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And Baby Makes Three: the Six-Step Plan for Preserving Marital Intimacy and Rekindling Romance after Baby Arrives. John Gottman & Julie Schwartz Gottman, $17.99

Having a baby is a joyous experience, but even the best relationships are strained during the transition from duo to trio. Lack of sleep, never-ending housework, and new fiscal concerns often lead to conflict, disappointment, and hurt feelings. John Gottman and Julie Schwartz Gottman have written And Baby Makes Three to show partners how to avoid the pitfalls of parenthood. Complete with exercises and activities designed to help couples anticipate, confront and resolve conflicts, this encouraging guide helps new parents positively manage the relationship changes that come along with their bundle of joy.


Baby Om: Yoga for Mothers and Babies. Laura Staton & Sarah Perron, $24.95

The beautiful illustrations and photographs in Baby Om capture the intimate sharing between mother and child, and create a visual model for how to achieve the poses at home. Safe, effective, and easy to learn, Baby Om brings mother and baby together, ensuring the health and happiness of both.


The Babymoon Experience. Caroline Deacon, $24.95

Practical tips and advice for nurturing yourself and your baby through the early postpartum weeks.

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Babyproofing Your Marriage: How to Laugh More and Argue Less As Your Family Grows. Stacie Cockrell, Cathy O'Neill & Julia Stone, $18.50

Babyproofing Your Marriage is the warts-and-all truth about how having children can affect your relationship. The authors' evenhanded approach to both sides of the marital equation allows partners to understand each other in a whole new way. With humor, compassion, and practical advice, the Babyproofers will guide first-time parents and veterans alike around the rocky shores of the early parenting years.


Breaking Mum and Dad: the Insider's Guide to Parenting Anxiety. Anna Williamson, $27.00

After being diagnosed with post-natal anxiety and birth trauma following the birth of her first baby, Anna Williamson went on a mission to uncover the real thoughts, feelings and behaviours that many of us experience in those first few weeks and months after becoming a parent. And it turns out she wasn't alone... and neither are you.

Whether it's making new friends, coping with changing relationships, breast and bottle feeding anxiety, going back to work worries, or the whole shift being a new parent poses mentally, Breaking Mum and Dad is a guide of empathy, sympathy and above all, hope.

Packed with helpful advice, shared stories and practical guidance, alongside thoughts from clinical psychologist, Dr Reetta Newell, this is a must-read therapist in your pocket. Read it at 2am when you're struggling with never ending night feeds, at 6am when you've already watched the same cartoon for the twentieth time, or at 10pm when you just long for sleep or a few minutes or seconds to yourself.


The First Forty Days: the Essential Art of Nourishing the New Mother. Heng Ou, with Amely Greeven & Marisa Belger, $31.95

The first 40 days after the birth of a child offer an essential and fleeting period of rest and recovery for the new mother. Based on author Heng Ou’s own postpartum experience with zuo yuezi, a set period of “confinement,” in which a woman remains at home focusing on healing and bonding with her baby, The First Forty Days revives the lost art of caring for the mother after birth.

As modern mothers are pushed to prematurely “bounce back” after delivering their babies, and are often left alone to face the physical and emotional challenges of this new stage of their lives, the first forty days provide a lifeline — a source of connection, nourishment, and guidance. The book includes 60 simple recipes for healing soups; replenishing meals and snacks; and calming and lactation-boosting teas, all formulated to support the unique needs of the new mother. In addition to the recipes, this warm and encouraging guide offers advice on arranging a system of help during the post­partum period, navigating relationship challenges, and honoring the significance of pregnancy and birth.

The First Forty Days, fully illustrated to feel both inspiring and soothing, is a practical guide and inspirational read for all new mothers and mothers-to-be — the perfect ally during the first weeks with a new baby.

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Fit & Fabulous for Life After Babies. Fiona Thomas Hargraves, $25.95

Fit & Fabulous is for any woman who is thinking about getting pregnant, already pregnant, just had a baby or has ever had a baby. It’s written for real women and it offers genuine solutions for women who are unlikely to count crunches let alone calories. Taking care of your physical, emotional and practical needs, this book shows you how to keep yourself fit and healthy while holding down the most challenging job you’ll ever have.


