Handbook of Nutrition and Pregnancy is written for the clinician and other healthcare professionals who treat and counsel pregnant women and women of childbearing age. Thus, physicians, physicians’ assistants, nurses, and dietitians, in particular, as well as dietetic students and graduate and medical students, will find this book a useful resource.
In addition to the historical perspective and background to support recommendations that are provided in each chapter, important for the practitioners, recommendations and guidelines have been summarized and provided in tables that are easy to locate and interpret.
It is the intent of the editors that Handbook of Nutrition and Pregnancy serves as a reliable resource that is shelved at arm’s reach by practitioners and researchers around the world. By combining the historical and background information with the easy-to-use practical information of a handbook, the volume is unique among the contemporary books that deal with the topics of nutrition in pregnancy and outcomes both for the mother as well as for the neonate.
At a time when the scientific community is looking to complete the weaving of the threads between genes and function, and to determine to what extent prenatal and perinatal environmental factors are linked to childhood and adult obesity and chronic diseases and metabolomics, Handbook of Nutrition and Pregnancy includes relevant chapters that bring contemporary assessments of nutrition knowledge about these cutting-edge areas and their relationships to the pregnant woman and women of childbearing age.
The overall objective is to take the most up-to-date information and to translate it into clinically relevant practice recommendations.
A second major goal of this volume is to examine issues that are common to both the developed and the developing worlds and to include chapters that are specific to nutritional and reproductive factors seen mainly in developing countries. These chapters discuss contemporary issues that affect both the woman and the developing infant.
A third aim of the book, covered in several chapters, is a review of nutritional as well as physiological factors that either increase or decrease the potential for high-risk pregnancies, such as gestational diabetes mellitus, ‘types I and 2 diabetes mellitus, preeclampsia, anemia, and so forth.
Required nutrients arc provided primarily by the food we grow in our gardens, fish from the sea or fresh water sources, the animals we tend, or the food we barter for or purchase from markets or supermarkets. Additionally, in the developed world, the market shelves and media ads arc now becoming inundated with products and information about nutrient supplements and functional foods/bioactive foods.
What roles do and should these products have in the diets of women of childbearing age? How do we go about assessing the importance of these foods in a healthy pregnancy? What can we recommend? The answers to some of these questions are found herein.
In conclusion, Handbook of Nutrition and Pregnancy is a comprehensive volume that includes up-to-date information in 23 chapters written by the leaders in the fields of diet, nutrients, ingredients, environmental factors, and physiological consequences, addressing the needs of women of childbearing potential and pregnant women.
The volume contains information that permits the reader to answer confidently practical questions from patients, family members, students and researchers, because the information represents the totality of the data rather than findings of a single study. There is not another book in the marketplace that duplicates the breadth of information found herein. Thus, this volume can serve as the benchmark in this field.
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