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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 30 December 2014
"The Kind Mama" is like talking with a vegan friend (useful if you don't have one) about pregnancy, advices on food and it has positive points of view. As you do after talking with a friend, you can follow or not her advices, but it is a nice conversation. I can say I enjoyed it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 29 November 2014
I really like this book. It provides a slightly alternative viewpoint but one that is kind to animals, the environment, your body and your baby - all good in my eyes! She backs this up with both personal experience and references from various experts. I would recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 11 January 2015
It's great read for first time mums. Could have abit more information for dads.
I give it 4 rating because it's not as good as her first book the kind diet
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 31 October 2014
Very easy to read even and informative.
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23 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on 1 May 2014
I pre-ordered this book as a big fan of Alicia's last book 'The Kind Diet'. Although I am already mum to a one-year-old and therefore not exactly the target audience, I was interested to see what recommendations would be made for following a 'superhero' way of living while trying to conceive/pregnant/breastfeeding as I had actually veered away from vegetarianism during my own pregnancy (overwhelming craving for black pudding of all things!)
I am surprised that some of the reviews criticise the book for it's lack of scientific foundation for the claims made. I love to read about nutrition and often check out references made to various studies or publications and I found this book to be well researched and with a good scientific grounding. Alicia is quick to admit that much of what is is mentioned is not common knowledge because the meat and dairy industries are huge, wealthy industries with politicians in their pockets! Bad health = big bucks for many powerful people and that's a big force to speak against.
Although I am not an advocate of skipping childhood vaccinations, I do believe that parents should look into the repercussions of vaccinations to ensure that they wish to go ahead, not blindly allow others to decide what is best for their own child. This book, while well-researched, is only one of the tools each parent can access in order to make their own choices as to how to raise their child.
As for me, I think this is a fantastic summing up of key information from a variety of sources and I will certainly feel far more confident if I have another child, to continue to follow what is, for me, the very best way of eating.
On a final note - people will always be resistant to the idea of eliminating meat and dairy from their diet. Perhaps something to bear in mind when deciding whether you should purchase this book. Hopefully if you're reading this you're ready for that idea. If not, perhaps this isn't the book for you.
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on 23 July 2015
Such a great book written in such a warm way. So many things that I never would have thought about. Thanks for writing this book Alicia!
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24 of 36 people found the following review helpful
on 27 April 2014
I'm sure Ms Silverstone has very good intentions and far be it from me to smash her parenting style. However, I find it troubling that throughout this book women are fed the ideal and fantasy about motherhood. It's a white privilege bible of mothering with zero supporting science or research. The author refers to vaginas as chichi's and hoohas. She claims vaccines are toxic and that you can keep a child disease free by feeding super foods. I think it's safe to say that if you're looking for grown up, sensible, wise advice on fertility and mothering, look elsewhere.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 26 December 2014
When I saw the Daily Mail dissing this book for being 'pseudo-scientific nonsense', I thought perfect, and went and bought it.

I have a whole shelf of empowering, non-mainstream books on pregnancy, birth and childrearing. I love to read of alternate perspectives that uncover deep truths and long-buried human strengths. Alicia Silverstone radiates plenty of this, and I enjoyed her powerful voiced stance. I am baffled why people would make silly criticisms of simple things like her stated views on tampons - why on earth *would* you want bleached chemical material inside you? It is not Alicia who is mad, it is that we really live in a mad world.

I only give this book 3 stars because it's important to note, this book is otherwise very much of Alicia's personal, vegan perspective. This is totally fine, but different from - for example - a book like 'Natural Pregnancy' by Aviva Jill Romm where the author talks about all pregnancy choices, not just her own vegetarianism.
Alicia's book chooses specifically to advocate veganism, her life becomes her message, which is commendable but does close down large portions of her book from meat eaters. Also I look questionably upon some of her emotive statements, such as that having rotting meat sitting in your body near to your baby is somehow wrong.
I would reply that eating meat is not wrong (looking at how animals prey on each other to survive), it is the way humans industrialise and mass-commodify animals, pumping them with chemicals and so forth, then wasting so much of it, that is cause for concern.

Another line that irked me, is when Alicia comments on how sick she was in the first trimester. She notes that not all pregnant women get sick, but follows that with 'my midwife says - the sicker you are, the stronger the pregnancy!' in a complacent manner contradictory of the fact that - as she just said - not all women get sick. Just another observation of how Alicia's personal touch to the book can suffocate its objectivity.

I cringed at some of the vegan recipes, they seemed masochistically minimalist for the rampant appetite of a pregnant woman. Made me question whether veganism would ever be for me. 'Add a touch of pepper if you're craving it!' Oh thanks, I think I'll treat myself to a nice indulgent sprinkle of.... frigging black pepper.

I don't think this book is just for vegans, it does contain much useful information all round.
But then I'm the kind of person who would enjoy reading this and then go read Weston A Price's books about the benefits of dairy and meat in pregnancy, it is nice to have a balanced mind.
I like how Alicia takes much of her cuisine from Japanese culture, she shows how you can go beyond your own culture's boundaries to shop round for something to fits your inquisitiveness in all areas of life, and shape your own ultimately healthy and tailored lifestyle.
Also it's a beautiful book that flops open onto nice pictures.

In conclusion: maybe not for non-vegans, but a worthier read than most of the other institutionalised parroted crap on the mainstream preg/birth bookshelf.
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17 of 32 people found the following review helpful
This book is claiming to prevent, even *cure* multiple sclerosis! Well I'll be jiggered! Why wasn't this on Newsnight?!
It keeps referring to the womb as a "baby house".

And if you eat meat, it will bunk up next to your baby in the baby house and ROT! Your baby will be next to ROTTING meat!!! I did not know that my baby house and food house (stomach, natch) were all part of my digestive system.

That's as far as I got before I launched my laptop at the wall.

Terrible, terrible, terrible.
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20 of 38 people found the following review helpful
on 25 April 2014
This book is filled with anti-science claims. Much of what it contains flies directly in the face of the evidence, and the author also goes so far as to make anti-vaccine claims. Children die as a result of not having been vaccinated. Please, publishers; stop printing this dangerous tripe.
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