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Eat Right for Your Baby is a marvelous book which covers just about everything: Pre pregnancy, getting pregnant, pregnancy, breastfeeding, and the baby blood type diet. Then why didn’t I review this book sooner since it has been available since 2003?
When the book first came out, I couldn’t keep a copy in the house. I kept giving them away to friends of my children who were either thinking about getting pregnant or pregnant. Then when I finally started reading my own copy, I would put it down because it made me sad. Why would a book like this make me sad? The answer is simple; I did a lot of things wrong while pregnant with my own children and especially in their first year of life. And Dr. D’Adamo was still in college and was a long way away from writing this book. Just about the only reference to refer to 30 years ago was Dr. Spock’s Baby and Child Care.
A lot of things about having babies were different 30 years ago. Believe or not, there was just not a lot of studying done around medical things. Most people just listened to their doctors and that was the end of it. Breast feeding was only becoming more popular. Looking back, I set my children up for major food allergies by bottle feeding them followed with starting foods too soon. My son suffered from atopic dermatitis for years and my daughter to a lesser degree. We lived in the pediatrician’s office. One of them was going in with something at least once a week waiting at least an hour or two wait to be seen. My son Will had red cheeks and rashes all over the place. He had bouts with yeast infection on his skin. They both had a lot of ear infections, but especially my daughter, Holly.
In those days even when something happened medically, the doctors would just tell you what to do not why. For example, my son in early infancy had really bad diarrhea. They told me to stop the formula for three days. If they only had explained why, it wouldn’t have been so traumatic. Finally when I called a pediatric nurse at home, and she explained how the intestines had to rest to recover did I understand and relax about it.
Things are better for parents now. They are more informed and they have a book like Eat Right for Your Baby to follow. You could really say that this is the only baby book on the market that is genetic. One’s blood type affects a lot of things as the ERFYT followers know. That is why on the cover of this Baby Bible is the statement that this book is an individualized guide to fertility and maximum health during pregnancy, nursing, and your baby’s first year.”
It really says something about a concept when Dr. D’Adamo writes that “I discovered, almost by coincidence that when my female patients followed the correct diet for their blood type, fertility increased dramatically.” Fertility issues are especially important to those mothers who have postponed childhood and have made their window of opportunity to have a baby decline. So anyone with fertility issues would benefit from reading and applying this book.
Naturopathic medicine is interested in wellness. Therefore, the second chapter in this baby bible is a “Naturopathic Primer.” It gives guidelines for blood tests and check ups to have before one gets pregnant. It is very specific about detoxification guidelines before pregnancy. As Dr. D’Adamo points out, many of the baby’s vital systems are forming before a woman even knows she is pregnant. Smokers need to stop smoking before pregnancy. He gives guidelines for eating in general along with the blood type specifics. There are even a couple of pages on pregnancy preparation for daddy’s to be.
Then, Dr. D’Adamo proceeds to explain each trimester’s challenges and how to meet them like morning sickness in early pregnancy, constipation, supplements, and exercise guidelines plus a myriad of other pregnancy related problems. However, the uniqueness of this book is that it is all done by one’s genetic blood type.
After the baby or babies are born, Dr. D’Adamo writes a chapter on “breast feeding diet strategies also broken down by blood type.
Lastly, there are four chapters on the little one by blood type. Included in this is blood type remedies for “common conditions” such as “allergies, ear infections, diaper rash, etc.”
This is such a comprehensive book that it is still leaving my house like hotcakes. What a great gift for someone thinking about having a baby. Not a week goes by when I don’t recommend this book. Someone will mention someone they know having trouble conceiving, and I mention the book. Or there is a newborn with early food problems or a toddler with rashes. “The Baby Bible” is the way I will always view this book. It is well written, comprehensive, and a guide for generations to come.
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