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Strong As a Mother Expert practical advice for complete mental and physical maternal healthStrong as a Mother is a practical and compassionate guide to preparing for a smooth start to motherhood Everyone knows the secret to having “the Happiest Baby on the Block” This is your guide to being the Sanest Mommy on the Block It will prepare you with humor and grace for what lies ahead give you the tools you need to take care of yourself permission to struggle at times and professional advice on how to move through it when you do This book will become a dog eared resource on your nightstand offering you the same care and support that you are working so hard to provide to your child It will help you prioritize your emotional health set boundaries and ask for help make choices about feeding and childcare that feel good to you get good sleep create a strong relationship with your partner make self care an everyday priority trust your instincts and actually enjoy the hardest job you will ever love This book is here to take care of you

  • Paperback
  • 400 pages
  • Strong As a Mother
  • Kate Rope
  • English
  • 10 September 2016
  • 9781250105585

About the Author: Kate Rope

Strong as a Mother How to Stay Healthy Happy and Most Importantly Sane from Pregnancy to Parenthood and coauthor of



10 thoughts on “Strong As a Mother

  1. Amy Amy says:

    I received an advance electronic copy of this book on NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewI’m writing this review on my phone while holding my finally napping 7 week old who currently has thrush which seems to be causing her no end of irritation Reading this book is helping me cope with the stress guilt and anxiety of caring for a tiny human who is in pain For meeting this particular challenge the discussion in the book of how being an ordinary parent is the best thing for your child has been a major source of comfort as I remind myself that what matters is that I got treatment for my daughter even if the mythical “perfect” mother would have identified the problem sooner or maybe would’ve somehow prevented it in the first place That kind of perspective is one of the many vital balms this book offers pregnant women and new mothers I really wish I could’ve read it while pregnant — it is exhaustive in covering all the various emotional challenges of pregnancy including pregnancy after miscarriage choices around labor and delivery and the potential disappointment around a labor that didn’t go as planned and self care The chapters in the third trimester section are actually still mostly relevant to me as a new mother since they cover topics like the importance of support networks as a new mom and issues related to co parenting These are some of the most useful sections imho Breastfeeding even if it goes relatively well is such a huge part of early motherhood for those that choose that path that I thought this section could’ve used development The anecdotes from real mothers a feature of the book that could’ve also used since they were all so brief in one of these chapters all focused on the difficult decision to switch to formula In general I would’ve loved to read lengthy real stories from real moms One part I LOVED was the discussion of returning to work and finding childcare A practical tip that I’m definitely planning to use is asking our nanny not to tell us if our child reaches a milestone like a first word while we are at work and to let us discover it ourselves I never would’ve thought of that Along with bigger picture wisdom about seemingly every dimension of the emotional life of pregnant women and mothers there are lots of great small practical ideas in the book This book would be invaluable for anyone who may be struggling with a perinatal mood disorder There are tons of practical resources and good discussion of the difficulties surrounding these disorders such as opening up to others who are not supportive without presuming to offer medical advice I truly think every mother could benefit immeasurably from this book even if things are relatively smooth but for some though not me really at least at the moment it could be a lifeline literally Along with “Expecting Better” by Emily Oster discussed in this book also this is a must read for pregnant women and new mothers so give a copy to one that you know without delay Or at least no delay once the book is actually released

  2. Lauren Paletta Lauren Paletta says:

    This is one of the best books on pregnancy and new motherhood I have ever come across HIGHLY RECOMMENDI read the first section that was about the pregnancy journey Next up will be the trials of birth and the first year I will be reading that closer to my due date I am currently 1819 weeks pregnant

  3. Lauren Lauren says:

    I was provided an advance reader copy of the bookThis book definitely reads like a how to guide for before during and after pregnancy It really does touch on many of the emotions and uestions you might feel and ask at every stage I really wish I could have had this book as I was going through pregnancy instead of using google and psyching myself out continuously However it is a great book to read even now in the midst of motherhood I absolutely recommend this book to anyone who is planning to become a mother

  4. Laurel Morales Laurel Morales says:

    Most of us have heard “nobody’s happy unless mama’s happy” But many of us don’t know how to get happy This book can helpIt’s parsed out into easy to read chapters Even if you are a sleep deprived bleary eyed new mom you’ll be able to uickly find nuggets of wisdom that give comfort and insight on whatever you might be going through baby in the NICU breastfeeding struggles how to get sleepYou may not have time for real friends while navigating the first months of motherhood but you will find a faithful friend in author Kate Rope not to mention all her sources She not only sleuths out the answers to many moms' uestions about pregnancy childbirth and motherhood but she also provides loving support Rope goes beyond other mothering advice books to provide help before during and after baby is born when you may be having an identity crisis dealing with body issues andor loneliness Even if you didn't have a typical pregnancy or birth it's in there Needless to say I will be buying several copies for friends

  5. Susan Henschen Susan Henschen says:

    I was provided an advance reader copy of this book While I understood the concept of the book I didn't know what to expect ha just like with having a baby This book is encouraging and supportive and it's sure to become an important resource for combatting the loneliness of the new mom's struggles What I was reading resonated with my own experiences like I’d called or written the author about my struggles and these were her direct replies to me It was an easy and very informative read with a conversational tone that made it feel like I was talking to a friend I wish so badly I’d had this book when I was pregnant in the first year and beyond I had no clue that I wasn't taking care of myself until many months later I’m going to buy it to give to expectant moms in my life

