Review & Giveaway: Eating for Pregnancy

Written by specialists in perinatal nutrition, OB/GYN, and high-risk pregnancies, Eating for Pregnancy is the ultimate nutrition guide and cookbook for moms-to-be. Every pregnant woman understands that what she eats and drinks affects the baby growing within her, but many don’t have the time or energy to ensure they’re always eating right. Eating for Pregnancy walks readers through pregnancy month-by-month to cover developmental highlights, body changes, and nutritional needs of the mother and baby. Each chapter shares delicious, healthful recipes that put a special emphasis on the nutrients that mother and baby need that month, during preconception, the nine months of pregnancy, and the postpartum period. Each of the 150 recipes highlights optimal nutrients for mom and her growing baby, and provides handy nutritional breakdowns and complete meal ideas.

This new edition has been completely revised and updated with:

  • 25 brand-new recipes and updated classics, with more quick and easy dishes, more vegan and vegetarian recipes and variations, and more gluten-free and dairy-free options
  • The most up-to-date research-based information on daily intakes, supplements, nutrient sources, environmental concerns, common annoyances, exercise, and high-risk pregnancies
  • Guidance for mothers with diabetes or gestational diabetes, including low-carb meal plans, recipe variations, and weekly menus.
Additionally, Eating for Pregnancy is the only pregnancy nutrition-cookbook with substantive advice and recipes for women with diabetes. Gestational diabetes is one of the most common complications of pregnancy with rates increasing every year. It is the only high-risk condition that requires a special meal plan and lifestyle. Eating for Pregnancy caters to moms who develop diabetes during pregnancy and those who enter pregnancy with preexisting diabetes. It also covers the fourth trimester offering moms supportive advice with postpartum depression, breastfeeding and weight loss.

My Thoughts: This book is incredibly comprehensive. Not only does it have tons of information about pregnancy and postpartum, it's chock full of yummy recipes geared for the different trimesters or dietary requirements like vegetarian, gluten-free, or those who are having to adjust their diets for gestational diabetes. (It also has them categorized by quick and easy which I know most of you will appreciate too!) The "Menus for Pregnancy" in the back are so handy - you could just flip it open and have your day already planned out, or use them when you're going grocery shopping. It's not a restrictive book by any means - instead it details the nutritional needs for pregnant and postpartum moms, safe cooking tips, facts about each month of pregnancy, and optimal foods/menus for the different trimesters. There are even sections about postpartum depression, breastfeeding, and postpartum weight loss. I'd suggest this book for any pregnant woman!

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Guest Post: 5 Apps to Save New Parents Money, Time, and Sanity

Ready for some good news? Your smartphone is one of the most budget-friendly parenting tools around. Forget buying baby book after baby book — with just a few apps, you can track your baby’s health and get help with everyday parenting tasks like engaging your baby’s growing brain and remembering what the heck you put on the grocery list. It’s a great way to make being a mom or dad sooo much easier!

Grab Your Tools!

Of course, before you can access the best parenting apps, you need a smartphone or tablet that’s up to managing the latest apps. Thankfully, you don’t necessarily have to pay full price if you’re in need of an upgrade. Check out places like Groupon, and amp up your savings with Groupon coupon codes

And while you’re at it, look for deals on a portable charger. This is an affordable but easily forgotten diaper bag essential—and it’s a total lifesaver when you realize you never plugged your phone back in after last night’s nursing session!

5 Must-Have Apps for First-Time Parents

Glow Baby

Glow Baby is the must-have app for first-time parents. With tools that let you track everything from your baby’s eating and sleeping schedules to symptoms when your baby comes down with a bug, as Brit + Co says, this is one app that both you and your pediatrician will be glad you have.

Milk Maid

While Glow Baby has some breastfeeding features, it’s not enough for working moms who need to keep track of their breastmilk stash. Remembering how much milk you have at home, daycare, and Grandma’s house isn’t easy when you’re sleep deprived with a million other things on your mind, but the Milk Maid app simplifies this complicated task by letting you track your milk stash across multiple locations.

Cozi Family Organizer

It’s hard to imagine just how real “mom brain” truly is until you’re standing in the middle of the grocery store realizing you don’t know why you’re there. Instead of beating yourself about it, download the Cozi Family Organizer app to show brain fog who’s boss. 

With this app, you can share shopping and to-lists across the whole family, get reminders of upcoming appointments, and save recipe cards for quick and easy meals so you eat something other than chips and coffee.

Mommy Saver

Your baby’s eyes are still developing as a newborn, but they can see more than you realize! At this stage, high-contrast images are a great source of stimulation for your baby’s eyes and brain, and that’s just what the Mommy Saver app delivers. In addition to moving shapes and colors, this app plays classical music to keep your newborn mesmerized.

The Wonder Weeks Milestone Memories

Apps aren’t just for aiding your baby’s health and development. They’re also great for sharing all your precious moments with friends and family without the hassle of a dozen group texts. Built by the makers of The Wonder Weeks, the Milestone Memories app lets parents upload pictures and document their baby’s milestones, then share them privately.

While not all of these apps are free, they’re much cheaper than racking up bills at your pediatrician’s office, and they will make life so much easier in so many ways. Plus, being able to see your baby’s data and development at a glance is just plain fun! Whether you want help tracking your baby’s health or just want a private way to share baby photos, these apps are the budget-friendly solution you need in your pocket.

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Today's guest post is from Josh Moore of