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My Bump and Me: From Morning Sickness to Motherhood - An Honest Diary of My Pregnancy Hardcover – 21 Feb 2008
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"A frank and funny account of Myleene's pregnancy" (Daily Express)
"Practical advice, medical information, and personal insight into morning sickness, raging hormones, cravings, baby names and more." (Health & Fitness)
"An honest account designed to give mums a boost." (Good Housekeeping) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Myleene Klass is a multi-talented woman of the media; she is loved for her TV and Radio Presenting, music and singing. She first came into the light when she starred on ITV show 'Popstars' in 2001, winning a place in the band Hear'Say. Though the band collapsed after their successful period, and Myleene continued to move on in the world. Since then she has appeared on 'I'm A Celeb...', and presents various shows such as The One Show and The Peoples Quiz. She's also had several solo albums; Myleene's Music for Mothers and Myleene's Music for Romance, and Moving On (her debut). She also has various radio shows. She models for M&S, and has her own baby fashion range called BabyK. She also works closely with a number of charities.
And in between all this hectic work, Myleene has found the time to write her book!
My Bump and Me takes us through Myleene's period of pregnancy. It's written in an interesting way, each chapter dedicated to one or two weeks of the pregnancy. She starts us off, taking us back to just before the pregnancy with her time in the jungle and the events leading up to when she found out she was expecting. There are also little snippets from her husband Gray's diary at the end of some weeks. Throughout each chapter, there is a little pink box with tips from Myleene, and at the end you will find a section telling you what is happening to your body at that stage. I found this quite amusing, as Myleene explains the size of the baby by referring to general household objects, one of which included a banana. Never have I known anybody to compare their child to a banana!
Something I found quite interesting was the name of the baby before it was born. There is such a sweet little story about the way Myleene and Gray saw their baby in a scan, which led them to then referring to their unborn child as Rice. I actually found this so adorable! There are many other heart touching stories throughout like this one, which alone is worth reading for!
What amazed me was how much Myleene continued to work whilst she was pregnant - that girl never stopped! Yet I admire it for her; if she did not feel the need to stop working, then why should she? She is very lucky to have had all that fantastic opportunities, and as it is a job she enjoys then I suppose there really is no need to stop just because you can!
There are pictures of Myleene through the book, both of her pregnancy and some scan pictures too. These little photos of Rice are adorable, and then when you get near the end and see the cute pictures of her baby girl, whom she called Ava after she was born three weeks early. This is actually one of my favourite names, something I'd like to store in the back of my head in case. The story of her labour is quite interesting to read too, and the food she ate afterwards too, which I found peculiar!
This book can be quite upsetting at times, when Myleene explains to us about the worry and anxiety she went through, though nonetheless, it is a great read! Is it for you though? The book is aimed at those pregnant, but there is no reason why you cannot enjoy it otherwise! It's a fantastic book, and an interesting way to read about Myleene's life! It certainly is different from any other autobiography I have read!
The book was released in February 2008, and has an RRP of £14.99. I will admit, that is an extortionate price, and I would personally not pay for that at this moment of time, so thank you to the library! However, it would possibly be worth buying if you were pregnant, as it basically sums up everything that every pregnancy book tells you, with a personal incite too! There is a glossary of baby terms at the back, and Myleene's recommendations for other sources for additional information too. You do not need to be a fan of Myleene's to enjoy it either; it's a great read and certainly worth not passing down!
© Amy 2008
Having heard Myleene on "Richard and Judy" saying that she wanted to write a warts and all account of pregnancy and birth I thought this might be just the book for me. Sadly, her lifestyle couldn't be further removed from mine if she tried. I actually do like the girl and I know she was trying in the book to maintain a "I'm just one of the girls" style but I just found some of her complaints plain ridiculous. At one point in the book she is bemoaning how hard it was being pregnant on a modelling assignment for M&S in the bahamas (or some other sun drenched paradise) and not having enough energy to meet up with the the other models (elizabeth jagger et al)for a cocktail in the evening. Well, sorry Myleene but how about you try being pregnant whilst working for the NHS on a repsiratory ward and hearing and seeing patients hacking up bodily fluids on a daily basis- perhaps the bahamas doesn't seem so bad now eh?
She also mentions in the book how hard it is to find decent maternity wear- and then has the gall to say in the next paragraph that as a gift for being their model, Marks and Spencers sent her their entire maternity range free of charge! She's certainly very lucky but most of us new mums don't experience any where near such luxury or benefits and to be honest I found it a little difficult to retain any sympathy (or even empathy) after hearing details like this. I also found it a bit mystifying why she went back to work a mere 6 weeks after giving birth- she's not exactly strapped for cash! I felt that this, along with her claim that she wanted to lose the baby weight "sensibly" and was then pictured in the press looking extremely thin may well put pressure on the non-celebrity majority to do the same.
I don't mean to totally slate her as the book is quite humourous and informative at times, and she does come across as quite likeable and genuine. However, I would take this book with a very large pinch of salt and don't allow yourself to feel inferior or inadequate in comparison. Most of the new mums I know (including myself) don't have the luxuries of a well salaried job in television, free gifts/holidays from major clothing stores, oh, and having Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp and Matt Damon give you advice about baby names! Like I said- a LARGE pinch of salt...
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