Book a must-have for expectant moms


Published: Thursday, January 26, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 25, 2006 at 1:45 p.m.
You say you've been feeling kind of nauseous lately. You have no energy and your brain doesn't seem to be working right.
Well, the flu's going around. But this malady you've got will probably take a few months to resolve.
Like nine of them, if you know what I mean.
If you're still with me here, it appears that congratulations are in order. You're going to have a baby! Before you start shopping for baby things, you're going to want to find a copy of ''The Mocha Manual to a Fabulous Pregnancy'' by Kimberly Seals Allers because this book is going to tell it to you straight.
When you first find out you're pregnant, you might be scared or excited or both. You wonder what it'll be like to give birth or care for your own baby. Your friends can try to tell you what will happen, but Seals Allers says that every pregnancy is different. Your experiences will be like nothing anybody has ever had before.
Soon, though, everybody is going to be asking whether it's a boy or a girl, and if you don't know, there are going to be lots of predictions.
You're also going to be inundated with well-meaning advice and old wives tales. Seals Allers says that some of those old warnings are valid and some are hooey. As it turns out (and according to some doctors that Seals Allers asked) you can sometimes believe Grandma's pregnancy warnings, and sometimes, your Grandma was definitely wrong.f-z So you're starting to show and you're eager to start wearing maternity clothing. Seals Allers has sound advice for you on that, including why you should give up wearing thongs and buy some comfortable granny pants.
But wait a minute. This baby wasn't planned or you've got a high-risk pregnancy or you're having twins. Maybe you've got fibroids (up to 75 percent of African-American women do) and you wonder if that's going to affect your baby.
Or maybe you're facing single motherhood and you don't know if you can handle it. Again, you'll find advice you can use in this book. You're probably wondering what makes this pregnancy book different from all the others you'll find at your local bookstore. The title, ''The Mocha Manual to a Fabulous Pregnancy'' should be a tip-off.f-z This book is specifically for African-American mothers-to-be, and it touches on subjects especially for you: body changes that you might expect; tests you'll want to ask for; health issues that could be a concern to you and your baby; how to relax, ask for help, ease up on being a strong black woman, and let yourself be nurtured.
If you're going to have a baby this year, pick up your own copy of this book to read, underline and highlight. ''The Mocha Manual to a Fabulous Pregnancy'' is a joy to read while you're preparing for your little bundle of joy.

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