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The Bump To Baby Diet book played such an important role in educating me on how important good nutrition and the right kind of exercise is during pregnancy. Having adopted the Low GI Eating plan I have managed to keep my pregnancy weight gain to a minimum and feel much happier, healthier and more energetic for doing so. The recipes are amazing and the healthy snack ideas has helped me to satisfy and control my cravings. I am looking extremely forward to putting part three into practice not only for when baby arrives but for all the years to come.
So far I have found the Bump to Baby Diet a really useful book during my pregnancy. I was concerned about putting on too much weight in pregnancy generally, and especially after prolonged bed rest.
I found it amazing how small easy changes and substitutions had a big impact on my weight and blood glucose, as well as providing excellent nutrition for a growing baby. I have found the recipes and snack suggestions quick and easy to prepare, there’s great variety to accommodate cravings and aversions that go with pregnancy, and the serving sizes are generous and cleverly thought out, so there’s no going hungry. My husband also has a very big appetite, but I found some of the recipes such as the homemade burgers stopped him in his tracks!
Our favourites so far are the Moroccan Chickpea & Vegetable Tagine, Mexican Bean Tortillas with Avocado Salsa and the Homemade Burgers. The cooking and preparation times are actually accurate, and many recipes can be on the table in 30 minutes. At least half a dozen of these recipes will become permanent fixtures on our menu, even after our baby arrives. The nutrition ideas in the book are presented clearly, so even with “baby brain”, the information is easy to understand and apply.
I’d highly recommend the book as both a valuable reference and source of new recipe ideas. Eating in pregnancy is tricky these days, and I don’t have the time or energy to wade through long complicated diets. The “bump book” really does make it easy to look after your own health and give your baby a brilliant start. And it’s pretty funny that now that I’m pregnant I’ve just bought my first pair of “skinny jeans”!
Jo, 40, pregnant with first baby and diagnosed with gestational diabetes at 14 weeks.
The low GI team have done it again! Jennie Brand-Miller, with Kate Marsh and, this time, Robert Moses, have put together a simple manual to explain the mysteries of dietary needs for pregnancy and assist menu planning before and during pregnancy.
What I like about the book:
- It has a wonderful, easy-to-read style, with clear explanations
- There’s a thorough background explaining different problems in pregnancy (eg type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, neural tube defects, infections from poorly prepared food and post-natal depression)
- Detailed, yet simple outlines of important nutrients (what’s the fuss about folate, iron, iodine and vitamin D?), so you know what they are, why they are important and where to get them
- A sympathetic and thorough approach to the problem of managing health and weight in planning a pregnancy, as well as the reasons for doing this
- Regular tabulated revision of key concepts, for quick reference
- Thorough discussion of key low GI foods, what they are and how they can be used in planning your menu and, therefore, your pantry
- The, by now trade-mark, JBM, Kate Marsh and, previously, Kaye Foster Powell and Philippa Sandall, approach of providing straightforward examples of easy-to-prepare dishes, which don’t cost the earth, a clear menu plan to cover (in this case) 2 weeks
What I don’t like:
- Someone borrowed my “New Glucose Revolution, Life Plan” a previous Low GI reference, with lots of my favourite menus, especially the 4 bean salad with coriander, crushed olives, olive oil, lime juice and capers and hasn’t brought it back. You know who you are and I do think 18 months is stretching the friendship!
- People who haven’t used the low GI books before may need a quick list of low GI foods versus high GI foods, set out in a table, as in previous books. You can’t do everything in 1 book, so if there isn’t room for this, I would have a page at the back with the other low GI books listed and pictured, as well as a large type reference to the low GI website. There’s a little web address on the back cover, but I would repeat this several times through the book, in big type. Alternatively, state the kiss principle: just Google “low GI” and look the food up.
Why this is important…….. it works!
As an endocrinologist, practising in a country region for over 20 years, I have needed a clear, thorough approach to helping patients with their diet. Low GI makes sense and works well. The low GI approach is a core part of the diabetes curriculum for patients at my practice.
The beauty of “Bump to Baby” is that now we can help young women and their families understand both the need for and approach to planning for a healthy pregnancy. Great work – this goes straight onto the required reading list for all young women and their families.
Dr Dan Harmelin, Endocrinologist