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Your Complete Guide to a Safe, Organic Pregnancy and Childbirth with Herbs, Nutrition, and Other Holistic Choices

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On Sale: August 05, 2014
Pages: 304 | ISBN: 978-1-60774-449-8
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A revised and updated edition of the classic handbook for women seeking a safe, organic, eco-friendly, and natural pregnancy, featuring an integrative-based approach with new medical, herbal, and nutritional information.

Every mother wants the best for her unborn child, from the baby’s conception to birth. What’s more, every mother wants clear, straightforward information delivered in a calm, empowering voice from someone who knows the facts. Enter Dr. Aviva Jill Romm, an expert in natural childbirth with more than twenty years of experience in both alternative and allopathic medicine. In this newly revised third edition, Dr. Romm takes a holistic approach, emphasizing natural remedies wherever possible and providing up-to-date advice on herbs that promote wellness during pregnancy, and alleviate such familiar concerns as anxiety, fatigue, morning sickness, and stretch marks. With tips for a nutritious diet, exercise and posture, and information on the emotional and physical changes that childbearing brings, The Natural Pregnancy Book is your comprehensive guide to a safe, healthy pregnancy, as nature intended it.



This book was conceived nearly thirty years ago in the kitchen of a dear friend’s home. At that time, she and I, both midwives and each the mother of a young child, were beginning a lifetime journey of uncovering and rediscovering a great wealth of information about childbearing and child raising. We were gleaning information from a variety of sources: anthropological research, medical and lay texts, our work as mothers and midwives, the experiences of other midwives and mothers, and, most significantly, what we were learning from our intuition, from each other as women friends, from our partnerships with our mates, and from our babies. We had found that pregnancy did not have to be ten (lunar) months of drudgery, discomfort, and exhaustion. We were finding that pregnancy and motherhood could be highly creative times, filled with confidence, perceptiveness, awe, and appreciation for the beauty of our changing physical shape, and the extension of this in the form of our growing children.

Standing in the doorway of that kitchen on an early spring day, a moment ripe for beginnings, I found an inspiration and made the commitment to carry this inspiration inside me, to gestate and nurture my discoveries until, like a baby after a full-term pregnancy, a book would be ready to emerge, to be born—a book to share the joy and strength I was gaining from my experiences. That so many women see pregnancy as a burden to be endured, a time fraught with insecurity and doubt, seemed a great loss. Aware of the transformative potential of the written word, I became determined to contribute a positive, supportive narrative about pregnancy by a woman and mother, for women and mothers everywhere.
I now have four children, all of whom have grown and flourished in their own unique and significant ways. I’ve had healthy pregnancies, strong labors, and beautiful births. I’ve nursed my babies and deeply enjoyed each of our children through every stage of childhood, adolescence, and unfolding adulthood. Each pregnancy has reaffirmed my conviction that natural health care is the bedrock of continuing wellness for myself and my family, and watching my children develop into strong, healthy beings has only strengthened that principle. In addition to my own pregnancies, I have had the honor to know and assist many women and families on the mostly joyous, sometimes tumultuous, and occasionally painful path of pregnancy. I experienced life come full circle this past January when I served as the midwife for the birth of my first grandchild. The joy I felt as I witnessed and supported my baby as he experienced the birth of his baby was transcendent, otherworldly, a moment that far exceeded any fantasy I could have dreamed up.

As women have become increasingly aware of the options of natural birth and home birth, and of the potential value of natural therapies as safe alternatives to some of the conventional medical treatments of common pregnancy complaints, I have watched with pride and elation as this book has found renewed purpose. Today it speaks to more than a piqued group of concerned alternative thinkers; it speaks to a diverse population of women and mothers who are curious about taking control of their health, their bodies, and their pregnancies. The face of wellness has changed since this book was first published, and there is now welcomed emphasis on natural treatments, herbal medicine, and integrative support. It is a pleasure to share this book—one of the original voices in the world of natural health for mommas—with you. The wisdom and information within it stands the test of time.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Ina May Gaskin

Part I: Your Pregnancy

Chapter 1: The Basics 
A Brief History of Birthing Practices in the United States   
What I Mean by Natural   
Alternative Childbirth and the
Resurgence of Midwifery   
Looking to the Future 
Chapter 2: Becoming Body Centered
Learning to Listen to Your Body
Feelings and Fears About Your Body
Moving Your Body Joyously
Reclaiming Women’s Wisdom

