This 90s star has some very definite opinions about parenting. And she’s written a book to share them.
Alicia Silverstone, the 37-year-old actress, has written a parenting book.
Better known these days for her vegan and clean-living parenting philosophies than for Clueless, Alicia Silverstone’s book is called “The Kind Mama: A Simple Guide to Supercharged Fertility, a Radiant Pregnancy, a Sweeter Birth, and a Healthier, More Beautiful Beginning“.On her website, Silverstone explains that "being pregnant isn't a total drag" like everyone keeps saying it is (thanks for still speaking like Cher). Silverstone explains that "women just accept that carrying a baby will be the gassy, swollen, irritable, sleepless nightmare that has become the new normal—and then assume that new motherhood will be just as challenging, from breastfeeding woes to screaming fits. It doesn’t have to be that way."According to Silverstone, getting knocked up, giving birth and looking after a baby can be the happiest experience.
When it comes to experience, she isn't just making things up. True to her half-glass full attitude, she explains that her 27-hour labour for her only son Bear in 2011 was sexy... "The first 14 hours were almost sexy. The [natural hormone] oxytocin was doing all this magic and it felt amazing."
In her book The Kind Mama, she outlines a comprehensive and practical guide for wannabe mums and mums on how to take charge of their fertility, pregnancy, and first 6 months with baby. Not only does she live by her words, she has also spoken to numerous health professionals.
Not everyone is a fan, though. Silverstone is vegan and preaches a very vegan, organic, natural way of life. So much so that she copped a lot of flak for posting a video of her pre-chewing her 11 month's old food before feeding him.However, Silverstone is fine with it. "It's cool if others disagree. Everything that's in the book is there to show you why you might want to consider it but never to say you have to choose it, always just to give you information and show you that if you don't choose that, that's totally fine."
So here is what she has to say:
The post-birth lie-in.
Silverstone recommends a lying-in period after birth. Basically this means lying in bed for 10 days post birth. She also is a big fan of eating your placenta. After the birth of Bear, she had daily pills made from her placenta - referring to them as "happy pills". According to Silverstone, she was very sad when the pills ended.