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Mama Natural Book Review + Giveaway!

I don’t know about you, but my “natural” living tendencies really got amped up when I found out I was pregnant. It wasn’t just about me anymore! I was responsible for this amazing life growing inside me.

21 weeks pregnant in winter 2014

Healthy eating was already a priority, but even more so now.  Which was kind of unfortunate because I remember in my first trimester all I wanted to eat was bread and bagels. I was banking on the fact that I had been fueling my body with nutrient dense food up until this point, and hoped it would pass.  Luckily, it did… because it was WEIRD having an aversion to green smoothies!  Not only that, but I was conscious about picking out a whole-foods based prenatal vitamin (read my post about it here), and avoiding chemicals related to cleaners or personal care products.  I even used coconut oil on my growing belly as opposed to any creams marketed for stretch marks (and it worked, although it may have just been genetics!)

 

That’s why I was so grateful to find the Mama Natural website! I started watching Genevieve’s videos and I felt like I found a friend!  It was cool that she was pregnant with her daughter while I was pregnant, too!  She was ahead of me, but I still loved watching her videos, and what would potentially be coming for me! It was also on her site that I first heard about some more natural practices like baby led weaning and elimination communication (EC). I went on to write my own posts about baby led weaning too!  Check them out here and here.  Although we didn’t practice elimination communication, we did cloth diaper and then potty train at an “early” age (quotes because it’s only early in our country), around 22 months. And I wouldn’t rule out EC for a future kid!

And besides being informative posts and videos, there are hilarious ones.  Check out this “Sh*t Crunchy Dads Say” video.  The part where he says, “YEAH I caught the baby.” Well, that was TOTALLY my husband telling people our birth story!

 

This all brings me to my excitement over this book, the world’s first pregnancy guide from a natural perspective!

It is available on Amazon (for a great price! link above) and Barnes and Noble. I am hoping to see it into other mainstream stores too, because there is NO QUESTION I would give this to someone over “What to Expect When You’re Expecting.” Even to my friends who don’t consider themselves crunchy… This quote from the book says it all, “There is no one right way to deliver, and as much as I believe in the power of going natural, no mama should ever be made to feel bad about her choices. That’s why this book was written with all mamas in mind… Empowerment- rather than judgment – is what this book is about.”

Although I haven’t read the entire book yet (it’s 500 pages), I can tell you a couple things about it. It is:

  • Not a textbook.  It is almost as if a friend is taking you on a pregnancy journey
  • Evidence-based. Although I consider myself “crunchy,” I am also healthcare professional, and following the latest science is important to me
  • Filled with beautiful illustrations
  • Positive. There are birth affirmations throughout the book
  • THE pregnancy book for moms who want a more natural experience

And something else I (of course) love, it includes real-food recipes! Pistachio pesto, non-alcoholic hot toddy, and beet kvass, to name a few.

 

Because I love this book so much and want to see it in more hands, I’m working with the MamaNatural Team to give away TWO copies! All you have to do is subscribe to my emails, and leave me a comment below. Who is this book for if you win? Yourself, a friend, to pass on to your midwife office as a patient resource?  Let me know! 

Winners will be randomly selected on Wednesday, 5/3/17 at 9PM EST.

17 comments to Mama Natural Book Review + Giveaway!

  • Elyse

    I need this book for myself haha! I’d love to read it for when I become pregnant with number 2 some day 🙂 I especially like that it is nonjudgmental and supportive of all women, I think that’s awesome. Us mamas have to stick together!

  • Laura Pieramico

    Looks like such a great resource. I would love to give this as a gift to my boyfriends sister who is pregnant! She read a bunch of your baby posts but I’m sure she would enjoy hearing more about “natural” pregnancy and MamaNatural’s views!

  • This is definitely right up my alley! I’m a doula and always looking for more resources to explore. I can use this for myself and clients!

  • Liz Chesebro

    Baby 2 was born two days ago, and our family is likely complete with him, but I’d still love to read this book… and then pass it along! Who doesn’t love Mama Natural?!

  • Melissa Szul

    I would be interested for myself! I already get the emails, and love the info!

  • Kelly

    Exciting!! I’d probably pass this along to one of my cousins who is a nurse. She wants to do labor and delivery at some point in her career – and hopefully will be having a baby of her own in the next few years. 🙂

  • Emily

    Hi, Sarah! I’m not pregnant but will be pretty darn crunchy when my time comes and would love to give this a read 🙂

  • I would love to have a copy to share with my clients 🙂 Many of them are into natural parenting and looking for new resources.

  • Mandy Lindsey

    So wish I’d had this for my pregnancy! I would probably read it and pass it along since we aren’t sure we’ll have another.

  • Leah

    I love Mama Natural! I just found out I am pregnant so this is a must-read!

  • Debbie F

    I’ve heard nothing but great things about this book and would love to read it for my current pregnancy!

  • Sarah B

    This book looks great! I would use this to pass around to all my friends who are expecting!!

  • Jaci

    Would love a copy! I love science based crunchiness. Lol

  • Catherine markey

    Love it! I LOVE sharing resources on birth and pregnancy! I will have to let my mom (midwife) know about this too!

  • Thanks for the tag. This looks like a great resource to have in my library!

  • Elaine

    For the past year, my husband and I have been trying to get rid of toxic chemicals in our life. Now, that I am 12 weeks pregnant with our first child, I am finding it harder to keep on going with this lifestyle! I think it would be a great resource to have! I have heard awesome things about it!

  • pharmersarah

    Thank you everyone so much for your comments! I announced the winners (Emily and Mandy) this morning on my third attempt (thanks internet) at a facebook live video.

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