The essential guide to choosing the foods that best meet a pregnant woman's nutritional needs.
Certain foods pack a nutritional punch, and can provide the optimal nutrients to nourish an expectant woman - particularly important when pregnancy side effects make eating difficult. By feasting on the foods that do her and her baby most good, a pregnant woman can ensure that her baby's brain and other organs, tissues and bones, develop healthily and that she maintains the strength and stamina to carry her baby to term and withstand the rigours of labour and delivery.
Some foods also can be used to create safe and supportive products that can be applied to the skin, used to promote sleep and combat nausea and other side effects. Additionally, there is guidance on growing some beneficial vegetables and herbs in a small garden or containers, or gathering from the wild.
Susannah Marriott is an author who specializes in health and mindful living. She takes inspiration from her practice of yoga, from her three daughters and from the countryside and sea near her home in Cornwall. She is the author of 24 books, which have been translated into 17 languages; they include Stay Young Naturally, Everyday Wisdom, Total Meditation and Beads of Faith. As an editor she has worked with BKS Iyengar, Swami Saradananda, Deborah Bull and Penelope Leach.
Her writing has appeared in a number of newspapers and magazines, including the Guardian, The Times, the Telegraph, Marie Claire, Zest, Shape, Top Sante, Healthy and She. She has broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Something Understood with Mark Tully, and lectures on writing at universities and with her company, the Professional Writing Academy (www.profwritingacademy.com).
In her 50s, Susannah draws her youthful energy from her yoga practice and sea swimming, her organic vegetable garden and a massive love of jazz, dancing and dresses.