Real Food for Pregnancy

Narrated by: Lily Nichols
Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
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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 A lot of the advice you have been given about what to eat (or what not to eat) is well-meaning, but frankly, outdated or not evidenced-based.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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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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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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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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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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Informative, thorough, easy to understand

I very much enjoyed listening to This book. Not only did Lily do a thorough job at researching, but at relaying her findings in a simple way to understand. I feel more prepared and confident in my nutrition choices for pregnancy & postpartum and will definitely be coming back to this book for reference over and over again.

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Very informative

This was very informative and gave me a lot to think about and research. Perfect for those who just found out they’re pregnant and want to make sure they have a healthy pregnancy!

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A must-read even if you don´t want to have a child

Lily Nichols has a wonderful view of nutrition, unbiased and direct. She made me understand the reason why a lot of things happened to me even though I thought I was eating properly. She also helped me to have a more critical position in relation to food and care providers suggestions.

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what to eat to best support your pregnancy.

A research supported book about nutrition in pregnancy and breastfeeding. I found this book very helpful and will probably read through again just to absorb it all.

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THE absolute best evidenced based, well rounded book for all pregnant women!

I highly recommend Lily Nichols’ book to any women pregnant or wanting to get pregnant!! This book gave me the confidence I needed to eat and live in such a way as to give my baby the best start possible. I listened to this during my fourth pregnancy and wish I would’ve had all this empowering information with my previous pregnancies. Lily also does a wonderful job at covering recommendations for the very important postpartum period. Get this book!!

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Excellent!

Thank you Lily for writing such an informative evidence based resource for everything preconception, pregnancy, postpartum in an organized, easy to digest, all in one book! I learned a tremendous amount and I'm so grateful for your sharing your knowledge, experience, and expertise on many topics surrounding the pregnant mama! I received so much more content than I was expecting, and I appreciate the well rounded approach you provided. Thank you!

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Trite anti-carb black&white thinking

I'm a vegetarian with hyperemesis and BORED by the advice and info here, pedastaling hunter gatherer habits which correspond back when we had babies at age 11 and died by 28.

It just seems unbelievable when nutritionists say things like "eat liver at least 5 times a week or else your baby will have brain damage".

This book is entirely focused on micronutrients in isolation and feeds into the carb scare trend unhealthily. Oversimplified and totally unholistic.

Furthermore, this white privileged American author takes NOTHING about economics, sociology, accessibility into account with recommendations. It's not only obnoxious and unhelpful but it is guilt inducing and has nothing to do with reality for most people.

Lily is clearly well-researched and impressively comprehensive. But she does a terrible job of explaining the background of the science; cites pretty unhelpful studies about deficiency. She made me SO mad when she repeated the same message over and over again about the importance of eating organ meat which is extremely unrealistic and gross for 90% of women!

My respect was won at times, and I'm glad I stuck through reading it, like around contaminants. This part is very important. and I was grateful for the approach to post-partum healing.

I was also refreshed when finally Lily got to the chapter admitting that if you vomit for the first 20 weeks of your pregnancy, a tiny piece of egg (1 egg) feels heroic.

I appreciate her comprehensive approach but it would be a much better book if she explained things with wisdom instead of just reading off medical lab articles.

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  • Claudia Cocci Grifoni
  • 06-21-19

Came across this book at the right time..

Discovered this author while researching about GB for one of my patients. Read it twice and absolutely loved it. Incredibly eye-opening...every woman who is pregnant who would like to get, should read it.

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  • 03-27-19

Excellent. Must read for all planning a family

It’s was lovely to listen to Lily read her own book. So much information I will listening again.
Thank you for a well researched book.

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  • Ilona S.
  • 08-19-19

Everyone needs to read this book!

This book has been such an eye-opener and deep insight into our relationship with food, especially when it comes to pregnancy. I lobe how everything is backed up with papers, and statistics to further instill the importance of great nutrition to feed another life. This book is so good that I've also ordered a physical copy because I know this is such valuable information for many years to come, and it has completely changed the way I look and think about food.

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