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Perimenopause is the time in a woman’s life before entering into menopause.
Many people believe that when all the symptoms start is when menopause begins, but that is not the case. Perimenopause is actually when the symptoms start. This usually occurs 3 – 4 years ahead of menopause, although it can be as much as 10 years beforehand.
Lots of women coast through this time in their lives with little to no struggle, while others have difficulty with the changes they are experiencing.
Understanding and knowing what symptoms to look for, how to adapt your diet and exercise accordingly, and knowing when to seek help from a medical professional, plus much more is discussed in the following books.
Being well informed is your best strategy when midlife takes over.
3 Must Read Books on Perimenopause
Before the Change: Taking Charge of Your Perimenopause
By Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS
This recently updated book is a fantastic starting point for anyone just entering the perimenopausal stage of life. With it, you will learn how to head off depression and mood swings, shifting weight, sleep issues, and memory loss in a way that is simple, safe and natural.
Ann Louise Gittleman is a nutritionist with years of research behind her. She doesn’t simply speak of ways to mask symptoms, but rather relieve them. She will walk you through combating the symptoms step by step, and does so without the need for hormone replacement therapy.
It’s Not you, It’s Your Hormones: The essential guide for women over 40 to fight fat, fatigue and hormone havoc
By Nicki Williams
If your hormones are misbehaving and leaving you tired, overweight and bloated, this book is a definite must read.
Nicki Williams delivers everything you need to know about your changing hormones in a straight forward and entertaining way. After failing to find any medical help for her symptoms of exhaustion, weight gain and hormone issues in her early 40’s, she discovered that she could turn things around using diet, lifestyle and natural supplements.
The advice she offers will leave you feeling empowered with information to help you understand what is happening to your mind and body. Most importantly, she explains how you can make the madness stop.
Are You Still There God? It’s Me, Jodi: A Mom’s Journey Through Midlife And Peri-Menopause
By Jodi Brichta-Coyne
Who could forget the Judy Blume classic, Are You there God, It’s Me Margaret? This encouraging and enjoyable read compares those puberty changes that Judy Blume first taught us about so many years ago to the ones we are currently dealing with in midlife.
Jodi Brichta-Coyne is a Certified Life Coach that provides insight to this stage of life as she shares her struggles with perimenopause. She offers great resources and advice on navigating through perimenopause with better nutrition, rest and exercise.
This is a fun, light-hearted and enjoyable book.
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