Book Review: Baby Weight
Quite some time ago Micky Morrison, a physical therapist and author, send me a copy of her book Baby Weight. I promised to give it a prompt review, and then promptly put it on my desk for about six months. As the fans that are still aware of Academic OB/GYN know, the blog and I have been pretty quiet. I did a fellowship, and now am building a new practice.
But now I have finally got to the book. And it is BABY WEIGHT!
Ok… less dramatically, its called Baby Weight, by Micky Morrison, PT, ICPFE. Ms Morrison is a women’s health physical therapist who has focused on therapy for women during and after pregnancy for the last 15 years. She practices both in Guatemala and in Florida, where she teaches courses on prenatal and postnatal exercise.
After reading the book, I am happy to say that Baby Weight is an excellent book for any mother hoping to keep fit during her pregnancy and return to form after her birth. The book starts with coverage of typical changes in the maternal body during the pregnancy and puerperium. It then goes into theory on appropriate diet and exercise during and after pregnancy.
The exercises are presented under the label “CoreMama”, which to the non-physical therapist OB/GYN appears to be mostly yoga, with the weight of baby added in for added resistance in some cases. In other words, its is very good stuff to be doing for one’s core and flexibility, and it also keeps a mother interacting with her spawn in a very fun and productive way.
I have no doubt that if one followed the exercise program described in Baby Weight, one would be quickly on their way to improved fitness and flexibility both during and after pregnancy. I congratulate Ms Morrison on this publication, which no doubt will be a help to the women who read the book. Having delved too deeply into surgery to ever recover, I sadly no longer practice obstetrics. But if I did, I would have no reservation recommending this book to my pregnant patients. The important thing is exercise, and the material presented in Baby Weight serves to motivate women towards that goal.
Baby Weight is available at Amazon for $16.95 in physical edition, or $9.99 for Kindle.