Mt Alvernia - Mother&Child Guidebook review

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I was pleasantly surprised to be invited to review on this guidebook (Click to read) because I have only started the #Familytalk series this year. I truly enjoyed my stay in Mt Alvernia but that is not why I agreed to do this review. The chief motivating factor is because this guide has been painstakingly compiled yet given free of charge to everyone. I can see it benefiting not just pregnant women, but also parents with toddlers, and women who are trying to get pregnant.
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Why you should read this
When can you get pregnant? Can pregnant mums take durians? Would you spoil your baby if you keep picking him up whenever he cries? These are topics that are close to our hearts and most couples would have done some research on it. Almost all the questions that mummies have on pregnancy, labour, babies and breastfeeding are included and they are answered by doctors and other professionals thus, you can be assured that the information is accurate.


So happy that I have my own quote in the book :)
There are some incorrect information I found online that was corrected. For example, I thought the cosmetics products containing retinol, phthalates and parabens should be avoided. However, as verified by a dermatologist in the guide, there is no evidence to prove harm so I need not have avoided them. This is good to clarify myths and facts so that one can disseminate the right information to other parents. Rest assured the form of writing is in simple, easy to understand terms and it was an enjoyable read for me.

Daddies will also benefit from reading this as they prepare themselves for baby's growth development and common problems. Besides that, it is essential that they learn how to take care of the emotional well-being of the mummy. Mummy's health has commonly been neglected but is the most crucial after labour. Watch out for some warning signs of post natal depression and be conscious of how to relieve the overwhelming exhaustion and stress. This is very real and the hormones made me teared more than I have ever done so my entire life.

What I like
The week by week growth milestones on how the baby grows in the womb are informative and insightful. It would be even better if they could compare the baby's size to something tangible like, red bean, orange, water melon or pumpkin. I used this imagery to announce it to my family and I think it provided a more concrete and genuine feel to the growth of my foetus.

I like the section Involving Daddy because I see more fathers playing a significant role and this guide helps to prepare them on what to expect. In our new-age society, Daddy is no longer the sole breadwinner and could just watch TV and leave all parenting responsibilities to Mummy. Some hands on Daddies, like my husband can even take care of the children themselves when Mummy is not around!

There is a recipes section for toddlers which is handy for parents to get more ideas. A section of what to prepare if you are bringing your baby overseas is also applicable as Singaporeans are very well travelled. Overall, this book is like an encyclopedia for mothers tailored to our local culture and habits.

What I think should be included
Of course, there are limitations to how much content they can include in a single book. These topics that I blogged about were not included: How much it cost to stay and give birth, the things that the daddy needs to bring in a hospital bag and the different types of prenatal tests. I think a general guideline on the costs would be welcomed so that couples are aware of how much to budget for the expenses.

I hope to delve into these topics to supplement this guide in the future: Postnatal massage, the necessity of baby laundry detergent, which type of breast pump, how to dress baby in different temperature, what to prepare for baby's arrival, the average sleep and milk a baby need by month. All these are what I have researched before but would appreciate more clarity from the professionals.

My thoughts
Although there could be more coverage as mentioned above, this guide discussed about the most salient facts mothers should know. The contents are detailed and in depth so this guide is really convenient for mothers to have on hand. I will definitely send it to all my girl friends.

How I wish I read this during my pregnancy!

Jes

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