Kind of like my mommy journey, the book The Mommy Files: Secrets Every New Mom Should Know presented by SheKnows.com and written by Jen Klein started off within a mom group. This is a great book for brand-new, first-time moms, but don’t expect to get much out of it if you’ve already been through motherhood.
When I first became a mom, no amount of babysitting or nannying prepared me quite enough for the responsibility and blessings that motherhood would bring. Just like all other moms, we were figuring it out as we went. That’s where this book comes in, if you want a little insight to motherhood, author Jen Klein has survived it all, from changing diapers in not-so-quaint places to finding baby food in the most unlikely places.
The Mommy Files features quotes from both famous and real moms and adds some She Knows secrets from SheKnows.com, a site for women that covers many topics including parenting. This book reminds me a lot of what a girlfriend’s Cliff Notes for the book, What to Expect When You’re Expecting. From morning sickness to potty training and beyond The Mommy Files cover the details of having a baby, but it also covers the “nitty gritty” that most books don’t touch on.
I love this quote from the book: “Think of stretch marks as pregnancy service stripes.” – Joyce Armor. It’s really funny because I often refer to my own stretch marks as my battle wounds. It’s a long and hard pregnancy but I survived. I also enjoy that this book has great information on Birth Plans and Birthing options, if that’s something that you are interested, but I am a little put off to see that The Mommy Files does not really discuss C-section information, which I think is handy for every new mom to know. I think there are a lot of women out there who are scared of C-sections and don’t have the facts going into it, and that would have helped ease my mind a little more.
I also noticed in this book Klein discusses breastfeeding mothers looking down on bottle feeding mothers, which I do see in the mother-world, but she doesn’t touch on those moms that choose not to nurse who criticize mothers who breastfeed in public or even in private; I know some of those mommies too.
In one of the chapters, Klein kind of suggests to ignore advice that comes your way; personally I think if you’re like me, I wanted all the advice, the good and the bad, that way I had as much information, tips, and tricks I could have in my arsenal to choose from down the road. I guess that’s why this book interested me too.
I like the way this book is written in a whimsical, funny, yet realistic point of view. I love the sections on mommy groups and sleep and think overall it’s a great book for the collection. Motherhood is a huge topic to cover, so I don’t fault Klein for not hitting every point, but you may not want to consider The Mommy Files your be-all end-all guide to pregnancy and childbirth.