Listen up mamas-to-be: are you sick of googling strange questions at 3am about whether or not you can eat blue cheese or sleep on your back? Are you suffering from pregnancy information overload and not sure how to separate the good from the downright awful?
Mamamia chatted to co-author of ‘9 Months: The Essential Australian Guide to Pregnancy’ Ruby Matley about her reasons for writing it, and why it is the only book pregnancy you will ever need.
In 2016 when Ruby was just six months into motherhood with first baby Quinn, she decided to approach her obstetrician Dr David Addenbrooke about helping her to write the book she wished she had while pregnant.
“I was a new mum at the time and I still had so many questions. During pregnancy I was always researching whether or not something was okay or normal, and on one occasion I even sent David an email to ask if I could eat liquorice!
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“There is so much information about pregnancy on the internet and it can be confusing and daunting to try and sift through thousands of articles from all over the world, every time you have a question. With my background in health science, I was mostly interested in evidence-based answers and so David became my go-to for advice. The opinions and thoughts of pregnant friends were still important however and so that combination of the professional and the personal became the idea behind this book.”
With Ruby’s own experiences of pregnancy and motherhood with Quinn and Alby (in 2018), as well as David’s professional experience as an obstetrician, 9 Months gives mums and dads-to-be the perfect combination of compassionate first-hand thoughts and ideas mixed with the latest practical and medical advice.