Some new reviews

I am so utterly thrilled by the reception of our hypothalamic amenorrhea/female athlete triad recovery book so far – we seem to have met our goal of providing a resource that can help women to recognize what habits might be less than healthy, and encourage and support them through making the necessary changes. I’ll let other’s words speak for themselves.

Ashlee, in an HA support group on facebook:

Nicola Rinaldi I just wanted to tell you how much your book settled all my feelings towards HA. I bought it last night and read the whole thing already. I have to say I’m in the medical field and felt silly that I didn’t know much about the science behind HA. Now I feel good about going to my first RE appointment coming up and what to expect. I can’t express how thankful I am to have all you wonderful role models in this group. I am continuing to gain weight and reduce exercise. Normally when I get stressed I eat less and run more. I now am doing the opposite and doing really well. So since this post is getting super long in conclusion I just wanted to thank everyone for being amazingly strong. I hope to not only have success in pregnancy in the future, but just as important to focus on actually living life and not focusing on and obsessing over what I “think I need to look like”.

V, in response:

Ditto to Ashlee! My husband just read the chapter for partners last night, and we both can’t stop talking about it. He said it feels like you (Nico) know my wife so well, and it gives him such encouragement to know we can get through this!

Amanda, in a different facebook group:

Loving chapter 11, Nicola Rinaldi! So many heartfelt nuggets of understanding, motivation, and inspiration! LOVE it! And just what I needed to read this morning.šŸ’œšŸ’œ

Lauren, via email:

I’m only a little way in, but it’s making me feel better already… I’ve had HA since coming off the mini-pill three and a half years ago. (Plus no periods for eight years whilst I was on that pill, since the docs said that was a “normal” side effect… Plus wonky cycles even before that — in hindsight, probably due to constant dieting.)

I genuinely didn’t realise it could have anything to do with my food intake/exercise until less than a year ago… No doctor ever mentioned it as a possibility, and I thought I was super “healthy”… Anyway, I’ve gained 20lbs over the past few months and have been really struggling with keeping up my resolve, so I feel like I stumbled on your book at just the right time!

Thank you so much for helping me feel like I’m not alone… And giving me hope that I still might get my period back!

Marcy, via facebook message:

Just finished your book, it is amazing, as I read I identified with so much of it, thank you for guiding me through making changes to my lifestyle and essentially starting to get my life back. I am only at the beginning of my journey to recovery but I feel so inspired, in fact I think I will read it again to reconfirm and keep me on track, thank you so much, I look forward to feeling better about myself, my health and all the wonderful times that lay ahead for me!!!

Sarah, in another facebook group:

The knowledge and women in this book helped restore my health and bring this little beauty into my life. “No Period. Now What?” continues to save me because honestly with breastfeeding I wasn’t eating enough and after reading a few chapters I changed my ways to keep HA at bay. So inspiring to be reminded that food is fuel and when given what it needs my body can be a baby-making machine. Thanks Nicola, Lisa, and Stephanie!!!

Lindsay

Hi, I got my copy of the book yesterday and am already like halfway done. Thank you so much for writing this! It totally affirmed my decision to cut out running entirely for the time being. It does a great job of explaining why “recovery” levels of exercise should be different from normal levels of exercise, and even if I’m not exercising excessively, it’s still a good idea to majorly cut back. Continue reading

Kristen

I have to say, in the few chapters I’ve read so far it has been the best reading material for HA. I lost my period about 18 months now and I am at the stage where eating and gaining weight is absolutely terrifying for me. I went from 184 to 118 to currently 134 and I want to train for the NYC marathon this summer. Reading about your journey and the other women’s has really hit home. I hope I have the strength one day to make myself healthy again. Just know that this book is very special, especially for people like me whose doctors, nutritionists, etc have said I was OK without my period so essentially gave me no guidance.

Lara

No Period. Now What? is awesome. I’ve never seen a book with such a balance of science and humanity. I love that every single page is speckled with our stories. It’s like reading my own diary. And then it’s all backed up with more research that I ever knew existed. I can’t imagine the amount of work that went into this. Your dedication is unreal. It fills me with pride – for you, for all of us, for all our beautiful babies. And I know it will fill future readers with hope and strength. Your impact is immeasurable

More from Amanda R.

I have just finished Part 2 of the book and I am still really enjoying reading. It struck home for me and I found going through some of it quite emotional (and I don’t think that’s just pregnancy hormones!). I could identify with so much and also realized how hard I will have to work to stop heading back in to HA land after I have the baby – I don’t think I have completely recovered really and the book certainly brought that out for me. Anyway, short summary – thumbs up!!

Amanda R.

Two Girlfriends Enjoy A Casual Conversation

IĀ  really like the mix between the science and the personal stories and how the book is written in a way that makes me imagine it’s a conversation with a friend rather than just a stuffy reference book šŸ™‚