Book Review: Body, Soul and Baby

I received the book, Body, Soul and Baby, by Dr. Tracy W. Gaudet to read and review a few months ago. The premise of the book is to highlight the integrated medicine approach to preconception, pregnancy and postpartum. The author, Dr. Gaudet is the director of integrative medicine at Duke University and a practicing obstetrician.

Integrative medicine is an approach to medicine that combines the traditional medical approach with more holistic medicine including massage, chiropractic, talk therapy and nutrition. It is a form of medicine that is on the rise as people look for something different to heal what ails them.

This book was very well written. The author does a great job of introducing the reader to integrative medicine and what impact it has on preconception, pregnancy and postpartum. As a doctor who actually practices obstetrics she uses her knowledge of the field and personal experiences to share the various aspects of integrative medicine. One thing I particularly enjoyed about the book was the way the author included actual patient stories throughout the book. Within each chapter and subchapter she includes a patient story to show how integrative medicine has worked in her practice and what impact it has had on her patients. I found this to be very effective in giving the reader a better understanding of this unique approach.

The key to the body, soul and baby approach outlined in this book is what the author calls the centers of wellness which encompass your mind, nutrition, movement, spirit, and sensation centers. The author explains these centers of wellness and how to ensure you are recognizing them at each stage of your pregnancy.

Unlike most pregnancy books there are not a lot of dry medical terms and abstract descriptions. This book is about a very holistic approach to pregnancy, if you are not into that kind of thing this may not be the book for you. However, if you are interested in a different approach to your pregnancy than is typical, or if you are interested in what options are out there and how to best approach your pregnancy differently than I would highly recommend this book.

Final word, definitely a good book and a good addition to your collection of pregnancy books.

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