“I’m thrilled that Dr. Lang has put her valuable knowledge into these pages. With this book in your hand, you are on your way to putting your health first and setting your baby up for lifelong wellness.”—JESSICA ALBA, co-founder of The Honest Company
Good for baby, good for you: Every mom-to-be knows how important it is to pick the right foods when you’re eating for two—but the information overload on pre-natal nutrition can be stressful and time-consuming. The Whole Nine Months is your all-in-one pregnancy book with simple nutritional guidelines, up-to-date pregnancy research, and real mom-to-mom advice. Through reading The Whole Nine Months you’ll discover how easy it can be to make good food choices for your body while growing a healthy, happy baby.
An invaluable reference and cookbook during pregnancy, The Whole Nine Months contains:
- Nutritional Information: covering everything you need to know on essential baby-building nutrients, daily consumption needs, and where to find them in foods
- Over 100 Quick and Easy Recipes: including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options—with helpful hints on how to customize each recipe to suit your cravings
- Handy Tricks: helping you to handle nausea, cravings, and anything else that comes your way
As an OB-GYN, activist, and mother herself, Dr. Lang knows how hard it can be to absorb the available information on pre-natal nutrition while tackling cravings and nausea.
“Eating for two” is the single most important thing that you’ll ever do—and The Whole Nine Months is the only pregnancy book you’ll need to get it right.
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About the Author
Jennifer Lang, MD, is an OB/GYN and gynecologic oncologist. During her years in private practice, she specialized in integrative and preventative medicine, and natural birth options. She co-founded an international medical non-profit delivering cervical cancer prevention services to women in resource-poor countries around the world. Jennifer has served as a medical advisor to television scripts (medical dramas) and has been featured as an expert advisor on talk shows and reality shows. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three kids.
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