Eating Expectantly Review


In addition to working in the perinatal health field, I’m also personally passionate about all things related to perinatal health and I happen to be pregnant myself right now. As you might imagine, I have countless books on a multitude of topics related to perinatal health, including several nutrition books. I’ve also taken nutrition courses at UC Davis and UCLA, so while I’m not anywhere near being a registered dietitian, I have a pretty good handle on the subject.

Eating Expectantly ReviewI was excited when I received my copy of Eating Expectantly, but was half expecting it to be like all of the other perinatal nutrition books I’ve read. Boy was I wrong.

This book is an invaluable resource for women of childbearing age. In fact, the term “book” doesn’t really do it justice. It’s more like an encyclopedia of nutrition knowledge that all women of childbearing age should own and refer to specific sections as they are experiencing the different phases of childbearing.

While I sat down and read it cover to cover, I don’t think that’s the best way to read the book. Let’s take, for example, a mom in her first trimester. She should focus on reading the sections on general prenatal nutrition as well as the first trimester section. As she enters her second trimester, she can move onto the second trimester section and so on as she progresses. This way, she avoids information overload and focuses on the information that’s applicable to her and her baby at that moment.

Here’s what I like about the book and why I’d recommend it to any woman of childbearing age:

  1. Contains a wealth of information all in one place – No need to buy a variety of books or look at various sites on the internet to gather the information.
  2. Comprehensive – Not only does it include nutrition information, but it also includes other information related to healthy fertility, pregnancy and post-pregnancy including exercise, prenatal care, and what’s happening inside of the body.
  3. Understandable and relatable – It’s not written with confusing scientific words that most women wouldn’t understand. The author also brings in her own personal experiences and shares stories and insight from other moms, which makes the book feel like it’s written by a friend just for you.
  4. Accurate – This one might seem odd, but you’d be surprised how much incorrect information is shared in books, magazines and on the internet. As I said, I’m not a registered dietitian, but from what I do know, Bridget Swinney is spot on with the information she includes in the book. Since my focus is on exercise, I carefully read the information included on exercise and I’m proud to say that it’s accurate and even includes some of the information that I share with my clients.
  5. Specific foods and meal plans – Many nutrition resources just tell you the nutrients you need (i.e. iron) and might suggest a few foods that contain the nutrient, but that’s pretty much it. This book includes a tremendous amount of specific foods and also suggests sample meal plans. I love this feature because I think it makes it that much easier for moms to stick to a healthy diet. They don’t have to do the work themselves of looking at all of the nutrients, finding foods that contain them and then putting together a meal plan.
  6. Inclusive – The book isn’t just written for women having one narrow definition of a “normal” childbearing experience. It includes sections on PCOS, dad’s role, gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan and high-risk pregnancy conditions.

Eating Expectantly gets a HIGHLY RECOMMEND from Fit for Expecting.

It would be the perfect book to give as a gift or to buy for yourself and then when you’re done having kids, pass along to a friend. Eating Expectantly can be purchased online at


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