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Enhance your experience of pregnancy, birth and motherhood through learning mindfulness techniques that help improve your physical and emotional wellbeing. It's normal for women to worry during pregnancy, but being unduly anxious can spoil this precious time. By using mindfulness techniques you can stay in the present, learn to accept and handle your feelings and thoughts, and become more in tune with your changing body and developing baby. Sarah Rudell Beach's simple techniques can be incorporated easily into everyday life, helping you to become aware of your lifestyle: Are you taking on too much? Do you need to slow down? The more formal meditations help you to shut out the outside world, quieten your mind, and be at one with your unborn baby to strengthen that special bond. There are mindfulness techniques to help you approach labour and birth without fear and handle each stage moment by moment. Finally, Sarah shows how mindfulness practices learnt during pregnancy can be taken into motherhood, so that you can live in the moment with your new baby.
Pregnancy and birth can stretch our bodies to their limit and beyond. Incontinence, birth injuries and birth traumas have been a taboo topic for far too long, and, until now, this has prevented women from fully regaining their strength. Stronger is the must-read guide to the bodily changes encountered by all women following pregnancy, with explanations, exercises and friendly, accessible advice to protect, stabilise and rehabilitate. It's time to treat what we pretend not to see, to let the help in and to grow stronger. Let's start now.
While there is a wealth of advice for new mums on caring for their babies the same is not true for postpartum health. Fulfilling this vital need, After Birth is the ultimate postnatal primer for women facing changes to their bodies after having a baby. Addressing issues great and small - from hair loss and stretch marks, to bladder and bowel leaks, painful sex, diastasis recti and mental health - researcher and writer Jessica Hatcher-Moore brings together straight-talking advice on preparation for childbirth, healing, and recovery in the weeks, months and even years that follow. She also offers insights for partners, whose role is often overlooked at this critical time. Blending knowledge from the full spectrum of modern and traditional therapies with honest experiences from mothers, here is balanced advice with no agenda. Taking a broad look at what we can do for ourselves at home, and also when to seek expert help, After Birth will reassure, inform and empower women to reclaim their post-birth bodies.
Weaning Sense demystifies the weaning world helping you grow healthy tummies and happy babies (and mums) in no time! Packed full of delicious recipes, this book will help you feel less stressed and more informed when it comes to introducing your baby to solid food. Offering a weaning solution from expert authors based on your baby's sensory personality, this book helps you learn how to tap into your baby's cues on weaning and, using current research, gives you an easy-to-use, real food solution. As every baby is an individual, this book teaches you how to be mindful of your own baby's needs and advocates a collaborative baby-parent approach to help you know when is the best time to start weaning and what is the best technique to introduce them to solids. Chapters include: 1. COLLAB weaning 2. Cues 3. Own person 4. Led by science 5. Age appropriate 6. Baby friendly 7. How to guide 8. Ready stage, 4-6 months 9. Steady stage, 6-10 months 10. Go! stage, 10 months - toddler 11. Recipes
'Such a raw, honest and important book' Giovanna Fletcher Like any new mum, Laura Dockrill felt rather overwhelmed after the birth of her son. But a slow recovery, sleep deprivation and anxiety quickly escalated into postpartum psychosis, and she had to spend a fortnight in a psych ward, separated from her family. It was only when Laura began to put her ordeal into words that she began to find herself again, and recovery seemed within reach. This is Laura's raw, honest and life-affirming story of how she made it through one of the most frightening experiences a mother can face. Now, she wants to break down the silence around postnatal mental health, shatter the idealised expectations of perfect motherhood, and show all new struggling parents that they are not alone. Praise for What Have I Done? 'This moving book was a pleasure to read and I didn't want to put it down. If anyone is going through a similar experience it will make them feel less alone' Philippa Perry 'A humbingly honest and human war report from the front lines of mothering psychosis and recovery; there is no other book like it, and it is so desperately needed' Caitlin Moran 'An incredibly powerful book. Brave, brilliant and so, so, important' Jessie Ware 'This book will give women and their families confidence that the brain and body will heal. It will encourage other women to speak out' Dr Jessica Heron, CEO of Action on Postpartum Psychosis 'An amazing read. A comfort to women recovering who read this and realise that all their crazy mad thoughts were the illness; and not themselves' Fiona Telford, postpartum psychosis survivor
How did it come to this? I am tough, I am smart, I have lived alone. Now I am cracking, right down the middle... Six months after the birth of her son, Emma Jane Unsworth finds herself in the eye of a storm. Nothing - from pregnancy to birth and beyond - has gone as she expected. A birth plan? It might as well have been a rough draft! Furious and exhausted, her life is the complete opposite of what it used to be. She's swapped all night benders for a grazed labia and Whac-a-Moling haemorrhoids. How did she end up here? In this brave and hilarious account of postnatal depression, Emma tells her story of despair and recovery. She tackles the biggest taboos around motherhood and mental health, from botched stitches and bleeding nipples to anger and shame. How does pregnancy adapt our brains? Is postnatal depression a natural reaction to the trauma of modern motherhood? And are people's attitudes finally changing? Dazzling and vital, After the Storm is a celebration of survival, holding out a hand to women everywhere.
