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MOM OVER: The New Mom’s Guide to Getting it Back Together

MOM OVER: The New Mom’s Guide to Getting it Back Together is the kind of book every woman who is, or planning to be, a mother should read. I’ve long believed that having a baby really changes everything, but this book showed me how true this is.

Dana Wood wrote a book that is easy to read. Her manner of writing pulls you in, pretty much like friends talking together.  The book is divided into easily digested parts, so that readers can jump to the section they most want to read. Others, like myself will find reading it in one sitting the way to go. The sections are:

  • Getting it together mentally
  • Getting it together physically
  • Getting it together emotionally and spiritually

Each section is further broken down into short chapters. The information covers such help topics as recognizing and dealing with postpartum depression, asking for and accepting help and taking care of yourself.  She emphasizes the need for medical check-ups not just for the new addition to the family but for mommy as well. Too often mothers tend to pay more attention to baby and children and not to themselves. The sharing of personal experiences, good and not so good in a humorous manner worked well.

Many readers will find themselves marking special sections to return to again and again. Others will nod their heads in agreement with some of the true and tried messages imparted. Sometimes it is good to get a reinforcement of some of what we already know as mothers. Our children need us around to help them through the growing process and taking care of ourselves mentally, emotionally, and physically is the best way to ensure this.

My Thoughts on This Book

As a writer, all round bibliophile, and information junkie, I especially loved the dig deeper appendix of helpful books, websites and DVDs. I wish I had a book like this when I had my son. It would have helped me deal better with some issues. Thankfully, a lot of the information is still useful today, six years after I became a mom. I love her take on getting enough sleep which I still lack as do so many other moms. As such, whenever I try to burn the mid-night oil too many days for the week, I remember that as Wood noted, “…The main job of sleep is to repair us…”

This is good book to give as a gift to any new mom regardless of her age.

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