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I’m glad you’re here.

I know you want the best for your pregnant clients and their babies. With evidence-based nutrition and lifestyle choices, you can help your clients avoid pregnancy complications (like anemia, preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, and preterm labor) and promote optimal fetal development.

What if I told you that the nutrients most commonly lacking in a prenatal diet—like vitamins A, B12, B6, zinc, iron, DHA, iodine and choline—are found in the very foods you’ve been telling your clients to limit (per conventional prenatal nutrition guidelines).

Sadly, when women follow conventional prenatal nutrition advice, they’re almost guaranteed to be eating a nutrient-deficient diet, not a nutrient-dense one.

Depriving a mother’s growing baby of key nutrients needed for things like brain development goes against the “first, do no harm” principle that’s central to ethical medical care across the globe.

It often takes decades for research to make it into practice—and for old policies to be significantly reformed—so it’s not surprising that we have found ourselves in this situation, but…

We can do better.

Real Food for Pregnancy takes prenatal nutrition advice out of the dark ages. I questioned the status quo, so you don’t have to question your diet and lifestyle recommendations for clients.

Real Food for Pregnancy outlines the problems with current prenatal nutrition guidelines and provides the evidence—930 citations and counting—that supports a real food diet to optimize maternal and fetal health.


Applications are reviewed in the order in which they are received. If your application is accepted, please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery. If the wait is too long, consider purchasing a copy on Amazon.

In an effort to help as many mamas and babies as possible, I’m self-funding the provision of free copies of my book to select healthcare providers. To apply to receive a copy for your practice, fill out the form below. 



Real Food For Pregnancy should find its way into every medical school and prenatal clinic. Lily Nichols’ first book, Real Food for Gestational Diabetes, is a staple in my teaching here at West Virginia University and has shifted how many in our department view nutrition. Her second book is encyclopedic; it’s amazingly well-referenced and more in-depth than many textbooks. If mothers embrace Lily’s advice, the next generation will hopefully suffer less obesity and diabetes.

Mark Cucuzzella, MD, FAAFP

Professor at West Virginia University School of Medicine

Real Food for Pregnancy should be considered essential reading for any woman who is currently pregnant or planning conception in the near future. I have not found a similar text with the breadth and depth of discussion on prenatal nutrition. What sets Real Food for Pregnancy apart is how it logically explains the current scientific evidence that is disrupting modern nutrition science and pushing conventional dogma into a new direction. Lily Nichols’ meticulously cited text provides not only a quick read but also plenty of details and references for those who wish to dig further. This book may very well serve as the tipping point leading to a sea change in nutrition science and medical care. I will be recommending it to my patients within my busy high-risk obstetrics practice.

Amit Bhavsar, MD

Board certified Obstetrician-Gynecologist practicing outside of Austin, TX

I have read numerous books on nutrition and Real Food for Pregnancy is simply incredible. I always tell my patients that I don’t practice out of popular books. Lily Nichols’ book seems to fit in a different category as it is really of textbook quality; it could be called an easy reading version of an encyclopedia of nutrition. Lily is meticulously thorough in combining current scientific understanding with the wisdom of the past. Nutritional demands are undoubtedly most intense during pregnancy, and Real Food for Pregnancy offers crucial insight into the importance of eating a nutrient dense diet during this time.

John Madany, MD

Dillon, MT

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