Bumpology by Linda Geddes
From eating and drinking in pregnancy and the shape of your bump to triggering labour, bonding with your baby, breastfeeding, baby poo and baby language, Linda Geddes uses research to answer all the questions most of us have.
It is packed full of useful and really interesting information. Did you know that…
- up to 80% of women experience morning sickness, with only 35% in India and 84% in Japan?
- babies get a transfusion of their mother’s cells during pregnancy?
- for every 100 girls who are born, 106 boys are born?
- the evidence shows that severe controlled crying is no more successful than the gentler sleep training methods?
- a waterbirth reduces the intensity of the pain of the contractions?
- babies who have skin to skin within 2 hours of being born still had warmer feet 23 hours later than babies who spent their first hours in a cot.
It’s a great read and, although I don’t agree with absolutely everything in the book, on the whole it is a wonderfully positive and passionate read. It is great to dip in to, to find out more about pregnancy, birth and baby and it is warmly written by someone who is a mum who clearly loves the stats too.
I like facts and statistics but they are only part of the story – birth and parenting is also about instincts, about what feels right, about our emotions and about our own expectations and preferences . However, as well as being an interesting read, some of the findings highlighted in Bumpology may also help some mothers rid themselves of some of the guilt they have been carrying around.
For me, as an antenatal teacher and postnatal course leader, it is importance to keep on top of the research and this is a great round -up of findings. It confirms a lot of the statistics and issues that are raised in all of my classes and it has also given me a fresh perspective too.
I’ll be adding it to the Birth & Baby Network reading list, as well as the Birth & Baby Network Amazon Reading List because I think it could go a long way to help inform and reassure expectant and new mums.