I received a copy of this so I could offer my feedback, and as someone with chronic invisible illness, including fibromyalgia, I found it to be a breath of fresh air.
I’m not pregnant and I don’t have immediate plans to try for a baby. This is quite an emotionally difficult topic for me, with such uncertainty about whether children would be a blessing I could be lucky enough to look forward. I do know other fibro mammas online, but more than just giving me insights into their journey, it’s given me a sense of encouragement and positivity for the future.
It’s a book that offers practical advice and suggestions, as well as an underlying sense of understanding and compassion.
The book is well laid out in chapters that are broken down into manageable chunks, with the contents page to clearly suggest what you can expect from each section. It’s one of those books that are easy to pick up and read on an as and when basis, whether you want to read it from start to finish or navigate to the most relevant parts for you at that time.
Melissa writes in a down-to-earth manner, coming across with patience and understanding, whereas some self-help style books out there can seem either too matter of fact or too condescending.
I love the practical advice and suggestions that are given when it comes to coping with various challenges along the way when it comes to pregnancy, babies and toddlers, making it an invaluable resource.
This isn’t just for fibro mammas. It was also interesting to see a dedication to the future baby daddies out there. The topics covered make this a read not just for the moms-to-be and current parents, but also those thinking of having a child in future, and friends and loved ones of those with chronic illness and fibromyalgia. It gives you an insight into the challenges that may be faced and ideas for support.
One of the most important things, I think, when reading this was the sense of compassion and hope she nurtures, so you can come away from the book with a greater degree of positivity and belief in yourself: you can indeed manage whatever challenges in life you find yourself facing, pregnancy included.
Melissa has done a fantastic job with this, for raising awareness and providing encouragement, understanding and practical advice.
You can pick up a copy on Amazon US and UK, as a paperback or Kindle download.