One of the first things expecting mamas start worrying about is their prenatal health and nutrition. And with good reason! After all, just about everything you consume will make it’s way to your baby as well. But figuring out all the details of good pregnancy nutrition can be overwhelming—that’s where a guide comes in handy.
Of course, finding a good guide for your pregnancy nutrition can be tricky. A lot of information is out there and readily available. But gathering it all together in a way that makes sense to you can be difficult at best.
I remember feeling a bit overwhelmed trying to figure it all out when I was pregnant with my son. It already felt like a lot of work to figure out what would be harmful to eat, and what was okay. Not to mention coming up with meals to fulfill my baby’s needs!
But you don’t have to be overwhelmed. There actually is a simple way to figure it all out without getting stressed.
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How to figure out all your nutritional needs
Rewind for a minute. When I was pregnant with my son, figuring out my nutritional needs was overwhelming at best. Despite my obsessive amount of researching, I always felt like I was at a loss when it came to nutrition.
I knew the basics, of course. Lots of fruits and veggies, avoid processed food and junk food. Regularly take a good prenatal vitamin. And I had the checklist of foods that are harmful to pregnant women.
But I knew I should be making the most of that time. Optimizing my meals to provide everything my growing baby needed. And that’s really where I got lost. How was I supposed to come up with meals that actually supported both myself and my baby?
If you’ve been wondering the same thing, I highly recommend checking out Eating for Pregnancy. I recently had the opportunity to read it, and I can’t believe I didn’t know about it sooner!
If there was ever a one stop guide to prenatal nutrition, I think this would be it. The book contains all the prenatal nutrition information you could ever need. I feel like I understand it so much better after reading this book.
But that’s not all the book has to offer. It also contains over 150 recipes created specifically for pregnant women. The recipes are designed to support you during specific months of pregnancy. Your baby will also get the most optimal nutrients needed for that specific time.
Honestly, I think this is a must have for new moms!
Eating For Pregnancy: The Pregnancy Nutrition Guide You Need
Let me just start by saying Eating for Pregnancy ended up being way more than I expected—and in a very good way!
I was expecting a fairly simple cookbook geared toward pregnancy, with maybe a some basic nutrition information thrown in. But it’s really so much more than that. It’s really more like a one stop reference for everything you need to know about pregnancy nutrition.
Honestly, this book is worth it even if you never make a single recipe from it. The front material is loaded with everything you need to know about nutrition during pregnancy. And it’s organized in a way that’s easy to look up and reference something specific if you need to at any point.
But Eating For Pregnancy doesn’t just give you all the nutritional information and then leave you to figure out how to actually implement it. While the first chunk gives you all the information you need, the rest gives you actual recipes to put it all into action.
I think this is what stumped me the most when I was pregnant—I knew what nutrients I was supposed to be eating, and even the foods, but I wasn’t really sure how to turn that all into actual meals and snacks.
The Cookbook Section
The recipes are divided up by month, so that you can use recipes catering toward specific nutrients you need each month. Each month has 10+ recipes, and of course you are free to use recipes from other months as well and still benefit.
I also loved that the recipes take into account diet restrictions, such as gluten free, vegan/vegetarian, low carb restrictions (if you have diabetes), and dairy free. Each recipe is coded so that you can quickly and easily find recipes that fit your diet restrictions, if any.
Each recipe also includes tips for how to adjust it to make it lower carb, and what sides go well with it. And all the nutritional information you might need. At the very back of the book, there are detailed meal plans outlined to help you out even more.
While I haven’t tried any of the recipes yet, they all sound awesome and pretty easy to make. Honestly, I’m probably going to be making several (or more) long before I ever get pregnant again. In my opinion, this is a must have for expecting moms!
Grab your pregnancy nutrition guide!
Ready to stop feeling overwhelmed by your prenatal nutritional needs? Go ahead and grab your copy of Eating for Pregnancy—you won’t regret it!
I am so glad I had the opportunity to check it out for myself. I don’t know how I ever survived pregnancy without it, and I can’t wait to use the recipes during future pregnancies!