If you’re pregnant or just thinking about trying to conceive, you may have seen Eating Expectantly: Healthy Eating Before, During and After Pregnancy in your local bookstore. Written by Bridget Swinney, MS, RD, this book is a revised and updated 4th edition of the title that was first released in 1990.
The information in Eating Expectantly is well presented, so it’s definitely worth your time to go over the things you can do in order to increase your odds of delivering a healthy baby. However, if you’re not familiar with previous editions of the book, the title is a little misleading.
I expected a book called Eating Expectantly to be full of nutrition tips and recipes. There is quite a bit of space devoted to healthy eating tips, but no recipes. There’s also discussion about topics like quitting smoking, exercising while pregnant, and trying to minimize exposure to environmental toxins. So, this book is actually more of a “healthy living” guide.
Another issue to be aware of is that this is a HUGE book! If you’re not normally much of a reader, it’s easy to get intimated by a 458 page guidebook when you’ve got a ton of other baby-related stuff to do. But, the main reason the book is so long is that the author has tried to address every possible scenario.
There’s advice for women with PCOS, tips on vegetarian eating, gluten-free tips, tips for healthy eating on a budget, and a whole chapter on various high risk pregnancy issues. So, if you just skip over the stuff that doesn’t apply to you, it seems much more manageable.
Disclaimer: A sample copy of Eating Expectantly was provided by the publisher for the purpose of preparing this review.
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