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I learned I was gluten intolerant shortly before becoming pregnant. Since I had suffered from years of pain due to malabsorption, I was really concerned about getting the best possible nutrition for my baby. I looked at a lot of pregnancy nutrition books, and settled on this one. Other books seemed to mostly recommend what's generally good nutrition for everyone (plus an extra 300 calories), which I'm sure is a good start. This one is based both on population studies and on a lot of work with moms-to-be carrying multiples, helping them deliver healthy, good sized babies. Two of the differences between this book and others: 1) This one points out that healthy fats are very important for brain development, and recommends that 30-35% of the mother's calories come from fats. (I think those are the right figures, but I lent my copy out so I can't check) 2) This book points out that eggs have lots of great nutrients, and recommends eating an egg a day during the 2nd & 3rd trimesters. My baby was born weighing 9 lbs, 4 oz, and he has continued to be tall, happy and smart. My biggest complaint about this book: most of the recipes make a LOT of servings (like 10), and I thought freezing leftovers would be great, but one of my biggest pregnancy aversions was leftovers.
I found myself referring back to this book time and time again, since I am a big believer in proper nutrition during pregnancy. This book was an excellent reference on what to eat, what not to eat, and how various nutrients affect your unborn baby. Other nutritional books I've found tend to be more superficial, just giving you the basics you probably already know like vegetables are good for you, and folic acid is important.
Reviewed in the United States on December 31, 2001
I just read the excerpt of the book that's available online and it's left me feeling very skeptical of the author's idea of "metabolic programming." To build support for it, she refers to studies of mothers who were in FAMINE conditions or who were STARVED. She also mentions studies of malnourishment and undernourishment, but never defines these terms. How do these studies relate to modern day middle class mothers? Does she ever identify a causal relationship between her suggested diet and improved baby health? Improved 2nd generation baby health? She foists her theory onto people as though it has been repeatably demonstrated to be valid when in reality it's probably just opinion. It seems like it's just pseudo-science that doesn't happen to harm you.