Fit Mama: a Real-Life Fitness Guide for the New Mom. Stacy Denney & Kate Hodson, $19.95

From simple exercises to do with baby to full body cardio workouts, Fit Mama offers an effective, holistic approach to postpartum fitness. Stacy Denney and Kate Hodson know from experience that it doesn't happen overnight. They offer wise counsel on finding the time and energy to shape up gradually at first, and they motivate moms to amp it up as time goes by. With fully illustrated step-by-step directions and lots of encouragement along the way, Fit Mama delivers!


From Bump to Grind: the Secret Scoop on Labor, Delivery, and Early Motherhood. Sarah Workman Checcone, $19.95

Contrary to popular myth, new motherhood is not pure joy. Many new mothers feel blurry with sleep deprivation and are sick of living on cereal, wearing granny panties, and having non-stop visitors who only want to see the baby. From Bump to Grind tells you what new motherhood is really like. It’s not always blissful, and it is often difficult. Admitting that does not make you a bad mother. Postpartum expert Sarah Workman Checcone gives you the inside story. Her words will reassure you - what you are feeling is normal. And you are not alone.

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It Just Got Real: the Secret Scoop on Early Motherhood. Sarah Workman Checcone, $7.95

New motherhood is often portrayed as a blissful time. Yet most new mothers know that image is not real. Reality is still looking pregnant long after birth, wearing cheesecloth underpants, being annoyed with your partner, and dealing with the endless stream of visitors who only want to see the baby. Postpartum expert Sarah Checcone shares stories of new mothers who tell you what new motherhood is really like. What you are experiencing is normal, and you are not alone.


Life after Baby: From Professional Woman to Beginner Parent. Wynn McClenahan Burkett, $17.95

Life After Baby is about the joys and challenges of motherhood for women who "had a life" before having a baby. Based on interviews with women who pursued careers in their twenties and are having children in their thirties and forties, this book examines all the ways in which a baby impacts a new mother's emotional life. Supportive, inspirational, and informative, Life After Baby offers comfort to women facing a new world.


Mindful Motherhood. Cassandra Vieten, $25.50

From hormones to stretch marks, labor pains to diaper changes, motherhood is an adventure like none other. The rapid changes in your body, your lifestyle, and your very identity call for a certain mental agility. Mindfulness can help you meet the challenge and approach every experience with your new baby with open eyes and an open heart.

Easy ten-minute meditation exercises and yoga poses throughout this book will help you cultivate greater flexibility and mindful awareness during pregnancy, childbirth, and your baby's first year. Whenever you have a moment to spare, open Mindful Motherhood and discover a skill that will help you find balance and fulfillment during those times when you feel most overwhelmed.

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Mother Matters: a Holistic Guide to Being a Happy, Healthy Mom. Dayna Kurtz, $23.99

Millions of mothers are born each year. From the moment a baby is born, the world seems to focus on childcare, but what about mothercare? Enter Dayna Kurtz, the brains behind Huffington Post's Mother Matters blog. From postpartum depression and "baby blues" to healing meals and postnatal exercise, Kurtz guides new and veteran mothers alike through the best practices to care for themselves during their first year of motherhood. Her unique approach also includes less common methods like acupressure, expressive arts therapy, and more to help mothers boost their mental health and reclaim their identity. Backed by irrefutable research and personal anecdotes, Mother Matters is the guide every mother needs to not only survive but thrive!


Mother and New Baby Care: the First Two Weeks DVD. InJoy Videos, $49.95 (32 minutes) Note: InJoy DVDs are sold for Home Use Only; and for sale only within Canada. All other users can contact Parentbooks for more information

Covering the first two weeks postpartum, this program helps ensure the health and well-being of mother and baby as they make the transition from hospital to home. Mother and New Baby Care concisely presents postpartum recovery tips, feeding basics, newborn care, and advice on when to call healthcare providers.

Topics include:

  • Perineal & Cesarean Care — lochia flow, warning signs, afterpains, perineal comfort techniques, constipation, hemorrhoids, rest, signs of infection
  • Baby Blues & Mood Disorders — tips for simplifying life during the first few days, signs of PPD, partner's emotions, getting support
  • Breastfeeding Basics — lactation consultants, hunger signs, how often to nurse, positioning and latch, engorgement, signs of mastitis, sore nipples, avoiding artificial nipples, signs of poor feeding
  • Baby Care and Warning Signs — umbilical cord and circumcision care, diapering, types of stools, jaundice, dehydration, signs of illness, bathing tips, playing and connecting with baby
  • Crying & Safety — responding to cries, Shaken Baby Syndrome (Abusive Head Trauma), SIDS, car seats, other safety tips
  • Available in version created for Baby-Friendly® hospitals — this version includes all the same essential information as the standard version, without any mention or visuals of artificial nipples or formula feeding

Mothering the New Mother: Your Postpartum Resource Companion. Sally Placksin, $28.50

You don't have to be alone. Share the experiences, successes, and struggles of many other women before and after childbirth in this all-in-one mothercare guide about family, work, the baby (or second or third baby), and you. Includes checklists, plan-ahead suggestions, questionnaires, and much more.

