FULL BELLY
Comfort and inspiration for pregnancy & birth

“I always thought I’d have kids. It was a matter of when – not if.”

“In my 20s, I studied at uni, travelled overseas, began a career in consulting, developed many close and wonderful friendships, met my life partner, and generally had fun.

The most responsibility I had was paying the rent, turning up to work on time, and making sure there was milk in the fridge. Not much responsibility at all.

Then I hit 30, and my outlook changed. I began caring about my health. I visited a naturopath, changed my diet, and began jogging rather than walking. I also examined my career. I cut back on consulting, began more research, and launched a freelance writing business.

Unbeknownst to me, I was planning for pregnancy. I was preparing my body, mind and lifestyle for a major life change. Within months it hit me. I didn’t want a baby – I had to have one! It was hormonal, emotional and not at all rational. My husband wilfully agreed to ‘start trying’, and within a month I was pregnant.

Then the real changes began. The nausea, fatigue, and memory loss. The changing body weight, body shape, and wardrobe. The ‘don’t bother me with your meaningless problems, I’m growing a baby right now’, and the ‘give me a seat on the bus or I’ll hit you with my handbag’, and the ‘I need to eat half a chicken right now!’ kind of changes.

Being a writer and a book lover, I turned to books for help. I read voraciously, trying to connect my mind to the physical changes I was experiencing. I read about my baby’s development, discovered my pelvic floor and, later in my pregnancy when it was too late to avoid I read about how to birth a baby.

Then my baby arrived, and my life really changed. My breasts became refrigerators, my mind turned to mush, and my tear ducts were turned on – permanently. None of the books prepared me for the emotional rollercoaster ride.

My response was to write Little Bundle: Comfort and inspiration for baby’s first year – the book I wished I had as new parent. I wanted to support and reassure new parents, and help them care for their baby confidently.

But after finishing Little Bundle, I realised I’d missed an important step along the parenthood timeline. I’d ignored the part that begins with a positive pregnancy test, and ends with a baby in your arms. I’d overlooked pregnancy, preparing for baby, and labour and birth. So here is Little Bundle’s prequel.

Full Belly recognises that becoming a parent begins long before your baby’s birth. It maps the highs and lows, whimsy and worries, and thrills and ordeals of pregnancy by discussing the emotional and not just the medical changes.

I hope Full Belly supports and reassures so you make the best decisions for yourself and your growing family. Because the journey into parenthood, although fraught at times, is rich and revealing. Let the journey begin…”

AND THE JOURNEY CERTAINLY DID BEGIN. AND IT IS CONTINUING.

In Full Belly I talk about…

Antenatal care Anxiety  Belief  Birth plans  Caring for yourself  Continuity of care  Fatigue  Finishing work  Labour  Letting go  Preparing for birth  Preparing for parenthood  Sleep  Support And much more

Just like Little Bundle it is delivered in one page bites. Read a page at a time. Ponder. Reflect. Trust. It’s beautiful and super supportive.

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