Friday, June 5, 2015

What to Eat When You're Pregnant Review

What to Eat When You're Pregnant by Dr. Nicole M. Avena is what it says to be. It is a book for all mothers (and fathers) -to be.


In short, the title of What to Eat when You're Pregnant says it all: "A week-by-week guide to support your health and your baby's development."  Dr. Avena gave readers a book that breaks down the nutrients necessary for the health of the mothers-to-be and the baby.  From the first trimester to after the pregnancy and battling some baby weight, this book will advise you the right thing to eat in addition to information on what that thing is, and the nutrients it consists of for you and the baby through-out and after your pregnancy.
 Each week, a summary of "what's happening" to your body and to the baby, then followed-by a "food of the week", including one or two simple recipes; this book is a wealth of knowledge, from hormones, to vitamins, to food and recipes, to what's going on in you and to your baby.  This is not the same as the very popular What to Expect When You're Expecting, which will focus on the physicality of the mom and baby along with some medical terms, and things to do when you're expecting.  What to Eat When You're Pregnant really try to focus on the eating factor, which studies have shown plays an important role in the development of the fetus to a baby, and a healthy birth.  I think this is a great reference book to have for all parents-to-be.

I appreciate what Dr. Avena has given readers with What to Eat When You're Pregnant and find the book informative.  However, graphically and reading-wise, it's a little bland. It's 236 pages of reference-like reading material - almost like a textbook, but textbooks at least have graphs and images to give your mind a break.  This does not, or rather the amount of graphs and charts are very minimal.   Therefore I find it hard to read through.  Graphically, I think adding colors or images, be it drawings or real photographs will help break up the reading a bit.  For example, add some pictures of the recipes will provide a better understanding the the dish.  Also, some color charts instead of the grayscale ones, even if it's just the headings will give off a different look and appeal of the book.

Overall, I would recommend this book for the information.  However, I would suggest getting the paperback version, instead of the e-book, and take breaks reading, by making markings, highlights and tabs.  It will help when you want to go back and look up something.  Enjoy and congratulations on your pregnancy.

NOTE:  I received a complimentary E-Book from the publisher, Ten Speed Press for an honest review.


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