The Ath­letic Mom-to-be

Triathlon Magazine Canada - - FINISH LINE - By Jen­nifer Faraone and Carol Ann Weis Author­house CLAIRE DUN­CAN

Jen­nifer Faraone and Carol Ann Weis’s book is a thor­ough guide to the ath­letic woman’s jour­ney through preg­nancy and moth­er­hood. Faraone is an elite run­ner and coach and in­te­grates in­for­ma­tion from her own ex­pe­ri­ences to­gether with Weis’s med­i­cal back­ground as a chi­ro­prac­tor. This book is rec­om­mended to any woman con­sid­er­ing preg­nancy or look­ing to suc­cess­fully blend life as an ath­lete and mother. The Ath­letic Mom-to-be leaves no de­tail un­touched, delv­ing into top­ics from what to ex­pect on de­liv­ery day to what to look for in health prac­ti­tion­ers, coaches and train­ing plans. The book con­tains anec­dotes through­out, of­fer­ing real life ex­pe­ri­ences of women rang­ing in age, ath­letic level and lifestyle. It also in­cludes sev­eral sci­en­tific stud­ies that will help women to un­der­stand spe­cific bod­ily func­tions and how to plan ahead for bumps in the road and in­jury preven­tion. The book also touches on another im­por­tant as­pect of train­ing and moth­er­hood: men­tal and emo­tional readi­ness. This in­sight into how to man­age re­al­is­tic ex­pec­ta­tions of your­self pre- and post-preg­nancy will be sure to help read­ers tai­lor their train­ing to fit their spe­cific needs. The in­for­ma­tion it pro­vides on how to man­age ex­er­cise and preg­nancy does not out­weigh the de­tailed guide to phases of re­cov­ery and ex­plor­ing the chal­lenges that come with bal­anc­ing fam­ily and com­pet­i­tive life once baby has ar­rived. Com­plete with charts and di­a­grams, any woman pick­ing up this book will be sure to find in­for­ma­tion that per­tains to her life as an ath­lete or a mother, re­gard­less of whether she is one or both.–

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