What to Expect: Eating Well When You're Expecting

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Announcing Eating Well When You're Expecting, providing moms-to-be with a realistic approach to navigating healthily and deliciously through the nine months of pregnancy--at home, in the office, over the holidays, in restaurants. Thorough chapters are devoted to nutrition, weight gain, food safety, the postpartum diet, and how to eat when trying to conceive again. And, very exciting, the book comes with 150 contemporary, tasty, and healthy recipes that feed mom and baby well, take little time to prepare, and are gentle on queasy tummies.

A departure from its predecessor, What to Eat When You're Expecting, which has 976,000 copies in print, Eating Well loses the whole-wheatier-than-thou attitude, and comes with a light, reader-friendly tone while delivering the most up-to-date information. At the heart of the book are hundreds of pressing questions every mother-to-be has: Is it true I shouldn't eat any food cooked with alcohol? Will the caffeine in coffee cross into my baby's bloodstream? Help!--I'm entering my second trimester, and I'm losing weight, not gaining. Is all sushi off limits? How do I get enough calcium if I'm lactose intolerant? I keep dreaming about a hot fudge sundae--can I indulge? Guess what: the answer is yes.

Customer Reviews:

  • Only buy if you can cook for hours....
    I expected this book to talk more about nutrition than "What to expect when you are expecting". But it says the same thing. This book didn't suit my needs at all because it asks a pregnant woman, who can barely remember to turn the oven off when she's finished, to cook gormet meals. I was an excellent cook pre-pregnancy, and these meal plans and suggestions would have been difficult, time-consuming, and costly even then! If anyone CAN indeed cook like a gormet cheif when pregnant and has the dough to spend on it, by all means, this book is for you. ...more info
  • A good resource
    I really liked the What to Eat when You're Expecting (an older edition of this book). This new edition has more recipes than the old book (and few, if any, repeats). I prefer the format of the old book for the nitty-gritty nutrition info....more info
  • A Definite Must-Have for Expectant Moms
    I wish I would have had this during my first pregnancy. I had asked all of my health care professionals what I should eat and how I should take care of myself during that crucial time, but the standard reply was always, "Eat healthy and exercise." This book defines what eating healthy and taking care of yourself during pregnancy involves. It includes tips on weight gain, pre-pregnancy and postpartum nutrition, information on low carb and vegetarian diets as well as family-friendly recipes. ...more info
  • great book
    This book has great info. and great recipes. I have made a few and My family really likes them. I'm greatful for a book that has info and recipes that are easy to use. ...more info
  • Great Nutrition Advise at any time in life
    I have had terrible trouble losing the weight I gained with my first son, and I worry about my own health, and the health of a new baby, if I started a new pregnancy at the weight I am at now. We would like to start trying again in the next year or two, so we discussed the issue with my doctor and her advice was to start treating your body now like you would if you were pregnant. So I bought this book.

    I almost bought it's predicessor, but the description of this version's reduction in the "wheatier than thou" approach sold me. I have a couple of the other "What to do books" and was aware that I would skim past a lot of the dietary advice as not being realistic to my lifestyle - but this book is. Its full of down-to-the-roots, real life knowledge on what nutrition really is, why you are supposed to eat what they say you should, and real-world decision making for trying to be healthy one day at a time.

    It goes into fantastic detail on the Daily Dozen concept, and the recipies that I have tried so far are easy and tasty, with lots of room for personalization and variety. But it's not just a diet-or a recipe book. It's a way to trully think about everything you eat and why you do or don't need it. Whether I lose the weight or not, whether we have another child or not, I've gained a lot of confidence and knowledge about my habits from this book and I am very pleased with it....more info
  • Good Menu, but Very Expensive Ingredients
    Buying 2 days of food using this cookbook cost over $90 in our local grocer. So while the recipes are good, we are using them in extreme moderation as many of the main ingredients are hard to come by and expensive....more info
  • Great gift!
    Purchased this book along with the "what to eat" publication as an early gift for a nervous mother-to-be. It was received with much appreciation by this first-time mommy who was seeking information in order to have a sucessful pregnancy and a healthy baby. A useful tool in gaining knowledge from one source rather searching thru many others. It's also something that can be appreciated as it is passed along to another mom-to-be....more info
  • Excellent basic nutrition guide w/ GREAT recipes!
    I took this book out of the library, but decided to buy it because I wanted to own the recipes. There is a great variety of recipes for all meals of the day and snacks. Most of the recipes are lower fat and sugar and higher fiber and protein versions of your favs. They don't elimate the bad things, but they do limit it and work in more whole grains and veggies then I normally do in my cooking.

