Eating for Pregnancy: The Essential Nutrition Guide and Cookbook for Today's Mothers-to-Be

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Winner of Mom’s Choice Award in Pregnancy/Childbirth Category

Every pregnant woman understands that what she eats and drinks affects the baby developing within her. Yet as a mother-to-be, you’re likely juggling so much that you simply don’t have the time—or energy!—to ensure that you’re always eating right. That’s where this fully updated edition of the pregnancy classic comes in, making it easy to fulfill the needs of you and your baby. Eating for Pregnancy will provide you ...

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Winner of Mom’s Choice Award in Pregnancy/Childbirth Category

Every pregnant woman understands that what she eats and drinks affects the baby developing within her. Yet as a mother-to-be, you’re likely juggling so much that you simply don’t have the time—or energy!—to ensure that you’re always eating right. That’s where this fully updated edition of the pregnancy classic comes in, making it easy to fulfill the needs of you and your baby. Eating for Pregnancy will provide you with all you need to know about nutrition before, during, and after pregnancy.

Here are 150 nutrient-rich recipes, more than 30 new to this edition, designed with you and your family in mind. Each highlights “What’s in this for baby and me?” and provides handy nutritional breakdowns and meal-planning advice. You’ll also find:

• Tips to help you minimize unnecessary weight gain and keep your nutrient intake high
• Fresh, fast, family-friendly recipes with realistic menu plans
• The most up-to-date information on supplements, sources, environmental concerns, and high-risk pregnancies
• An expanded vegetarian section—now with vegan recipes
• Helpful information for diabetics, including ADA exchanges, recipe tips, and dining-out strategies
• A unique Nine-Months-Later section, covering breastfeeding, postpartum depression, and weight loss after pregnancy—with illustrated exercises

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Caroline M. Apovian, MD, FACP, FACN
“As nutrition specialists we often see postpregnancy patients and wish they had received good nutrition counseling prior to and during pregnancy. This guide should be on the bookshelves of all obstetricians as they counsel their pregnant patients. It is a must-have for all pregnant patients who want to have a healthy peripartum experience.”

Diane Snyder, MD, OBGYN
“As an obstetrician this is a welcome resource for our patients. We often wish we had more time during prenatal visits to review healthy eating and recommendations for adequate nutrition. This book is a welcome addition!”

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Eating for Pregnancy has features that distinguish it from other books in the pregnancy category, including a family approach to eating and cooking during pregnancy, diabetic exchanges, an extensive chapter on vegetarian cooking, and tips for coping with morning sickness. It’s a book for motherhood in the 21st century.”

Diane Forley, chef-owner of Verbena Restaurant, New York City
“This book is full of information that is vital to maintaining a healthy pregnancy. The recipes are creatively delicious and make eating nutritiously an exciting and achievable goal.”

ForeWord Magazine
“From an overview on nutrition and pregnancy through the recipes . . . this book is a must-have. The recipes reflect an appealing fresh and light approach.”

Cindy Pawlcyn, chef and restaurateur
“Whether you want to get pregnant, are pregnant or adopting a baby, I encourage you to buy this book because it is full of simple, delicious recipes and lots of sound advice on how to eat better and enjoy a healthier lifestyle.”

New Parents Magazine
“Every pregnant woman knows that what she eats impacts the health of her baby. But coming up with healthy menus day in and day out can be as daunting as delivery itself. For well-meaning moms everywhere, the simple solution is Eating for Pregnancy. . . . If your idea of the perfect meal is equal parts easy, delicious and nutritious, this book is for you.”

Saginaw News
“Finally . . . a cookbook for mothers-to-be. . . . A new cookbook that offers nutrition guidelines for moms-to-be and includes recipes the entire family will enjoy.”

Monadnock Ledger
“Everything in the book is intended to be not only easy to prepare, but also healthy and appealing to every member of the family.”

Cape Gazette
“A must for mothers-to-be.”

Maria Theresa Guevara-Hensen, MD, OBGYN
“A compact and informative nutrition guide with recipes that are easy and clearcut. It will see you through nine months and beyond.”

The Washington Post
“A food-friendly guide to pregnancy and beyond…The more than 150 recipes in the book are presented in categories that fit with contemporary lifestyles…It's a realistic approach at a time when more and more meals take place outside the home.”

Publishers Weekly
“Delicately balancing optimum and unnecessary weight gain…simple yet flavorful dishes… an overwhelming amount of information.”

