One of the hardest journeys a woman has to endure is motherhood. No matter how hard you try to become the “perfect” mother…moments come up to where even you wouldn’t think so. Another one of the hardest journeys is PREGNANCY! While my pregnancy was an absolute breeze, I realize a lot of others aren’t so lucky. I was the kind of woman who took her “pregnancy book” everywhere she went. Every Sunday, I’d read about the upcoming week. I relied on that book so much that I was thinking I was going into labor ALL the time. I’m here to introduce another honorable book that I strongly recommend to all those who are expecting (or just like to read about the amazing world of pregnancy, like myself)!
About the two women behind Mommy MD Guide:
Rallie McAllister, MD, MPH –
Rallie McAllister, MD, MPH –
Rallie is a nationally recognized health expert. Her nationally syndicated newspaper column, Your Health, appeared in more than 30 newspapers in the United States and Canada. It was read by over a million people each week.
Rallie has been the featured medical expert on more than 100 radio and television shows. She’s the former host of Rallie on Health, a weekly regional health magazine on WJHL News Channel 11 with over one million viewers in a five-state area, and No Bones About It, a weekly radio talk show.
Rallie’s healthy-eating tips and interviews have been featured in dozens of popular publications, including USA Today, Women’s Day, Better Homes and Gardens, Redbook, Family Circle, Parenting, Prevention, Men’s Health, Women’s World, Cosmo, Glamour, Health Magazine, Energy Times, Arthritis Today, and dozens of newspapers.
Read more about Rallie McAllister HERE.
Jennifer Bright Reich –
Jennifer is the “mom next door,” navigating the challenges of motherhood by making the most of fabulous tips she’s learned from her own doctors, family, and friends to parent her sons, four-year-old Tyler and two-year-old Austin, with her husband, Mike.
Jennifer is a writer and editor with more than 10 years of publishing experience. She has contributed to more than 150 books and published more than 100 magazine and newspaper articles. Jennifer created the website DisneyWithKids.net, the site designed to save families traveling to Disney World with kids save money, time, and sanity.
Jennifer proudly served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army for four years, including one year working directly for the three Commanding Generals of I Corps and Fort Lewis, Washington.
Read more about Jennifer Bright Reich HERE.
I was graciously sent the Mommy MD Guide to Pregnancy and Birth, which contains more than 900 helpful tips. I was also mailed a Preggie Pop (I did a review on them a little over a month ago), an Emergency Contacts magnet, a cute bookmark and a sample of Natural Calm (which is an anti-stress drink).
This book is composed of tips that 60 doctors who are also mothers use during their own pregnancies and births. That’s very reassuring! My previous pregnancy guide book was co-written by a few men, and I didn’t feel the personal touch that I got from reading this book.
When I opened the Mommy MD Guide to Pregnancy Birth book, I was in awe of how much outstanding information was there for me to devour. My brain was a sponge that soaked up all the information that they had placed inside. It mentions every week of pregnancy and what’s happening during that week! How big is the baby now, how are you feeling, what to expect at doctor appointments. All that jazz.
They also include labor tips. If you’re like me, you did not go to a birthing class and you solely relied on a book like this. After reading the labor section of this book, I believe that I would have been better prepared with this book than my previous book. The labor section is more elaborated and much more detailed.
I loved that they didn’t make one way of having a baby sound better than the next. My previous book pretty much made me feel horrible because I was getting medically induced. This book does NOT make the reader feel insulted, whatsoever. It gives real life experiences and tips that I took to heart.
Here is a quote from the inducing section that I enjoyed:
“With my daughter, I went into labor all on my own, and everything progressed normally. Interestingly, with my sons, I was induced. I heard many women say that labor is more painful when you’re induced. In my experience, that wasn’t true. I’m here to tell you that both labors felt exactly the same!“
– Kelly Campbell, MD, a mom of three an an ob-gyn in private practice at Women’s Healthcare Physicians in West Bloomfield, MI.
I also appreciated the fact that they did not demean women who chose the epidural route when it came to pain relief. Not everyone is up to the “all natural birth” challenge, and I’m one of them. I went in thinking “I got this! I’m going to give birth naturally”. That flew out of the window within the first few hours.
All in all, I thoroughly loved reading the Mommy MD Guide to Pregnancy and Birth and learning all the information that was included inside. Like I said in the beginning of this post, I STRONGLY recommend this book to those who are expecting, plan to be expecting or just like reading about pregnancy/birth.