Eating for Pregnancy

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 17 Jul 2019

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This book is not for me. It’s a good reminder of good nutrition during pregnancy but the recipes are not feasible for busy families.
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I will recommend this cookbook to all my pregnant friends!  It is one thing to eat healthfully when you are not pregnant, but there is much more to it once you are eating for two!  This book is helpful, especially if a mom has gestational diabetes (but even if she does not).
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Eating for Pregnancy is a comprehensive book about diet and nutrition for women trying to conceive, those that are pregnant, as well as post partum.  The book breaks down each time period and explains in detail, a woman’s dietary needs for that period and many sources for each nutrient or vitamin.  Each section concludes with a bunch of easy recipes full of necessary nutrients to help mom’s to be meet their nutritional goals.  

While there are many options for vegan substitutes, I wish the authors were more open minded regarding a vegan diet.  If one is a “junk food vegan,” who eats many processed products, it may be more difficult to get adequate protein and iron.  However, vegans who eat a whole food plant based diet full of legumes, whole grains, and vegetables, including lots of dark leafy greens, shouldn’t have an issue getting enough protein in their diet.  

Overall, I really enjoyed the information in this book and the recipes provided.  They are relatively simple with basic ingredients, perfect for when the pregnancy related exhaustion hits.  I highly recommend this book to pregnant women looking for guidance re how their nutritional needs change during pregnancy and postpartum, as well as easy recipes to meet those needs.

Thanks to NetGalley and Hatchette books for this ARC of Eating for Pregnancy by Catherine Jones; Rose Ann Hudson.  The review above is my honest review in exchange for this advance copy.
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Eating for Pregnancy is the ultimate no-nonsense nutrition guide and cookbook for moms-to-be. Every pregnant woman understands that what she eats and drinks affects the baby growing within her. Yet many of them don't have the time or energy to ensure they're always eating right. The guide walks readers through pregnancy month-by-month to cover developmental highlights, body changes, and nutritional needs of the mother and baby. 

Each chapter shares delicious, healthful recipes that put a special emphasis on the nutrients that mother and baby need that month, during preconception, the nine months of pregnancy, and the postpartum period. Each of the 150 recipes highlights the essential nutrients for mom and growing baby, and provides handy nutritional breakdowns and complete meal ideas.

I loved all of these meal ideas and can't wait to try them out. There are easy instructions and so many choices to help you eat healthy, especially during a time when all you want to do is eat!

Thank you #NetGalley for the ARC of Eating for Pregnancy by Catherine Jones; Rose Ann Hudson
Pub Date: 02 Jul 2019
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This book is a fantastic resource!! Chances are, unless you visit a dietician during your pregnancy, this book has information your OB will never go over with you. I went through my first pregnancy with severe morning sickness (throwing up multiple times a day until 20 weeks) and “tried” to eat healthy without knowing what that meant. 

This book has great explanations and recipes that are simple and easy to make plain if your stomach is queasy often as mine was!
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Copious amounts of information about nutrition and diet for pregnancy.  Personally having been pregnant multiple times, I didn't find this information to be more illuminating than some of the pamphlets from my ObGyn.  I didn't come across anything from the beginning that shed new light on dietary tips for conception other than eating a healthy, balanced diet with nutrients helpful for gestation.  I anticipated more in the realm of what foods aid in or are used by organs involved in reproduction.  As someone who experienced quite a bit of morning sickness during pregnancy, I didn't see enough information about combating nausea either.  When should a woman begin to worry that she isn't getting enough food for growing a healthy baby?  When should she talk to her doctor or care provider to get counsel for anti nausea medications and additional supplements?  But as a general resource, this was very broad and a good starting point for someone who is especially involved in caring for their body through food.
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Over the last few years, I have been learning about the importance of a healthy diet. It's amazing what food can do for us! Despite not being pregnant, I was excited to read and review this updated version of Eating for Pregnancy because I was curious to learn more about how to eat well during pregnancy. I found this book to be incredibly insightful. The first portion of the book covers basic things like daily calorie needs, macro-nutrients, food safety tips, and exercise. If you've ever taken a nutrition class, this may seem familiar to you, but because there are so many things that are slightly different for pregnant women (like increased macro-nutrient needs), I found it helpful to have all of this in one easily accessible location. There is also a brief section for women who are trying to conceive which I appreciated because it's also important to eat well and be healthy even before becoming pregnant. 

The next section goes through each month of pregnancy and explains where the baby is at in terms of development as well as what's going on in the mother's body at that time. It then explains what the needs are in terms of nutrition and offers a selection of recipes. I haven't tried any of the recipes yet, but there were many that I plan to try!

The last section covers how to care well for yourself and your baby beyond birth. It covers things like breastfeeding, postpartum depression, and losing weight. I also appreciated the tips in this section. Not all of the advice is specifically food-based, and I found this to be helpful because a healthy diet is important, but it isn't a solution to all problems. 

Overall, this book was really insightful. The tone is kind and encouraging, but never preachy or overbearing. It's also helpful for a woman who is in any season of pregnancy, whether it's preconception or postpartum. If I am ever in pregnant in the future, I plan to re-read this book! 

Thank you to Catherine Jones, Rose Ann Hudson, Hachette Books, and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book!
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