Whatever your age, becoming a mum for the first time brings excitement, anxiety and numerous challenges. But how do you cope when, to top it all off, you discover you are almost old enough to be the mother of everyone else in your birth prep group? As one in five babies is born to a mum over 35, and the number of women over 40 giving birth has doubled, The Secret Diary of a New Mum (Aged 43 1/4) is Cari Rosen’s timely and hilarious account of becoming a first-time mother in her 40s.
Whether it’s deftly side-stepping questions about your age and baby number two, weeping as younger counterparts ping back into their size ten jeans within thirty seconds of giving birth, or your doctor suddenly referring to you as geriatric, Cari approaches the shared experiences of an ever-increasing number of mothers with insight, humour and honesty.
What I Thought:
Toot your horn and bang the drum, it’s a book that actually tells the truth about being a new mum!
And not only a new mum, Cari Rosen’s The Secret Diary of a New Mum is the result of her own experience in having a baby after 40. The number of women waiting until their late 30s and early 40s before having children is more than ever and for many and varied reasons. The shrieking headlines might blame women for selfishly focusing on their careers before finally reproducing, but we all know that that’s not the whole story.
Regardless of why women are having children later on than in previous decades, they are doing so and are dealing with a whole host of things that younger mothers don’t have to worry about at the same time, and Cari Rosen takes us through her own experiences with a smile – although I’m sure they weren’t quite so funny at the time.
Cari’s experience of being pregnant, giving birth and looking after a tiny baby will chime with all people who have done the same as she tells it like it is in a really accessible way – if you’re not a parent and maybe think this book isn’t for you, think again, as it speaks to some universal experiences of being an older woman and is very often hilarious!
Drawing on the embarrassing, the upsetting and the the wonderful experiences of being a mum, this book is a fantastic memoir that all parents will enjoy.
The Secret Diary of a New Mum is published by Duckworth Books.
This post is part of a blog tour to celebrate the publication of The Secret Diary of a New Mum – there are some other fab blogs taking part, so be sure to check them out below.
Please note: I was sent a copy of this book for review. All opinions are, as ever, my own.