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The Everything Vegan Pregnancy Book: All you need to know for a healthy pregnancy that fits your lifestyle (Everything Series) Paperback – September 18, 2011
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Reed Mangels, PhD, RD, LD, FADA, is a nutrition advisor for the nonprofit educational Vegetarian Resource Group, as well as nutrition editor and a regular columnist for Vegetarian Journal. She is the coauthor of the American Dietetic Association's position paper on vegetarian diets as well as their new food guide for vegetarians. Dr. Mangels is an instructor in the nutrition department of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
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However, if you are already vegan, then this book is obvious and redundant of everything you already know and practice daily.
Most of the book is about being vegan and what you should eat, pregnant or not. Then there are less than 80 pages on actually being pregnant, but not necessarily vegan and pregnant. The only reason I would recommend this book, would be for anyone who is vegan and pregnant, but getting judged by family and friends who don't understand that you and your baby could possibly be safe in your pregnancy. This book is for them to show them that being vegan is perfectly safe for everyone
As for nutritional information, this book has lots of great suggestions for getting each nutrient that is especially important for vegans during pregnancy (protein, iron, zinc, vitamin b12, folate, calcium, vitamin D, DHA, etc.). There is also lots of good information on staying healthy during pregnancy, including food safety specifically for vegans, food safety for vegans who live with non-vegans and tips on camping/hiking while pregnant.
There was also a lot of general pregnancy information, although it's not nearly as detailed as the week-by-week type pregnancy books. I would recommend getting at least one other pregnancy book in addition to this one if you want week-by-week information or extra information about all the different body changes during pregnancy.
The last 100 pages or so has recipes, but I haven't tried any of them yet. This is mostly because I often cook without recipes and when I do use recipes, I have a large collection of vegan cookbooks to choose from. The recipes seem about on-par with how healthy the food I normally prepare is (lots of variety of grains, beans, veggies, fruit). However, I tend to use less oil than some of these recipes call for (ex. the Pad Thai recipe that "serves 4" calls for 1/4 cup of oil to fry a pound of tofu...I would probably use half that much or less.)
Overall, this book is a great resource for vegan-specific issues during pregnancy, but I think most people will want at least one other pregnancy book for more detailed information.
Pros: great for vegan beginners or those new to pregnancy, gentle and supportive tone, simple and easy to remember nutrition information, great advice for dealing with those who question the vegan diet, great introductory tool to pregnancy, labor and delivery and the breastfeeding process, lots of recipes, appendix with other sources of information
Cons: Little benefit to seasoned vegans with a general nutrition background, no real in-depth information and very brief, covers many of the basics noted in every other pregnancy resource, doesn't really cover "everything vegan" as promised
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Bought it for my wife and after my daughter got to look at it one day I bought it for her as well.
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