you're already pregnant, trying to conceive or even just thinking
about trying to conceive one day, Program
Your Baby's Health is packed with detailed dietary information
that can help you provide the very best start for your child. The
basis for the information in this book is metabolic programming.
Dr. Luke, one of the authors, says this about metabolic programming:
"While this term is often used to describe the relationship between
a poor uterine environment and long-term health problems, metabolic
programming also includes a positive side: An optimal uterine environment
can help to promote life-long good health." She goes on to say,
"Just as poor nutrition during pregnancy can lead to long-term health
problems for a child, optimal nutrition in pregnancy helps to reduce
the risk of chronic disease and sets the stage for a child's long-term
it's that simple. The beauty of this book is that the authors go
into great detail in explaining what it means to have "optimal nutrition."
This is not just a book about balanced diets. Chapters 2, 3 and
4 lay out the framework for getting off to the best possible start,
even before a child is conceived. In fact, throughout these chapters
you will find special sections in bold - "If you're planning
to get pregnant" - that offer tips and advice for women who
aren't yet pregnant. On page 20 is one of many tables and charts
contained in the book. This table, for example, is a menu guideline
for women who aren't pregnant, women in their first trimester, women
in their second or third trimesters, and nursing women. One of the
strengths of this book is that it summarizes things nicely in tables
for Morning Sickness
Take the salty and sweet approach. This is the newest
thinking in the treatment of nausea. Foods such as potato
chips, which have very little aroma but are high in salt,
have been remarkably successful, particularly in combination
with a sweet beverage.
often - at least every two hours. Going too long without
eating or drinking causes your blood sugar to drop, which
in turn can trigger nausea, so don't let more than two hours
pass without a snack or meal.
a midnight or middle of the night snack. If mornings are
your worst time, it may help to have a slow-to-digest snack
such as a grilled cheese sandwich, cereal and milk, cream-based
soup, yogurt or ice cream just before bedtime.
protein along with carbohydrates. It is a myth that eating
only fruit will ease morning sickness. To keep blood sugar
on a more even keel, be sure to eat some protein along with
a carbohydrate snack.
for ginger. Ginger has long been used to settle the stomach.
Try this recipe for ginger tea: peel and finely dice a knuckle-sized
piece of fresh ginger. Place in a mug and fill with boiling
water; steep for five to eight minutes. Add brown sugar to
taste. Other options include ginger ale and gingersnap cookies
information on each of the suggestions above, along with several
other tips can be found beginning on page 134 in the book.
5, 6 and 7 cover the first, second and third trimesters, respectively.
The book offers menu ideas
for each trimester, along with practical advice for dealing with
nausea, vomiting, gaining the appropriate amount of weight, exercising
safely, and traveling. All of the chapters explain specifically
how nutrients play a role in an unborn baby's development at different
stages of the pregnancy. Chapter 8 covers the "fourth trimester"
and baby's first year. This chapter has information about a newborn's
brain and respiratory system and ways to provide for their optimal
growth. Breastfeeding is discussed at length as well, and nutritional
requirements for nursing mothers are laid out in Table 8-1. Tips
for bottle-feeding and starting solids are also included. One thing
I liked about this chapter was that it included the CDC Growth Charts
for the United States, the same charts that pediatricians use to
determine what percentile a baby falls into. Chapter 9 goes over
childhood and adolescence, giving nutritional requirements and sample
menus. There is an important warning about the risks associated
with putting children on the same low-fat, high-fiber diet that
Mom and Dad might be on. There are also suggestions for smart snacking
and the lure of fast-food. There is also a valuable section regarding
obesity in children. The book ends with over 100 pages of recipes,
and the nutrient content per serving is given for every recipe.
that good nutrition is a must for the pregnant woman, this book
goes far beyond that, discussing how the nutrients function, why
they are important and ways to get "optimal nutrition." While being
packed with scientific information, the book is easy to read and
would make a fine addition to your library whether you're still
in the planning stages of pregnancy, currently pregnant or have
a child already.
is a sample recipe from Program
Your Baby's Health. Nutrient content per serving is included
in the book.
Breast with Cherries and Pecans
(3 1/2 pound) turkey breast
1 1/2 cups soft bread crumbs
1/2 cup dried cherries
1/4 cup chopped toasted pecans
1 tablespoon salted margarine or butter, melted
2 tablespoons apple juice
1/4 teaspoon crushed dried rosemary
1 tablespoon Dijon-style mustard
1 tablespoon olive oil
Preheat oven to 325 F.
2. Rinse the turkey and pat dry with paper towels. Cut a
horizontal slit into the thickest part of the turkey breast to form
a 5x4 inch pocket. Place the turkey in a shallow roasting pan.
3. In a medium bowl, combine bread crumbs, cherries, pecans,
margarine or butter, apple juice, and rosemary. Spoon the stuffing
into the pocket in the turkey. Fasten pocket opening securely with
water-soaked wooden toothpicks or tie with heavy string.
4. In a small bowl, mix mustard and oil and brush the turkey
with the mixture. Insert a meat thermometer into the thickest part
of the turkey breast.
5. Bake, uncovered, for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, or until meat thermometer
registers at least 180 degrees F, basting with the mustard mixture
during the last 15 minutes. Let stand for 15 minutes before slicing.
Makes 6 servings
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