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The Pregnancy Diet

by Eileen Behan, published by Pocket (1999-01-01)

Buy now from Amazon.com for $13.95
Amazon rating of 3.5 out of 5, Amazon sales rank: 305505

Editor's Review:

Are you worried about gaining too much weight when you're pregnant -- or not losing enough weight after the baby arrives?

Let's face it: to make sure you and your baby are as healthy as possible, you need to be concerned with eating right while you're expecting. Yet a comprehensive guide to healthy weight gain -- including a total pregnancy eating plan -- hasn't been made available to women. Until now.

In this first and only book of its kind, Eileen Behan, registered dietitian and mother of two, answers every imaginable question related to proper, healthy weight gain and the best nutrition for your baby, including exactly what to eat (and what not to eat) as well as how you can return to your pre-pregnancy weight after your baby's birth.

Working hand-in-hand with your obstetrician's advice, this wonderful book is chock full of helpful information (what to eat during morning sickness when you don't want to eat at all), and facts you need to know (is a vegetarian diet safe for your baby?). Complete with an exciting eating program based on six easy-to-understand food groups -- and delicious, healthy recipes that you'll love, The Pregnancy Diet understands a woman's real-life needs. You'll find:

  • Weekly weight goals for single births and twins
  • Simple-to-make menus and nutrition-packed meals and snacks
  • Facts about aspartame, soft drinks, caffeine, alcohol, and smoking
  • Exercise programs -- what's safe and what's not
  • Nutritional guidelines for special problems -- gestational diabetes, pregnancy-induced hypertension, doctor-ordered bed rest, and others
  • The best food sources for the essential nutrients you need, including calcium, folic acid, iron, and many more!

At last: an all-in-one nutrition sourcebook for the time in your life when you want to make sure you do everything right.

Reader Reviews:

This is my third pregnancy and I don't want to gain as much weight as I have in my two previous pregnancies. I was disappointed by The Pregnancy Diet because it failed to tell me how to control my weight and cravings. I was looking for more information on eating healty filling foods, not cutting back on my meals.I was pregnant with twins and really worried about eating well (and going into premature labor). After consulting with my OB I learned I don't have to eat alot more than with a singleton. I then purchased "The Pregnancy Diet". I ate 1-2 of the "Wholesome Whole-Grain Muffins" a day; these were easy to make. The "Chix Baked w/Lemon and Vegetarian Meatloaf" were my favorites too. I ended up going into premature labor. My twins were born at 29 weeks. They were excellent weights despite this. The neonatologist said I fed them well and the nurse said they were the biggest "29 weekers" she has ever seen. They are now 5, robust and healthy. People can't believe how early they were born. I recommend this book for everyone - if it can help me feed 2 babies very well, it can help you too!There is no information in this book that I haven't read or been told before. This morning I tried to make one of the recipes from the book, the "Wholesome Whole-Grain Muffins" and they were a disaster. Behan instructs that this recipe makes 18 muffins, but I used 18 muffin cups and the batter overflowed and made my kitchen smell terrible (not great when a pregnant woman is feeling nauseous anyway) and they are burnt on the edges and not quite cooked in the middles. This is coming from someone who loves to bake and has a little experience behind making muffins. The batter was very watery and the small taste I took (what I could stand after smelling burnt batter all morning) was very, very sweet. I would not recommend purchasing this book.Quite frankly, the book didn't help me much at allThis book, while providing very good information on nutrition recommendations during pregnancy, falls short on the recipes. I tried several of the recipes, and each one left out pertinent information. I would also say that I have read the same nutrition information in other pregnancy books, so it is not really worth buying, in my opinion.
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The Gift of Health : The Complete Pregnancy Diet for Your Baby's Wellness--from Birth Through Adulthood

TCM: A Natural Guide to Weight Loss That Lasts (Traditional Chinese Medicine)

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