Before Your Pregnancy: A 90 Day Guide For Couples on How to Prepare for a Healthy Conception

Before Your Pregnancy

If you're planning to expand your family in the near future, give your baby the best possible start by reading Before Your Pregnancy: A 90 Day Guide For Couples on How to Prepare for a Healthy Conception. Written by Amy Ogle and Lisa Mazzullo, this helpful resource provides a comprehensive list of steps both men and women can take to improve their odds of giving birth to a healthy baby.

Topics Covered in Before Your Pregnancy

The premise of Before Your Pregnancy: A 90 Day Guide For Couples on How to Prepare for a Healthy Conception is that knowledge is power. The authors believe prospective parents who have access to the latest scientific research on the importance of the preconception period can make choices that give their offspring the best possible start in life. Issues discussed include the following:

  • The risks associated with smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol
  • How your environment can affect the health of your baby
  • The importance of exercise before and during your pregnancy
  • How your family's medical history influences risk factors during your pregnancy
  • What type of diet is best for pre-pregnancy nutrition
  • Which medications and herbs you should avoid during the preconception period
  • Which vitamins and dietary supplements may be beneficial to the expectant mother
  • Steps men can take to enhance their fertility

Since many couples are interested in trying for a child of a specific gender, Before Your Pregnancy: A 90 Day Guide For Couples on How to Prepare for a Healthy Conception also provides a brief overview of steps you can take to try to conceive a boy or a girl.

About the Authors

The authors of Before Your Pregnancy: A 90 Day Guide For Couples on How to Prepare for a Healthy Conception are experienced healthcare professionals with a passion for helping others.

Amy Ogle, M.S., R.D., is a registered dietitian, ACE-certified personal trainer, and exercise physiologist. She travels across the country giving preconception workshops to couples planning to expand their families. According to Amy, the inspiration for Before Your Pregnancy: A 90 Day Guide For Couples on How to Prepare for a Healthy Conception came from her private practice clients who frequently remarked they wished they would have known how to take care better care of themselves during the preconception period.

Lisa Mazzullo, M.D., is an assistant professor at Northwestern University Medical School and a practicing OB-GYN. Many of Lisa's contributions to Before Your Pregnancy: A 90 Day Guide For Couples on How to Prepare for a Healthy Conception are based her experience teaching "Maybe Baby" classes to expectant mothers.

Learning More About Pregnancy and Childbirth

While Before Your Pregnancy: A 90 Day Guide For Couples on How to Prepare for a Healthy Conception covers nutrition, exercise, and the medical aspects of preparing for a healthy pregnancy, it's not intended to be an all-in-one guide to pregnancy and childbirth. If you're looking for a more general overview of these topics, you may want to read a book such as The Mother of All Pregnancy Books: The Ultimate Guide to Conception, Birth, and Everything In Between or What to Expect When You're Expecting.

Before Your Pregnancy: A 90 Day Guide For Couples on How to Prepare for a Healthy Conception