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The Mama Natural Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth

Length: 20 hrs and 7 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (123 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

With more than 1.3 million video views each month and over 52 million total views on her YouTube channel, Howland's (aka Mama Natural) funny but informational videos have empowered millions of women to embrace natural pregnancy and parenting. Now Howland is turning to books, offering up the first week-by-week natural pregnancy book for soon-to-be moms.

For the last half century, control over childbirth has been in favor of doctors. Many pregnancy guidebooks are conventional, fear based, and written by male physicians deeply entrenched in the old-school medical model of birth.

But change is underway. A groundswell of women are taking back their pregnancies and childbirth and embracing a natural way. Genevieve Howland, the woman behind the enormously popular Mama Natural blog and YouTube channel, has created an inspiring, fun, and informative guide that demystifies natural pregnancy and walks Mom through the process one week at a time.

The Mama Natural's Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth is the modern (and yet ancient) approach to pregnancy and childbirth. "Natural" recognizes that pregnancy and birth are normal and that having a baby is a wondrous biological process and rite of passage - not a medical condition. This book draws upon the latest research showing how beneficial and life changing natural birth is for both babies and moms.

Full of weekly advice and tips for a healthy pregnancy, Howland details vital nutrition to take, natural remedies for common and troublesome symptoms, and the appropriate (and inappropriate) use of interventions. Peppered throughout are positive birth and pregnancy stories from women of all backgrounds (and all stages of their natural journeys) along with advice and insights from a certified nurse midwife (CNM) plus a registered nurse (RN), a doula, and a lactation consultant. Encouraging, well researched, and fun, The Mama Natural's Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth will be an essential companion for women everywhere to embrace natural pregnancy and reap all the benefits for both baby and mama.

©2017 Mama Natural Productions, LLC (P)2017 Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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Captivating but misleading

As a physician and mother-to-be, I couldn't get through more than a few chapters of this book before returning it because of its prolific factual inaccuracies. The book enthusiastically champions many theories not held up by science or controlled studies. I could not bear to put my future child at the risk of this poorly researched book and its misleading presentation of information.

For example, the book waxes on about the dangers of prenatal vitamins by citing the countless disastrous consequences of vitamin overdose. Most prenatal vitamins on the market these days do not have the high doses necessary to cause the toxicities mentioned. One would have to take multiple prenatal vitamins over the advised dosages to achieve the levels of toxicities described. Warning patients against prenatal vitamins because of non-existent harms, or worse, encouraging patients to use vitamins with inferior dosages ("whole food vitamins"), only puts them at risk of future birth anomalies. On a population level, this type of mis-information could have public health consequences.

As another example, the book also promotes the use of raspberry leaf tea, though countless controlled studies have not shown any benefit of this tea and cannot rule out its harm.

I could go on. The book is filled from cover to cover with inaccuracies such as these. It has more fluff than substance. Please don't put the health of your pregnancy and future child at risk by following this book's advice.

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So helpful for a first-time mom!

I really appreciate the way this book is broken out by week and how it covers a ton of different types of pregnancy-related topics: not just medical, not just social, not just development, not just nutrition. It's all of the above and more!

The audio quality and talent are good - very easy to listen to.

My only gripe is that so many places in the book mention a topic and then says "but more on that later." It's really repetitive and silly - just wait to give more on the topic.

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HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! Great read for pregnancies.

I first want to say, this is a great first book to get you informed and prepared for pregnancy. It is not stuffy. Just a woman to woman talk about pregnancy. Kind of what you always want your OB or mother to openly talk to you about.

I was pregnant then lost my pregnancy at 6 weeks. After that I realized, although I was ready for a baby, I truly did not know what to expect nor preparing myself for the journey of pregnancy. So, while I wait for my body to heal, I searched for an audiobook and came across this one. It was a long read (which I like), and it also had great reviews. And I could not agree more. I feel more prepared for what to expect on my next pregnancy.

I knew I wanted to go natural, but was surprised by how informative this book was on both the “natural” and other medical interventions that are offered during your pregnancy. Plus, an open and honest section of the pains of childbirth, and how different women can handle the pain.

