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  • Series: Fireside Books (Fireside)
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone (July 2, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743224523
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743224529
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #166,238 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Drawing on 25 years of experience as a vegetarian, mother and osteopathic obstetrician-gynecologist, Roberts strikes an inspirational tone in this handbook, offering practical and spiritual advice to women wondering about the safety of a vegetarian diet during pregnancy. There's nothing to worry about, writes Roberts, who offers nutritional guidance that will, for example, provide a vitamin B1 intake "superior to meat-eaters." She addresses everything from protein requirements to labor pains and nursing positions, with a zeal for the vegetarian diet that can seem almost religious. Roberts weaves spirituality throughout, with poems at the beginning of each chapter and numerous references to "maternal intuition" and "wisdom from a higher source." The volume's question-and-answer format grows a trifle tedious, although a detailed index makes specific information easier to find. Roberts dedicates her useful book to " every woman contemplating pregnancy while striving for the best of health and showing the greatest mercy to others," but readers who aren't already dedicated to vegetarianism and a spiritual approach to wellness may be put off by its sometimes preachy tone.
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Christiane Northrup, M.D. author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom Dr. Holly Roberts has done us all a magnificent service by sharing a lifetime of expertise, information, and wisdom to help vegetarian women achieve healthy pregnancies.

Neal D. Barnard, M.D. author of Food for Life Dr. Roberts cuts through the myths and worries, demystifying the changes that occur during pregnancy and giving readers the confidence that comes from having the answers they need. I recommend it highly.

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It was not cheap either...Such a waste of money!
Mathildilla
I like the nutrition part and I found that a great companion to this book is "The Vegetarian Mother's Cookbook."
Michelle
The information is laid out in a very organized fashion, making it a great reference book.
Katherine D.

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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful By J. Chendea VINE VOICE on July 21, 2004
Format: Paperback
I read the other reviews, but decided to pick up this book anyway, and I'm glad I did. It makes quick reading, because parts of it are in a question-and-answer format, and you can just skip the questions that don't apply to you.

I don't think the topics are so dumb that you don't deserve to be pregnant if you ask them (?), but perhaps that's because I'm a childbirth professional and have been trained to address questions of all sorts nonjudgmentally.

What I like the most about this book is that it presents nutritional information in a way that I've never been able to find it: logically, comprehensively, and specifically for vegetarians and vegans. I was a little suspicious after reading in a review that she claims one cup of tofu has 40 grams of protein (which she does), and a quick check of my fridge shows that a whole package of tofu contains around 35 grams - but who eats a whole package in one meal?

It is bothersome that she doesn't cite her information consistently, sending me to my fridge or online to corroborate her information, but on the other hand we should never be relying on any one source for information about our health.

I especially like her tables and lists: clear, simple RDAs; examples of foods to eat that are rich in each of the vitamins and minerals, and especially her clear breakdown of lipids (fats and fatty-acids), and what foods provide them. Her information on what's in prenatal vitamins and whether they are or are not veg-friendly is great, in a small section that suggests exactly how much of the vitamins it should have and from what sources.

If you can avoid bits of vague misinformation and don't mind the question-and-answer format, this book is a clear distillation of a confusing abundance of nutritional information that vegetarians and pregnant or trying-to-be-pregnant moms need.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Michelle on September 26, 2005
Format: Paperback
I'm so glad there are some great pregnancy books geared just for vegetarians. This book is very helpful, especially for first time moms who are wondering about everything. I like the nutrition part and I found that a great companion to this book is "The Vegetarian Mother's Cookbook." Out of all the books I read, these are the two that I will keep and refer to with future pregnancies.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By monbaby on January 31, 2005
Format: Paperback
I enjoyed Dr. Roberts' book as the first book I read when I found out I was pregnant (and newly vegetarian at the same time). I did find the Q&A format a little tiresome, and I wish she would put the chapters in more of a topical order, saving the "what could go wrong" or "what does this uncommon symptom mean" questions for the end. I have too many pregnancy books that require weeding through information to skip the scary stuff and just get the basics. However, I really enjoyed the tone of this book - she writes with a gentle compassion and supports her case well that being vegetarian while pregnant is a beautiful thing for both you and your baby. She does not push her cause, but rather provides the information with great explanation. There is a large amount of nutrition information that illustrates how much vitamins, nutrients, etc. are in plant-based foods. I found this very helpful. This is a good initial resource for pregnant women concerned about their and their baby's nutrition.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Katherine D. on September 22, 2011
Format: Paperback
I've been a vegetarian for 25 years, and never worried about my diet. I'm stronger, more active, and healthier than my meat-eating friends and relatives, so I never felt that anything was lacking!

In planning my pregnancy, however, I wanted to research nutrition. That's when I bought this book, and it was so helpful to me. The information is laid out in a very organized fashion, making it a great reference book. Right off the bat, I used this book to help me select an excellent prenatal vitamin (the one that my doctor prescribed was pretty useless ... it was basically folic acid with little else). It also helped me analyze the content of my meals, and pump them up appropriately to meet the greater requirements recommended for pregnant women in each of the three trimesters. I picked up some great tips about absorption of different nutrients--prior to reading this book, I was combining foods in a way that lessened my ability to absorb iron, for example. After following the advice in this book for a few weeks, my blood work came back noticeably stronger.

I really appreciated the reassuring tone in which it was written, as well. There's a culture of fear around pregnancy and childbirth, which is so unnecessary, and unhealthy for mother and baby. Dr. Roberts successfully educates her readers about various complications and conditions that may arise during pregnancy, but she does so in a constructive way. I recommend this book to all pregnant women-- vegetarians and carnivores alike.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rose Hightower on June 19, 2005
Format: Paperback
I bought about 4 pregnancy books and I liked this one the best - no doubt about it. The question and answer parts were really helpful and easy to read. But the thing that I appreciated the most was her compassion and her understanding of what it is like to be human, horomonal and going through the ups and downs of being pregnant. I am a vegetarian but I'm not obsessed with minute nutritional details so thank you for not boring me with that! The book focused on what to expect each month as a pregnant woman and in addition how to do it as a vegetarian. At the end of my pregnancy when I was so hormonal, this book gently reassured me that what I was going through was normal. Thank you Dr. Roberts.
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