mom·over (noun): mashup of "mom" and "makeover" minus the pressure to look like a total babe 24/7. (Unless that's what the mama wants, of course.) Holistic; encompasses mind, body and spirit. Nudges her to take primo care of herself, with zero guilt & tons of support. Beneficial to entire family.
Bring our your inner Momshell!
Okay, so every day since the baby was born has been a dirty sweats/no mascara/bad hair day kind of day. You don't need your mother to tell you it's time to lose that just-home-from-the-hospital-look before it sticks forever. You've got Dana Wood, patron saint of stylish new moms everywhere, to show you how to take world-class care of yourself -- drumroll please -- after the baby's born, and beyond!
In this sensibly chic guide, Wood reveals the secrets of surviving the emotional, physical, and spiritual challenges that emerge in that bleary-eyed, sleep- and time-deprived first year. In the trademark Momover style popularized in her eponymous blog, she provides the motivation you need to hop off the new-mommy self-pity train, and get with a new and improved post-baby program. What's more, she proves that doing it right by yourself is just another way of doing right by your baby.
mom·over: Because centered, happy you = centered, happy b aby!
Dana Wood is a mother, wife, and the writer of "Momover," an online column that explores the collision of age and first-time mommyhood. Currently the senior fashion features editor of W, Wood has served as the beauty director of W and the health and beauty director of Cookie. In her twenty-plus years of journalism, she has also written for numerous national publications, including Glamour, Harper's Bazaar, InStyle, Women's Health, Self, and People. Learn more about Wood and her her popular blog at Momover.net. She lives in New York, NY.
You can read an excerpt of Momover: The New Mom's Guide To Getting It Back Together: Even If you Never Had It In the First Place here.
Here is a little sample:
Turning Off and Tuning Out: Practicing "Good Sleep Hygiene"
by Dana Wood,
Author of Momover: The New Mom's Guide to Getting It Back Together (even if you never had it in the first place!)
It's a weird phrase, but the basic habits of setting the stage for slumber are known together as "good sleep hygiene." Here's the Dana version of all the steps you should take (and stuff you should avoid) if you want to sleep like, well, a baby:
- Put a cork in it: You've heard it before, but it bears repeating: As good as booze is at knocking you out, it messes with your REM sleep. So consider steering clear, at least on school nights. And layoff the coffee after 4:00 P.M., too. That will give the caffeine time to wear off.
- Back away from the fridge: No big meals right before bed, although a light snack is fine. You don't want your stomach going into digestion overdrive when you're trying to doze off.
- Finish working out at least four hours before bed: Otherwise, there's a chance you'll get all hopped up and energized, and that's no state of mind/body in which to sail off to Sleepy Town. Yoga might be okay, but why risk it?
- Spring for comfy bedding: You don't need to spend a fortune (unless you want to), but at least splash out on high-quality sheets and a great pillow.
- Develop routines: Go to bed at the same time, wake up at the same time, do the same "wind-down" things in the same way, religiously. (See my night-night routine in "Worked for Me.") Practicing the same routine nightly will help send sleep cues to your mind and body.
- Keep your bedroom dark, quiet, and cold: From the digital clock to street lamps, we underestimate all the light creeping into our bedrooms at night; I've actually taken to wearing a mask. If you sleep with a snorer, buy earplugs. And as for the chilly temperature, that's what blankets are for.
- Reserve your bed for sleeping and sexing: This is a toughie, because who doesn't have a flatscreen and a pile of books in their bedroom? At the very least, don't drag your laptop or anything else work related in there. You want your mind and body to associate your bedroom with sleep, not every other activity known to (wo)man.
- Zap the nap: A midday snooze throws off your circadian rhythm, which makes it harder to fall asleep at night. If you're completely exhausted, limit your nap to fifteen minutes. If you're zonked out long enough to get through all the NREM and REM cycles, you'll wake up anything but refreshed.
- Get up if it just ain't happening: After about ten sleepless minutes, cut your losses, get out of bed, and head somewhere else in the house. Then do something boring and snoozeworthy, such as watching a rerun of a show you've already seen about ninety-five times. When you find yourself dozing off, head back to Sleep Central.
A fantastic book! It is full of great ideas and resources that any new mom (or even a veteran mom) could use! The book is divided into three parts: emotional self care, physical, and spiritual.
There are many wonderful tips such as making priorities number one, so you can take care of yourself and your baby to the fullest. This might mean cutting down on answering phone, and email messages, spending less time with friends and family and cutting out other activities that will not be conducive to getting sleep, spending time with baby and family and eating well. The only tip she mentioned that kinda irked me was to get a nanny or baby nurse for the first year of baby's life, so you can make sure your self-care is taken care of. Not all of us can afford this, seriously! But I suppose if you can afford it, then more power to ya!
I think that the one thing that I appreciated about this book is just how Wood emphasizes self care. As moms, we know that if we are not at our own personal best, we can't be at our best for our children! Getting back on track with diet and exercise, taking time for ourselves, and having a strong, solid routine in place are all wonderful guidelines that Wood suggests for new moms. At the end of each little chapter, Wood has a "Worked For Me" section where she tells the reader what helped her with the specific chapter topic. I loved this! Even though I have had all my children, there are a ton of ideas and resources that I can still use, as well as pass on to family and friends that are still having children.
Momover: The New Mom's Guide To Getting All Back (even if you never had it in the first place) would be a fantastic baby shower gift! I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!
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