Drawn from three years of research, the author's own experience, and the candid recollections of many mothers—married and single, birth and adoptive, older and younger— the nine chapters in this comprehensive guide cover all aspects of the postpartum experience, including:

  • what the new mom should expect when she goes home
  • what postpartum is and how long it lasts
  • where to find breastfeeding help
  • how to ask for help
  • the new mom's home-care options
  • realistic going-back-to-work options
  • how to relieve the isolation of at-home mothering
  • what to say (and not to say) to family members

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Natural Health after Birth: the Complete Guide to Postpartum Wellness. Aviva Jill Romm, $22.95

New mothers need care and support to adjust to the myriad challenges facing them after birth: changing body image, lifestyle, work arrangements, and relationships. Midwife, herbalist, and mother of four, Aviva Jill Romm shares her insights into how to make this crucial time a happy one. She provides essential advice for preparing for the postpartum period, coping during the first few days after the birth, establishing a successful breast-feeding relationship, getting enough rest, eating well even with a hectic schedule, and finding time to regain strength and tone with gentle yoga exercises. Woven throughout are helpful herbal tips and recipes to make the first year of motherhood a naturally healthy one.

Natural Health after Birth also addresses a new mother's need to replenish her body, mind, and spirit so that she can nurture her child. This book provides support both for women who plan to be home full or part time during the first year and those who must return to their jobs soon after the birth. With humor and compassion, Romm offers mothers practical wisdom for attaining the delicate balance between being fully immersed in the beautiful but demanding path of motherhood and maintaining a sense of self.


PeeWee Pilates: Essential Postpartum Exercise for Mother and Baby. Holly Jean Costner & Stacy Malin, $26.95

PeeWee Pilates gives new mothers what no other fitness program or book has to date: a quick and proven method they can do at home to get their postpartum body gently back into shape and enrich their babies at the same time. Unlike other mother/baby fitness programs, baby is far more than just a prop; the exercises in Pee Wee Pilates are designed specifically to help foster a little one's development and attachment to mother. And the Pilates exercises target the areas most affected by pregnancy (abdomen, hips, lower back, and buttocks), so new moms will get results fast without having to leave their homes, find a sitter or carve out huge chunks of time. Developed by one of New York City's leading Pilates teachers, PeeWee Pilates promises to be the hot new "baby and me" exercise program for new mothers everywhere.


Postpartum: from Pregnant to Parent DVD. InJoy Videos, $49.99 (36 minutes) Note: InJoy DVDs are sold for Home Use Only; and for sale only within Canada. All other users can contact Parentbooks for more information

Through parent interviews, vignettes and helpful tips, this program offers a practical and realistic view of the early postpartum period.

 

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Sex After Baby … Why There Is None. Kathleen Hamilton, $19.95

After she had a baby at 39, Kathleen Hamilton's sexual desire dove overnight from, ‘Honey, can we please have sex tonight, I've got a headache?’ to nothing. Zero. Zip. Nada.

It was an identity crisis. Plus, it was no fun at all.

None of the books and articles Kathleen could find came close to explaining why she lost her libido, or how or when she might find it again. No one around Kathleen talked openly about her experience balancing sex and motherhood - until Kathleen asked.

Funny, frank, political, and poignant, Sex After Baby: Why There Is None is Kathleen's quest to bring the surprise triple orgasm back into her life. Along the way, the book reveals how Kathleen's questions about sex after baby — among her friends and neighbours and favourite books — brought her new, unexpected understanding of women's sexuality and women's lives.


Strong As a Mother: How to Stay Healthy, Happy, and (Most Importantly) Sane from Pregnancy to Parenthood. Kate Rope, $24.99

Kate Rope's Strong 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.

