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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Gilad A. Gross, MD (Washington University School of Medicine)
Description: This book summarizes evidence and practice recommendations for nutrition during pregnancy and lactation. In addition to normal pregnancy, it covers a variety of other topics including diabetes, gastric bypass, adolescents, and multiple pregnancies.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a comprehensive reference for healthcare professionals about nutrition in both normal and complicated pregnancies. This is an important topic, and one with few available books. The authors have accomplished their goal of producing a detailed but manageable book.
Audience: It is written for health professionals working in obstetrics including physicians, nurses, and dieticians. Those currently practicing and those in training can both benefit from this book. The authors all share a high degree of expertise in the science of nutrition and pregnancy and lactation.
Features: A variety of topics is covered, ranging from basic pregnancy needs to specific diseases and their effects on nutritional status. Popular diets and nutritional supplements are also addressed. The chapters on exercise, obesity, weight-loss surgery, and diabetes are especially useful. Two areas that are not covered that might have been helpful are chronic hypertension and renal disease.
Assessment: This is a very practical and useful book for health professionals caring for pregnant women. There are many such books written for the general population, but surprisingly few geared towards health professionals. This book is well organized and provides relevant information for both low-risk and high-risk obstetric care providers.