The primary reason The Pregnancy Companion knocks it out of the park for me is simple: the authors, Jessica Wolstenholm and Dr. Heather Rupe, have lived the hard road to motherhood themselves. Having experienced infertility, pregnancy loss, high-risk pregnancies, and adoption themselves, these women have seen the highs and lows of pregnancy. They are incredibly sensitive to the physical, emotional, and spiritual difficulties women face prior to, during, and after pregnancy. Moreover, they realize that pregnancy is only the beginning, and that another hard road, motherhood, is before us.
The second reason I love The Pregnancy Companion is that each chapter is divided into two sections: the first has physical information from Dr. Rupe and the second discusses our spiritual and emotional health. Both Dr. Rupe and Jessica (that's how I refer to them in my mind) are Christians who believe that God is the ultimate Pregnancy Companion, and He is the only one who truly knows what each of us is going through individually. Each chapter encourages us to be filled with faith rather than fear. Because of this, I found myself feeling calmer and hopeful after picking up this book, rather than feeling anxious and frustrated. What a nice change that was!
For example, even when Dr. Rupe gives the physical signs of miscarriage or complications, she always reminds the reader of the overwhelming odds of having a safe pregnancy. This might sound like a small thing, but when I turned to book out of worry, this reminder was so helpful to me. On a comical note, Jessica shares how she once rushed to the ER after sneezing because she felt fluid leak and her "pregnancy bible" at the time said, "If you feel fluid leaking, you may have broken or punctured your amniotic sac. Call your doctor immediately." Very worried, she arrived at the ER to find out that she had only peed herself. Ha!
The Pregnancy Companion is now my go-to book for myself and is my first recommendation to pregnant friends, especially friends who have experienced loss or are experiencing worry during pregnancy. Moreover, Jessica and Dr. Rupe have continued the conversations about infertility, pregnancy, and motherhood at their blog, and they are available on Twitter and Facebook. It's so nice that I've read the book and I can now continue interacting with them about my own pregnancy and their experiences as mothers. Recently I read Dr. Rupe's adoption story and her very honest fears about home births, both of which I found refreshing and honest. If you are hoping to get pregnant soon, currently pregnant, or a new mom, I predict you will love their blog!
Today, I have the great privilege of giving away a FREE COPY of The Pregnancy Companion. I've never done a giveaway on my blog before; it's honestly not my preference to use this blog for promotionals. But because I found this book to be such a great asset, and I know that many of my readers will love it as much as I do, I'm doing it anyway!
There are three easy ways to enter the giveaway:
1) Leave a comment on this post.
2) Follow me on Twitter.
3) Like me on Facebook.
I understand that you might want this book but don't want the world to know that you are trying to conceive or pregnant. If that is the case, you can comment anonymously, but your email address (which only I can see) does need to be accurate.
If you would like to win the book for a friend or family member, that is perfectly fine as well! We can arrange for me to ship the book to them if you win.
Also, if you are already follow me on Twitter or are a fan on Facebook but want to enter thrice, you can leave three comments and each will count as an entry. Simply indicate why you are leaving multiple comments when you do so.
I will randomly select a winner on Wednesday, April 11th, at 12pm PDT. You can enter and recruit your friends to enter for you until that time.
Lastly, I'd just like to thank Jessica and Dr. Rupe for writing such a great resource and for continuing the conversation online. I have benefitted so much from your words and wisdom!