Yes, guides such as this are still needed--and this one has some clear-cut pluses. Dietician Brown covers all the latest findings on food groups, supplement needs, weight-gain recommendations (charts included), common diet problems, and the need for exercise to balance food intake (with a realistic eye on mother/baby safety). She also includes a few good introductory words on mother and baby nutrition after birth. The chief news is that nutrients obtained from the mother's food intake go first to supply the energy, vitamin, and mineral needs of the mother, not the baby; so if the mother's intake is insufficient for any reason, the baby will surfer first. The average weight of US newborns is 7 lbs., 6 oz.--but illness, disability, and death rates are lowest for babies between 7 lbs. 14 oz. and 9 lbs. Thus the utility of Brown's information--amplified here by charts, tables, and other self-assessment tools. Though the book covers the same ground as Mary Abbott Hess and Anne Hunt's Pickles and Ice Cream (1982), it's no less worthy.