OB-GYN and mother of three, Dr. Jennifer Lang, created The Whole 9 Months to be your all-in-one nutrition-based pregnancy resource, setting the standard in pregnancy books with:
- A nutritional master class in why the foods you choose matter so much to your baby’s development, essential baby-building nutrients, and daily consumption needs
- A week-by-week breakdown of your pregnancy progress and important milestones for fetal growth and changes in your body
- A shopping guide for what foods to buy organic to avoid potentially harmful hormones and pesticides
- 100+ classic dishes and new recipes to nourish your body and your baby, including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options
- Advice and tips for nausea, cravings, and other common pregnancy symptoms
A happy, healthy baby starts with a happy, healthy mom and the smart nutritional advice found in this pregnancy cookbook.
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About the Author
Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer, journalist, and nutrition and fitness consultant who specializes in culinary nutrition and recipe development. She is the author of First Bites: Superfoods for Babies and Toddlers. She is also the nutrition expert for Food Network.com and founding contributor for Food Network’s Healthy Eats blog and has consulted for various magazines and television food programs. Dana lives by the beach in Fairfield, Connecticut with her husband and three daughters.
Jessica Alba is a Golden Globe–nominated actress, committed environmentalist and social justice activist, and co-founder of The Honest Company. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two young daughters.
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Excerpt from the Foreword by Jessica Alba:
Dr. Jennifer Lang and I have very similar health rules for moms: Know exactly what's going into and on your body. Creating a safe environment for your baby begins the day your baby begins to grow in the womb. As you’ll learn in The Whole 9 Months, the food choices you make can have lasting effects on the long-term health of your children, including their brain and organ development, and even their future food preferences. Plus, how you eat during pregnancy can lay the foundation for good eating habits for life. Just think: if you develop their penchant for veggies early on, you probably won’t have to create a kids’ meal and an adult meal—you will all be eating the same thing!
It can be daunting to sift through the claims on food packaging and to try to figure out what will nourish your family and what’s just a gimmick developed to make you believe that a processed, additive-laden food is a smart choice. That’s where this book comes in. Dr. Lang focuses on what you can and should eat—she’s done all the hard work of research and makes choosing healthy food for yourself and your baby so very easy. It’s the book I wish I’d had with my pregnancies with Honor and Haven.
As moms and health activists, Dr. Lang and I are crusaders for healthy eating and safer non-toxic home products. We both know the joys and anxieties of pregnancy firsthand, and I’m thrilled that Dr. Lang has put her valuable knowledge into these pages. This book provides fact-based advice that you can trust from a doctor who is also a mom. With this book in your hand, you are on your way to putting your health first and setting your baby up for lifelong wellness.
Table of ContentsForeword
Part 1: Eating in Pregnancy
Chapter 1: Healthy Baby, Happy Mama
• Growing a Healthy Baby
• Good for Baby, Good for You
• Eating When You Don’t Feel Like It
• Soften the Side Effects
• Cravings and Aversions
• Staying Active
• Drowning Out the Noise
[Sidebar] The Science Shows
[Callout] Fast Facts
Chapter 2: Healthy Eating for Two
• The Whole Truth, Nothing But
• Basic Principles for Healthy Eating
• Checking the Scale
• Key Nutrients for a Healthy Pregnancy
• Vegan and Vegetarian Diets
• Vital Vitamins
• Essential Minerals
[Sidebar] Reading Food Labels
[Sidebar] Eating for Three (Or More)
[Sidebar] Nutrition in a Pill?
[Info Graphic] Pregnancy Safe Eating
[Info Graphic] What’s in a Prenatal Vitamin?
[Info Graphic] Daily Building Blocks
[Callout] Fast Facts
Part 2: Pregnancy, Week by Week
Chapter 3: First Trimester
Chapter 4: Second Trimester
Chapter 5: Third Trimester
Chapter 6: Fourth Trimester
Part 3: Recipes
Chapter 7: Breakfast
Chapter 8: Snacks
Chapter 9: Soups & Stews (include broths for morning sickness)
Chapter 10: Salads
Chapter 10: Vegetarian Entrees
Chapter 11: Fish & Seafood Entrees
Chapter 12: Meat & Poultry Entrees
Chapter 13: Desserts
Appendix A: Conversion Tables
Appendix B: Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen