Eating Well When You're Expecting is the newest offering from the rapidly growing What to Expect dynasty of books, and it's a useful addition dedicated solely to nutrition during pregnancy and in the months postpartum. Author Heidi Murkoff has a tendency to get silly with her puns (a section on whole grains is, of course, called Don't Go Against the Grain and a discourse on salad dressing is titled Dressing for Success ). But she offers solid advice in a soothing, motherly voice, and takes a less militant tone than some of the previous What to Expect volumes, recognizing that pregnant women sometimes will eat that ice cream, whether it's good for them or not. The recipes at the end of the book are a great resource for women who need ideas for how to get the best nutrition for themselves and their babies.

As the mother of a nine-month-old, Amy Scribner did extensive personal research for this article.

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