Your Vegetarian Pregnancy : A Month-by-Month Guide to Health and Nutrition [Paperback]

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A practical guide to maintaining a healthy, vegetable-based diet before, during, and after pregnancy combines obstetrical information with nutritional principles.

Publishers Description
When you're eating for two, you need to eat well.
There's no question that a vegetarian or vegan diet is just as nutritionally sound during pregnancy as one that includes animal protein. In fact, vegetarian nutrition offers pregnant women valuable health benefits that you simply won't find in a nonvegetarian diet, such as higher levels of folic acid, lower cholesterol, and an abundant variety of essential minerals, vitamins, and nutrients. Whether you are already vegetarian or you simply want to reduce the amount of meat in your diet, making the right dietary choices to support you and your baby is the key to a safe, healthy pregnancy.
Fulfilling every nutritional guideline recommended by the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, "Your Vegetarian Pregnancy "is the first authoritative guide to maintaining a healthy plant-based diet before, during, and after the birth of your child. Combining complete obstetrical information with sound nutritional guidance, this guide will educate you about:
Basic pregnancy issues, such as fetal development, changes within your body, and preparation for labor and delivery.
What to expect each month, and how to cope with the unexpected.
Key nutrients for your baby and you, with suggestions on how to obtain these through diet, vitamins, and supplements.
The myriad benefits to eating vegetarian during pregnancy, in an entire chapter comparing vegetarian and nonvegetarian nutrition.
With this unique and accessible handbook, you can be confident that your vegetarian pregnancy will be wonderfully beneficial for both you and your baby.

Item Specifications...

Pages   400
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.19" Width: 6.14" Height: 0.86"
Weight:   1.18 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 2, 2003
Publisher   Fireside
ISBN  0743224523  
EAN  9780743224529  

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About this Author/Artist
Dr. Holly Roberts, d.o., facog is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Pathology. She also has advanced fellowship training in cancer surgery. Dr. Roberts is the cofounder of a nonprofit lecture series on health and wellness. She lives in Little Silver, New Jersey.

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Reviews - What do our customers think?
Not a good choice...  Feb 25, 2008
I bought this book hoping that it would tell me some things I didn't know about eating healthy as a vegetarian while pregnant. When I got it, I found that it wasn't helpful at all. It spends a great deal of time talking about other pregnancy issues that have nothing to do with nutrition or being vegetarian. I wouldn't recommend it.
Good book, some info you don't get from other books.  Aug 21, 2007
I used this book through both of my pregnancies. I really liked it, especially that it was specifically for us vegetarians. It's not expensive, so if you are a vegetarian and pregnant (or want to get pregnant) you can't go wrong with this book.
A little panicky, a little preachy, a little inaccurate and no help  Aug 5, 2007
I was really looking forward to this book as being a voice of insightful reason about what it means to be pregnant in a world that regards vegetarianism as a faze and therefore pregnancy as an opportunity to end that faze. In that sense the assessment of vegetarian diets for nutriets combined with meat eaters was somewhat helpful. But also a little tedious.
What made me really dislike this book though is that I sometimes found it a little panicky-- you must see you doctor immediately if a, b, or c happen when other books and sources are much quicker to reassure readers that lots of things happen in pregnancy and most are normal; this book could send a nervous mom-to-be in to repeated panics.
Secondly, it was a little preachy-- "vegans are the purest", notions like pregnant veggies are special because they are "bringing a new life into the world without taking a new life" came across as santimonious rather than helpful. For people who are already committed to vegetarian lifestyles, this is unneccessary. For people contemplating vegetarian lifestyles, this is condescending and rude.
Finally, there were some general scientific inaccuracies (not about vitamins or what to eat maybe) but the counting system for instance is just wrong. Month 1 is 4-8 weeks. Month 2 is 8-12 weeks. Which month is week 8 again? Inaccuracies like that suggest someone without much practical experience or intellecutal rigor.
useful, but more details please!  Mar 18, 2007
I thought this book was interesting and informative, but not beyond the second chapter.

The second chapter on nutrition runs through detailed information about all the essential nutriants and general dietary guidlines. This is the best section of the book if you want to understand what to eat and why.

Unfortunately, the month-by-moth guide is greatly lacking in detail and information. I think there is too much general (and very unnecessary) commentaries, such as complications from eating fish or having a venereal disease. I'd rather have had more information about what exactly is happening with my body and my baby's, what foods are ideal for what stage in development.

So, if all you need is some (fairly comprehensive) information about nutrition and very general information about your pregnancy, this book should be fine. On the other hand, I've not seen a better book that deals with vegetarian pregnancy, particularly because the author is so reassuring about maintaining a vegetarian diet during pregnancy.
Great Reference!  Dec 18, 2006
As a vegetarian, I have many questions about what to eat while pregnant or trying to conceive. I feel that this book does an excellent job outlinging the main points of a vegetarian diet and pregnancy. In a simple question and answer format, the author clearly provided information for all my questions. I liked that it was straightforward and simply put without overdoing it on the herbal remedies like other books I have read. It is a good reference!

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