What to Eat When You're Pregnant

Title:  What to Eat When You're Pregnat
Author: Nicole M. Avena, PhD
Publisher: Ten Speed Press
Release Date: June 9, 2015



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.

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Sometimes you just need the book, printed right in front of you to fully appreciate it.  I have read and reviewed this book in its digital format back when it was first published.  As per my first assessment, many points still stand true.
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.
Table of Contents
Updates based on reviewing a printed version, I am able to see the best and most efficient way to utilize this book is to jump back and forth. Read through Part I and Part III, (see image), which are the crux of information on a healthy pregnancy. Then follow Part II (week-by-week guide) according to your pregnancy time frame.  Feel free to refer back to other parts of the book anytime during your pregnancy.

Next, the sample recipes are actually quite easy and simple to prepare, especially for someone who's feeling the tired effects of pregnancy. Though I am not pregnant this time, I do find reading through this book once again gives me an overall knowledge of what foods to avoid versus what foods are good to eat during a pregnancy.

In all, I would repeat what I said last time I reviewed the digital version, I suggest getting the paperback version.

NOTE:  I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, through Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest opinion. For my review policy, please see my Disclosure page.


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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 Fail: Science 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.

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