What is Real Food for Pregnancy? Why have I heard so much about this prenatal nutrition book?
You may have heard about the book, but what is it really about? Is it really that much different than the prenatal nutrition information you get from your healthcare provider? And what does it mean to have a real food pregnancy?
This brief summary breaks it down for you.
With over 930 citations, Real Food for Pregnancy is an evidence-based book that presents as the most comprehensive text on prenatal nutrition to date.
Written by registered dietitian, Lily Nichols, Real Food for Pregnancy explores the gap between conventional prenatal nutrition guidelines and what the science says (FYI: there’s often a lag time of about 17 years for new research to make it into clinical practice).
In short, this book focuses on optimal prenatal nutrition to support both mother and baby. It provides an in-depth discussion of how maternal nutrient intake affects the development of baby and risk for complications, and subsequently identifies which nutrient-dense foods are necessary to “build a healthy baby.”
Real Food for Pregnancy uses the latest evidence to challenge which foods to avoid (including information on fish and mercury, food safety and deli meat, etc.) and discusses numerous misconceptions about prenatal nutrition, such as optimal macronutrient intake vs. current recommendations (including why sufficient protein is so crucial), and why a low-salt diet can be detrimental. It offers insight as to which nutrients can be lacking on a vegetarian or vegan diet and what nutrients/supplements to consider if a vegetarian diet is still chosen to be followed.
Readers will also be able to identify what specific lab tests, supplements, and proactive steps they can take to support a healthy pregnancy, such as learning the crucial role of mindfulness and stress management, why moving the body is so important, which prenatal exercises are safe and which are not, and will also be given practical steps to reduce exposure to common toxins.
Real Food for Pregnancy provides nutritional management of nausea, food aversions, heartburn, constipation, preeclampsia, gestational diabetes (and discusses pros/cons of all testing methods), and much more regarding pregnancy-associated medical conditions and symptoms. (Note that Lily’s other book, Real Food for Gestational Diabetes, focuses exclusively on the nutritional management of gestational diabetes.)
Plus, mothers will learn how to navigate the 4th trimester, to include wisdom from traditional cultures, foods to emphasize and using nutrient dense foods to support breastfeeding, physical recovery, and many more tips to thrive postpartum. Postpartum recovery and nutrient repletion is commonly overlooked, but key to mother and baby’s health.
This all-encompassing prenatal nutrition book based on scientific research teaches how to adopt a real-food approach when it comes to eating, ultimately setting up for a healthier pregnancy, a smoother recovery from birth, and an easier transition into motherhood.
Numerous universities and schools have now incorporated Real Food for Pregnancy into their curriculum, either as a textbook or as required reading. This includes Bastyr University’s Midwifery Program (the top naturopathic medicine school in the U.S.), Midwifery College of Utah, and University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
Get a taste of the book before you buy. Download the first chapter of Real Food for Pregnancy for free.
Where to Buy Real Food for Pregnancy?
Paperback copies of Real Food for Pregnancy are available directly from the author’s bookshop and on Amazon and many bookstores. Lily’s bookshop also carries the ebook version (for a lower price than Amazon).
While the majority of book sales happen on Amazon (you can read over 2,000 reviews on the book on Amazon), we’re sweetening the deal to buy direct!
When you buy a paperback copy of Real Food for Pregnancy directly from Lily’s shop, you can get a FREE gift. Paperback purchases come with her e-Cookbook for FREE. Add both items to your cart and enter code GIFT at checkout. The e-cookbook features 30 nutrient-dense recipes not found in either of her books (with photographs of all recipes).
This exclusive offer is only available for paperback purchases made directly from the shop, but for those who purchase elsewhere, you can still buy the e-cookbook separately.
Prenatal Nutrition Continuing Education Credits for Dietitians
Are you a dietitian who specializes in prenatal nutrition? Or are you looking for continuing education on prenatal nutrition? Look no further.
For dietitians, Real Food for Pregnancy offers 35 Commission for Dietetic Registration (CDR) approved continuing education credits (CEUs) upon successful completion of an 80-question post-test. Simply read the book, purchase and successfully complete the post-test, and you’ll receive your certificate for 35 CEUs.
This CDR pre-approved self study activity expires on May 11, 2024, meaning you must complete the post-test by that date to receive your CEU credit. If you’ve been looking for prenatal nutrition CEU credits for dietitians, this is for you! Claim your CEU credits here.