handbook of nutrition and pregnancy

Handbook of Nutrition and Pregnancy, edited by Carol J. Lammi-Keefe, Sarah C. Couch, and Elliot H. Philipson, is a very welcome addition to the Nutrition and Health series and fully exemplifies the series’ goals. This volume is especially timely since it includes in-depth discussions relevant to the changing health status of women of child-
bearing potential around the world.

As but one example, there is an extensive chapter on the obesity epidemic that continues to grow even in underdeveloped nations; the chapter includes an analysis of the comorbidities, such as gestational diabetes and related adverse pregnancy outcomes that continue to be seen in increased numbers annually.

As indicated by E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, in the volume’s Foreword, the editors have “…assembled 23 superb chapters on the latest, evidence-based approachesfor managing the nutritional requirements of pregnant women in a variety of settings.” This volume has been given the title of handbook because of its inclusive coverage ofvirtually all of the relevant topics including, but not limited to, the role of nutritional status prepregnancy.

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