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Review: Eating Well When You're Expecting

From the 'What to Expect...' team, this is a great reference and recipe book that answers your questions about pregnancy eating.


Posted: 29 June 2006
by Sarah Lawson

What to Expect... Eating Well When You're Expecting by Heidi Murkoff with Sharon Mazel

A detailed and useful reference book from the 'What to Expect' experts
If you're used to Heidi Murkoff's American tone then there's no worries
Features: Detailed chapters and useful tips boxes on eating habits, allergies, aversions and shopping for food when you're pregnant, plus lots of recipes with nutrition info ratings on each dish
Price: £10.99 RRP
Contact: Simon & Schuster


Most books about pregnancy (including Murkoff's own 'What To Expect... When You're Expecting') have chapters on eating well during pregnancy, but there's no denying that the subject warrants its own book.
Murkoff starts by admitting that, whilst her diet was in A-one condition when she got pregnant two decades ago, she hadn't expected the aversions her pregnancy caused, to everything from milk to salmon.
Here she identifies the important needs of your body and also the potential problems in dealing with morning sickness, nutrition for the baby, allergic reactions and simple pregnancy aversions.

Organisation
The book is broken into parts on eating well - what food is safe to eat, how it's safe to store and cook it, what things to avoid and so on - and cooking well - including useful recipes, and tips of what to swap if certain ingredients need to be avoided.
Murkoff's style is chatty but authoritative. In 'What To Expect... When You're Expecting', phrases that suggest you can 'treat' yourself to a 'juice-sweetened muffin' might make you think this is purely for the health freaks, but 'Eating Well' is full of tasty eating treats as well as healthy smoothies that you can enjoy without getting heartburn.

The ThinkBaby verdict

An eating bible for pregnant women.
Usefulness: 5/5
Readability: 4/5
Value: 4/5

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