Book Review - Hold It Mama (Mary O'Dwyer)

~ Posted on Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 7:48 AM ~

(** Article first published as Book Review: Hold It Mama: The Pelvic Floor and Core Handbook for Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond by Mary O'Dwyer) on Blogcritics)

I received an email from Mary at the end of February this year asking whether I would be interested in reviewing her book and after checking out her book on her website and also Amazon, I decided to review it. So here goes my review for the "Hold It Mama" book:

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Title: Hold It Mama
Author: Mary O'Dwyer

Publisher: Redsok (July 20, 2011)
ASIN: B005N049KY 
Paperback:  229 pages

Description from the product page:
"Hold It Mama is the essential guide for women who want the best of both worlds: children and a strong, vibrant pelvic floor and core. This guide gives women the power to reclaim their fitness, shape and pelvic health during pregnancy, birth and beyond.

Hold It Mama will help you —
- recover core strength and shape
- improve pelvic floor and abdominal control
- stay safely active during pregnancy
- practice skills for an empowered labor
- protect the pelvic floor during birth
- self-check for prolapse or muscle damage
- recover after C-section birth including scar minimization
- follow the ‘Shrink the Jellybelly’ program
- enjoy vital pelvic floor and core fitness throughout life"

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To be honest, the only thing I know about pelvic muscle is exercising them during pregnancy as I read it helps to make the contractions faster. Oh boy, I hope I got it right. For both of my pregnancies, I squat as much as possible right up to my last trimester and I think it helps a lot! It is good to read on page 52 of this book about the benefits of squatting and reaffirm my understanding.

The exercise on page 16 item number 3 is the Kegel exercise I learned in antenatal class when I was pregnant with my first child. I also like the tips given during labor, ways to take to help baby move down the pelvis.

In section 6, this chapter touches the early postpartum phase and how it is important to use this period to heal and strengthened back the pelvic floor and abdominal muscles. I also find the tips on breastfeeding positions on page 100 very helpful as well.

Btw, one awesome point in this book is it sets out detailed recovery after caesarean as well as vaginal births. Do you know that it takes C section mums longer to recover after birth as deep healing needs to happen before they return to activity? I read with great interests on how the muscles are affected for C section mums after labor. Interesting!

My favorite chapter in this book has got to be section 13 (page 170 - 177) where in highlights birth and postpartum care in other countries and cultures, a good eye opener to always know more on how people from other countries do it.

Reading this book helps me to learn how important our pelvic floor and abdominal muscles are and how we can exercise and get it back to its shape even after birth and beyond.

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You can get this book from Amazon and

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I received no monetary compensation for this review, I was provided with a PDF copy of the book by the author in order to facilitate my review. All opinions expressed in this post are my own. Please do your own research when purchasing products, as your opinions may differ from mine. And if you'd like to read my previous book reviews, you can do so by reading this post of mine called "My Book Reviews"

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Comments (1) -


Ah yes, pelvic floor exercise, very important indeed. Should carry on this exercise till old age as this would prevent the leaking of urine later when old. My mom-in-law said sometime when she sneeze or cough too hard, urine would leak and I had a hard time explaining what is pelvic exercise as she didn't have any formal education. Good book indeed.

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