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The Wise Woman’s Guide to Your Healthiest Pregnancy and Birth combines the expertise of top-tier physical therapist Patricia Ladis—who works with superstar athletes, professional dancers, and celebrities—with Dr. Anita Sadaty, a highly regarded holistic ob-gyn with a celebrity clientele. Together, they have devised a six-step protocol beginning the six months before conception continuing forty days post-birth and beyond, incorporating holistic principles that encourage optimal wellness for mother, partner, and baby. Whether they are in their 20’s, 30’s or 40’s, this book empowers readers to be in tune with their bodies during all stages of pregnancy, and is the first book by a functional medicine dream-team aligning medical and structural body issues to avoid such potential pregnancy outcomes as osteoporosis, sciatica, pelvic prolapse, structural weakness, and postpartum depression.
Each of the six stages organizes Ladis and Sadaty’s holistic principles into five easy-to-follow aspects: Body, Movement, Breathing, Nourishment, and Wisdom. They include practical applications such as foods to help reduce internal inflammation, specific exercises—with instructive photos—in each stage, breathing techniques to lower stress, and “pearls of wisdom” backed by science exploring a multicultural history of this special time in a woman’s life. For the first time, a pregnancy guide considers the importance of choices you make six months prior to conception, and the effect on genes. When both members of a couple are calm, fit, and well-nourished, the latest science suggests that together they are less likely to pass on negative genes to a child.
“Having too often witnessed the dis-ease of pregnancy, my hope is that The Wise Woman’s Guide becomes integrated into all aspects of a woman’s clinical care, from preconception to postpartum. This book speaks from a place of wisdom, and its holistic approach has been the spark for innumerable healing journeys in athletes, patients, and especially mothers. The foundational approach to breathing, movement, and nourishment in this book provide the basis for the journey of a lifetime. "
—Brian Hainline, MD, NCAA chief medical o cer, professor, New York University Department of Neurology, co-editor, Neurological Complications of Pregnancy
“I experienced firsthand Patricia’s unparalleled talent, as both an athlete recovering from injury, and as a new mother navigating how to safely regain my strength. This book weaves together the most critical information for any woman embarking on the journey of motherhood, regardless of stage or age. I have no doubt it will become essential reading for generations.”
—Jenna Lee Babin, journalist and founder of Smarther News