Washington Parent Magazine
“It's the subtitle that makes Eating for Pregnancy: An Essential Guide to Nutrition with Recipes for the Whole Family so special. Not only does the book address mom's needs, but also those of those who cook and dine with her."
“A wonderful book jam-packed with more than 150 nutrient-dense recipes that are guaranteed to become family favorites…Has many marvelous main courses to choose from, no matter what you’re craving…And if you’re craving tons of sweet things then Chapter 6 has recipes for desserts and other sweet treats that will satisfy your cravings without packing on the pounds...You’ll probably still be making and enjoying meals from Eating for Pregnancy long after your pregnancy has become a distant memory.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738213521
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 6/9/2009
  • Edition description: Second Edition, Completely Revised and Expanded
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 121,103
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Catherine Jones, graduate of La Varenne Culinary School in France and freelance food, health, and travel writer, is also the author of Eating for Lower Cholesterol. She lives in Bethesda, Maryland, with her husband and two children.

Rose Ann Hudson, RD, LD, a perinatal nutritionist and registered dietitian at Inova Fairfax Hospital, counsels both high-risk patients and women experiencing healthy pregnancies. She is the mother of two daughters and lives in Rockville, Maryland, with her family.

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Table of Contents

Dear Reader xvii

Introduction: All the Nutrition Information You Need to Know 1

One no more boring breakfasts 39

Two soups and sandwiches to savor 83

Three salads and dips for munching and crunching 130

Four vegetarian and vegan delights 180

Five marvelous main courses 274

Six sweet treats: desserts and snacks 344

Seven nine months later 381

Conversion Charts 429

Appendix 432

Endnotes 448

Thanks! 453

Index 455

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  • Posted October 20, 2009

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    The guide for all mother's-to-be

    "Eating for Pregnancy, the Essential Nutrition Guide and Cookbook for Today's Mother's-to-Be", is truly a book that every woman should own. With advice ranging from before conception until after you have had your child, Catherine Jones and Rose Anne Hudson, RD, LD, offer practical, sound advice for today's mothers. "Eating for Pregnancy", is more than just a cookbook it's a complete guide on how to obtain the nutriantes that you and your baby need that offers advice and helpfully hints along the way. With 150 delicious recipes provided for you ranging from Breakfast Pizza Pancakes, Butternut Squash-Carrot Soup, Gazpacho, to Chicken Salad with Dried Apricots and Almonds, Southern Style Potato Casserole, Moroccan Style Stew, and Pumpkin Pie, Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting. With each recipe being jammed packed with essential nutrients you know you are getting what you and your baby need.

    "Eating for Pregnancy, The Essential Guide and Cookbook for Today's Mother's-to-Be", is the wise choice when selecting a guide for any mother-to-be. A perfect gift that contains advice, helpful hints, recipes, and much more. With the chapters broken down into breakfast, soups and sandwiches, salad and dips, vegetarian and vegan, main course, and desserts. Also provided for the mother-to-be, are lists of helpful items to have on hand. "Eating for Pregnancy, The Essential Guide and Cookbook for Today's Mother's-to-Be", is filled with so much sound practical advice and information that this book should be a must have any woman.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 14, 2009

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    Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby

    Eating for Pregnancy: The Essential Nutrition Guide and Cookbook for Today's Mothers-to-be is filled with delicious recipes designed for the pregnant woman and her baby/babies.
    The introduction chapter is filled with so much helpful information about nutrition; explanations of the fat groups, folic acids, and vitamins essential to a healthy mother and baby. It also has weight charts for average weight gain, including twins and sample menu ideas. The staple pantry suggestions give readers an idea of what is best for their bodies and what the healthier options are.

    The recipes are easy, taste great and, with the Vegan & Vegetarian section included, cater for all dietary requirements.
    I made the French Toast Banana Sandwiches one morning and my children ate it all before I got to it. A lot of the recipes can easily be made for the whole family to enjoy a healthy meal together. My children also enjoyed the Vegetarian Lasagne and the Spinach Cheese Quiche.

    I tool the Beef with Broccoli and Walnut Spice Coffee cake to a baby shower recently and have since had numerous requests to borrow this amazing book.
    The warnings of bacteria and diseases found in unprepared or incorrectly stored food were an eye opener to say the least. Also the food-handling guide was incredibly beneficial.

