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What to Expect: Eating Well When You're Expecting
What to Expect
Eating Well When You're Expecting
Paperback      ISBN: 0761133267
Expect to eat well and find answers to all your questions.
  • The thought of a salad makes me green, and I'm craving burgers 24/7. What should I do?
  • I never have time to cook--how can I eat well on the run?
  • Can I still have sushi? And what's this I hear about tuna?
  • How much weight should I gain . . . and at what rate?
  • I never drink milk. Can I get enough calcium without it?
  • Is it true that I should stay away from soft cheese?
  • I'm a vegetarian. Do I have to switch over to meat-eating while I'm pregnant?
How to eat your way healthily, deliciously, and effortlessly through those nine months of baby-making and beyond. It's all here--whether you're at home, on the run, or on the job; a snacker, a grazer, or a meal-eater; a salad lover or a candy craver; short on time or low on money; too queasy or bloated or beat to eat; trying to keep your weight on target or those pesky pregnancy symptoms in check. Plus, the latest lowdown on low carbs, vegetarian diets, caffeine, supplements, food safety, and more. Includes 175 quick-to-fix yummy recipes that pack in nutrients while gratifying taste buds.
Come as You Are: The Surprising New Science That Will Transform Your Sex Life
Come as You Are
The Surprising New Science That Will Transform Your Sex Life
Paperback      ISBN: 1476762090
An essential exploration of why and how women's sexuality works--based on groundbreaking research and brain science--that will radically transform your sex life into one filled with confidence and joy.

Researchers have spent the last decade trying to develop a "pink pill" for women to function like Viagra does for men. So where is it? Well, for reasons this book makes crystal clear, that pill will never be the answer--but as a result of the research that's gone into it, scientists in the last few years have learned more about how women's sexuality works than we ever thought possible, and Come as You Are explains it all.

The first lesson in this essential, transformative book by Dr. Emily Nagoski is that every woman has her own unique sexuality, like a fingerprint, and that women vary more than men in our anatomy, our sexual response mechanisms, and the way our bodies respond to the sexual world. So we never need to judge ourselves based on others' experiences. Because women vary, and that's normal.

Second lesson: sex happens in a context. And all the complications of everyday life influence the context surrounding a woman's arousal, desire, and orgasm.

Cutting-edge research across multiple disciplines tells us that the most important factor for women in creating and sustaining a fulfilling sex life, is not what you do in bed or how you do it, but how you feel about it. Which means that stress, mood, trust, and body image are not peripheral factors in a woman's sexual wellbeing; they are central to it. Once you understand these factors, and how to influence them, you can create for yourself better sex and more profound pleasure than you ever thought possible.

And Emily Nagoski can prove it.
The Women's Health Big Book of 15-Minute Workouts
The Women's Health Big Book of 15-Minute Workouts
Paperback      ISBN: 1609617371

Time is every woman's most precious commodity--and a lack of it is the number one reason, in survey after survey, that women give for why they don't exercise. But research now shows that as little as 15 minutes of resistance training is just as effective in spiking one's metabolism as a workout lasting more than twice as long. All it takes is 15 minutes to achieve lifelong results--and women are more likely to stick to an exercise plan if it's chopped down to those 15 minutes.

The Women's Health Big Book of 15-Minute Workouts is both an introduction to the fundamentals of short workouts and a comprehensive collection of hundreds of the most effective ones. These workouts have been designed for every fitness goal, from total body conditioning to targeting trouble spots with exercises like the 15 Minute Flat-Belly-without-a-Single-Crunch Workout. Other highlights include:

- an eating plan with delicious meals that take 15 minutes or less to prepare
- workouts for when you're stuck in traffic or traveling and can't make it to the gym
- hundreds of tips from America's best trainers, nutritionists, and exercise scientists
Before Your Time: The Early Menopause Survival Guide
Before Your Time
The Early Menopause Survival Guide
Paperback      ISBN: 1439108455

HAS THE CHANGE COME TOO SOON ? DON' T WORRY, YOU'RE NOT ALONE

Every year more than two million women enter early menopause and find themselves suddenly dealing with a host of unforeseen (and little discussed) issues. In Before Your Time, Eveli
What Your Doctor May Not Tell You about Premenopause: Balance Your Hormones and Your Life from Thirty to Fifty
What Your Doctor May Not Tell You about Premenopause
Balance Your Hormones and Your Life from Thirty to Fifty
Paperback      ISBN: 0446673803
A safe, effective hormone balance program for women aged 30-50 suffering from premenopause syndrome. Restore and maintain gynecological health, sex drive, and energy.

I'm too young for menopause. So why do I feel like this? Even if you're a decade or more away from menopause, your hormones may already be out of balance, usually caused by an excess of estrogen and a deficiency of progesterone. Over 50 million women experience premenopause symptoms, including:
  • Unexplained, sudden weight gain
  • Severe PMS, fatigue, irritability, and mood swings
  • Loss of libido
  • Tender or lumpy breasts
  • Fibroids and endometriosis
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Very heavy or light periods
  • Or other symptoms like infertility, memory loss, and migraines.
Now Dr. John Lee-author of the groundbreaking What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause-teams up with women's health expert Jesse Hanley, M.D., to bring you a revolutionary nonprescription "Balance Program" with simple, safe, and natural solutions for premenopause.

