Deirdre Dolan Alexandra Zissu
- Title: The Complete Organic Pregnancy
- Author: Deirdre Dolan Alexandra Zissu
- ISBN: 9780060887452
- Page: 439
- Format: Paperback
While being pregnant is thrilling, the responsibility of a growing baby can provoke anxiety about what is and isn t safe In The Complete Organic Pregnancy, Deirdre Dolan and Alexandra Zissu address how you can minimize your exposure to the invisible toxins that surround us in everything from food, cleaning products, and cosmetics to furniture, rugs, air, and water Step bWhile being pregnant is thrilling, the responsibility of a growing baby can provoke anxiety about what is and isn t safe In The Complete Organic Pregnancy, Deirdre Dolan and Alexandra Zissu address how you can minimize your exposure to the invisible toxins that surround us in everything from food, cleaning products, and cosmetics to furniture, rugs, air, and water Step by step, they tell you where dangerous chemicals are lurking, why it s so important to avoid them when pregnant, and what you can do before, during, and after your pregnancy to protect your child.In this exhaustively researched book, the authors calmly talk parents to be through everything from the safest laundry detergent to which crib mattresses contain toxic flame retardants You ll find out how to choose the right face cream, plastic water bottles, household cleaners, types of fish, and much all with an eye toward keeping you and your baby safe and healthy.The Complete Organic Pregnancy also features a collection of personal diaries from well known writers and organophiles, including Barbara Kingsolver and Marion Nestle, as well as recipes from organic chefs Required reading for anyone heading into this exciting stage of life, The Complete Organic Pregnancy is your chance to make a difference for your children, even before they re born.
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I want a baby inside me. An organic baby.
I loved this book and wished I had read it BEFORE getting pregnant. It is a valuable resource for trying and expecting mothers.A semi-related TED Talk: The toxic babyted/talks/tyrone_haye
I took everything in this book with a grain of organic, locally produced, safely-packaged-in-glass salt.This book wasn't quite as alarmist as I assumed it would be when I picked it up, but that doesn't mean that you don't frequently get the notion that the authors think that everything will kill your child. It is more often a daunting description of the harmful world we live in than a useful reference for a healthy family.In a way, that is probably good. I firmly believe that the point of eating [...]
This book drove me to the brink of insanity as I realized that it is not financially possible, without a windfall, to do everything organically when it comes to our eventual pregnancy, let alone the two others that we will hopefully endure to follow. From food to beauty products to furniture to toys to household cleanersAHHH! I've come to the conclusion that I have to prioritize. I'll do the best I can, and that will have to be good enough. So basically, the book was a little too informative, lo [...]
I was intrigued by the idea of this book since I am vegan and do try to live as organically as one can, but I thought The Complete Organic Pregnancy was a bit lacking. I was looking for thoughful guidance, or at least more information than I had already gathered from friends and the Internet, to take my organic practice a bit further, but this book is really a beginner's very basic guide to organic and natural options for pregnancy and childbirth. If you are starting from square one knowing very [...]
This book covers everything about making your home and personal self more natural and organic. Good advice for creating a healthy environment in your home, whether you’re pregnant or not. It is organized into three sections–transforming (pre-conception), growing (pregnancy), and living (babyhood). In each section, the authors cover food, home environment, work environment, fitness, play, etc. The text is easy to read and accurate, and broken up by essays written by various journalists. I fin [...]
This book was great. I bought it for myself and no one recommended it. I just saw it and picked it up very soon after I found out I was pregnant. The first section of the book is about what you should do before you get pregnant, the second during your pregnancy and the last section is after the baby is born. A lot of the suggestions in this book, I was already doing, however it did make me a little (a LOT) neurotic about chemicals and made me have insomnia for a few weeks worrying about all the [...]
This had some good information but was mostly repetitive for me. Some of the authors' advice was also a little mainstream for my taste. I also felt a little annoyed by all of the little stories in the book by "real" moms being written by urban people from NYC or California cities. My favorite quote from the book however was: "When I was about a month away from giving birth to my son, a woman in my prenatal yoga class snapped. We were 'checking in' like we did, sitting in a circle in some approxi [...]
After watching and admiring one of my closest friends raise her now one and a half year old I can’t help but be fascinated with all she has taught me. Although pregnancy is something I’m planning for a few years down the road I’m finding joy in starting my research now. This book is a great start to that research. While I’ve long been aware of the importance of organic food and using good, chemical free products, toxins in and around the home have never been brought to my attention in th [...]
If you're looking for an eye-opening read that will make you suspicious of everything from the box of cereal in the cupboard and the veggies in your fridge to the paint on your walls and the pillow you sleep withis book is for you!!!If you have absolutely no interest in living the healthiest life you can, or making informed purchasing decisions, I highly recommend avoiding this publication at all costs. Guilt abounds post-reading, but I will never look at plastic the same way again. I will do my [...]
I agree with some of the other reviewers that this is a very basic guide. That being said, I did pick up and remember some pointers while I was perusing the book and found some of the website links helpful. For example, we are having new carpet installed next week and I made sure that they would not be using glue/toxic products during installation (and the type of carpet we picked was eco-friendly). However, I know there are flame retardants on the carpet and plan on being gone while my husband [...]
