Mom Hacks: 100+ Science-Backed Shortcuts To Reclaim Your Body, Raise Awesome Kids, and Be Unstoppable
Da Capo: Perseus. Feb. 2019. 304p. index. ISBN 9780738284644. pap. $15.99; ebk. ISBN 9780738284637. CHILD REARING
Emergency physician Gillespie (Univ. of Tennessee Sch. of Medicine) sets out to help herself and other moms beat the odds, having learned that for every child a woman has, in addition to the risk of obesity rising seven percent, she's likely to experience poor nutrition, lack of exercise, sleep less (no shock), and myriad pregnancy-related complications. The author dedicates the first section to nutrition and ideas for developing healthy eating habits tailored to one's specific body chemistry (e.g., bulk cooking produce in order to eat more vegetables, combining flavors that make food more satisfying, and involving children in the meal-planning process). Part 2 considers exercise: finding pockets of time to work out, using music to motivate, and getting back on track after a setback. For increasing sleep of both mom and child, Gillespie advocates exercise, meditation, and cognitive techniques and troubleshoots issues for children of varying age ranges (newborn to four). The final section addresses key issues such as mommy guilt, the need to stop multitasking, exhaustion, and prioritizing relationships with one's partner and friends.
VERDICT Though many of the "hacks" here are not surprising or revolutionary, Gillespie provides sound strategies that will especially benefit new moms.

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