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Fertility, Pregnancy, and Wellness - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128183090

Fertility, Pregnancy, and Wellness

1st Edition

Editors: Diana Vaamonde Anthony Hackney Juan Garcia-Manso
Paperback ISBN: 9780128183090
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 15th January 2022
Page Count: 452
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Fertility, Pregnancy, and Wellness is designed to bridge science and a more holistic approach to health and wellness, in particular, dealing with female-male fertility and the gestational process. Couples seeking to solve fertility issues for different reasons, whether failed assisted reproductive techniques or the emotional impact they entail, economic or moral reasons, are demanding more natural ways of improving fertility. This book explores the shift in paradigm from just using medications which, in the reproductive field, can be very expensive and not accessible to the entire population, to using lifestyle modifications and emotional support as adjunctive medicine therapies.

This must-have reference brings together the current knowledge – highlighting the gaps – and delivers an important resource for various specialists and practitioners.

Key Features

  • Offers insights from scientific and holistic methods, providing the available scientific evidence for (or against) different holistic approaches, aimed at improving fertility, health and wellness
  • Bridges the more ‘peripheral’, yet critical and multidisciplinary, considearations in fertility, infertility, pregnancy and wellness
  • Includes clear, concise and meaningful summary conclusion sections within each chapter


Reproductive endocrinologists, fertility/infertility specialists, practitioners within male and female fertility and pregnancy management, including gynecologists, obstetricians, andrologists, endocrinologists, embryologists, reproductive research scientists

Table of Contents

1. The importance of healthy lifestyles in helping achieve wellbeing

PART I (Background)
2. Male reproductive system
3. Female reproductive system
4. Conception and pregnancy

PART II (Fertility) - IIA
5. Fertility and infertility nowadays
6. Epidemiologic evidence of the impact of diverse chemicals on fertility
7. Exercise and nutrition intervention for male fertility
8. Exercise and nutrition intervention for female fertility

PART II (Fertility) - IIB
9. The importance of a healthy psychological status for fertility and how to achieve it
10. Mindfulness approach for fertility
11. Yoga practice and fertility
12. Bio-field therapies and other complementary therapies for emotional management and fertility
13. Other complimentary therapies (acupuncture, aromatherapy, sound) for emotional management and fertility
14. Nutraceutical and phytotherapy to support fertility

PART III (Pregnancy) - IIIA
15. Nutrition for a healthy pregnancy
16. Exercise for healthy pregnancy

PART III (Pregnancy) - IIIB - Holistic, mind-body and complementary approaches for a healthy pregnancy
17. The importance of a healthy psychological approach
18. The importance of mindfulness
19. The importance of yoga practice during pregnancy
20. The importance of your energy body
21. Other complementary therapies (acupuncture, aromatherapy, sound) for emotional management during pregnancy
22. Nutraceutical and phytotherapy support for pregnancy
23. Ethics in fertility and pregnancy management
24. Conclusion - Science and holistic approaches to reproductive health: Inclusivity and Compatible


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About the Editors

Diana Vaamonde

Human Anatomy and Embryology Professor since Dec 2004 (Degrees of: Medicine, Nursing, Physical Therapy). Professor of Master’s Degree in Assisted Reproductive Techniques. Clinical embryologist. Pre-congress course coordinator of the PCC8 Andrology of the 32nd Annual Meeting of European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE). Helsinki, Finland. July 2nd, 2016 (title: “The impact of exercise, sport and doping on human fertility”). Invited sessions versing on the effect of exercise on gamete quality (Helsinki, Istanbul). Director of three Ph.D. theses on the effect of exercise on reproduction (animal model) and antioxidant therapy. Director of end of degree works on the areas of fertility and exercise and fertility (titles: “The role of the nurse in assisted reproduction”; “Effect of physical exercise during pregnancy”; “The impact of women´s emotional status on assisted reproduction”; “Effect of physical exercise on the outcome of an assisted reproduction cycle”; “Use of complementary and alternative therapies in fertility”) Ad-Hoc Reviewer of the scientific journals Fertility and Sterility and Human Reproduction, among others and member of scientific and editorial committees of others.

Affiliations and Expertise

Human Embryology and Anatomy, Morphological Sciences Dept., School of Medicine, University of Cordoba, Spain

Anthony Hackney

Anthony Hackney

Dr. Anthony C. Hackney is a Professor of Exercise Physiology and Nutrition at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. His research group studies how stress affects the hormonal responses of the endocrine system. In particular, his focus is on the dysfunctions and dysregulations that develop from stress exposures which can ultimately compromise physiological responses and adaptations. Dr. Hackney is an editor and author of the successful books Endocrinology of Physical Activity and Sport and Sex Hormones, Exercise and Women, as well as author of the Elsevier book Exercise, Sport, and Bioanalytical Chemistry: Principles and Practice. He has published over 200 peer-reviewed research papers and book chapters, given over 150 national and international scientific conference presentations, and has had current and previous research projects funded by the National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, USAID, and the National Academy of Sciences. He is an Editorial Board member for five exercise science, sports medicine, and physiology journals; has done visiting professorships in Uruguay, Kosovo, Norway, New Zealand, Germany, and Estonia; and is on the Board of Directors of the Center for the Study of Retired Athletes, UNC-CH. A recipient of three Fulbright Scholar awards, he was named Fellow, American Academy of Kinesiology (2010), Montoye Research Scholar, the American College of Sports Medicine (2015), Fellow, Huffines Institute for Sports Medicine (2015), and Kean-Pogue Senior Research Scholar, University of North Carolina (2016), among other honors and awards.

Affiliations and Expertise

Schools of Public Health and Medicine, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, USA

Juan Garcia-Manso

B.A. – Exercise Science M.A. – Elite Sports Performance Ph.D. – Sports Sciences Author of twenty-eight books in sports training and over 100 research articles, some versing on the effects of exercise on both male and female fertility.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Island, Spain

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