    The Nine Months Later section I found particularly informative with the fitness tips, work out plans and routines. It included physical warning signs that it's time to stop exercising.
    I had problems with breastfeeding my children and found lots of helpful hints in the section on breastfeeding nutrition.
    I also welcomed the addition of the Postpartum Depression chapter. With signals and signs of the depression and dietary and exercise designed to help it was a massive help to a friend of mine.

    Some common questions were answered in a short Q & A section. A couple of calorie counted sample menus added helps so much with meal planning and shopping for nutritious and healthy, tasty food.

    International conversion charts were a blessing for me as I am in Australia, and the websites included for further reading were full of helpful advice.
    Food safety and storage charts came in handy, I hope to never find off food again. The index at the back is clear and makes it extremely easy to find a recipe or advice on a certain subject.
    I would highly recommend this book for the pregnant, just had a baby or those trying to conceive. It is also very useful to anyone wanting to live healthily.

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  • Posted October 8, 2009

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    What? You Mean I Shouldn't Just Eat Pickles?

    Catherine Jones and Rose Ann Hudson's book Eating for Pregnancy: The Essential Nutrition Guide and Cookbook for Today's Mothers-to-Be is exactly what it claims to be: essential for anyone expecting. There is valuable information to be gained from this book for any pregnant woman. Contrary to popular belief, being pregnant is not an excuse to live on pickles and spicy ethnic food. It is a chance to take care of our babies long before we can ever hold them. What we eat, our babies eat, and that is the basic idea Jones and Hudson focus on in this book.

    This eating guide is more than a book; it is a virtual tomb of important, yet simple to understand guidelines for taking care of our babies by looking more closely at what we put into our mouths. The information is split into three sections: nutritional information you need to know while you're pregnant, healthy recipes, and post-pregnancy nutritional information. The nutritional information is very thorough, but laid out in easy-to-understand language. Topics covered include weight gain, essential minerals and vitamins, high-risk pregnancies, planning a healthy diet, nutrition for breastfeeding mothers, alleviating postpartum depression, and staying in shape after giving birth. There are even exercises with pictures to help you get your pre-baby body back. It has all the information I ever wondered about and more! I was able to find the answers to all the nutrition questions I had.

    While the nutritional information is interesting, I'd be lying if I didn't say my favorite part was the recipes! There are 150 nutrient-packed and great tasting recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert. The recipes also cover soups and salads, snacks, and meals for vegetarians or vegans. Before I got into this book, I was assuming that while these foods would be good for me, they would taste terribly. I decided that it was a small sacrifice to pay for my baby's health, but I was incredibly surprised by how tasty these recipes were. My favorites are Banana Muffins with Walnuts and Wheat Germ, Super Fruit Smoothies, Grilled Cheese, Pasta Salad with Basil Pesto, Spinach Dip, Cucumber-Tomato Yogurt Salad, Three-Bean Vegetarian Chili, Southern-Style Sweet Potato Casserole, Chicken with Homemade Barbecue Sauce, Homemade Chicken Tenders, Pumpkin Pie, Carrot Cake with Cream-Cheese Frosting, and Walnut Spice Coffee Cake. The list of recipes I liked from this book is much longer than those I didn't really care for. I haven't tried all the recipes, but I plan on using this book throughout my pregnancy and even after! These recipes really are good enough to eat without being pregnant. Just ask my husband!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2013

    Purchased this book expecting it to be more of a cookbook, but w

    Purchased this book expecting it to be more of a cookbook, but was I surprised... I just love knowing 'why' the food is good for my baby....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2013

    Wasn't impressed

    I need quick and easy. These recipes have too many ingredients an are time consuming.

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  • Posted June 7, 2010

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    Everything a mother-to-be needs to know about healthy eating

    Pregnancy is a natural opportunity to focus seriously on nutrition. But where to begin? And, even harder, where to end if you don't want to come home from the bookstore with your arms overflowing with purchases? Fortunately, Catherine Jones and Rose Ann Hudson make this decision easier by packing generous servings of nutritional information for pregnant women along with 150 healthy, simple recipes into just one book.

