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Secrets of The Mommyhood: Everything I wish someone had told me about pregnancy, childbirth and having a baby [Kindle Edition]

Heather Alexander
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Book Description

Secrets of The Mommyhood is the pregnancy book every first-time mom should read to learn about pregnancy, childbirth and having a baby.

In a perfect world, an experienced mom would sit down and tell you everything you need to know. But the reality is, most moms with young kids are too busy wiping noses and butts to stop and give you the download.

Secrets of The Mommyhood is everything I wish someone had told me about being pregnant, about childbirth and delivery, and becoming a new mom. It will help you:

- Find out what actually happens during labor and childbirth;
- Laugh as you read what it’s like to be a pregnant woman, learn the stages of pregnancy and the many lovely (and not so lovely) bodily changes that happen during pregnancy;
- Know what to look for when evaluating pediatrician and childcare options;
- Pack the right things in your hospital bag so you have what you need with it’s time to give birth;
- Choose baby gear you will use and avoid spending money on things you won't;
- Deal with unsolicited advice from random idiots; Know how to get a birth certificate and social security card;
- Get post childbirth information so you can figure out what to do with a newborn;
- Understand why it’s a good idea for infants to be on a schedule;
- Learn what you need to know about newborn and new mommy wellness;
- Medical must haves and resources;
- Get a heads up on common illnesses no one bothers to mention;
- Avoid supermoms and look for super moms; and,
- Learn the only thing that really matters.

In summary, if you’re going to have a baby, you’ll want to read Secrets of The Mommyhood. It blends practical advice with laugh-out-loud humor from Heather Alexander who writes and curates a blog called TheMommyhood.com.


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About the Author

Heather Alexander is a married mother of two who lives in Knoxville, Tennessee where she avoids laundry, and writes when she can - usually when she's supposed to be sleeping. She is a columnist for the Knoxville News Sentinel and writes tips, solutions and humor on her blog TheMommyhood.com.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1099 KB
  • Print Length: 180 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Spriggs Merriwether, LLC (January 4, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009CL2CXG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #373,145 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not pregnant yet but... April 23, 2013
By Addie
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought this book as a supplement (meaning something to break up the snooze fest of other pre-pregnancy books I'd bought). Its a little bit of information, and a little bit of fun. It is NOT, however a resource type book so if you're looking for advice on giving birth, child rearing etc then this isnt for you. I read the whole book in a few hours so the spine isn't even creased. I', plan to gift a copy to a relative who is expecting her first child. I would definately recommend this for anyone looking for a laugh about pregnancy and we all know that laugh relieves strees and stress is bad for the baby.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Honest, Funny, reads like your talking to a gf! March 26, 2013
By Kristen
Format:Paperback
I finished this book in my 26th week of pregnancy and absolutely loved it! The chapters and sections were short, to the point, and easy to read. There were tons of tips there and things I had no idea about and hadn't read in any other book or from other mommies. There were sections I read like "are you serious? that happens??" and then immediately texted my mommy friends for confirmation and to see what they experienced.

Secrets of the Mommyhood had great tips that go during your pregnancy, the delivery, handling a newborn, going back to work etc. She also included medical facts and stories from her girlfriends who had a different experience than her, which I appreciated.

If you're newly pregnant or have a friend who just found out they're pregnant, check this book out! It's the best pregnancy book I've read so far. Plus, it's hilarious, like a girlfriend is just telling you how it really is.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great gift for an expectant or new mom! November 27, 2012
Format:Paperback
I must have read 20 books before my baby was born (to say nothing of my near-obsessive internet research). Even though several sources claimed to 'give it to you straight', none came as close as this book does -- plus, I laughed out loud numerous times in the process of reading. So many things happened during pregnancy, delivery, and the resulting blur that was my daughter's first 3 months that nobody told me about. Heather writes frankly and funnily about things that might have seemed gross or weird to me before motherhood, but happened, and it's vital as a new mom to know that you are not alone. This is an excellent gift for expectant or new mothers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, Fun, Quick Read May 5, 2014
By April
Format:Paperback
I was gifted this book, and it was a joy to read. Heather's fun advice is a nice break from the very scientific and formal baby books out there ... more along the lines of what you'd talk about with your girlfriends over brunch or on a walk. There were a few times I even found myself giggling out loud! It is a fairly quick read, which is great when you are experiencing the fastest 40 weeks of your life :) Would definitely recommend it!
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not information I expected. July 4, 2013
By Monica
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is my first pregnancy and I was hoping for a good read with some laughs. Well, I maybe laughed couple of times, but this book hardly provides you with any secret. I agree with one of the reviewers - most of the information is either common knowledge or you can easily get it just by casual conversation with other moms. Better take your friends for coffee than spend money on this book.