Learn how natural progesterone and changes to your diet and environment can balance your hormones, eliminate premenopausal symptoms, and make you feel better-all without surgery, antidepressants, or prescription hormones.

Tales from Another Mother Runner: Triumphs, Trials, Tips, and Tricks from the Road
Tales from Another Mother Runner
Triumphs, Trials, Tips, and Tricks from the Road
Paperback      ISBN: 1449449905
"I no longer try to outrun heredity. I run to make my own history." --Nicki, another mother runner

Every mother runner has a tale to tell. A story about how she realized, fifteen years after being told that she's best being a bookworm, that there is an athlete inside her. Or the one about how she, fifty pounds overweight and depressed, finally found the courage--and time--to lace up her running shoes. Or maybe it's about setting a seemingly impossible goal--going under two hours in the half-marathon--and then methodically running that goal down and tearing up across the finish line. Or it might be an account of friendship: she was new to town, was having a hard time making friends, was asked to join a group run, and now she's got four BRFs (best running friends) who are her allies, her cheerleaders, her reality checks. Maybe it's just a simple story of the beauty of starting the day off with an endorphin rush. Or, sadly, it could be about how, through the guidance of a thoughtful running friend, she found the space and rhythm to process being raped--and regained her strength and sense of self through every footstep.

In Mother Runners, elite runners Dimity McDowell and Sarah Bowen Shea share not only their own stories of personal triumph on the pavement but also the inspiring stories of many members of the vibrant mother runner community they've built on their popular site, Run Like a Mother. While the common theme is running, the variations that happen through the miles are as endless as the miles themselves: losing weight, gaining confidence, finding yourself, connecting with friends, expecting more, setting goals, dealing with disappointment, figuring out how to train efficiently, clearing your head, reconnecting with your memories, building a better you. Whether you've run more marathons than you can remember, or you're just getting started, you'll find the inspiration you need to get out there, keep pushing, and run like a mother.
Pulse of My Heart: One Couple Survives a Wife's Failing Heart
Pulse of My Heart
One Couple Survives a Wife's Failing Heart
Paperback      ISBN: 1933016892

Patty O'Mara-Croft's "widowmaker" heart attack was a cruel assault on her body, threatening the happiest years of her life. Originally misdiagnosed as a panic attack, common among women who suffer heart attacks, Patty's heart suffers permanent damage, and her precarious condition threatens to raze all joy and hope between Patty and her husband, Brian.

In a recounting both informative and inspirational, heartbreaking and funny, Patty and Brian share their stories from their own unique perspectives--the first-person account of painful revelations and medical struggles and a loved one's experience of despair, hope, and renewal.

Families in medical crisis are getting sucker-punched every day and need help from those who overcame it and emerge stronger than before. The dual voice of both authors represents a love that flourishes, even as Patty's health weakens and is no longer a viable candidate for a heart transplant.

Pulse of My Heart is part medical mystery, part comedy of errors, part family drama, and an enduring love story.

The field notes at the back of the book focus on:

  • The sometimes-strained relationship between doctors and patient
  • Preparing for anticipatory grief
  • The potential for addiction when narcotics are part of the drug protocol
  • Dealing with familial strife during a time of need
  • Struggling with others' prayers when one's own faith is strained
  • Trying to maintain some level of dignity in an utterly undignified environment
  • Finding ways to be an effective parent in a blended family when illness demands so much attention

Enhancing Fertility Naturally: Holistic Therapies for a Successful Pregnancy
Enhancing Fertility Naturally
Holistic Therapies for a Successful Pregnancy
Paperback      ISBN: 0892818328

- A guide to safe and inexpensive natural alternatives to often hazardous and extremely expensive conventional medical treatments for infertility.

- Provides guidelines for using alternative therapies, diet, exercise, and relaxation techniques.

- Explores acupuncture, reflexology, homeopathy, cranial osteopathy, aromatherapy, and herbalism.

- Includes the personal stories of couples who have successfully conceived using these methods.

Enhancing Fertility Naturally outlines ways in which you can improve your fertility through alternative therapies, diet, exercise, and relaxation techniques and avoid some of the hazards associated with conventional treatments. It discusses the most common causes of infertility and explains how to determine which therapy is most appropriate for you. In vitro fertilization, conventional medicine's most prescribed remedy for infertility problems, is expensive, dangerous, and has a success rate of only 14 percent, yet few of the one in six couples that experience infertility are aware of the effectiveness and safety provided by the wide range of alternative treatments.

