Nutrition for a Healthy Pregnancy is a reliable reference for women who want more than just a "how to eat" guide. Offering a user-friendly summary of the latest scientific research on nutrition and pregnancy, it covers everything from how food can improve fertility and prevent birth defects to dietary suggestions to help avoid postpartum depression and strengthen the mother-child bond. You'll find clear explanations of: * the "super foods" to eat during pregnancy * the role of vitamins and minerals through the different stages of pregnancy and how to choose the right supplements * how what you eat affects your labor and delivery * dietary guidelines for pregnant women over thirty-five, as well as for pregnant teens * how diet helps prevent common problems, from morning sickness and food cravings to heartburn and muscle cramps * what foods and nutrients speed your recovery after the baby is born This newly updated edition features the latest findings on how a mother's nutrition during pregnancy can help prevent heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, and other diseases later in her child's life. Also included are dozens of new menus and recipes, plus self-assessment charts and guidelines for putting knowledge into action. Nutrition for a Healthy Pregnancy is the most up-to-date book on the subject and an invaluable reference for all expecting mothers.Somer, Elizabeth is the author of 'Nutrition for a Healthy Pregnancy The Complete Guide to Eating Before, During, and After Your Pregnancy', published 2002 under ISBN 9780805069983 and ISBN 0805069984.