Eating Well When You’re Expecting is strictly a nutrition book. It thoroughly, albeit in a long-winded and “cutesy” way, covers basic pregnancy nutrition AND many many unique situations such as nausea, multiples, and food allergies. If you already have a good working knowledge of nutrition, reading an entire book on the subject is unnecessary. If your diet could use a make-over, I am all for supporting you in your efforts to eat better, and any information you might need will be in this book. Great nutrition is one of the top things you can do for yourself. It will help you feel better now, during pregnancy, and will also have a great impact on your life-long health.
Eating Well When You’re Expecting is full of tips to help you work a healthy diet into your lifestyle. Pregnancy can be a great catalyst for caring more about a healthy diet, but it’s also a hard time to start eating well because you feel nauseous or exhausted. Those factors are recognized in this book and there are useful tips. It is also full of alliterations, puns, and acronyms akin to those you expect to see in a preschool classroom. It is just a peeve of mine and no reason to caution anyone else from reading the book, but the prattle drove me nuts.
The second half of Eating Well When You’re Expecting is recipes. I found a few I will use for myself and my family, but most were mediocre. Personally, I would turn to other pregnancy nutrition books also reviewed in this list. Most had better recipes and all covered the nutrition tips and information in fewer words.
What to Expect: Eating Well When You’re Expecting’s Authors, Heidi Murkoff & Sharon Mazel
Heidi Murkoff is a mom who discovered during her first pregnancy that she wanted a straightforward pregnancy book. She approached her mother, a medical freelance writer, about a collaboration and What to Expect When You’re Expecting and the books that followed were born. She has two children and lives with her husband in Southern California. She continues to be involved in growing the What to Expect brand and also runs the What to Expect Foundation, which publishes and distributes Baby Basics, low-literacy pregnancy book, to low-income mothers.
Sharon Mazel is a journalist and author. She works with Heidi Murkoff on her What To Expect book series and has written for Parenting Magazine, Baby Talk Magazine, and The Washington Post. She is the mother of four girls.