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Real Food for Mother and Baby: The Fertility Diet, Eating for Two, and Baby's First Foods Paperback – May 10, 2016
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"Nina's real food concept is critical for new parents." ―Erica Lyon, author of THE BIG BOOK OF BIRTH
"The antidote to the faddists, alarmists, and kooks who all too often dominate American food discourse." ―David Kamp
"A cross between Alice Waters and Martha Stewart." ―Washington Post
About the Author
Nina Planck is a farmers' daughter, food writer, and farmers' market entrepreneur. She is the creator of the wildly popular London Farmers' Markets. A gifted speaker and a home cook, she is the author of Real Food: What to Eat and Why as well as The Farmers' Market Cookbook and The Real Food Cookbook. She lives in New York City and Stockton, New Jersey, with her husband, Rob Kaufelt, proprietor of Murray's Cheese, and their three children.
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Overall I think Nina's recommendations are sound, but there are a few red flags throughout the book that indicate that she doesn't have the firmest grasp on science. Most glaring is a comment she makes about calcium tablets. She maintains that they're unnecessary and that midwives have been known to find whole, undissolved tables--WHOLE PILLS--in the placenta after birth. In case you're not up on your anatomy, let me just say that if you find you are able to pass an entire tablet from your intestines to your bloodstream, through the wall of your uterus and into your placenta, then you should get yourself immediately to an ER to investigate why you have an enormous, gaping hole through several of your major organs.
Because of this remark and a few other dicey ones I consider this book more of an entertaining read than a real resource, and would suggest taking its more controversial assertions with a grain of salt--although as a member of the posteriorly endowed, I enjoyed her claim that women with big butts have smarter children, and truth be told, I didn't thoroughly fact-check this one.
You will find endless tidbits of information and detailed explanations of the various nutrients your body needs to conceive and carry a baby, and it is all fascinating stuff. But the best part of the book is that in the end, everything is quite simple and easy to remember. Planck even breaks down the most basic needs for each trimester, making the complicated pregnancy-eating mind game as reassuringly easy as a refrigerator chart. I am endlessly grateful for this, as when I found out I was pregnant the first time, I was terrified to eat at all. Worried about eating too little, too much, the wrong thing, the right thing at the wrong time... suffice to say, I am relieved beyond measure to have this new basic understanding of what my baby needs at different stages of development. And it's not necessarily what your OB or the FDA will tell you!
As a side note, woven in with all of the great nutrition information is the story of Planck's own pregnancy, birth, and the first two years of her son's life- making her instantly relatable and interesting.
I am feeling great since changing my focus to eating only real food, and am very optimistic that I will get pregnant again soon and carry to term. Thank you Nina Planck, for writing such a user friendly, common sense guide to eating well not just for pregnancy, but for life!