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How to Grow a Baby and Push It Out: Your no-nonsense guide to pregnancy and birth Paperback – 18 April 2017
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Following a move to London after the birth of her first daughter, Anya, Clemmie spent time working briefly at Kingston Hospital before taking a new role at King's College Hospital on the labour ward, one of the busiest units in the country. After several years of working on the wards, Clemmie joined The Lanes community midwife team as she wanted to do more than just support women through the act of birth and give care through pregnancy, birth and beyond.
Now, over a decade after qualifying, Clemmie is a community based midwife, writes a successful blog (www.gasandairblog.com), has nearly 400k followers on instagram and works with local women's groups to provide information and guidance on pregnancy and post-natal care. Clemmie lives with her four daughters and husband in Kent.
- Publisher : VERMILION - MASS MARKET; 1st edition (18 April 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1785040383
- ISBN-13 : 978-1785040382
- Dimensions : 17.27 x 1.68 x 21.84 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 4,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The thing that disappointed me the most was the subtle sexist and body-shaming undertones that snuck in throughout the book. Some examples:
- Apparently a 'plus point' of pregnancy is that you don't have to worry about holding in your tummy anymore
- In the same section it talked about pregnancy being a great excuse to 'convince your partner you need new threads' (I'm an adult woman with a career; I do not need my husband's permission to buy new clothes, especially if I am growing a baby and no longer fit in my usual clothes!)
- In the section about finding out the sex of the baby it talks about gendered clothes being a plus and a minus of finding out the sex (e.g., you can buy the 'right' colour ahead of time, or you can reuse white and yellow clothes for a future baby if you don't find out ahead of time). It never considers that maybe the woman does not want to enforce gender norms on their unborn child and doesn't give a toss about buying gendered clothes for their child even if they do know the sex ahead of time.
- In the top tips for partners it says that men should consider making a meal once a week! Weekly?! They should be doing their fair share of the housework normally, let alone when their partner is growing a baby inside them.
-In the same section it suggests men should do a bit more round the house and that they should do that because the benefit is that your partner doesn't whinge at you! How about men should be doing their share because THEY LIVE THERE AND ARE FULLY GROWN ADULTS, not because they won't get whinged at.
- Some body hair shaming content; "you've probably not even had a basic wax in months". Stop making removing all your body hair through a painful procedure the 'norm'.
- Women put weight on their back, abdomen and thighs; "the places us women are always trying to shift it from". Fat shaming isn't fun to read, especially in regards to pregnancy!
- Apparently an essential is to take a mirror in your hospital bag for the purposes of, and I quote, "check your reflection before in-laws arrive". Who gives a damn what you look like when you've just had a baby? If your in laws care then that's their problem, not yours!
- More body shaming: you should have a pedicure so that when you look down you're looking at your toes and not your "saggy belly".
And finally the last bit of body shaming: That with a bit of time and work your post baby body will "eventually look marginally more acceptable". Because apparently fat or not-toned bodies are not acceptable to this author. Good to know.
Honestly, I was so offended by the casual body shaming and sexist remarks throughout the book that I disregarded any of the vaguely good parts (e.g. the birthing stories or anecdotes). I cannot understand how this book has got so many good reviews considering it doesn't go into enough detail or discussion on any topic to be worthwhile and is filled with horrible comments aimed at putting women down. Really disappointed.
In my naivety (or perhaps normality?), I had no idea this woman is a "mumfluencer", alongside her husband. I am very strongly against instamum accounts as the only thing they ever achieve is making women feel worse about themselves. Not to mention that it now turns out that the author of this book has sunk even lower and trolled her own family online "because she was trolled before" (is this even an excuse? Coming from an adult woman, mother of four? Just google her.) I will not be reading words of advice from someone like her. I'd recommend you think twice whether you wish to waste your money on this book. I have, sadly, lost my baby. I still have this book, but I won't bother reading it in my next pregnancy - it is going straight in the bin. Next time I'll make sure not to buy anything written by self-absorbed mumfluencers.
It’s just a bit hippy dippy for me and I didn’t find it usueful at all.