June 4, 2016

Book Review: The Christian Mama's Guide to Having a Baby

The Christian Mama's Guide to Having a Baby: Everything You Need to Know to Survive (and Love) Your Pregnancy, by Erin MacPherson is a non-fiction book that's written in a friendly, yet informative manner.  By sharing practical tips with Christian values in a humorous way, the author relates to women and their pregnancy concerns.

In the Introduction, MacPherson shares, "I've always wondered how God created the heavens and the earth in seven short days and yet it takes nine long months to create a baby.  Nine months.  Seems like an eternity, doesn't it? I remember getting so irritated when people told me that my pregnancies would pass in the twinkle of an eye.  They swore that I'd be holding my baby before I knew it.  That's kind of hard to believe when you're carrying around twenty (er, thirty) extra pounds and gagging every time you catch a whiff of someone else's dinner.  But, really, your pregnancy will be over before you know it.  In the meantime, you're probably going to need some girlfriend-to-girlfriend advice to get growing-by-the-minute, gagging, vomiting, and sweating point you're most likely at right now, to point B--the glowing, ecstatic, sleep-deprived-but-you-don'-care-at-all point that you'll be at in less than forty weeks.  And that's why I wrote this book."

This delightful informational guide has sixteen chapters (as well as introduction and epilogue), which are titled as the following: Introduction: You're Havin' a Baby, One: Getting Into the Pregnancy Groove: Being Pregnant and Loving It, Two: Pregnancy 101: A Crash Course on Your First Trimester, Three: The Dreaded Morning Sickness: How to Deal with Morning, Noon, and Night Sickness, Four: Feeding Frenzy: How to Eat (er, Devour) for Two, Five: All That Medical Stuff: An Up-Close and Personal Tour of Your OB or Midwife's Office, Six: Work It, Mama: Exercise and Pregnancy, Seven: Pregnancy 201: Everything You Need to Known About the Mythical Second Trimester, Eight: Gearing Up for Baby: What (and What Not) to Buy for Baby, Nine: Name Games: How to Choose the Perfect Name for Your Baby, Ten: Pregnancy 301: Surviving Your Third Trimester, Eleven: Ready, Set, Don't Go: Getting Ready for Baby's Arrival, Twelve: Let the (Labor) Games Begin: How to Know When It's Time to Go Have Your Baby, Thirteen: Labor Day: Labor, Delivery, and Everything in Between, Fourteen: The Christian Daddy's Guide: What Dads-to-Be Need to Know About Pregnancy Resources, Sixteen: The Christian Mama's Guide to Your Baby's First Days: What to Expect from Your Brand New Baby, and Epilogue: The Mommiest. 

The Christian Mama's Guide to Having a Baby is ideal for women (particularly those with Christian values) who are recently pregnant or planning a pregnancy in the future.

Note: I received this book from Book Sneeze, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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