Meet the latest movie-star motherhood guru.

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.


Early toilet training. Very early.

Silverstone attests to toilet training her son Bear by the time he was 6 months old. The method is called "elimination communication" and the idea is your child is born ready to go to the toilet and you just need to listen to the clues.

“They give you cues, but we’re ignoring those cues. If you pay attention, they actually have a pause button and will give you enough time to get to a place that makes it comfortable for them to go. It’s amazing.”

Blueberries are lollies.

Alicia Silverstone as Cher in Clueless

As a strict vegan, Silverstone advocated for a vegan diet (no animal products - we are talking no meat, no diary, no eggs, no honey).  "When you take plants as your medicine and you use these nourishing miracles to truly get well, everything's easier. You get to have happy, healthy mommas and babies and when mommy feels good, everybody feels good. And when babies feel good they act really well. They're not uncomfortable and just struggling to process everything that's being done to them. They feel amazing and they thrive."

Silverstone says that what you eat during pregnancy, sets up the taste buds for your baby. Take Bear for example. He loves tofu, beans and green vegetables. And he (and Silverstone) considers blueberries to be lollies.

No needles.

Finally, on vaccination, Silverstone is firmly in the anti-vaccination camp. In her book she writes, "There is increasing anecdotal evidence from doctors who have gotten distressed phones calls from parents claiming their child was 'never the same' after receiving a vaccine. And I personally have friends whose babies were drastically affected in this way."

She points out that "vaccines are a very complicated issue" advising other parents to get educated and make the decision that fits best with them.

Sorry, Alicia, we'll side with the medical experts on that one.

Sleep with your kids.

Going against numerous medical studies, Silverstone reveals she is a "Family Bed" kind of person. Where babies sleep in the same bed with the parents saying that it offers numerous benefits.

Alicia previously published The Kind Diet in 2009 as a guide to vegan nutrition.

Would you, or do you,  follow any of Alicia Silverstone's recommendations?