutrition (and saving babies' lives!)... In addition, it is important to recognize that the symptoms of pre-eclampsia and other complications of pregnancy are just that - symptoms. Weight gain, water retention and high blood pressure do not cause pre-eclampsia. Therefore, controlling them with drugs will not suppress the actual problem. Only proper nutrition can prevent or reverse these complications, as Dr. Brewer has done with amazing success. This is a very important book, and I recommend anyone who is pregnant or thinking of getting pregnant to read it. If you want more information on preventing complications and birth defects, as well as all aspects of bringing up healthy, happy children, I also suggest the book Healing Our Children: Because Your New Baby Matters! Sacred Wisdom for Preconception, Pregnancy, Birth and Parenting (ages 0-6) by Ramiel Nagel.

Excellent, Superb!!

I can't say enough good things about this book. The menus alone make the book worth the purchase price!!! If you can find it, buy it. The author knows what a pregnant woman needs to eat, and why, and what proper nutrition can prevent - eclampsia, pre-eclampsia, toxemia, underweight babies, poor breast milk production etc. This is a fabulous book. I read it first when my sister was pregnant in 1991. I've kept a copy ever since and given copies to several pregnant friends and relatives. Bravo!!!

Read This One

When I was pregnant with my first child (25 years ago!) I read a gazillion books about all aspects of pregnancy, childbirth, and nursing. This book would be at the top of the list. The information about diet and nutrition for pregnant women (particularly in the prevention of toxemia) was easy to understand and backed by solid research/clinical observations. Assuming this edition is similar to the one I read, it also included a thorough list of the nutritional content of common foods. Highly recommended!

Avoid toxemia

Learn how to avoid toxemia (pre-eclampsia) in pregnancy. The main point is to eat salt and eat enough protein. The author's doctor husband did research for decades and cured toxemia by simply supplying the salt shaker and adding meat to the diet. Read the details. Get some recipes at the end of the book. Read example stories.


This book discusses the REAL cause of preeclampsia-protein calorie deficientcy. It discusses the how and why and what to do for preeclampsia prevention. Any respectable midwife already knows this, and if you can find this book, you can too. If you've had preeclampsia and want good advice on not geeting it again call Dr Brewer at 1 802 388 0276.This author and retired obgyn is glad to get the word out on prevention of this lifetaking pregnancy complication.
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