PARENTING

The Motherly Guide to Becoming Mama: Redefining the Pregnancy, Birth, and Postpartum Journey

Sounds True. Apr. 2020. 576p. ISBN 9781683643555. pap. $21.99. CHILD REARING
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Koziol and Tenety are cofounders of Motherly, an online community for parents. Here they pair with Spalding, certified nurse midwife, pediatric nurse and mother of three, to create a comprehensive guide to the pregnancy, birth, and postpartum times. With sections from trying to conceive to the fourth trimester, there is no topic untouched. The pregnancy section covers a guide to each week’s possible symptoms and guidance is provided on everything from gardening during pregnancy to special needs for LGBTQIA families and individuals, eating, sleeping, exercise...be assured the authors have left nothing left unexplored. This work focuses on self-care for mama as well as care for baby. Holistic in content, this will appeal to a growing segment of new parents who are looking for researched information about all the struggles and joys of pregnancy and new motherhood.
VERDICT With consideration of every step along the whole journey of motherhood, body, mind, emotions, lifestyle, schedule, spirituality, and worldview, this will prove a must-read for many.

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