What to Eat When You're Pregnant: A Week-by-Week Guide to Support Your Health and Your Baby's Development

What to Eat When You're Pregnant: A Week-by-Week Guide to Support Your Health and Your Baby's Development

by Nicole M. Avena PhD


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An approachable guide to what to eat—as opposed to what to avoid—while pregnant and nursing, to support the mother's health and the baby's development during each stage of pregnancy, with 50 recipes.

New research suggests that the foods you eat during pregnancy can have lasting effects on your baby’s brain development and behavior, as well as your waistline. Drawing from the fields of medicine, nutrition, and psych­ology, this easy-­to-follow guide, which also includes 50 recipes, gives you a clear understanding of what your body really needs and how certain foods contribute to the development of a healthy and happy baby.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781607746799
Publisher: Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale
Publication date: 06/09/2015
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 229,882
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

DR. NICOLE M. AVENA is the mother of a six-year-old daughter; a research neuroscientist at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City; an expert in the fields of nutrition, diet, and addiction; and the co-author of Why Diets FailScience Explains How to End Cravings, Lose Weight, and Get Healthy. She received a PhD in neuroscience and psychology from Princeton University, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in molecular biology at The Rockefeller University in New York City. Her research has been featured in Shape, Men's Health, Glamour, Details, Women's Health, Prevention, Oxygen, and Fitness, and she regularly appears on television, including The Dr. Oz Show, the Hallmark Channel, and Good Day NY. She makes public speaking appearances throughout the US, Europe, and Asia. Dr. Avena has written extensively on topics related to food, addiction, obesity, and eating disorders, and she writes the Food Junkie blog for Psychology Today.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments viii

Part I Why Is It Important to Eat Well during Pregnancy?

1 Evolution of the Baby Bump and Being Pregnant Today 2

2 Why Your Baby Weight Matters 11

3 The Key Nutrients You Need during Pregnancy 22

Part II What to Eat during the Stages of Pregnancy-A Week-by-Week Guide

4 The First Trimester 50

5 The Second Trimester 75

6 The Third Trimester 103

Part III How to Eat Well during and after Pregnancy

7 My Hormones Made Me Eat It! How to Avoid Using Food to Feel Better 134

8 What You Can Do to Keep Your Weight Gain on Track during Pregnancy 143

9 Losing Your Baby Weight and Maintaining a Healthy Diet beyond the Bump 153

Appendix A Food Safety and Foods to Avoid during Pregnancy 171

Appendix B Eating Well While Nursing 181

Appendix C Special Medical Considerations 192

References 202

Metric Conversion Charts 221

About the Author 222

Index 223

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