Pregnancy

Review of Happy Mum, Happy Baby – Giovanna Fletcher

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Happy Mum, Happy Baby is one woman’s very honest account of pregnancy and motherhood. Fletcher does not claim to have all the answers, and shares some very real anecdotes of her worries, struggles and wins as a mother. It’s an easy, light-hearted read that gives the impression of an enviable, modern-day sweet and solid family unit.

As a soon-to-be first-time mum, it was an interesting read to hear a woman’s experience from pregnancy through to caring for two small children. It’s a quick read, with some lovely pictures of her family inside so you do feel as though you get to know her and her family quite well.

Key takeaways:

  • She speaks very highly of hypnobirthing and the great results she had with her deliveries as a result. Her husband Tom was responsible for spotting a frown on her face every time she’d left the present moment and reminded her to breath, I liked that tip (and it at least gives the men one job to do!).
  • The importance of resting after delivery. She explains her experience with stitches and how her bathing and excessive movement ended in a five night stay in hospital. I’ve heard elsewhere that post-delivery you should aim for one week in bed and the next week on the sofa. This echoed that theory.
  • When flying, to breastfeed your baby on landing and take-off to help their ears adjust to the pressure. I have friends that are avoiding going on holiday for this reason so have passed this tip on to several of them.
  • ‘Saying ‘I’m finding this hard’ can be the first step to making some great mummy friends’. She speaks about the importance of creating genuine bonds with other young-mums and how this helped her through the trials and tribulations of motherhood.

Criticism:

It’s not a bible, it’s not the kind of book I would go back and read again, and I wouldn’t say it was particularly humorous. After reading other parenting books, it has probably proved to be the least useful in terms of things I remember long-term.

Happy Mum, Happy Baby is aimed at normalising the things that many women go through in pregnancy and motherhood but don’t really speak about. If you are looking for cheerful introduction into the motherhood experience, then I would say this book is for you.

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