The Little Book of Self-Care for New Mums has been the perfect handbag, or change bag essential for me – let’s face it, since I had Emi-Marie everything I own gets thrown straight into her pram bag. I can just about organise one bag, never mind two. The sturdy hardback ensures that it doesn’t get damaged even with all the baby junk floating around the bag with it. The book feels and looks amazing, when I first received it I seriously made everyone I was with have a feel. My mum, being an Author herself, was the only other person to appreciate the fact that it’s made so well.
The design is something I would pick up in the shop myself, the cover is a pretty purple with gold writing and beautiful illustrations. Inside, as you can see, has even more illustrations. To me, they give off a more personal feel than the usual photographs you find in this genre of books. The text on the cover and throughout is incredibly easy to read, whilst still giving off a lot of character.
The contents are grouped into three key chapters, including: Healing a Mother, Minding a Mother and Guiding a Mother. Representing essential areas of recovery and adjustment in the postnatal period. At the start of each chapter there is a quick summary of what to expect in the coming pages, but it has a caring and personal feel to it.
Healing A Mother
Healing a Mother is about taking a look and taking care of your postnatal physical self and health. Including tips for healing from vaginal or abominable births, helping you understand the different changes you could and probably will be experiencing, Exercises and massaging for different parts of your body and incredibly useful recipes for smoothies – including a constipation easing one that I have used more than once already! Breakfast, lunch, dinner, sweet treats and more. One thing I struggled with after having Emi was how to organise people wanting to visit and help as soon as I was home, the last couple of pages in Healing a Mother have some really great tips that have helped me even now when my daughter is a few months old.
Minding A Mother
Minding a Mother, as you can tell from the title, is more about your mind and relationships for after birth. As someone who has death with mental health issues, healing your mind is as, if not more, important than healing your body. Out of all three chapters I would say this one was the one I got the most from. Not just for the mind part, but it has some brilliant tips for relationships, loving yourself and instant mood lifting techniques. One great tips was how to utilise earplugs, I’ve actually used headphones when Emi had colic, playing music quietly to soothe the intensity of her crying a little.
Guiding A Mother
Guiding a Mother is a great all-rounder with positive notes and prompts to help you understand and bond with your new baby. Another section of this chapter looks at things you can do to help you and your partner Back in the Sack. I was rather lucky with this part of recovery and returning to a sort of normality in the bedroom, but I know a few new parents who has struggled with this and just mentioning some things I read to them has honestly helped.
Discover everything you need to know about the postnatal period to feel supported, empowered and understood.
Whether this is your first or fifth baby, The Little Book of Self-Care for New Mums is your handy survival guide to managing the emotional and physical rollercoaster of becoming a new mum.
Bringing together decades of experience from a midwife and a doula, you’ll find invaluable tips and tricks to boost confidence and calm frazzled nerves – plus answers to all those questions you may be too embarrassed to ask! From creating cooling breast pads with chamomile tea and quick stretches to relieve aching muscles, through to easy recipes to nourish your postnatal body and 5-minute fixes to restore your sense of humour, this is the book you can turn to for an instant pick-me-up when the overwhelm sets in.
About The Authors
Alexis Stickland is a midwife, antenatal teacher and mother of three children
who has been supporting new mums for 12 years.
Beccy Hands is a doula and remedial massage therapist specialising in
pre- and post-natal wellbeing, who has been supporting women since 2003.
Together they founded The Mother Box in 2017,
a company that supports new mums with essential advice and
nurturing wellbeing gift boxes.
After reading The Little Book of Self-Care for New Mums cover to cover I went back and read it again. Not only because I was reviewing it, but because it really is a fantastic book. Covering so much more than you would expect from a bag sized self-care book. I can tell that real thought, heart and time was put into writing The Little Book of Self-Care for New Mums and it’s paid of because I love it.
Each section in every chapter gave me the feeling I was reading a blog post, as so much love and information was provided. Some books and even blog posts I have read around self-care and motherhood have seem impersonal and don’t leave me feeling connected, but as I have stated multiple times I felt like I was reading something personal to me, almost like a diary rather than an instruction manual.
*The Little Book of Self-Care for New Mums was very kindly gifted to me in return for a blog post review. All opinions are 100% my own and completely unbiased.