Alison Sweeney, host of The Biggest Loser television show, wrote a book with Christie Matheson called The Mommy Diet. The book’s subtitle is: A Month-by-Month Plan for a Healthy Body and Mind Before, During and After Pregnancy. I read Sweeney’s blog and when the book was about to come out it sounded like something I might like to read and review so I ordered it. I was not disappointed.
The book is divided up into the stages of pregnancy and for each stage there is Fitness section with appropriate exercises and activities to do. Exercises are clearly explained and often there are black and white drawings to help you picture what you are to do.
There also is a section about Foods to eat and avoid during each of the phases of pregnancy including some great recipes. Sweeney also gives Fashion advice for each stage as a woman’s body is changing. Though she is a television star she gives very practical, economical advice.
Lastly, a Self-Care section is included to remind the mom to be that she will not be much good to her child and family if she doesn’t take care of herself as she moves through pregnancy. Throughout the book Sweeney also includes items about Romance and how to keep the marriage relationship strong.
Sweeney talks like your sister or best friend would and it was a very readable and enjoyable book. There are exercises anyone can do, and the tips for food were great. I also liked that throughout the book there were sections in gray called MD Extra that added to the text but also made it easier to find later. These also included great music playlists for exercise and relaxation, quite a few recipes and things like sleep strategies and pampering ideas.
Right after I finished this book I found out that one of my nieces was pregnant and we were so excited. I am going to be a great-aunt! This week she found out she is having a boy. Guess what I am giving her tomorrow when she comes over? This book will be right up her alley, as she is fashionable, eats healthy, exercises and loves to read.
The Mommy Diet would be a great gift for any pregnant mom, just give it to her early on so she can use all the great information it includes before, during and after her pregnancy.