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Making Babies: A Proven 3-Month Program for Maximum Fertility Audio CD – CD, August 22, 2017
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Sami David, M.D., is a reproductive endocrinologist. He was the first doctor in New York state to perform a successful IVF, though he now focuses on more conservative approaches to infertility.
Jill Blakeway, DACM LAC, is a Licensed Acupuncturist and Board Certified Herbalist, and founder and clinical director of The YinOva Center, an alternative health service for women in New York City.
- Publisher : Hachette Audio and Blackstone Audio; Unabridged AUDIO edition (August 22, 2017)
- Language : English
- Audio CD : 1 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1478990600
- ISBN-13 : 978-1478990604
- Item Weight : 8.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.75 x 1.25 x 5.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,459,848 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Basically, this book has a huge amount of (old) info on how conception works and what problems can arise, and then there’s a section where they classify you into one of five “types” and recommend a specific diet and supplements for your type. Along the way, they plug finding both a good medical doctor and a good TCM practitioner, and getting healthy. But none of it is groundbreaking information in 2019 compared to what you can find elsewhere.
Pro: If you are concerned by the idea of TCM because you prefer science over woo, don’t worry - they recommend very little TCM without oversight by professionals, and they are big on safety. Mostly, they say over and over again, “if you want to try TCM for this problem, see an herbalist or acupuncturist,” and they give advice on picking a good one. They frequently stress that it needs to be done only with the full knowledge of your medical doctor, and never without supervision of someone trained in TCM. They aren’t recommending you buy herbs and self-medicate with them, and there isn’t too much woo.
Con: Of course, that begs the question - why even include TCM info in this book, if they are just plugging finding a qualified TCM practitioner? I must have read paragraphs that say something like, “the traditional Chinese worldview believes that X problem is caused by X woo concept, so an herbalist/acupuncturist will prescribe something for you” a million times. I’m glad they aren’t recommending self-medicating with herbs or keeping secrets from your doctor, but it also made the book a LOT longer without adding any new information.
Pro: They explain a lot of scientific and medical concepts in a way that is accessible for a layperson, yet never condescending or cutesy (the way these books often are). They give an excellent explanation of the menstrual cycle, conception, implantation, and lots of reproductive technologies.
Con: The book is 10 years old, so I can’t be sure those explanations are up-to-date. They also talk a lot about concerns with the current state of the fertility industry, but it’s hard to fully buy in knowing that the book hasn’t been updated in 10 years.
Con: They recommend some things that are definitely known to be unsafe and/or unhelpful to conceiving and carrying to term (royal jelly, spirulina, evening primrose oil, l-arginine). Maybe that info wasn’t as clear in 2009 as it is today, but it means that the reader must do outside research to confirm both the safety and efficacy of any recommendation in this book - which makes it not much better than reading blogs for medical info, IMO.
Con: a lot of the dietary/supplement stuff is either just obvious advice for good health that you don’t need to read a book for (like, avoid processed food, sugar, and alcohol; eat vegetables; exercise) or it is very easily found in other, newer books or by speaking to your own doctor (like, take CoQ10, don’t use lubricants, chart your BBT). So it’s not an exclusive approach only found in this book.
Con: Of the few new recommendations I found in this book, all but 3 turned out, upon further research, to be bad ideas. Basically, the good ideas can all be found elsewhere, and the ideas exclusive to this book are mostly bad ones.
Overall, I don’t recommend it for today’s readers unless they release an updated edition. I’m sure it helped many people a decade ago when some of this stuff wasn’t widely known, but by now, the information that isn’t pseudoscience is either easy to access in other media, or wildly out-of-date.
In here there is a list of medication that the father can be on that could reduce sperm count. My husband had massive stomach problems and was on high doses of proton pump inhibitors after being misdiagnosed with an ulcer. Because of this book, we stopped him taking the medication (turns out it was GERD as the PPT did nothing for him anyway). 3 months later I got a positive.
We could have spent months and thousands of dollars being tested when it just needed to be a medication switch for him. We would probably still be struggling without this book. Nowhere in any of the stages we were in did anyone ask what medication my husband was on and I can’t believe it was that simple.
My closest friends knew our struggle. They asked what I did differently. I told them to get the book. They did. Every. Single. Person. Got. Pregnant.
Please note: I have endometriosis. The only way I've been able to get pregnant is to eat keto. I ate keto when I got pregnant (on accident) with my 16 year old son. I ate keto and got pregnant with our daughter (on purpose). I did not follow the dietary directions in this book. I eat keto to keep my endometriosis in check - so I've been eating this way for many years. My biggest assumption is that it would take 3 months for you to regain fertility if you started eating that way - hence the title of the book.
Our daughter will be 8 months old on Xmas eve this year.
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 30, 2020
I like the use of eastern and western medicine though.