Thoroughly researched and packed full of invaluable advice and tips, the book explores such therapies as acupuncture, reflexology, homeopathy, cranial osteopathy, aromatherapy, and herbalism. The author includes case histories for each of the therapies discussed, showing how the therapies helped couples overcome both primary and secondary infertility in order to have the baby they longed for.
Yoga Mama: The Practitioner's Guide to Prenatal Yoga
Yoga Mama
The Practitioner's Guide to Prenatal Yoga
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 1611801303
The first pre- and postnatal book geared specifically to experienced yoga practitioners--from an established author, with contributions from the leaders in the field.

You've been practicing yoga for years. It is a part of the way you live, move, and breathe. And then . . . you get pregnant. Pregnancy can throw any woman a curve ball. Even established and experienced yoga practitioners will likely find that their body, mind, and practice are challenged during pregnancy, birth, and motherhood. This book is the yoga practitioner's companion through this period, offering practical advice, step-by-step asana sequences, pranayama practices, and meditation techniques, all of which are designed to help new mothers connect more deeply to their experience and prepare for their journey--physically, mentally, and spiritually.
Grounded in both ancient wisdom and contemporary knowledge, Yoga Mama covers each trimester, labor and birth, and the postpartum years. The beautifully photographed sequences include modifications and suggestions to accommodate a growing belly and to address the concerns or challenges that may arise during this time. Holistic and ayurvedic medicine perspectives help women understand what is happening in their bodies at every juncture, and personal stories connect them to pregnant women everywhere. Through practice, self-reflection, and learning how to let go, yoga gives us the opportunity to be an active, informed participant in the birthing of our baby and a healthy, happy parent.


Yoga Mama is the perfect companion for the experienced yoga practitioner during her pregnancy and on into motherhood. This pre- and postnatal book offers practical advice and inspiration, asana sequences, pranayama practices, and meditation techniques, all of which speak to and help new mothers connect more deeply to their experience and prepare for their journey--physically, mentally, and spiritually. Grounded in ancient wisdom and contemporary knowledge, the book covers each trimester, labor and birth, and the postpartum years.

It includes:
- Flowing sequences that emphasize self-awareness and promote strength, flexibility, and balance
- Modifications that accommodate a pregnant woman's growing belly, recalibrate her balance, and honor fluctuations in her energy levels
- Mini sequences for specific trimester challenges: morning sickness, fatigue, anxiety, low-back issues, etc.
- Asana, pranayama, and meditation practices designed to deeply connect mother and baby from the beginning of pregnancy through the postpartum years
- A dedicated section on the pelvic floor to encourage women to let go and prepare for labor and birth
- Special breathing techniques for labor that encourage natural childbirth
- Deeper practices and ancient teachings that can help women tap into their strength and create a prenatal and birthing experience that is empowering and unique
- Postpartum advice and sequences designed to help knit things back together, address postpartum challenges, and offer tips for bonding, nursing, self-care, and nutrition
- Information (from a Western holistic and ayurvedic perspective) on what is happening in the body at every juncture--prenatal, labor and birth, and postpartum
- Personal advice and stories from a wide array of pre- and postnatal experts

With contributions from:
- Elena Brower: founder and director of Virayoga in New York City, prenatal teacher for YogaGlo.com, and author of Art of Attention
- Stephanie Snyder: teacher in San Francisco, pre- and postnatal teacher for YogaGlo.com
- Jane Austin: pre- and postnatal yoga teacher, midwife, childbirth educator, and director of Mama Tree prenatal teacher training programs in San Francisco
- Margi Young: OM yoga teacher in New York and San Francisco
- De West: pre- and postnatal yoga teacher and childbirth educator in Boulder
- Dustienne Miller: certified physical therapist and Kripalu yoga teacher in Boston
- Kate Hanley: OM yoga teacher, mind-body coach, and author of The 28 Days Lighter Diet
- Melissa Billie Williams: pre- and postnatal teacher and director of Yoga Junction studio in Louisville, Colorado
Curly Girl: The Handbook
Curly Girl
The Handbook
Paperback      ISBN: 076115678x
Celebrate the beauty of curls in a buoyant how-to, manifesto, and curly girl support group all in one.

Say no to shampoo, unplug the dryer, and kiss frizz and bad hair days good-bye. Curly Girl is the surprising bible for those with naturally curly or wavy hair and a desire to celebrate it, from hair guru Lorraine Massey. It's all here: Daily routines for corkscrew, Botticelli, fractal, and wavy curls. Homemade lotions and potions for locking in moisture. Expert tips on caring for African American hair. Fabulous dos for weddings and special occasions. How to trim your hair yourself, step-by-step. (Remember: It's not what you take off; it's what you leave on.) Recommendations for chemical-free products. And so much more: the care, the styling, the products, the remedies, the empowering, pro-curl attitude.

Includes:
  • Ten things to do before you dye
  • You are what you eat--and so are your curls
  • Getting kids to love their curls
  • Curly guys
  • Lorraine's 12-step recovery program
  • And check out Lorraine's video tutorials on YouTube.