Resources for Nutrition in Pregnancy and Childhood



Childbirth Connection's Nutrition Resource

Planning Pregnancy: Nutrition
Planning Pregnancy: Healthy Lifestyle Habits
In our section called The Stages of Pregnancy, we have outlined the planning of your pregnancy, each stage of pregnancy, giving birth, and the early period after birth. This link is devoted to nutrition while planning for your pregnancy.


Resources for Eating Nutritiously During Your Pregnancy

Eat, Drink, and be Healthy, by Walter Willet, MD and PJ Skerrett, a pregnancy book
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Eat, Drink and Be Healthy:The Harvard Medical School Guide to Healthy Eating (2005), by Walter Willet, MD and PJ Skerrett.

Willett's book is based on evidence derived almost exclusively from large cohort studies of diet and disease. He has been the architect of several such studies and is a major contributor to what we know about methods of collecting and analyzing data. The central chapters of the book are derived from and explicate the layers of the new pyramid. Central to Willett's recommendations is the control of body weight, in which exercise, rather than caloric restriction, has the primary role.

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Department of Health and Human Services: Dietary Guidelines for Americans, finding your way to a healthier you

Loma Linda University: School of Allied Health Professionals (PDF), vegetarian food guide, a conceptual framework

Harvard School of Public Health: Department of Nutrition, the Nutrition Source, knowledge for healthy eating

Center for Science In the Public Interest: Health, Nutrition and Diet


Resources for Pregnancy and Nutrition

Vegetarian Society: Pregnancy Information Sheet

Health Canada: Nutrition for a Healthy Pregnancy, national guidelines for childbearing years, which covers nutrition, weight and weight gain, vegetarians, adolescence, breastfeeding, active living, food safety and more

The Vegetarian Resource Group: Nutrition, the vegan diet during pregnancy and lactation


Resources for Specific Pregnancy Related Nutrition Concerns

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Folic Acid, topic home page for folic acid, discusses why it is so important

University of California San Francisco Children's Hospital: Pregnancy Care, information on iron and anemia in pregnancy

U.S. Department of Agriculture: Protect Your Baby and Yourself From Listeriosis, safe food handling for a healthy pregnancy

Center for Science In the Public Interest: Food Safety, guide to food additives

The National Academies: Advisers to the Nation on Science, Engineering, and Medicine, report recommends steps to reduce dietary dioxin exposure

Action Pennsylvania: Dioxin Homepage, discusses dioxin; what it is, exposure, cancer risks and more


Resources for Family Nutrition from Birth Through Adolescence

Feeding Your Chidl for Lifelong Health, by Susan B. Roberts and Melvin B. Heyman, a pregnancy book
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Feeding Your Child for Lifelong Health: Birth Through Age Six (1999), by Susan B. Roberts and Melvin B. Heyman.

Feeding Your Child for Lifelong Health: Birth Through Age Six is based on the principle of "metabolic programming," the scientifically rooted idea that foods eaten in early childhood directly affect the function of individual cells that control strength, intelligence, the immune system, and other vital functions.

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The Family Nutrition Book,  by William Sears and Martha Sears
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 The Family Nutrition Book: Everything You Need to Know About Feeding Your Children, from Birth Through Adolescence (1999), by William Sears and Martha Sears.

Organic or regular baby food? White or wheat bread? Yogurt or ice cream? Parents often wonder how best to feed their families, but the wondering is over with The Family Nutrition Book: Everything You Need to Know About Feeding Your Children--From Birth Through Adolescence. The beloved William Sears and his wife, Martha (a nurse), teach you how to become your own family nutritionist.

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