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  • Real Food for Pregnancy

  • Written by: Lily Nichols
  • Narrated by: Lily Nichols
  • Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (40 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Prenatal nutrition can be confusing. A lot of the advice you have been given about what to eat (or what not to eat) is well-meaning, but frankly, outdated or not evidenced-based. In Real Food for Pregnancy, you will get clear answers on what to eat and why, with research to back up every recommendation. 

Author and specialist in prenatal nutrition Lily Nichols, RDN, CDE has taken a long and hard look at the science and discovered a wide gap between current prenatal nutrition recommendations and what foods are required for optimal health in pregnancy and for your baby's development. There has never been a more comprehensive and well-referenced resource on prenatal nutrition. With Real Food for Pregnancy as your guide, you can be confident your food and lifestyle choices support a smooth, healthy pregnancy.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2018 Lily Nichols (P)2018 Lily Nichols

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  • Syd
  • 2021-08-12

AMAZING

Thank you so much Lily this book is exactly what I was looking for. I feel so much less fear regarding what I need to eat to help my child grow.

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Insightful

loved it ! Great information, realistic and perspective of someone who's actually had children is wonderful! 10/10

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So helpful and comforting!

I started listening to this book as soon as I found out I was pregnant. There is SO much information, I will likely re-read a few chapters. After one week I already feel so knowledgable and ready to face this pregnancy. This is written in a way that is easy to understand and from a perspective that understands what we are going through. Listening to this book never made me feel ashamed, guilty, or convicted for poor health choices, but instead made me feel knowledgable, comforted, and motivated to take care of myself and my baby.

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Every woman should have this information.

This is a thoroughly researched, up to date, source of nutrition information for pregnancy. Well done.

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amazing book

so well written and a must read for any Mama to be. I will reread this book again to absorb all the juicy content.

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Worth basing policies on

This book is essential to making healthy and thriving new humans. Lily Nichols did such an amazing job at compiling and communicating the research showing evidence for whole food, and natural sources of nutrients. I will absolutely recommend this to all the ladies I know who want to have babies.
The author manages to stay engaging all along, which can be challenging for a nutrition book.
It's a great way to connect with yourself when preparing to be a mother.

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  • Lorena
  • 2020-06-26

Does she work directly for the meat industry?

She recommended animal products for almost every single micronutrient. It is ridiculous and she also claimed certain micronutrients that you couldn't get from plant foods which is false information, I will never recommend this RDN or her work to anyone.

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  • Nicole Hebert
  • 2018-10-26

Get this book

I just finished this audio book and only wish I had it prior to my first pregnancy. At least I feel better informed when trying to conceive #2 and feel much better about providing my growing children with the nourishment that they need. I think all Americans should read this book, not only women, and not only pregnant woman. I'm saying this because the "Standard American Diet" is pathetic. I have been a self-proclaimed foodie for over 20 years. I love ethnic foods and have a great respect for cultures that focus on fresh ingredients and actually cooking. I love that the book references other cultures and the foods they incorporated during conception and pregnancy. I think our culture has become one that relies on a quick pill to fix everything and a vitamin to nourish us. If you are someone that enjoys food and cooking and wants to provide the best for your body and your baby's body, read this book! My only regret is that I didn't buy the hard book as it would be a great resource to refer back to with future questions.

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  • Phil
  • 2020-08-30

Well researched recommendations

Listened to on x1.4 speed. I tried to do some of my own research about nutrition during pregnancy and where the advice came from to avoid certain foods such as raw fish, red meats, soft cheese, shellfish and raw eggs. From what I could tell that advice stemmed from only two actual risks which are 1) food poisoning and 2) heavy metals. Those recommendations don’t say anything about what are the nutritional needs of a baby, nor was it obvious to me that those were good recommendations to mitigate the risks.

Lily’s booked helped dispel me of those concerns. Early on she warns that her advice is not in line with the recommendations of American healthy authorities. For me, that was a good sign for a couple of reasons. Firstly, because I live in Sweden and the advice here is that you can basically eat whatever you want, and secondly, what I’d learned about dietary science is that most of it has major deficiencies and questionable recommendations.

Lily has clearly done her research and her advice is pretty consistent with I’ve heard from other sources that I consider trustworthy. There are 33 pages of references which shows she has done a lot of research on the topic and she takes great care to demonstrate it. That is an important point when considering her advice which not consistent with the “conventional wisdom”.

Generally speaking she recommends reducing sugars and carbs and increasing meat protein and animal fats. Oily fish such as salmon are also on the menu because they are also high in levels of selenium which binds mercury. That is great news for my wife who loves salmon. But size counts and it’s still best to avoid large fish such as tuna and swordfish. Some reviews complain that her recommendations are not vegetarian friendly, but she does go to some lengths to explain how vegetarians can meet nutritional needs for pregnancy, but she freely admits it’s quite challenging.

