Sep 4, 2009

Every Pregnant Woman's Guide to Preventing Premature Birth

by Barbara Luke

Here's something you probably didn't know about me: I was born several months premature. When expecting my own child, I wasn't at risk for having a premature birth myself. But while browsing the library shelves for books about pregnancy, the title caught my eye and I was curious. Every Pregnant Woman's Guide to Preventing Premature Birth is based on studies done in France, where they have actually been able to lower the nation's rate of premature births per year. The main message is simply to take it easy while you're pregnant- don't push the vacuum cleaner, ride a jolting train, spend long hours on your feet, lift heavy objects, etc. Also info on how to recognize signs of premature labor and when to call the doctor. The section about maternity leave was kind of boring and felt longer than necessary, but overall this looks like a very useful book if you want to avoid the chances of being put on prolonged bed rest or having a premature baby.

Rating: 3/5                        239 pages, 1995


  1. Hmmm...this explains alot actually! I never slowed down when I was pregnant...weeding, cleaning, you name it. My daughter was almost a month pre-mature, but she was already 7 1/2 pounds. Can you imagine if I had gone full term? She would have been walking and eating filet mignon!

  2. My son was premature. He weighed 2 lbs 6 at birth and had to remain in the hospital until almost his due date. I developed preeclampsia because I'd had a septum in my uterus which the doctor cut out when my daughter was born and I had a lot a scar tissue.


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