8 February, 2017

Review: How To Grow A Baby *and Push it Out by Clemmie Hooper

A while ago I shared my 5 pregnancy and new mum bibles and number one on the list was “What To Expect When You’re Expecting” by Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel.

Brilliant, concise, helpful but ever so slightly scary and with a greater focus on what could go wrong than right I found.

But a new pregnancy companion has just been published which is a breath of fresh air to those more serious, finger-wagging tomes out there.

How To Grow A Baby *and Push It Out is a unique week-by-week pregnancy companion written for a whole new generation of modern maverick mums.

The author is the refreshing new young voice of parenting, NHS midwife (and Mother of four girls including twins) Clemmie Hooper.

As Clemmie says ‘Each pregnancy and birth is unique. There are no rules and there isn’t always a right or wrong way to do things. I want to empower women so that they feel they have a choice. Being an advocate of this, as a midwife and a mother is fundamental to me’.

She has over a decade of NHS experience behind her, the author has also earned the title of one of the top Instagram parenting experts (and high ranking digital influencers) @mother_of_daughters and founder of the super-successful blog Gas and Air.

Chapter by chapter Clemmie’s writing style is fresh, funny and honest, underpinned by non-judgemental sensible tips and advice. Everything you will ever need to know about being pregnant is covered, right through to ‘You Got This Mama’ – a chapter devoted to supporting women as new mums after delivery.

What really makes How to Grow A Baby unique is that it encourages the reader not to accept everything they are told, but also to be curious, and challenge and question the information they are given, right from their first hospital antenatal appointment until after their child is born.

Midwife Clemmie Hooper - author of How To Grow A Baby

Midwife & author Clemmie Hooper

The book covers each trimester of pregnancy through to delivery and beyond.  There are recipes for the various trimesters, tips on styling your new shape, a discussion on sex in pregnancy, how to write a birth plan, illustrations of positions for labour, what to pack in your hospital bag, top tips for birth checklists and even advice on booking a babymoon.

There’s also advice on what to expect when having a C-section or being induced and the knotty issues of whether you should wax and if pooing is normal when giving birth (it is)!

The book is full colour throughout with photos and illustrations which add a quirky feel. There are lots of stories from other mums as well which are very reassuring and remind you that there’s nothing you are about to go through that hasn’t been experienced a million times by other women.

I really liked the book and have happily added it to my Pregnancy Bibles list.

Published by Vermilion Books (an imprint of Penguin Random House UK), How To Grow A Baby RRP £14.99 is available from Amazon.

You can find out more about Clemmie on her blog www.gasandairblog.com.

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