Prenatal nutrition can be confusing.
As a clinician and specialist in prenatal nutrition, I’ve taken a long and hard look at the science and discovered a wide gap between current prenatal nutrition recommendations and what’s optimal for your health and your baby’s health.
For example, deficiencies in choline, vitamin B12, folate, iron, and iodine (among others) can impair brain development. On the flip side, adequate intake of these nutrients is protective.
Sadly, if you follow conventional prenatal nutrition guidelines, you risk deficiencies in several of these nutrients.
In addition, the macronutrient levels promoted by conventional guidelines (high-carb, low-fat) can put you at risk for gaining too much weight, developing high blood sugar, and having other complications with your pregnancy.
In Real Food for Pregnancy, I tie together the latest research and compare it to the wisdom from traditional cultures, so you can be confident that your food and lifestyle choices are in your—and your baby’s—best interest.
My advice is not hearsay; it’s based on scientific research.
Real Food for Pregnancy lays out the evidence—930 citations and counting—on the benefits of real food, why certain foods are essential (and others are detrimental), and countless lifestyle tweaks you can make to have a smooth, healthy pregnancy. These same choices ensure that your baby receives all the nutrients needed for optimal development.
There has never been a more comprehensive and well-referenced resource on prenatal nutrition (believe me; I’ve looked long and hard).
What’s covered in Real Food for Pregnancy:
- How your nutrient intake affects the development of your baby and risk for complications.
- Misconceptions of conventional prenatal nutrition: optimal macronutrient intake vs. current recommendations (why the current high-carb, low-fat recommendations are doing more harm than good), why salt is an essential nutrient (and how a low-salt diet can be detrimental), etc.
- Nutrient-dense foods to “build a healthy baby” and which foods to avoid (including the latest evidence on fish and mercury, food safety and deli meat, etc.)
- Why a vegetarian or vegan diet may not the be the best idea during pregnancy (and what nutrients/supplements to consider if you choose a vegetarian diet).
- Nutritional management of nausea, food aversions, heartburn, constipation, preeclampsia, and much more.
- Gestational diabetes – an evidence-based look at the pros/cons of all testing methods, plus, how to manage it with real food.
- Lab tests, supplements, and other proactive steps to support a healthy pregnancy.
- Prenatal exercise – what’s safe, what’s not, and why moving your body is so important.
- The crucial role of mindfulness and stress management during pregnancy.
- Practical steps to reduce exposure to common toxins.
- Navigating the 4th trimester, including wisdom from traditional cultures, foods to emphasize, using nutrient-dense foods to support breastfeeding, physical recovery, and many more tips to help you thrive postpartum.
This book is the missing prenatal nutrition education that you’ve been searching for.
Pregnancy is full of unknowns, but one thing to remember is that good nutrition “stacks the deck” in your favor. Whatever the outcome, you know you did everything within your control to have a healthy pregnancy.
Eating a nutrient-dense diet of real food sets you up for a healthier pregnancy, a smoother recovery from birth, and an easier transition into motherhood. Let me show you how.
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