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Great week by week guide

I think this a great book, especially for the first time natural minded mama. Most of the information is really great and really valuable. However, I do have an issue with some of the "natural" skin care she suggests especially when it comes to chloasma. For the love of the skin on your face DO NOT put lemon juice on your face in any concentration ESPECIALLY if you are going to be out in the sun. It will not help to lighten you chloasma and in fact, could make things worse. Citric acid like that found in lemon and lime are known to cause photodermatitis, it is a chemical reaction between the citric acid and the uv rays and can cause a very severe sunburn. This is very well known and I am surprised it made it into the book. Furthermore, when it comes to this type of hormonal hyperpigmentation there is unfortunately very little that can be done to reduce its appearance, just make sure you are wearing an SPF 30 every day and wearing a hat when you will be exposed to the sun for long periods of time. Some of the other skin care things are questionable as well but not as offensive as that, please if you are having issues with your skin go see a dermatologist or a skin care specialist, they will be able to point you in a better direction. In the case of skin care natural is not always better.

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Only for the granola types with a lot of cash

I got this book because I wanted a few pointers to clean up my pregnancy. I already eat pretty clean and am conscious of what is in my products but by no means am I "all-natural". I want to do an un-medicated birth and really got this book to help me prepare for it. I found it condescending honestly. It is obvious the author doesn't intend for this to happen, she even says that this book is for anyone, anywhere on the natural spectrum- from those looking for natural remedies for pregnancy aches and pains all the way to those having an at home water birth and everyone in between. I really think she means it too. But when it comes to it, she gets on her soap box about going totally natural at every turn. She comments on the expense and tells you that its worth it. In other words, if you don't spend three times the price on plant based vitamins over the already expensive regular prenatals, your baby is going to be born with birth defects because you couldn't cough up the bucks.This book is not given in an informative way, instead it is more suggestive. So if you don't have the ability to follow one of her tips, you are left feeling like you are failing your unborn child. Outside of that, I found it hard to follow. There are no chapters, so I couldn't easily go back to any tips I did bookmark. Would be better in print if you decide to get it. If you are already a very natural person or looking to really go totally natural in your lifestyle, this would be a good book. But if you are an average person who has incorporated a few natural things into your lifestyle but are not yet ready to take the costly plunge into all- natural, this book is not for you.

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It was ok

It was a bit confusing with the weeks. It would be great if chapters would be done by weeks so easier for audio.

The scaring about the epidural is a bit over the top.

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Good book but missing information

I liked the audio book but wish I had gotten the physical book. This is because:
1. the chapters have no titles so I couldn’t find where I heard something before.
2. There are recipes and other information referred to in the book that the audio book doesn’t have at all.

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Great for men too

I frequently listen to audiobooks in the car and while running so I purchased this as soon as I found out we were pregnant. I would listen to this while my wife read Ina Mays book and listened to other audiobooks. We compared what we learned and would frequently listen to this when in the car together. It’s incredibly useful and detailed. It just may be the best of all the books we read or listened to. Her blog is great too. This really helped me learn what what my wife was going through and how I could support her from helping with cooking to preparing the nursery and so on. I highly recommend this for anyone!

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it is a great book if you want to go natural.

it has some really great and new information, I learned a lot. and I hope that I will deliver naturally.

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A must read for all first time mamas

I found this audiobook very informative, covering all of my questions and concerns. The tone was extremely positive and motivational, and actually made me look forward to parts of pregnancy and delivery I was afraid of.

The author did an excellent job!

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  • 03-28-18

Voice incredibly annoying

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Narrator's voice so annoying
What does crunchy even mean?!
Very biased towards Mama Natural online products/services
Didn't enjoy.

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  • michelle knight
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best natural birth care even for Australian mummas

completely comprehensive, research based, crunchy mumma, natural pregnancy & birth care book. amazing for mothers, midwives, Doulas and other birth professionals. despite being an Australian doula I found the book completely relatable and translatable . some American birth rules & regulations are different to Australia but the main "natural" content is absolutely usable. loved this book and plan to get a hard copy as a resource in the future