  6. Dee/ bookworm Dee/ bookworm says:

    publisher synopsisStrong as a Mother is a practical and compassionate guide to preparing for a smooth start to motherhood Everyone knows the secret to having “the Happiest Baby on the Block” This is your guide to being the Sanest Mommy on the Block It will prepare you with humor and grace for what lies ahead give you the tools you need to take care of yourself permission to struggle at times and professional advice on how to move through it when you do This book will become a dog eared resource on your nightstand offering you the same care and support that you are working so hard to provide to your child It will help you prioritize your emotional health set boundaries and ask for help make choices about feeding and childcare that feel good to you get good sleep create a strong relationship with your partner make self care an everyday priority trust your instincts and actually enjoy the hardest job you will ever love This book is here to take care of youI found this book was like so many others when it comes to pregnancy and your body it has some good information and some information that was not for me So my advice would be the same with this book as it is with others read it see what works for you and ignore the restI received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

  7. Nina Nina says:

    I received an advance electronic copy of this book in exchange for an honest reviewI read this book during my second pregnancy and unlike many pregnancy and welcome to motherhood books this one actually had lots of gems in it that were applicable to than just first time parents I found the postpartum sections the most helpful and there were several pieces of advice and things to think about that I found new and supportive in a way that most books like this are not I really appreciated the Been There Done That sections at the end of each chapter because hearing from real people who've shared similar experiences is way better than just hearing from one voice Along the same lines I really liked how open the author is with her own story the good and the not so good It makes her and the book much relatable and feels like a friend sharing her experience rather than a total stranger who makes themselves out to be perfect

  8. Samantha Spriggs Samantha Spriggs says:

    I received an advance electronic copy of this book in exchange for an honest review I can not recommend this book enough Seriously I truly love how honest funny sincere and representative it is I have a feeling it’s one of those books that I am going to return to again and again for support a laugh and as a reference text when I’m feeling lost And it’s definitely my new go to gift for any mom friends Strong as a Mother provides a thorough varied and non judgemental look into motherhood from pregnancy onward It is refreshingly representative of the many uniue ways in which families occur interact and choose to raise children It is the first parenting book I’ve read that isn’t glaringly heteronormative This book embraces intersectionality and can truly be helpful for any parent Kate Rope’s voice guides you through her research and personal experience in a way that simultaneously teaches and commiserates The inclusion in each section of anecdotes and reflections from other real moms adds an emotional depth and a diverse representation of what motherhood can be and mean My husband and I read so many childbirth breastfeeding and parenting books in the months leading up to the birth of our daughter and there were still so many things I wish I had known or at least wish I had listened to Strong as a Mother incorporates so much of that information in an honest and compelling way I think any parent will be better prepared especially emotionally after reading this book I’ve found that reading it has been an act of self care itself while also inspiring me to prioritize my mental and physical health in ways that I had not since my daughter was born Overall the section I needed and will return to the most was the section about surviving early parenthood as a couple There are so many great reminders and tactics for reconnecting sharing the emotional and logistical load and being a good partner It’s nice to know that the struggles we have as new parents are common amongst other parents and that there are manageable small things we can do on a daily basis to be better partners and parents These reminders are so important I highly recommend this book to anyone who is a motherparent is considering motherhoodparenthood or who knows and cares about a motherparent

  9. Jenny Daer Shields Jenny Daer Shields says:

    This is the book I should have read in my pregnancy with Noah and one I will definitely be recommending to all my pregnant friends Kate Rope gives voice to all the things I had to learn the “hard way” She normalizes the experience of perinatal and postpartum mood disorders provides evidence based information on breastfeeding and other topics that balance the well being of the baby AND the mother and she emphasizes the importance of women creating a system of support to get through the first year Finally a book that emphasizes the importance of fathers stepping up to be that support Full of tons of resources in an appendix in the back Loved it

  10. Jessica Jessica says:

    I received an advance electronic copy of this book on NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewKate Rope’s Strong as a Mother is a must read for moms to be and new moms I read this book while pregnant with my second child and there were so many helpful tidbits I decided to take notes on all the things I hoped to do differently this time around Moms put a lot of pressure on themselves to do things “perfectly” and this book does a great job of presenting real stories of “been there done that” moms that normalize the full spectrum of what it means to be a mother Rope presents thorough information about mood disorders that can appear during or after pregnancy; I think this is so important to normalize what many of us experience but no one seems to talk about I appreciated the discussion around how to work with your partner to prepare for parenthood There are so many things that you don’t know that you don’t know and this provides a guide for navigating difficult new realities of how you will share the workload One of my favorite pieces of advice was to make a list of “to dos” for friends and family that come to visit It’s so hard for me to ask for help from people even though I know they genuinely want to help I plan to make a list of things like “empty dishwasher fold laundry run the vacuum etc” that I can direct people to when they ask what they can do to help Overall this was a uick and easy read that was packed with helpful information for new moms I will definitely be buying this book for all of my mom to be friends

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