This book is exactly what I was looking for. It's a thorough overview of everything you need to know if you want to give your baby an organic start to life. The book covers food, home and work environment, beauty products, and on and on. But what I really loved was that it provides all this information without stressing you out about it and making you feel like a loser for not doing everything right away. The authors are great about reminding you to do what you can because anything you can do wi [...]
This book was vastly informative and led me to a lot ofeat new resources. My only reservation, which is probably just bias, is that a lot of the things they recommend to do in this book are thing only the upper class could ever afford to do. However, that doesn't mean they shouldn't have suggested it and they acknowledge that fact. Some of their precautions are based off speculation, too, but that annoyed me less in the case of this book because I think it's a good idea to avoid the unknown when [...]
Fabulous! This has details on just about everything you could wonder about during pregnancy.It is also well measured helping the reader to be realistic about not being able to avoid every single toxin in our modern environment unless we live on a commune and eat all whole foods (still hard!) I especially appreciated the info about plastic water bottles and other plastics. The discussion about sustainable eating versus eating all organic is very intelligent and helpful, plus there is an invaluabl [...]
When they say "complete", they mean it. When I read this book, at the early stages of my preganancy, I was looking to purify my life for myself and my little one. This book covered all the aspects I was looking for, but at the same time it made me realize there is a lot of bad stuff in this world we should be avoiding. Yikes! It actually freaked me out to the point where I had to tell myself how many billions of women had perfectly normal babies WITHOUT reading this book. Now I believe moderatio [...]
This book offers very little new information to anyone who is even slightly environmentally conscious. I also found it a bit fear mongering about exposure to chemicals--ie not swimming at all during pregnancy because of exposure to chlorine? Seems a bit ridiculous to me. There is a lot of practical advice for someone who has never considered the amount of chemicals in their food, cosmetics, and cleaning products, but very little that was new for anyone who already pays attention to those things. [...]
This book was not quite what I'd hoped for. The green living piece was all things I'd heard before, for the most part, and which was largely better done in other books, though there were a few interesting sidebars specific to fertility and pregnancy. As with the green living component, the midwifery peice was also all stuff I had heard before and is better done in other books.If you only have time to read one book on those topics, then it is useful, but for more and better information, there are [...]
There is some helpful information here, but the authors have the air of the newly converted and seem less interested in sustainability issues than about a somewhat single-minded focus on keeping THEIR babies healthy (a very individualistic focus). I sometimes got irked when they would tell stories such as "being embarrassed about not having painted toenails during the pregnancy"-- geez! Get over it.
Not only did I find this book terrifying but it also made me feel terribly guilty. If I were to get pregnant should I save all my pennies and replace existing household items with Eco friendly alternatives? The book has a sort of disclaimer at the beginning that you don't need to do everything but any change is beneficial for both you and baby. Yet as another reviewer mentioned, short of financial windfall I don't see many of these things being possible in my lifestyle. Informative though.
This is a pretty comprehensive book on everything you should seek out and avoid before, during, and after pregnancy. From food to beauty products to household items, it doesn't leave much to wonder about. I don't know that any human could live up to it, but that's not really the point. They did a decent job of giving a range of personal stories. Not everyone was an organic superhero.
This is the absolute best book on organic/green/non-toxic living I have seen, and I've looked at a lot! This covers everything from food to baby bottles to paint. I think this would be a great resource for anyone, pregnant or not. I've marked SO many pages in it, and read the whole thing twice. The perfect gift for any pregnant or trying to conceive friend.
If moderation is your default approach or if you prefer to make decisions on the basis of concrete data, you may find this book as off-putting as I did. When I got to the part that warns about the dangers of swimming during pregnancy (the chlorine! it's a potential carcinogen!), I needed to put it back on the shelf and back away slowly.
I think i would have enjoyed this book more if it didn't tell me everything I was doing wrong. Although I want to do more for the env. and I do clean and use enviornmentlaly safe products in my home and on my body, this book scared me and I stopped reading it halfway through. For those die hard organic women, this will suit you well.
They take some things way over the top but it is a good book for general guidelines. The only way you can go through with all of these things is if you have a LOT of money. I would only recommend this book to people who are semi-psycho about organic everything. Otherwise, it might really stress a girl out.
This book was interesting. Their recommendations on going completely organic (in EVERY area of your life) are a little over the top, but they readily admit that not everyone can or wants to. Multiple times throughout the book they affirm that any little thing helps. I skimmed some sections, but overall I'm glad I picked it up!
Great helpful tips for your home and cleaning. It saved me $$ on cleaning supplies! Who knew that dish soap, vinegar, and baking soda would clean almost anything?! (Martha Stewart knew but I just read that book). :)
While there definitely was some good information in this book, it was a little too extreme for my tastes. It made me feel like I was being a bad pregnant lady for eating (gasp!) non-organic some of the time.
This book is full of useful information, but not completely applicable unless you have a personal shopper, chef, handyman, and housekeeper to protect you from all the chemicals in our food, clothing, and household products.
This book was semi-helpful, and fairly annoying. Some information was helpful (such as what produce is most and least contaminated with pesticides), but overall it isn't a resource I'll be returning to.
Loved this! Finally a resource with info that I could use! This has all kinds of great references and an easy to read format.
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