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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 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 more—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.

Topics: Pregnancy

Published: HarperCollins on Oct 13, 2009
ISBN: 9780061844577
List price: $11.99
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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 cleaners...AHHH! 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, lol. I really got a kick out of the reference to people thinking that following an organic lifestyle can be likened to the hippie generation of late, as my sister and brother-in-law often tease me about this very thing. What a load of malarkey! The Hippies were these zen-like, incense burning, stressfree people. Clearly racing thoughts of phthalates, parabens, pesticides and growth hormones is anything but stressfree and zen-like, and following suit, I am most definitely the polar opposite of any hippie I've ever had the chance of encountering.read more
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I've never been (and never plan to be) pregnant, but this book is invaluable anyway. I was given several review copies and felt silly for not sending all of them to baby-bearing friends, but even for the not-pregnant, the book contains all kinds of useful information about how to avoid daily toxins. And that's something that has served me as the mother to already-born kids, too!read more
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Like most every other pregnancy book on the market, this one preys on the fears and insecurities of women who are pregnant for the first time and not sure what to do. This book doesn't concentrate so much on pregnancy, rather on pre-pregnancy planning and the hundreds of hidden dangers out there and how you should avoid them. Some of the advice was sage; you shouldn't use household cleaners that contain loads of toxic chemicals because those chemicals could have a negative effect on your developing fetus. But, some of the advice was hooey, like you shouldn't drink out of plastic water bottles because you can ingest plastic vapors that have seeped into your water. I don't personally think drinking out of plastic water bottles is bad. There are definitely worse things you could do. After reading the section about toxic chemicals in beauty products, I did get rid of things that contained toxic chemicals, and I even found several new brands of products that are all-natural and don't contain these bad chemicals (Burt's Bees, Dr. Bronners, Alba Botanica, Oyin and some Lush products) but it has taken a lot of searching. I don't think the author should encourage drinking while trying to conceive. In one part she recommends if the pregnancy test comes out negative, pour yourself a glass of wine and try again. While it sounds hunky-dory to have a glass of wine, she doesn't mention that some pregnancy test results could deliver a false negative (say you aren't pregnant when you are) and it's dangerous to drink alcohol with a developing embryo/fetus. So, my advice to people trying to conceive? Don't drink at all. Just resign yourself to not drinking.If you are looking for a good book about pregnancy, check out "Your Pregnancy Week by Week" by Dr. Glade B. Curtis.read more
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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 cleaners...AHHH! 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, lol. I really got a kick out of the reference to people thinking that following an organic lifestyle can be likened to the hippie generation of late, as my sister and brother-in-law often tease me about this very thing. What a load of malarkey! The Hippies were these zen-like, incense burning, stressfree people. Clearly racing thoughts of phthalates, parabens, pesticides and growth hormones is anything but stressfree and zen-like, and following suit, I am most definitely the polar opposite of any hippie I've ever had the chance of encountering.
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I've never been (and never plan to be) pregnant, but this book is invaluable anyway. I was given several review copies and felt silly for not sending all of them to baby-bearing friends, but even for the not-pregnant, the book contains all kinds of useful information about how to avoid daily toxins. And that's something that has served me as the mother to already-born kids, too!
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Like most every other pregnancy book on the market, this one preys on the fears and insecurities of women who are pregnant for the first time and not sure what to do. This book doesn't concentrate so much on pregnancy, rather on pre-pregnancy planning and the hundreds of hidden dangers out there and how you should avoid them. Some of the advice was sage; you shouldn't use household cleaners that contain loads of toxic chemicals because those chemicals could have a negative effect on your developing fetus. But, some of the advice was hooey, like you shouldn't drink out of plastic water bottles because you can ingest plastic vapors that have seeped into your water. I don't personally think drinking out of plastic water bottles is bad. There are definitely worse things you could do. After reading the section about toxic chemicals in beauty products, I did get rid of things that contained toxic chemicals, and I even found several new brands of products that are all-natural and don't contain these bad chemicals (Burt's Bees, Dr. Bronners, Alba Botanica, Oyin and some Lush products) but it has taken a lot of searching. I don't think the author should encourage drinking while trying to conceive. In one part she recommends if the pregnancy test comes out negative, pour yourself a glass of wine and try again. While it sounds hunky-dory to have a glass of wine, she doesn't mention that some pregnancy test results could deliver a false negative (say you aren't pregnant when you are) and it's dangerous to drink alcohol with a developing embryo/fetus. So, my advice to people trying to conceive? Don't drink at all. Just resign yourself to not drinking.If you are looking for a good book about pregnancy, check out "Your Pregnancy Week by Week" by Dr. Glade B. Curtis.
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