Green Mama To Be by Manda Aufochs Gillespie
Published October 10th, 2017 by Dundurn Group
It’s a feeling all parents know: wanting to keep our children safe and thriving in an ever-changing world. What happens during pregnancy sets the stage for the rest of a child’s life, so the Green Mama is here to help make this period healthier, happier, and safer for both mother-to-be and baby. Swollen ankles? Difficult birth? Postpartum depression? Most expectant parents think, It won’t happen to me! But from conception through to birth, families today aren’t getting what they expect — or expecting what they get.
The Green Mama explores a variety of sources, from the latest scientific and medical research and advice to traditional wisdom, to find out what issues, decisions, and avoidable dangers have the greatest impact on our children’s health. She brings together this combined wisdom to demystify epigenetics, the microbiome, a healthy pregnancy diet, toxin-free living, pregnancy exercises, herbal remedies, natural birth, healthy postpartum care, and many of the other mysteries of modern birth and parenting. Through gentle guidance, humour, and a trove of specific advice from dependable sources, Green Mama-to-Be is the essential guide for today’s mothers- and fathers-to-be.
I really enjoyed this book and think it is a great book for mamas to be who are looking to live a healthier and less chemical free life. The book covers a variety of topics including greening your diet, the growing fetus, your home and your beauty care. It also covers birth, breastfeeding and the postpartum time period. This book is of course centered around a more organic and natural lifestyle and is filled with a variety of great information. I have read a lot in this genre and I still learned some things in regards to chemicals to avoid in baby products. The book includes recipes for beauty care products and has an index in the back filled with the different chemicals and terms that are used. Another thing I found useful is in each chapter there is a section called “When Money Matters More”. This section will talk about what are the most important things to purchase in an organic or natural form and other options when you don’t have the financial resources. Overall. this is a great book regarding natural and organic pregnancy, with information about birth and breastfeeding.
Thank you to the publisher, Dundurn Press, for sending me a review copy of this book.