This is a really fun and enjoyable read. The book is set out as a diary, with short weekly entries, meaning it’s easy to pick and up put down (although it’s so readable, I polished it off in just a few sittings).
It starts right at the beginning, when Mindy and her husband Tom are trying to get pregnant (which makes for some laugh-out-loud moments!). It continues with weekly posts throughout her pregnancy, broken down into the three trimesters.
Whereas some pregnancy books can swamp you with information, she details all the physical developments, hospital appointments and preparations as she experiences them, so it’s easy to follow.
What I like most is that, as the title suggests, the book contains information you might not find in other pregnancy books. This includes dealing with people who aren’t thrilled with the news of your pregnancy, getting piles and leaking pee, coping with debt on a reduced income and what really happens during labour (let’s just say a colander may be required!).
Interestingly, Mindy had a homebirth, so I think this book would be of particular interest to anyone considering a homebirth.
The diary continues throughout the first year of her baby’s life, again with lots of honesty, as she struggles with things like breastfeeding, which will resonate with any new mum.
Overall, this book is a great alternative to traditional instructional pregnancy guides because it’s like getting the low-down from a friend. Definitely worth a read if you’re expecting.