The strengths of the book are discussing nutrition, but it also discusses other subjects such as exercise and other modern concerns being around certain chemicals in food packaging or shampoo or nail polish. Where the nutrition parts of the book seem empowering and satisfying, the concerns about PCBs and other chemicals that are unavoidable in every day life felt stressful and depressing. Good thing I’ve already forgotten about those parts and mostly remember the good advice in the book.

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  • cgrl
  • 2019-06-11

Finally, something REAL!

Finally, something REAL! I have been looking for an updated guide on nutrition for women of child bearing years. This is IT! Mrs Nichols shares ideas for preconception, pregnancy, and for breast feeding (which is often overlooked). I am very pleased with the research she has put into creating this guide. This is my new "go to" and it is the book I shall recommend to friends and clients.

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  • VYadav
  • 2022-02-17

Interesting information not well presented

The Good: There is some good research that's been presented in this book. The consumption of full fat dairy, fish and other animal products are well researched suggestions. She also suggests moderating carbs, but not in an extreme way. This is what I think you could sum this book up as: Minimize high sugary foods and focus on eating less processed foods such as whole vegetables, whole fruit, full fat dairy and responsibly sourced animal products.

The Bad: This book is definitely made for a very particular audience and its advice is inaccessible to most. It is made for Americans who have the purchasing power and local access to the foods she describes in this book. If you're vegetarian or vegan, this book will not be helpful in the slightest. If you can't afford to buy organic, grass-fed meats and organic dairy products, please don't read this.

She makes "alternative" suggestions but only after she's done telling you all the damage you will do to your baby on a cellular level for about 20 minutes. No joke, on my entire drive to and from my son's daycare I listened to Lily Nichols present her information against vegetarianism in such a horrid way it seemed that it was impossible to be a vegetarian and have a healthy baby. I mean, chill, just suggest a B12 supplement and move on 🤷‍♀️. The fear-mongering is absolutely terrible. I say this as a woman who can afford to spend on organic products and who is quite the carnivore. I couldn't imagine having my friends listen to this who are living paycheck to paycheck or who choose alternative eating styles. All this book would do is instill fear and disappointment.

All of this is made worse by Lily Nichols tone. Her reading is monotone and sarcastic. She's passing hardcore judgement with every breath. So much so that even I, a reader who typically eats the way she suggests, was extremely uncomfortable.

So, for all my friends with a uterus that this book wasn't written for let me tell you this:

You are awesome. The fact that you are looking up pregnancy nutrition means you love and care for your baby. If you cannot afford organic products don't worry, you can buy conventional vegatbles and meat. Your baby will not be severely challenged for the rest of their life because you chose conventional over organic. If you're vegan or vegetarian, do your thing. Just make sure you get your doctor to check your B12 and iron levels occasionally so you can supplement if needed. There are some really great high quality vitamins out there these days such as Thorne prenatal, smartypants gummies, ECT. that have highly absorbable forms of all the nutrients you might not be getting. is it better to get them from food? Sure. Do you not want to eat 20lbs of kale everyday? Don't want to eat animal products? Fill in the gaps with high quality supplementation where needed.

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  • Kelsey Heiser
  • 2018-11-16

EVERYONE should read this!

This book is filled with amazing information about nutrition that is great for anyone to read, not just pregnant women.

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  • Soluna
  • 2021-06-26

Best prenatal nutrition book

I don’t usually write reviews but this book is truly amazing. Evidence-based information for having the healthiest pregnancy and postpartum based on real food nutrition and traditional diets. If you are pregnant, thinking about becoming pregnant, or in the postpartum period - read this book. 100% recommend.

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  • Lina Ackerman
  • 2021-02-13

Info missing from PDF

I thought this was a great book and it gives you a lot of fantastic information. However the included pdf really missed a golden opportunity to give a list of recommended micronutrients. In a non audio book you could scan the sections for this info, but it is all the more challenging with an audio book.

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  • Joshua Walker
  • 2020-08-17

Awesome

What an amazing source of information. Wow. This literally gave me a very detailed guide to my health and my baby's health.

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  • Maria Lorena Reyes Bahamon
  • 2022-09-07

Excellent resource for every mom!

This book was recommended to me by a very well respected doctor in a related field, and it is the best recommendation I've received all pregnancy. It cuts to the facts and presents evidence-based guidelines for eating for your and your baby's health, providing detailed sources and references to back up all recommendations.

The moment I found out I was pregnant I wanted to know at least all the basics on what to eat and what to avoid, and was shocked at all the contradicting advice - even from OBGYNs! It came down to asking "what does YOUR doctor tell you to avoid, or eat?" when talking to friends because it seems like it really all depends on specific doctors' opinions. When I called my OBGYN to ask about food recommendations prior to my first prenatal appointment (which was weeks away) she responded "Oh you know, the normal stuff. Don't eat raw things", and I was left dumbfounded and starving for real answers. Finally there is a resource that presents the facts and evidence all new moms need!