    As for the other reviewers comment about the grapes on page 82 - I can see how she got confused, but they actually say: "...;a slice of whole wheat bread, an ounce of cheddar cheese, and a half cup of grapes equals 200 calories." They are talking about how to get the most variety of vitamins in your snacks.

    Many who buy this book may find the info rather simplistic, which it is. Eat a variety of highly nutritious foods. But, buy it for the recipes. ...more info
  • Amazing recipes, packed with info on eating healthy --without being guilt-inducing
    Wow -- what a great book!!! I'm newly pregnant and I really want to make sure I'm eating good food for my baby, especailly since I'm so nauseous all the time. I saw this book in the bookstore and bought it... and am I glad I did. It's packed with info about nutrition during pregnancy. It's funny and it's a really easy to read book -- plus it doesn't make you feel bad if you miss a few days of eating healthy or if you eat some unhealthy food every once in a while.

    The first chapter tells you why it's important to eat nutritious food. The second chapter is so great because it goes through all the pregnancy symptoms and gives advice on exactly what to do for them in terms of food. Too nauseaous to eat (my problem) -- here are some tips. What to do about the food cravings (especially when you're craving something totally unhealthy). But the best thing is that it doesn't make you feel guilty if you do crave ice cream or cake or whatever. It recognizes that sometimes the only thing I can eat is potato chips, and it doesn't make me feel like I'm hurting my baby! But it still gives you the ideal of what you should eat (there's a really funny section later on called "ideal...get real" that totally gets this point across. Plus it makes you realize you probably are eating healthy for the most aprt anyway). I love that.

    The next chapter goes through weight gain and the pregnancy diet telling you what you should be eating each day. The best thing is that the book has tons of lists of different foods -- and the serving amounts -- so figuring out how much to eat is no big deal. Then there's a great chapter on being an expectant gourmet. It goes through all the different types of food that you can eat while you're pregnant. I learned so much from that chapter. Who knew there were so many different types of lettuces!

    There's also stuff on what foods to avoid when you're pregnant, and how to keep your food safe. Also sections on eating while you're working with great tips on eating when you're sick, when you're traveling, and what you can eat when you're in a restuarant.

    Then the best part is the recipes -- it's half the book! Totally yummy. I already made the ginger and carrot muffins (they say ginger is good for morning sickness) and the Chicken Burgers with Mango relish. The recipes are all healthy -- but so good and they totally don't taste like health food stuff-- even my husband (mr. very picky eater) thought the muffins were great. And what's great is that I was able to eat them too even with my nausea! There are so many good looking recipes, I don't know which ones to try first (I think I'm going to try the Pork Medallions with arugula and Tomatoes next).

    Totally get this book if you're pregnant and want to eat healthy and eat good food. I highly recommend it and am telling all my friends to get it too! Even the non pregnant ones!...more info
  • wanting best for baby
    I love this book! If you really want information on how to eat well for you little darling, then I would highly recomend this book. It is also a great book for yourself if you are pregnant or not because so many people really just don't know how to eat to nourish their own bodies. This book will tell you how and it's made to be very simple. This book is great!...more info
  • Wonderful Resource!
    This book is a bit daunting to get into as it is very detailed, but it is a wonderful resource for any questions you might have about what to eat and why during pregnancy....more info
  • you know it anyway
    Got this book by mistake. It is OK but there is nothing in it that you don't get at the ante netal classes. Would reccomend what to expect when your expecting instead....more info
  • Informative
    Excellent book to become familiar with eating habits during pregnancy. Most of the time, I eat healthy enough, but this gave me the opportunity to see what I might be missing and how it would effect the health and development of my growing child. Highly recommended, as are all of the "What to expect" books....more info
  • Not a must-have
    This was one of the first books I bought when I found out I was expecting. It is a very nice resource to have, but most if the information in it can be found by reading pregnancy sites on the internet. By the time I recieved this book in the mail I already knew most of what was in it. The main reason I bought this book was for the recipes, but I've had the book for over a month and have only used two of the recipes. A lot of them call for ingredients I don't typically keep on hand. ...more info


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