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The Supermum Myth: Overcome Anxiety, Ditch Guilt and Embrace Imperfection. Anya Hayes & Rachel Andrew, $18.99

This book empowers mothers to stop feeling like a ‘crap mum’, as they strive to be the perfect idea of Supermum — and start having confidence in their own parenting. Author Anya Hayes and psychologist Dr. Rachel Andrew use techniques including CBT and mindfulness to help you dismiss negative thoughts and learn to stop comparing yourself to others. Instead, you’ll learn to be kinder to yourself — and can get on with being a brilliant mum.


Yoga for Depression: a Compassionate Guide to Relieve Suffering through Yoga. Amy Weintraub, $19.99

More than 25 million Americans are treated with antidepressants each year, at a cost in excess of $50 billion. But the side effects of popular prescription drugs may seem nearly as depressing as the symptoms they’re meant to treat. Veteran yoga instructor Amy Weintraub offers a better solution — one that taps the scientifically proven link between yoga and emotional well-being as well as the beauty of ancient approaches to inner peace.

Addressing a range of diagnoses, including dysthymia, anxiety-based depression, and bipolar disorder, Yoga for Depression reveals why specific postures, breathing practices, and meditation techniques can ease suffering and release life’s traumas and losses. Weintraub also reflects on her own experience with severe depression, from which she recovered through immersing herself in a daily yoga routine. Yoga for Depression is the first yoga book devoted exclusively to the treatment of these debilitating conditions. Amy Weintraub will help readers see their suffering and themselves in a vibrant new light.


Yoga for Mother and Baby. Françoise Barbira Freedman, $22.95

Interactive poses for you and your baby or toddler.

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Complete Booklist

Postpartum Recovery & Adjustment

And Baby Makes Three: the Six-Step Plan for Preserving Marital Intimacy and Rekindling Romance after Baby Arrives. John Gottman & Julie Schwartz Gottman, $17.99

The Babymoon Experience. Caroline Deacon, $24.99

Baby Om: Yoga for Mothers and Babies. Laura Staton & Sarah Perron, $24.95

Babyproofing Your Marriage: How to Laugh More and Argue Less As Your Family Grows. Stacie Cockrell, Cathy O'Neill & Julia Stone, $18.50

Breaking Mum and Dad: the Insider's Guide to Parenting Anxiety. Anna Williamson, $27.00

The First Forty Days: the Essential Art of Nourishing the New Mother. Heng Ou, with Amely Greeven & Marisa Belger, $31.95

Fit & Fabulous for Life After Babies. Fiona Thomas Hargraves, $25.95

Fit Mama: a Real-Life Fitness Guide for the New Mom. Stacy Denney & Kate Hodson, $19.95

From Bump to Grind: the Secret Scoop on Labor, Delivery, and Early Motherhood. Sarah Workman Checcone, $19.95

It Just Got Real: the Secret Scoop on Early Motherhood. Sarah Workman Checcone, $7.95

Life after Baby: from Professional Woman to Beginner Parent. Wynn McClenahan Burkett, $17.95

Mindful Motherhood. Cassandra Vieten, $25.50

Mother Matters: a Holistic Guide to Being a Happy, Healthy Mom. Dayna Kurtz, $23.99

Mother and New Baby Care: the First Two Weeks DVD. InJoy Videos, $49.95 (32 minutes) Note: InJoy DVDs are sold for Home Use Only; and for sale only within Canada. All other users can contact Parentbooks for more information

Mothering the New Mother: Your Postpartum Resource Companion. Sally Placksin, $28.50

Natural Health after Birth: the Complete Guide to Postpartum Wellness. Aviva Jill Romm, $22.95

PeeWee Pilates: Essential Postpartum Exercise for Mother and Baby. Holly Jean Costner & Stacy Malin, $26.95

Postpartum: from Pregnant to Parent DVD. InJoy Videos, $49.99 (36 minutes) Note: InJoy DVDs are sold for Home Use Only; and for sale only within Canada. All other users can contact Parentbooks for more information

Sex After Baby … Why There Is None. Kathleen Hamilton, $19.95

Strong As a Mother: How to Stay Healthy, Happy, and (Most Importantly) Sane from Pregnancy to Parenthood. Kate Rope, $24.99

The Supermum Myth: Overcome Anxiety, Ditch Guilt and Embrace Imperfection. Anya Hayes & Rachel Andrew, $18.99

Yoga for Depression: a Compassionate Guide to Relieve Suffering through Yoga. Amy Weintraub, $19.99

Yoga for Mother and Baby. Françoise Barbira Freedman, $22.95

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