Feeding your baby is a big part of the first year. It can be an exciting and enjoyable time but also one that can raise many questions and concerns. What to give them? How much? And when? It can feel like everyone has an opinion on what you should do and what worked for them, with a confusing array of information online to wade through. Let's talk about feeding your baby helps support you through this. Covering breast and formula feeding, mixed feeding, starting solids and more, this supportive and non-judgemental guide brings you the evidence, top tips and lots of support to answer all your feeding questions. Focusing on both the practicalities and emotions attached to feeding decisions, it will answer your questions big and small, supporting you to confidently feed your baby as they grow, in whatever way works for your family. With expert contributors and quotes from parents, Professor Amy Brown's authoritative but easy-to-read style ensures that this book will inform and reassure anyone wanting to know more about how to support their baby to be a healthy and happy eater however they decide to feed them.
What to Expect When You're Black, Pregnant, and Expecting This book stands as the modern-day guide to birthing while Black. -Angelina Ruffin-Alexander, certified nurse midwife and owner of Touch of Osun Midwifery Services #1 New Release in Pregnancy & Childbirth Written with lighthearted humor and cultural context, Oh Sis, You're Pregnant! discusses the stages of pregnancy, labor, delivery, and motherhood as they pertain to pregnant Black women today. Tailored to today's pregnant Black woman. In the age of social media, how do pregnant women communicate their big announcement? What are the best protective hairstyles for labor? Most importantly, how many pregnancy guides focus on issues like Black maternal birth rates and what it really looks like to be Black, pregnant, and single today? Written for the modern pregnant Black woman, Oh Sis, You're Pregnant! is the essential companion to understanding pregnancy from a millennial Black mom's point of view. Interviews, stories, and advice for pregnant women. Written by Black Moms Blog founder, Shanicia Boswell, Oh Sis, You're Pregnant! manages to tackle some hard topics in a way that truly resonate with modern Black moms. With stories from her experiences through pregnancy, labor, delivery, and motherhood, and lessons learned as a mother at twenty-two, Oh Sis, You're Pregnant! focuses on the common knowledge Black pregnant mothers should consider when having their first baby. It also shares topics beneficial to pregnant women on their second, third, or fourth born. Inside, you'll find answers to questions like: How do I financially plan for my impending birth? How can I maintain my relationship and friendships during motherhood? How will I self-advocate for my rights in a world that already views me as less than? If you enjoyed books like The Brown Mama Mindset, Mama Glow, The Girlfriends' Guide to Pregnancy, or Cat and Nat's Mom Truth's, then you'll love Oh Sis, You're Pregnant!
'A truly wonderful resource for new parents and prospective parents alike.' Adam Kay - author of This is Going to Hurt. 'Refreshingly honest... an insightful read for all parents to be!' - Midwife Marley A no-holds-barred collection of more than 100 real-life accounts of pregnancy, birth, and life with a baby, brought together with simple advice from pregnancy and postnatal expert Becca Maberly and consultant obstetrician Roger Marwood. This broad range of honest pregnancy, birth and parenting stories, from the likes of Clemmie Telford, Molly Gunn, Megan Rose Lane, Anna Mathur and many more, is accompanied by professional and reassuring advice from experts that will help you navigate your own experience with positivity and confidence. Nobody Tells You will give you all the tools you need to be informed and prepared for one of life's great journeys. Without any scaremongering or sugar coating, truths are shared about topics including: * Trying to conceive * C-Sections * Postnatal recovery * Not loving breastfeeding * Self-care * And many, many more! Inspired by her own experience and frustration at the lack of honest information, Becca Maberly, pregnancy and postnatal expert and the founder of A Mother Place, and Roger Marwood, an obstetrician and gynaecologist, compiled this collection about the highs and lows of the unique and often nerve-wracking experience of pregnancy, childbirth and beyond. Together, with the help of a range of contributors, they share their reliable, evidence-based advice with positivity and a good dose of humour. Whether you're just thinking about having a baby, you are already pregnant, or you have become a parent recently, this book is an invaluable guide.