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Expect the Best

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I am officially on the countdown to when this next baby is due. 8 weeks and counting (due Aug 31). I have a little boy on the way, ready to join my other little guy who just turned 2 a few weeks ago.

For any women out there who are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant, I have a great book recommendation for you. The American Dietetic Association just came out with a new book written by Elizabeth Ward, MS, RD called Expect the Best: Your Guide to Health Eating Before, During, and After Pregnancy.

This book is a fabulous resource! Here are some of the topics you need to know about:
  • How much weight should I gain (newer guidelines discussed)?
  • How many more calories do I need? And is it the same throughout the whole nine months? (hint: it is not, first trimester you don't need many more but third trimester you need a lot more!)
  • Do I need more iron? Calcium? Should I take a prenatal vitamin? What about Omega-3 supplements?
  • Can I keep drinking coffee? How much caffeine is too much?
  • Is it OK to start an exercise program when I am pregnant?
  • What foods are not safe to eat when pregnant?
  • If fish is good for Omega-3's, what about mercury?

This is just a sampling of the many topics covered. I learned a lot even though this is my second pregnancy AND I am a dietitian!!!

For more information or to purchase, follow this link.
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MS, RD, CSSD, LD/N

Tara Gidus is a nationally recognized expert and spokesperson on nutrition and fitness.

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