Chapter 3: The Baby Inside You
Your Growing Baby
Creating a Healthy Prenatal Environment
Communicating with Your Baby

Chapter 4: Prenatal Care
Prenatal Care Basics
Choosing Your Birth Place
Choosing Your Birth Attendant
Prenatal Visits
Prenatal Testing
Childbirth Education Classes

Chapter 5: What to Eat When You’re Pregnant
Getting Started
We Bring Home More Than the Bacon: Hidden Dangers in Our Foods
What Should You Eat?
The Nutrients
Vegetarian and Other Natural Foods Diets
Weight Gain—How Much?
Take Inventory
Foods to Avoid in Pregnancy

Chapter 6: Herbs, Safety, and Pregnancy Health
Are Herbs Safe During Pregnancy?
Using Herbs During Pregnancy
Herbs Considered Safe in Pregnancy
Herbs to Avoid During Pregnancy
What Forms of Herbs Are Safe During Pregnancy?

Chapter 7: Exercise and Posture
Essential Movements for Pregnant Women
Pelvic Health
Massage: Passive Exercise

Chapter 8: The Need for Rest
Relaxation Techniques
Spending Time Outdoors

Chapter 9: 106 Physical Changes During Pregnancy
Your Breasts
Your Yoni
Digestive Tract
Urinary Tract
Uterus and Belly
Hair and Skin
Bones and Muscles
Touch, Sound, and Smell

Chapter 10: Emotional Changes by Trimester
First Trimester
Second Trimester
Third Trimester

Chapter 11: The Month Before Birth
Nutrition and Rest During Late Pregnancy
Herbs for Late Pregnancy and Birth Preparation
Preparing Your Body for Birth
Preparing for Breastfeeding
What You Need After the Baby Is Born

Chapter 12: Pregnancy as a Rite of Passage
An Opportunity for Personal Growth
Celebrating Pregnancy

Chapter 13: Your Changing Family
Your Relationship with Your Mate
Single Mommas
When You Already Have Children
A Partner's Point of View

Part II: Common Concerns During Pregnancy

Chapter 14: A Guide to Common Pregnancy Issues
Backaches and Sciatica
Bleeding and Cramping in Early Pregnancy
Bleeding in Late-Pregnancy
Breasts, Sore
Breech Births
Colds, Flu, and Mild Illnesses
Ectopic Pregnancy
Emotional Swings
Gestational Diabetes
High Blood Pressure
Hyperemesis Gravidarum
Indigestion and Heartburn
Insomnia and Anxiety
Itchiness and Skin Troubles
Leg Cramps and Restless Legs
Morning Sickness
Stretch Marks
Urinary Incontinence
Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)
Vaginal Infections
Varicose Veins and Hemorrhoids

Appendix A: Herbal Preparations
Gathering Herbs
Purchasing Herbs
Preparing Herbs

Appendix B: Common and Latin Names for Herbs in This Book

Childbirth Education and Doula Organizations
Herbal Organizations
Herbal Product Resources
Midwifery Organizations
Pregnancy and Birth Supplies for Midwives and Home-birth Mamas
Pregnancy and Birth Websites and Blogs
Women’s Herbal Education

About the Author
Aviva Jill Romm|Ina May Gaskin

About Aviva Jill Romm

Aviva Jill Romm - The Natural Pregnancy Book, Third Edition
AVIVA JILL ROMM is a midwife and herbalist who has been the director of the LifeCycles Center for Midwifery and Botanical Medicine since 1985. Current president of the American Herbalists Guild, she is the author of several books and many articles on natural healing and pregnancy issues. Ms. Romm lives outside of Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband and four children.

About Ina May Gaskin

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Photo © Ina May Gaskin

Ina May Gaskin, certified professional midwife, has been a midwife for more than thirty years at The Farm Midwifery Center at The Farm, in Summertown, Tennessee.


“From conception to birth, and all the days between, this book offers history, remedies, and woman-loving visions of health in a clear voice that rings with experience.” 
—Susan Weed, author of Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year

“This is truly the best book available on pregnancy and childbirth and should be read by everyone considering parenthood.”
—Rosemary Gladstar, author of Herbal Healing for Women

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