The Kind Mama: A Simple Guide to Supercharged Fertility, a Radiant Pregnancy, a Sweeter Birth, and a Healthier, More Beautiful Beginning

Alicia Silverstone. Rodale, $23.99 (368p) ISBN 978-1-62336-040-5
Actress Silverstone (The Kind Diet) advocates a kinder path to motherhood, offering advice on preparing for pregnancy, a guide to each trimester, welcoming the baby and lying-in, and the first six months and beyond. A passionate vegan and animal activist, Silverstone encourages readers to switch to a plant-based diet and forego such "nasty" items as meat, dairy, and processed foods (for those struggling with fertility, "The Kind Diet" works like a "baby magnet"). Along with personal wisdom, Silverstone has collected tips from experts including an integrative gynecologist, obstetricians, pediatricians, midwives and others. Though she takes diet and health seriously, the author infuses her text with humor, and writes in an engaging tone. In addition to her birth story, Silverstone discusses morning sickness, circumcision (not recommended) and the family bed (create a safe sleep sanctuary for the whole family). In "For Gentlemen Only" sections, she doles out useful tips for dads on how to be supportive partners. Health-conscious moms-to-be will enjoy and learn from this heart-centered guide. (Apr.)
Reviewed on: 05/26/2014
Release date: 04/01/2014
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