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Why review a book about PMS on a blog dedicated to late-in-life motherhood? Older moms are living life on the hormonal edge: having babies while their bodies teeter on the brink of menopause.
Consider this fact revealed early on in Mary Byers' book The S.O.S. for PMS: Practical Help and Relief for Moms:
"PMS can come and go during the reproductive years, and symptoms may worsen as a woman approaches perimenopause in the late 30s or 40s."
Thank you very much!
While that might not be what you want to hear, there is hope--and you'll find it in Byer's book. The S.O.S. for PMS is a concisely written, highly practical book. I read the book in one sitting. I could see myself handing it off to a friend and saying, "Here, read this. It's got great information in it--and it doesn't read like an encyclopedia or a medical textbook."
That said, Byers has done her research. She talks about:
- the physical symptoms of PMS
- the behavioral & emotional symptoms of PMS
- the physiology of PMS
- diet triggers
- medication options
Byers recommends that women chart their physical and emotional symptoms for several months, and includes blank charts in the book.
She even included a chapter titled "A Letter to Husbands," which was written by her husband. Addressed to "Fellow PMS Survivors," Byer's husband recommends that other husbands:
Plan for the monthly PMS symptoms
Maneuver into a better position to deal with PMS
Sympathize with your woman
Byers is a national speaker and has also written How to Say No ... And Live to Tell About It: A Woman's Guide to Guilt-Free Decisions and Mother Load: How to Meet Your Own Needs While Caring For Your Family. To learn more about Byers, go here.