I realized after I wrote my “last” nutrition and pregnancy post last week that I had yet to post a resource list. Although I strove to hit points that were important and interesting and to debunk some common misperceptions, there is obviously so much more to fertility, pre-conception, pregnancy and infant nutrition than I was able to touch on.
- The Fertility Diet by Jorge E. Chavarro, MD, ScD and Walter C. Willett, MD, DrPH from the Harvard School of Public Health. The book is borne out of research from the long-term Nurses’ Health Study, and Dr. Chavarro continues to do research on how nutrition affects fertility in both women and men. For a preview, check out the Scientific American interview and podcast with Dr. Willett, “More than Pickles and Ice Cream: The Link Between Diet and Fertility.”
- Before Your Pregnancy by Amy Ogle, MS, RD and Lisa Mazzullo, MD. Written by an Registered Dietitian and an OB/GYN, this extremely comprehensive book covers topics like infertility, genetic screening, good nutrition between pregnancies, men’s sperm health, emotional readiness, being an informed patient and, of course, nutrition.
- Expect the Best: Your Guide to Healthy Eating Before, During, and After Pregnancy by Elizabeth Ward, MS, RD and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
- “Seafood Dos and Don’ts when pregnant” by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
- “Nursing your baby: Does what you eat and drink matter?” by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
- “Nutrition for Infants and Toddlers” by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
- “Infant Nutrition and Feeding” by the USDA and WICworks. This guide is designed for use in Women Infant and Children (WIC) clinics, and there’s lots of great information! I referred to it frequently in my case study write-ups for my Maternal and Infant Nutrition class.
- The “Breastfeeding” page on womenshealth.gov
- KellyMom.com has a ton of evidence-based information on breastfeeding, including answers to important questions like how long it’s safe to freeze breast milk.