Also I was dissapointed because I feel that the author put very little effort in this book, especially to cover relevant and crucial topics. For example, she had a c-section so don't expect anything useful regarding vaginal delivery, although there is chapter for that and you can read on the cover "learn what actually happens during childbirth".

I was looking forward to read this book, but now I regret that I did.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book on being a new mommy November 29, 2013
By JT
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Funny; light-hearted, easy to read. I appreciated that this book offered comical advice without being in your face. If you're looking for a book that will provide a glimpse into what to expect as a new mom without an obnoxious, opinionated author, then I recommend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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You know how your girlfriends say they will tell you everything you need to know about pregnancy and then you hear about, or even worse experience, something and every mother is like “oh yea, that’s normal, didn’t you know about that?” If you are like me your answer is “Umm, no! And boy I wish I had.”

Thankfully we all have Heather Alexander and her book The Secrets of the Mommyhood. I honestly loved this book. It’s a quick read, but all the information is pure gold. She talks about everything from what to expect from certain doctor’s visits to specific lists of what to ask childcare providers and pediatricians. And if you are like me, you didn’t even know you were supposed to ask them questions so those lists are doubly handy. Alexander even braves talking about the birthing process and the all the postpartum loveliness. That’s right, carrying the baby may end up being the easy part.

I have to tell you my favorite part of the book are some of Alexander’s personal stories. I literally laughed hysterically when she talked about telling off an old lady in the mall and I still laugh when I try to tell it to someone else. She keeps everything light and humorous, which is a trick when you are dealing with a subject that can get serious real quick.

If you are going to read one book about pregnancy/babies this is it. I have given this book to so many people since I read it and they were all grateful for it. For me, pregnancy was scary because it was totally unknown. Alexander covers it all, from early pregnancy symptoms to what to expect from strangers in the store. She tells it like it is and I was truly excited when she would mention something I had experienced and all I could say was, “Thank goodness it wasn’t just me.”
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5.0 out of 5 stars I loved thisbook
Very entertaining and helpfull!! My husband was curious as to why I kept snickering while I was reading. I would definitely buy another book written by this author.
Published 10 days ago by vanetta85
5.0 out of 5 stars Thankful for the purchase
I'm almost finished the book and I already plan to reread and highlight and take notes so I don't forget anything. So many amazing tips and helpful things to try to remember! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Blair Jones
3.0 out of 5 stars Quick read
Mostly common sense
Published 2 months ago by Lina
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good book to read while pregnant
Published 2 months ago by Berenice R
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great read, great tips!
Published 3 months ago by KCJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
gave as a gift, and she still reading it
Published 4 months ago by Janice M. Knudsonsaid
5.0 out of 5 stars You need this book!
Every soon-to-be first time mom needs this book! So helpful and it was written in a very down to earth fashion. I loved it and passed it on.
Published 5 months ago by Kirsten Pfeiffer
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Didnot daare give it to her. Too many things too exaggeerated.
Published 8 months ago by Marilynn Brahs
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
This is a great book. There are things in this book that you wonder but aren't even mentioned in other books.
Published 9 months ago by cuzbran75
5.0 out of 5 stars my wife and I love this book
Seriously, my wife and I love this book!
Published 10 months ago by Angelina N. Sauer
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More About the Author

Heather Alexander is a married mother of two, who writes non-fiction humor on the topic of motherhood.

Her special gifts from Jesus include catching the flesh of her upper arm on the doorjamb as she passes through it and taking the garbage cans out to the street only to hit them with her car on the way out of the driveway.

She is the author of Secrets of The Mommyhood: Everything I wish someone had told me about pregnancy, childbirth and having a baby.

She also writes a newspaper column as well as tips, solutions and humor for moms on her blog, TheMommyhood.com.


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