The Low GI Eating Plan for an Optimal Pregnancy: The Authoritative Science-Based Nutrition Guide for Mother and Baby

The Low GI Eating Plan for an Optimal Pregnancy: The Authoritative Science-Based Nutrition Guide for Mother and Baby


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The Low GI Eating Plan for an Optimal Pregnancy: The Authoritative Science-Based Nutrition Guide for Mother and Baby by Dr. Jennie Brand-Miller, Kate Marsh, Robert Moses

A scientifically proven, safe and effective program to help boost your chances of conceiving, ensure a healthy pregnancy, avoid gestational diabetes and give your baby the best possible start toward lifelong health.

The Low GI Eating Plan for an Optimal Pregnancy—written by the world’s leading experts on the glycemic index (GI)—will help you to clearly understand the connection between the food you eat, your blood glucose levels, and your baby’s future health. The focus is on low GI carbohydrates—vital at this time, because reducing the GI of your diet is one of the safest and most effective ways to ensure that your baby grows at the optimal rate, without you gaining excessive body fat and without compromising nutrition during this important stage of life.

This book will show you how to optimize your diet—pre-conception, during pregnancy, and once your child has been born—to ensure a healthy baby and a healthy mom, and includes:
• What to be aware of once you're eating for two
• How to ensure your weight gain is healthy
• The importance of blood glucose in pregnancy (and why gestational diabetes is a big deal)
• 8 guiding principles that make it easy to put everything into practice
• The best foods to eat—as well as the ones to avoid
• 50 delicious, quick, and easy low GI recipes, plus sample menu ideas
• Helpful checklists and guidance on how to exercise safely.

The Low GI Eating Plan for an Optimal Pregnancy is the only book specifically for pregnancy written by internationally recognized scientists qualified in nutrition, dietetics, and diabetes. It is an essential, authoritative guide for all mothers-to-be and new moms.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781615190829
Publisher: Experiment, The
Publication date: 04/23/2013
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 800,084
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Dr. Jennie Brand-Miller is a professor of human nutrition at the University of Sydney and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science. She is acknowledged worldwide for her expertise on carbohydrates and health, as well as infant nutrition.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Glossary 8

Part 1 Planning your pregnancy

Chapter 1 Optimizing your health and lifestyle 13

Chapter 2 Fertility food-what you should (and shouldn't) be eating while trying to conceive 23

Summary: 8 steps to making a healthy baby 36

Part 2 So now you are pregnant

Chapter 3 The best conceivable diet for pregnancy 39

Chapter 4 Ideal weight gain 61

Chapter 5 Blood glucose levels in pregnancy 73

Chapter 6 Exercise in pregnancy 83

Chapter 7 Gestational diabetes: why such a big deal? 97

Summary: 13 steps to growing a healthy baby 118

Part 3 Beyond Due-Day-you and your new baby

Chapter 8 Lactation and looking after yourself 121

Chapter 9 Weaning your baby 143

Summary: 10 tips for life beyond Due-Day 149

Part 4 Putting it all on the plate

Chapter 10 The Low GI Eating Plan-putting it into action 153

Chapter 11 Putting it all together 185

Chapter 12 Stocking your pantry 191

Chapter 13 Top pregnancy super foods 205

Part 5 Recipes

Breakfast 219

Light meals 231

Main dishes 243

Desserts 273

Snacks 279

The Low GI Eating Plan optimum weight gain chart 293

Resources and further information 297

References 303

Acknowledgments 317

Index 319

Index of recipes 327

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