May 2 2011 written by Lisa Kuftinec
Just in time for Mother’s Day, I am sharing a book that I will be recommending to anyone I know who is pregnant: 9 Months In 9 Months Out. Written by Stacia Kelly, Angel Miller, Corry Matthews, and Shelia Kirkbride (owners of the health and wellness company ACSS Transitions), the book focuses on pre- and post-natal health. After simply flipping through the book when I received my copy, my first reaction was “where was this book when I was pregnant?”
The authors outline health and wellness in a very clear and easy-to-understand format. Most importantly, there is nothing preachy about this book, something I believe is the downfall of many pregnancy books. The book is divided into two sections: 9 Months In, with general pregnancy guidelines, and first, second, and third trimester specifics, and 9 Months Out, which includes labor, postpartum, and the first nine months for the new mom.
9 Months In, 9 Months Out draws on the authors’ expertise: Stacia is a Ph.D. in Holistic Health, a Master Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist and a Certified Stress Management Specialist. Angel is a certified nurse-midwife. Corry is a MS in Sports Medicine, and a fitness and nutrition expert. Shelia is an MS in Rehabilitation Counseling. There is more: nutrition tips, massage techniques, and parenting tips. Do not let this variety fool you: there is substance here; usable and helpful information is on every page, in a format that is easy to understand then act upon.
A few standouts for me.
- The nutrition information is presented in what I feel is a non-traditional way for a pregnancy book, and often includes why you need it, how to get it, and recommended servings.
- The relaxation techniques throughout the book help keep stress management top of mind, something I certainly could have used at times.
- The post-natal mood boosting techniques: I had some post-partum depression, and this information would have been incredibly helpful to have on hand.
Let Us Know
In the spirit of Mother’s Day, what words of wisdom and encouragement have you learned from your Mom or want to share with other Moms.
An additional note about Stacia: Stacia D. Kelly, Ph.D., a USANA Director in Virginia, is a holistic health coach and martial artist. Since starting Studio13 (www.studio13bymbsworks.com), she has been focused on helping others achieve balance in mind, body and spirit. Whether it’s using her communication skills in writing, relaxation or teaching, she’s constantly moving to help others achieve their goals.