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Pregnancy Notes Before, During & After by Rujuta Diwekar – #AtoZChallenge Day 14

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Book Blurb – Pregnancy Notes Before, During & After by Rujuta Diwekar

If you are preparing for pregnancy, are pregnant or have just delivered, Pregnancy Notes has got you covered. Rujuta Diwekar takes you through the journey, with tips for even before you get pregnant, till after you deliver your bundle of joy. Each stage includes notes on food, exercise and recovery. Also included are heritage recipes from across the country, so you can mine the wisdom of our grandmothers. This is a must-have guide for every woman.

Book Review – Pregnancy Notes Before, During & After by Rujuta Diwekar

Post my first pregnancy my father insisted that I have a Tbsp of ghee with each of my meals. I thought my father had lost it. But because I did not have the heart to say no to my dad, and my confidence that I will be able to work out to get back in shape soon, I conceded to his demand. At that point of time, I wasn’t sure what benefit the ghee was doing to me. It is only after I read Pregnancy Notes Before, During & After by Rujuta Diwekar that I understood the role ghee plays in helping us assimilating our food better. So here’s to the traditional knowledge that we have lost over the generations and to the consumerist advertisements and promotions.

This book by Rujuta Diwekar for pregnant women completely stands by its name. It is a simple to understand reference book for any queries related to food and nutrition for women in any of the three critical stages of a woman’s life.

Rujuta Diwekar has taken a very practical and simplistic approach to formatting this book. She first talks about traditional knowledge held by our grandmothers but lost while it travelled to us via our mothers. Then there are scientific references to what works while deciding ones diet and what doesn’t. And most importantly about how it is all relevant for women seeking to get pregnant, are pregnant and post delivery.

The ‘During’ phases are further divided into three phases – one each for each trimester.  Each part contains a list of food items that are essential for matching the nutrition requirements of that phase accrued with a handful of interesting recipes (not all by the author herself, but contributed by other mothers which the author found meeting the criteria).

If you really don’t have the time to read it all and are just interested in a ready reference chart for planning your meals, that chart too is incorporated at the end of each chapter.

I also enjoyed Rujuta Diwekar’s sense of humor that has been sprinkled across in the form of short stories of her personal accounts and of others’.

Rujuta Diwekar justifies each of her stances by drawing a correlation between food components emphasizing on the fact that nutrient consumption is different from nutrient assimilation. We have to unlearn how we look at food groups in silos and learn to appreciate a wholesome food meal.

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Sonia Chatterjee April 16, 2019 at 1:36 am

I really like the way Rujuta makes fitness look so easy and achievable. Everything for her has a logical solution. I have read this book and I must say that the best part is the humor through which she has actually highlighted some valid points.

Deepa April 16, 2019 at 9:12 am

I am a fan of Rujuta and her books but have not yet read this one. I read a few others on Nutrition. Thanks for the review. Will try finding this one.

Darshana Sarmah April 16, 2019 at 9:27 am

Have gone through 2 of the books by Rujuta . She is so clear about her points. Wonderful review.

Priyanka Nair April 16, 2019 at 1:18 pm

Rujuta Diwekar is a fitness icon and I like her amazing views, Have not read the book but I do follow her on social media, since now you have suggested this one 🙂 I will give it a try 🙂

vidhya thakkar April 16, 2019 at 1:49 pm

My sister read this book during her pregnancy! she loved it

Abhijit April 16, 2019 at 2:16 pm

Yes many traditional practices we are abandoning and or forgetting. It is time we do our research and understand their usefulness.

Neha Sharma April 16, 2019 at 6:03 pm

Who doesn’t know Rujuta, she’s an idol for many fitness freaks and I really like the way she makes things look easy. Though I haven’t read this book I am sure it’s very helpful for expecting mothers. Liked your crisp and fine review of the book,

Vartika Gakhar April 16, 2019 at 6:46 pm

Rujuta is a Goddess. I follow her and absolutely love her approach towards mindful eating. Thanks for the review, will definitely check this one.

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