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For many pregnant women, eating healthy during pregnancy is a catch-22: "The reason you want to eat healthy is because you're pregnant—and the reason you're having a hard time eating healthy is also because you're pregnant," the authors explain. Morning sickness, heartburn, constipation... the list of food-related problems pregnant women can encounter goes on and on. Murkoff (What to Expect When You're Expecting) and coauthor Mazel address these difficulties in a practical manner, with numerous tried-and-true suggestions that will certainly afford some relief for the majority. The "Pregnancy Diet Daily Dozen" lists foods that provide all the vitamins, minerals and nutrients mother and child need, followed by recipes that facilitate consumption of the daily dozen. Sidebars examine "wisdom of the ages" (myths and old wives' tales that may or may not hold water), and a survey will help expectant mothers evaluate their eating habits and monitor their weight gain. The authors address concerns of pregnant women who are lactose intolerant or vegans, advise on what to order in a restaurant, list which foods are strictly off-limits and explain how to read food labels. The book continues through the postpartum period and breastfeeding, making it an excellent resource for new moms and moms-to-be. (June)
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How to navigate healthily and tastily from conception through delivery and beyond―at home or at the office, in restaurants or over the holidays, when you’re short on time or money, and when you’re too queasy to eat. How to satisfy your taste buds and your baby’s nutritional requirements at every meal (and in between). How to keep your weight gain on target, ease pregnancy symptoms, gratify your inner gourmet, and nourish yourself pre-pregnancy and postpartum.

Plus the latest lowdown on low carbs, vegetarian diets, caffeine, supplements, food safety, and more.

Includes 175 delicious, easy-to-prepare, and nutrition-packed recipes, developed especially for mom-to-be and her baby (but yummy enough to satisfy the whole family).

Expect to eat well!


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Product Details

  • Age Range: Baby - 12 years
  • Series: What to Expect
  • Paperback: 470 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company; 1 edition (May 2, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761133267
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761133261
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (192 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,220 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Wow -- what a great book!!! I'm newly pregnant and I really want to make sure I'm eating good food for my baby, especailly since I'm so nauseous all the time. I saw this book in the bookstore and bought it... and am I glad I did. It's packed with info about nutrition during pregnancy. It's funny and it's a really easy to read book -- plus it doesn't make you feel bad if you miss a few days of eating healthy or if you eat some unhealthy food every once in a while.

The first chapter tells you why it's important to eat nutritious food. The second chapter is so great because it goes through all the pregnancy symptoms and gives advice on exactly what to do for them in terms of food. Too nauseaous to eat (my problem) -- here are some tips. What to do about the food cravings (especially when you're craving something totally unhealthy). But the best thing is that it doesn't make you feel guilty if you do crave ice cream or cake or whatever. It recognizes that sometimes the only thing I can eat is potato chips, and it doesn't make me feel like I'm hurting my baby! But it still gives you the ideal of what you should eat (there's a really funny section later on called "ideal...get real" that totally gets this point across. Plus it makes you realize you probably are eating healthy for the most aprt anyway). I love that.

The next chapter goes through weight gain and the pregnancy diet telling you what you should be eating each day. The best thing is that the book has tons of lists of different foods -- and the serving amounts -- so figuring out how much to eat is no big deal. Then there's a great chapter on being an expectant gourmet. It goes through all the different types of food that you can eat while you're pregnant. I learned so much from that chapter.
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A friend who was also pregnant at the time suggested this book to me. I bought the whole set. I HATE reading this book. Alot of jargon and messy layout. As I read this book it made me feel like they didn't edit it before publishing. For anyone who is pregnant I would recommend another book called " Mayo Clinic Guide to A Healthy Pregnancy"
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I bought this book for my kindle and was not happy to find there is no table of contents available for the kindle edition! Unless you have a photographic memory I suggest you purchase the paper copy of this book if being able to reference previous chapters is important to you. I found it incredibly disappointing and frustrating not to be able to refer back to important information. Now I have to go to Barnes and Nobles and pick up a paper copy so this book will actually be useful to me. This experience has turned me off to buying reference books on my kindle. I will stick with only purchasing novels on my kindle from now on... once bitten, twice shy.
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After reading the book just for few minutes I already have found the major mistakes in the book. The information about foods is so horrible that I had to stop reading immediately. Every midwife and nurse or doctor will tell you to avoid certain foods that can harm your baby. Not this book though. If I was going to follow this books instructions, I'd not be having happy ending of my pregnancy for sure. This book tells you to eat feta, deli meats, unprocessed foods. Welcome listeria, hooray salmonella. Who cares about health of unborn babies, main thing this book makes a profit for the author!!! Please avoid this book. Get something more accurate and actually based of long years of research.
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I recently learned I was pregnant, and wanted to make sure I was eating right for the baby so bought a few books to do some research. I'm not sure this one will get much use - I may donate it to a local library, in case someone else finds it helpful.

In my opinion, the original "What to Expect When You're Expecting" is preferable to this book, as this doesn't give a lot of new info if you know have a basic knowledge of how to eat healthy anyway. The one big exception is the recipes that are included here, and the detailed breakdown of what different food options are available to meet each specific nutritional recommendation/requirement for pregnancy. Otherwise it's mainly just basic nutritional advice.

The second issue I had with the book is that there is very little information available for vegetarians, or even for those who only eat fish/shellfish. It would have been nice if there had been more vegetarian dishes, or even vegetarian options listed for the meat recipes.
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I took this book out of the library, but decided to buy it because I wanted to own the recipes. There is a great variety of recipes for all meals of the day and snacks. Most of the recipes are lower fat and sugar and higher fiber and protein versions of your favs. They don't elimate the bad things, but they do limit it and work in more whole grains and veggies then I normally do in my cooking.

As for the other reviewers comment about the grapes on page 82 - I can see how she got confused, but they actually say: "...;a slice of whole wheat bread, an ounce of cheddar cheese, and a half cup of grapes equals 200 calories." They are talking about how to get the most variety of vitamins in your snacks.

Many who buy this book may find the info rather simplistic, which it is. Eat a variety of highly nutritious foods. But, buy it for the recipes.
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