We're publishing the pregnancy book you deserve, mama

The Motherly Guide to Becoming Mama: Redefining the Pregnancy, Birth, and Postpartum Journey is here


Hey mama,

We've been busy at work on a secret project and are so excited to share this news:

Motherly is publishing our second book! 🎉

We're thrilled to present to you: The Motherly Guide to Becoming Mama: Redefining the Pregnancy, Birth, and Postpartum Journey, published by our friends at Sounds True.

We wrote this book to coach and inspire women through this season of transformation. It is the expert-driven, evidence-based pregnancy book we wish we'd had when we first became mothers; the one pregnancy book focused on you.

In short, this is the pregnancy book women deserve.

We invite you to take a sneak peek inside: The Motherly Guide to Becoming Mama.pdf

This book is a celebration of mothers. It offers a new and comprehensive way to fully show up for women as they navigate this journey—with stunning illustrations by Stepha Lawson.

We'll walk beside you through all of it: The decision to have a baby, conception, every week of your pregnancy, birth and the oh-so-important fourth trimester. (We will also be with you through the hard stuff, should that become a part of your story.)

Here's what you'll find in The Motherly Guide to Becoming Mama: Redefining the Pregnancy, Birth, and Postpartum Journey:

  • All the TTC, pregnancy and postpartum information you need—with none of the fear
  • Guidance that acknowledges that you are your own amazing woman with unique dreams, experiences and needs
  • Inclusive messaging that offers women from our diverse community the opportunity to see themselves within its pages

The Motherly Guide to Becoming Mama: Redefining the Pregnancy, Birth, and Postpartum Journey is inspired by our community and written by an expert. We worked with real women to find out exactly what they needed in a pregnancy book, and then asked Motherly's Digital Education Editor and midwife, Diana Spalding, to write it.

The Motherly Guide to Becoming Mama: Redefining the Pregnancy, Birth, and Postpartum Journey is 100% judgment-free. It is not our job to tell you what matters to you; only you know that. This book will provide you with evidence-based, well-rounded information so that you can make the best decisions for YOU and then support your choices.

The Motherly Guide to Becoming Mama: Redefining the Pregnancy, Birth, and Postpartum Journey focuses on your whole self. Every aspect of your life is impacted on the journey to becoming a mama, and you deserve a book that addresses all of it:

  • Monthly opportunities for personal reflection
  • Your beautiful baby's weekly development
  • Prenatal appointment prep + guidance
  • Discussion guides to talk + connect with your partner or village
  • Work coaching for career progression
  • Nourishment + movement advice
  • Symptom management

And so much more.

Our baby will be available for purchase in April 2020. If you're too excited to wait (and want to lock in the lowest price), you can preorder where you love to buy your books.

Barnes & Noble

As an extra sneak peak, we are so excited to present the amazing contributors who shared their expertise and love with us to make The Motherly Guide to Becoming Mama the phenomenal resource that it is:

Kymberlie Berrien, Massage Therapist and Doula
Sarah Bjorkman, MD, OB/GYN and Motherly's Medical Advisor
Brooke Cates, Certified Personal Trainer
Tiffany Dufu, Author and Women's Advancement Coach
Aimee Eyvazzadeh, MD, OB/GYN
Rachel Gorton, Sleep Consultant and Motherly's Business Development Director
Tiffany Han, Writer and Life Coach
Crystal Karges, MS, RDN, IBCLC, Registered Dietician Nutritionist
Catherine Keating, Author and Yoga Instructor
Stepha Lawson, Artist, Doula, and Counselor
Sharen Medrano, IBCLC, Lactation Consultant
Dr. Claire Nicogossian, LMFT, Author and Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Chrissy Powers, LMFT, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Niki (Amita) Saxena, MD, Pediatrician
Bola Sokunbi, CFEI, Certified Financial Education Instructor
Carolyn Wagner, MA, LPC, PMH-C, Psychotherapist

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I wish someone had told me before how special wearing your baby can be, even when you have no idea how to do it.

My first baby and I were alone in our Brooklyn apartment during a particularly cold spring with yet another day of no plans. My husband was back at work after a mere three weeks of parental leave (what a joke!) and all my friends were busy with their childless lives—which kept them too busy to stop by or check in (making me, at times, feel jealous).

It was another day in which I would wait for baby to fall asleep for nap number one so I could shower and get ready to attempt to get out of the house together to do something, anything really, so I wouldn't feel the walls of the apartment close in on me by the time the second nap rolled around. I would pack all the diapers and toys and pacifiers and pump and bottles into a ginormous stroller that was already too heavy to push without a baby in it .

Then I would spend so much time figuring out where we could go with said stroller, because I wanted to avoid places with steps or narrow doors (I couldn't lift the stroller by myself and I was too embarrassed to ask strangers for help—also hi, New Yorkers, please help new moms when you see them huffing and puffing up the subway stairs, okay?). Then I would obsess about the weather, was it too cold to bring the baby out? And by the time I thought I had our adventure planned, the baby would wake up, I would still be in my PJs and it was time to pump yet again.

Slowly, but surely, and mostly thanks to sleep deprivation and isolation, I began to detest this whole new mom life. I've always been a social butterfly. I moved to New York because I craved that non-stop energy the city has and in the years before having my baby I amassed new friends I made through my daily adventures. I would never stop. I would walk everywhere just to take in the scenery and was always on the move.

Now I had this ball and chain attached to me, I thought, that didn't even allow me to make it out of the door to walk the dog. This sucks, I would think regularly, followed by maybe I'm not meant to be a mom after all.

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So, what's new this week?

Meri Meri: Decor and gifts that bring the wonder of childhood to life

We could not be more excited to bring the magic of Meri Meri to the Motherly Shop. For over 30 years, their playful line of party products, decorations, children's toys and stationery have brought magic to celebrations and spaces all over the world. Staring as a kitchen table endeavor with some scissors, pens and glitter in Los Angeles in 1985, Meri Meri (founder Meredithe Stuart-Smith's childhood nickname) has evolved from a little network of mamas working from home to a team of 200 dreaming up beautiful, well-crafted products that make any day feel special.

We've stocked The Motherly Shop with everything from Halloween must-haves to instant-heirloom gifts kiddos will adore. Whether you're throwing a party or just trying to make the everyday feel a little more special, we've got you covered.

Not sure where to start? Here's what we're adding to our cart:

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It's science: Why your baby stops crying when you stand up

A fascinating study explains why.

When your baby is crying, it feels nearly instinctual to stand up to rock, sway and soothe them. That's because standing up to calm babies is instinctual—driven by centuries of positive feedback from calmed babies, researchers have found.

"Infants under 6 months of age carried by a walking mother immediately stopped voluntary movement and crying and exhibited a rapid heart rate decrease, compared with holding by a sitting mother," say authors of a 2013 study published in Current Biology.

Even more striking: This coordinated set of actions—the mother standing and the baby calming—is observed in other mammal species, too. Using pharmacologic and genetic interventions with mice, the authors say, "We identified strikingly similar responses in mouse pups as defined by immobility and diminished ultrasonic vocalizations and heart rate."

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