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Your Vegetarian Pregnancy: A Month-by-Month Guide to Health and Nutrition (Fireside Books (Fireside)) Paperback – July 2, 2003
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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.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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 would be a good book to pass along to any skeptic that thinks you cannot produce a healthy baby on a vegetarian diet.
I agree with others who said it was too general, too much about pregnancy and not enough about VEGETARIANISM during pregnancy.
I wish I had realized this earlier and was able to return it; cannot even give it to Goodwill or sell it at Half-Price books since it's the Kindle Edition (which might make it even more confusing to try to read?!. It was not cheap either...Such a waste of money!
The second chapter on nutrition runs through detailed information about all the essential nutriants and general dietary guidlines. This is the best section of the book if you want to understand what to eat and why.
Unfortunately, the month-by-moth guide is greatly lacking in detail and information. I think there is too much general (and very unnecessary) commentaries, such as complications from eating fish or having a venereal disease. I'd rather have had more information about what exactly is happening with my body and my baby's, what foods are ideal for what stage in development.
So, if all you need is some (fairly comprehensive) information about nutrition and very general information about your pregnancy, this book should be fine. On the other hand, I've not seen a better book that deals with vegetarian pregnancy, particularly because the author is so reassuring about maintaining a vegetarian diet during pregnancy.
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I should have looked at the publication date. This book was written in 2003.Read more