The Zen Mama Guide to Finding Your Rhythm in Pregnancy, Birth, and Beyond
by Teresa Palmer; Sarah Wright Olsen
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Pub Date 06 Apr 2021 | Archive Date 08 Dec 2022
Being Zen(ish) is what we call it - and it's the ish that we endorse!
Teresa Palmer and Sarah Wright Olsen, two moms from opposite sides of the world, are doing their best to raise happy, empathetic children while working, traveling, and maintaining their sanity. With seven kids between them, the founders of the much-loved Your Zen Mama blog know as well as anyone that motherhood doesn't exist in the highlight reel of life, and that finding even a fleeting semblance of calm among the epic ebbs and flows of parenting is usually all you can hope for.
Forget perfection and prepare to get real, vulnerable, and dirty (mostly from guacamole) with Sarah and Teresa as they share knowledge they've collected over the years, from the Your Zen Mama community and expert mentors, as well as being in the trenches of parenthood themselves.
In The Zen Mama Guide to Finding Your Rhythm in Pregnancy, Birth, and Beyond, you'll find:
- Important questions to ask and decisions to make before and during pregnancy
- Essential guidance from a woman's point of view for conception, pregnancy, and childbirth
- Nutritional and dietary advice to support the complete health of both mother and baby
- Practical education about the mother's body before, after, and during pregnancy
- Science-based methods to promote a mother's healthy body and mind
- Expert advice from medical professionals, chiropractors, and pediatricians
- Engaging, accessible advice for every step of the newborn's journey
- Suggestions and tips for creating a birthing plan
- Comforting language to address fertility challenges, pregnancy loss, and complicated labor
- Access to the Your Zen Mama resource guide
Whether it's dealing with fertility challenges or pregnancy loss, riding out a long and complicated labor, or juggling multiple kids (and work), these mamas have been through it - and have written this book to help you find your own glimpses of Zen along the way.
“From bruised bottoms to breastfeeding success, Teresa and Sarah always keep it practical, purposeful, and very, very real. Zen Mamas is a great guide to hold in your hand—and inspire you—as you begin along the path of new motherhood.” —Dr. Harvey Karp, author of The Happiest Baby on the Block, inventor of SNOO
“Before I had a baby of my own, I had certain ideas about the kind of mama I wanted to be. But when my baby came along, I found that almost all of it went out the window. I started following the Your Zen Mama blog because Sarah and Teresa’s style really resonated with me. This beautiful book aligns with my own mothering style of ‘meeting the needs when they arise,’ and I couldn’t put it down. I can see this book soon being a staple on all new mamas’ nightstands.” —Krysten Ritter, actor and author
“The cover is idyllic but don’t let it, or the title, fool you. This isn’t a book about fairytale babies and perfect earth mothers. While there are plenty of pretty photos of hippie chic coauthors Sarah and Theresa with their tow-headed tots walking along beaches and playing in gardens, it’s the personal insights on tough mothering issues these good friends share with readers that makes The Zen Mama Guide so special. The two address such sensitive topics as infertility, miscarriage, postpartum depression, difficulties with breastfeeding, sleep problems, discipline, and more in a reassuring, straightforward, and nonjudgmental way. This is the perfect gift your expectant sister, friend, coworker, or daughter—or even you!” —Glynis Costin, West Coast Bureau Chief, InStyle magazine
“The Zen Mama Guide offers expecting and new parents practical, evidence-based information in a casual, down-to-earth, and inspiring format. Teresa and Sarah share openly, and it makes the reader experience a beautiful connection with the writers.” —Ana Paula Markel, birth doula trainer and former DONA International president
“Sarah and Teresa did a magnificent job of capturing the pregnancy journey. They thoroughly and accurately detailed prepregnancy issues, pregnancy, and the postpartum period. They left no stone unturned. I especially liked the attention placed on mental well-being.” —Jay M. Goldberg, MD
“Sarah and Teresa are refreshingly real, open, and honest about the ups and downs of pregnancy from start to finish. In addition to their personal experiences, they have compiled a comprehensive reference guide with expert resources to help you navigate with confidence through life’s most unique journey.” —Dr. Elliot Berlin, DC
Preorder and release campaigns supported by the YourZenMama.com community of 150k followers
Strong author platforms including Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter representing 1.3 million followers
Exclusive product offers planned to support preorders through authors’ existing businesses: Lovewell supplements and Baeo organic baby apparel
Pub date scheduled to correlate with Mother’s Day 2021in time for in-store promotion
Mentions and endorsements from celebrities and medical professionals
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