    Eating for Pregnancy combines easy-to-make, nutritionally-rich recipes literally from soup to nuts, with a plethora of nutritional information, healthy eating tips, and dietary guidelines. The authors touch on many useful topics, such as combating heartburn, choosing the healthiest fish, high risk pregnancies, and environmental concerns, to name but a few. Vegetarians and vegans will find plenty of support for making good dietary choices during pregnancy in this book, with an entire chapter devoted to "Vegetarian and Vegan Delights" full of succulent and simple recipes. The second edition has been expanded to include a Nine Months Later section, providing recipes specifically for breastfeeding mothers, an exercise program and tips on dealing with post-partum depression from experts in the field.

    Woven into the thorough array of gastronomical guidelines, the authors provide a delightful range of guilt-free recipes that taste as delicious as they sound. Breakfast might be a French Toast Banana Sandwich, a lunch of Asian-Style Turkey Wrap or Crispy Fried Tofu with Sesame-Soy Sauce, and for dinner a Sauteed Salmon on a Bed of Greens with Citrus Vinaigrette.

    The recipes in Eating for Pregnancy are remarkably easy to make, requiring minimal effort. Most can be made in only three steps! The simple ingredients seem carefully chosen to provide the most nutrition and the best taste with the least effort. Both authors are mothers who know intimately about the up's and down's of pregnancy in today's world. They wrote this book to assist real women in a real world. "Considering our time-pressured lives," the authors write, "we tried to make this book as quick to read and user-friendly as possible. At-a-glace nutrient sources, pantry lists, and cooking tips are designed to make your life easier in the grocery story and in front of the stove."

    The authors write for an inclusive readership, anticipating the special needs of over- or under-weight moms-to-be as well as teenagers, those carrying multiples, and women with gestational diabetes. However, Eating for Pregnancy seems to be most suited for educated readers who already have a health-conscious approach to eating. Women less knowledgeable about good food choices might become overwhelmed by the advice and some of the recipes. For instance, a woman accustomed to a salad of iceberg lettuce might have a hard time getting her mind around more nutritionally-packed choices like dandelion, sorrel and mustard greens. (Though in my opinion, it's a hurdle worth trying to overcome.)

    Healthy eaters will become even healthier with the guidance of this book. Eating for Pregnancy helps women make better dietary choices for themselves and their families, not just during pregnancy, but for a lifetime of good eating.

    Quill says: Everything a mother-to-be needs to know about healthy eating, plus 150 nutrition-packed, tasty recipes. Yum!

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  • Posted May 6, 2010

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    Very helpful and useful Guide and cookbook!

    Eating for Pregnancy: The Essential Nutrition guide and cookbook is a wonderful tool for all women, especially pregnant women. Whether you know a lot or know nothing about healthy eating for mommy and baby, this book has something for everyone. The cookbook is not only full of delicious recipes (who says you have to be pregnant to make them?!), but also very helpful information on foods the baby needs and that your body needs to help sustain the pregnancy and keep you healthy. Along with these delicious recipes that are easy to make and are what I would consider "normal". The recipes are not flamboyant, but everyday pantry items or easy to find in you local grocery store. There is also a ton of helpful information to help answer any pregnancy questions in regards to your diet and what you should or shouldn't be eating. Some of these questions include; "What should I be eating? What is dangerous and why? If I eat this how is it benefiting the baby and I?" There is also a section for your last 9 months after baby is born. The exercises and eating tips are designed to help you loose the baby weight and regain your body!

    This book is truly for those considering having a baby to those who have had their baby and everyone in between! Among the many helpful tidbits of information you will find helpful list that give sources of fiber, vitamin C, and other important nutrients. There is information on how much fish, water, vitamins, and other items that you should or shouldn't be consuming. The recipes are in convenient categorized sections and come complete in a seven day menu planner. The author gives a list of pantry items needed for each categorized chapter of recipes along with time saving tips, storage tips, conversion charts and a variety of other very helpful pieces of information. The recipes range from breakfast to dinner with snack and vegetarian dishes. Eating for Pregnancy will quickly become a part of your family even after your baby is born. The recipes are for families too!

    If your pregnant, planning to get pregnant, recently had your baby, are a health care professional or simply like to collect cookbooks or are interested in good nutrition, Eating for Pregnancy is for you! It would also make a wonderful gift for any expectant mother to be! It is well worth the time and money.

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  • Posted January 11, 2010

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    A Mom's Choice Awards Recipient

    Eating For Pregnancy is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom's Choice Awards® honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS's Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times best-selling Author; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books; and Tara Paterson, Certified Parent Coach and founder of the Mom's Choice Awards. Parents and educators look for the Mom's Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.

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