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Better Food for Pregnancy: Nutrition Guide Plus Over 125 Recipes for Healthy Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

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Expert nutritional advice and tasty recipes for a healthy pregnancy.

Pregnancy is not a time for guesswork about nutrition. Expecting women have specific nutritional needs and will find it useful to have a sensible guide to this vital information.

Better Food for Pregnancy is that guide. Written by experts on staff at the renowned Hospital for Sick Children, this book is ...

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Overview

Expert nutritional advice and tasty recipes for a healthy pregnancy.

Pregnancy is not a time for guesswork about nutrition. Expecting women have specific nutritional needs and will find it useful to have a sensible guide to this vital information.

Better Food for Pregnancy is that guide. Written by experts on staff at the renowned Hospital for Sick Children, this book is comprehensive and authoritative. The first half of the book addresses:

  • nutritional needs before conception and during each trimester
  • how a mother's diet affects growth of the fetus
  • healthy weight gains through each trimester
  • nutritional supplements including vitamins, minerals, and herbs
  • effects of particular foods, such as coffee, unpasteurized cheeses, and alcohol
  • increased nutrient requirements needed during lactation

The second half of the book features 125 recipes ideally suited to expectant mothers. Each recipe has a complete nutrient analysis plus there are handy meal plans and Snacks on the Go that help prevent nausea and vomiting. Every page of the nutrition section is packed with tips, sidebars, recommendations, and common-sense guidelines presented in easy-to-use tables and charts.

Better Food for Pregnancy is an invaluable tool to help women make the best decisions during a critical time in their child's development.

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Editorial Reviews

Minneapolis Star Tribune
Wonderfully clear -- perfectly readable but not at all dumbed-down -- treatment of many aspects of nutrition.
— Al Sicherman
Minneapolis Star Tribune - Al Sicherman
Wonderfully clear — perfectly readable but not at all dumbed-down — treatment of many aspects of nutrition.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780778801368
  • Publisher: Rose, Robert Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/1/2006
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,364,707
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Daina Kalnins, MSc., RD, and Joanne Saab, RD are registered dietitians at The Hospital for Sick Children with a combined 25 years of experience in pediatric research and nutrition. Mothers themselves, they are co-authors of Better Baby Food and Better Food for Kids.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Top 20 Frequently Asked Questions about Nutrition and Pregnancy Part 1: Better Nutrition for Pregnancy

  1. Food Nutrition Basics
  2. Food Safety
  3. Pre-Pregnancy Nutrition
  4. Early Pregnancy Nutrition (First Trimester)
  5. Mid-Pregnancy Nutrition (Second Trimester)
  6. Late Pregnancy Nutrition (Third Trimester)
  7. Post-Partum Nutrition and Breastfeeding
  8. Good Nutrition for Life
Part 2: Better Recipes for Pregnancy
  • Healthy Meal Plans
  • Best Recipes for Vital Nutrients
Recipes with Nutritional Analyses
  • Breakfasts (16 recipes)
  • Appetizers and Snacks (12
    recipes)
  • Soups (11 recipes)
  • Salads (23 recipes)
  • Poultry (15 recipes)
  • Fish and Seafood (14 recipes)
  • Meat (15 recipes)
  • Vegetarian (17 recipes)
  • Sides (5 recipes)
  • Pasta (8 recipes)
  • Desserts (14 recipes)

Nutritional Analysis
Contributing Authors
Resources
References
Acknowledgements
Index

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Preface

Preface

What better time to learn about good nutrition than during the planning and earliest stages of a pregnancy? The nutritional status of a mother prior to conception and throughout pregnancy influences the nutritional status of the newborn baby and the future health of the child. Optimal nutrition provided to an unborn baby during the developing stages may prevent chronic disease in adulthood.

This is not just a question of eating well for two; it means eating smarter. Not only are calorie needs increased during pregnancy, but specific nutrients (such as iron and folic acid) are in higher demand, even before pregnancy! A balanced diet with these required nutrients needs to be supplied to the baby.

In this book, we provide the basics of a better diet for pregnancy that includes optimum intake of macronutrients — proteins, carbohydrates and fats — and required micronutrients, such as vitamins and minerals. We also identify foods that may help with morning sickness and foods that are not safe to eat during pregnancy. While this is not a "diet" book for losing weight, we do present information on appropriate weight gain during pregnancy and getting back into shape after pregnancy with good food selection. The need to eat better goes beyond the stages of pregnancy to breastfeeding your baby and establishing better eating habits for your kids. For each stage in your pregnancy, from conception to breastfeeding, we present not only nutritional advice, but also healthy recipes and meal plans for the two of you.

As co-authors of the best-selling books Better Baby Food and Better Food for Kids, we were inspired to write this book to provide mothers with the information they need to prepare for pregnancy and to provide optimal nutrition for themselves and for their babies. Our careful selection of recipes offers a wide variety of foods to enjoy, making food preparation a pleasure to savor, not a task to suffer. Understanding the principles of good nutrition and knowing how to prepare good food — that's what you will find in Better Food for Pregnancy.

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Introduction

Preface

What better time to learn about good nutrition than during the planning and earliest stages of a pregnancy? The nutritional status of a mother prior to conception and throughout pregnancy influences the nutritional status of the newborn baby and the future health of the child. Optimal nutrition provided to an unborn baby during the developing stages may prevent chronic disease in adulthood.

This is not just a question of eating well for two; it means eating smarter. Not only are calorie needs increased during pregnancy, but specific nutrients (such as iron and folic acid) are in higher demand, even before pregnancy! A balanced diet with these required nutrients needs to be supplied to the baby.

In this book, we provide the basics of a better diet for pregnancy that includes optimum intake of macronutrients -- proteins, carbohydrates and fats -- and required micronutrients, such as vitamins and minerals. We also identify foods that may help with morning sickness and foods that are not safe to eat during pregnancy. While this is not a "diet" book for losing weight, we do present information on appropriate weight gain during pregnancy and getting back into shape after pregnancy with good food selection. The need to eat better goes beyond the stages of pregnancy to breastfeeding your baby and establishing better eating habits for your kids. For each stage in your pregnancy, from conception to breastfeeding, we present not only nutritional advice, but also healthy recipes and meal plans for the two of you.

As co-authors of the best-selling books Better Baby Food and Better Food for Kids, we were inspired to write this book to providemothers with the information they need to prepare for pregnancy and to provide optimal nutrition for themselves and for their babies. Our careful selection of recipes offers a wide variety of foods to enjoy, making food preparation a pleasure to savor, not a task to suffer. Understanding the principles of good nutrition and knowing how to prepare good food -- that's what you will find in Better Food for Pregnancy.

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    Every Recipe is Great!

    I don't cook very much and was trying hard to eat well during my first pregnancy. This book helped immensely. We still cook recipes from this book all the time. Some of the recipes are a little spicy, but you can easily season to taste. My favorites are Beef Stroganoff, Mango Cucumber Salad, Crunchy Broccoli Salad, & Spinach Sole Casserole. Good information at the beginning on why & how to stay healthy during each stage of pregnancy. Overall, well done.

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