Pregnancy Sense Book Hamper Giveaway

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I have always been a fan of the BabySense books and the very reasonable sensible approach to all the stages of growing a human they speak about. I see that they have recently brought out the latest one entitled “Pregnancy Sense” and it’s a beautiful and practical read. Here’s an excerpt from the book:

“This is the one life stage that no one really prepares you for. It’s not that there is a paucity of information on pregnancy niggles, birth options and birth stories. But in truth, none of it prepares you adequately for motherhood.

The real journey to motherhood involves intangibles that create a conflict within you: Each day will present the tussle of wanting to hold, love and meet your baby’s every need, with the opposing tug of needing to be a woman and knowing that you are ultimately preparing your baby to be independent too. You yearn for this space at times and then at other times, just wish to be there 100% – part of the precious unit of you and your baby!

In Pregnancy Sense we look at not only the critical physical aspect of becoming a mom – pregnancy and birth – but also address this dichotomy:

“Your baby began her life as part of you, an egg that you have carried for years until the moment of conception. In that moment, a new person, an independent soul begins to form. And with that begins the paradox of motherhood.

A part of you that has been 100% dependent and within you has to become independent, separate and exist apart from you. And it is your role to facilitate this transition from dependence to independence. It is a “push-pull dance of connection and separation, independence and dependence” (Ann Pleshette Murphy: The Seven Stages of Motherhood).  This dance will preoccupy every day of motherhood – the overwhelming feeling to hold and contain and protect your baby will be challenged by the knowledge that each day you will and must facilitate her independence and separation from you.

That first separation, the first enormous transition from dependence to independence happens with birth. For nine months there is no separation and there is full dependence and in the moment of the umbilical cord cutting you enter a journey towards being separate. You will be overcome and bereft in the same moment as elated and filed with joy. This is birth.”

Excerpt from Pregnancy Sense

If you’d like to win a hamper with all 5 books in this range, please post your name and comment below and we’ll select a winner and get them sent to you ASAP. Pregnancy Sense was co-authored by my motherhood-guru, Heather Wood of Thula Baby Clinic and so it has a super special place in my heart. Go on, enter this one!

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Love and light,

xx Jo-Ann

 

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27 Comments

  1. Wed, 12 October 2016
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    Dear Jo-Ann

    I would love to win this amazing book hamper…
    Third time around I still feel unprepared, emotional and anxious 🙁

    Love & Blessings

    Rushana

  2. Wed, 12 October 2016
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    Re: Baby Sense Hamper Giveaway Entry

  3. Priya
    Wed, 12 October 2016
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    I had a miscarriage a few months ago and am pregnant again. I’m elated of course but SO anxious. I’m not past the first trimester yet so,,,fingers crossed.
    I’m feeling rather overwhelmed at all the information out there and I think that these five books would really help me to prepare!

  4. Angelique
    Wed, 12 October 2016
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    Wow …just reading these excerpt makes me feel teary …words that I have longed for…the understanding that I have longed for. Its really a strange complicated, but beautiful and amazing journey this motherhood experience. I am really keen to read these books.

    The real journey to motherhood involves intangibles that create a conflict within you: Each day will present the tussle of wanting to hold, love and meet your baby’s every need, with the opposing tug of needing to be a woman and knowing that you are ultimately preparing your baby to be independent too. You yearn for this space at times and then at other times, just wish to be there 100% – part of the precious unit of you and your baby!

    For the longest time have hold this conflict within me …too scared to share … thought it was only me being selfish …now I know its REAL.

  5. Wouie Basson
    Thu, 13 October 2016
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    I am a first time mommy and as anxious as I am excited! My boy is due in December and my greatest wish would be to provide him with a solid base at home from where he could spread his wings and fly.

  6. Tamsen
    Thu, 13 October 2016
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    Would so love to win this hamper! First baby due in March and these books would be incredibly useful for this new adventure!!

  7. Rowena
    Mon, 17 October 2016
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    We expecting our first and getting married soon! Think this would be an amazing gift for my husband to be (in 2 weeks time) in getting to know the nitty gritty of parenting and our little miracle from God?

  8. Mahjiedah Cornelis
    Tue, 18 October 2016
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    Hi there

    With baby no 3 on the way and hubby not wanting to go to antenatal classes, I need this hamper. Please choose me Jo-Anne.

  9. Briony Brookes
    Tue, 18 October 2016
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    Please pick me as your winner for this fabulous book hamper! We’re expecting our first baby in March and would love to prepare for this life changing, exciting journey!

  10. Nicke
    Tue, 18 October 2016
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    Wow!! After 7 years of marriage my husband and I are so excited to finally enter this new phase of life. After 12years of studying I desperately need new reading material and a whole new focus! 😉

  11. Princess
    Tue, 18 October 2016
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    1st pregnancy- 1st baby at 31 years. Baby due in May. I believe the books would help me quite a lot in this exciting yet nerve wrecking journey…

  12. Gillian Wentzel
    Tue, 18 October 2016
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    Dear Jo-Ann

    I would really love to win this, I have a 5 week old daughter and it would be so appreciated and very handy for this mommy.

    Much love
    Gillian

  13. Rochelle Gounden
    Tue, 18 October 2016
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    Dear Jo-Ann

    Thank you for your amazing and inspirational blog. my Husband and I have been married 9 years, going on 10 years. We have been struggling to fall pregnant for many years and decided to go the IVF route and we thrilled to be pregnant with twins due in May 2017. These books will definitely come in handy for our babies, my husband and myself.

    Kind Regards
    Rochelle

  14. Jodene
    Tue, 18 October 2016
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    Dear Jo-Ann

    You inspire me daily with your work ethic, your love for your little ones and your love for life in general. I would really enjoy reading these books, please pick me.

  15. Saralyn Lai
    Wed, 19 October 2016
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    Second baby but as overwhelmed as I was with my first ? Such exciting times! I would absolutely love this hamper!

  16. Taryn Thomas
    Wed, 19 October 2016
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    I love all things BABY SENSE. I am expecting my first baby due in January 2017. I have read great reviews about the BABY SENSE books and I would love to win this hamper! I have already purchased a few baby goodies from the website and absolutely love the quality!

  17. Wiedaad
    Wed, 19 October 2016
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    Hi Jo-Anne

    I am 30 weeks pregnant. I would love to be the owner of these baby sense books. I love reading . My youngest is 7 years old, so that is a big gap for me. I need to get back in the swing of having a baby again so the books would be ideal for me.

  18. Sofiah
    Wed, 19 October 2016
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    Wow, this is such an amazing giveaway, tried to enter so many competitions to win the Pregnancy Sense book but didn’t, and now I have a chance to win this entire book set, would love to win it as I’m hungry for knowledge and usually try and read up everything I can about babies since I am becoming a first time mum, holding thumbs:)

  19. Ayesha
    Wed, 19 October 2016
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    would love to gift my daughter with these books as she is about to deliver her first baby, what better guidance than 5 special pregnancy and baby, toddler books written by professionals and experts in their field, combined with theses books and advice from moms like myself and other momies like your blog, my daughter will do more than ok:)

  20. Irfaan
    Wed, 19 October 2016
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    I would be thrilled to win these 5 awesome books, gaining knowlege is always key and so often the dads get left out. As a dad I would like to win this for myself and my wife. It is just as important for both of us to learn as much as possible, be thinking along similiar lines so we can do the best for our baby.

  21. Jamila
    Sun, 23 October 2016
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    This is a fabulous set of books, pls pick me, I would love to have them and be able to read them at my leisure, would pass it down to all the other mums in my family to spread the knowledge. Holding thumbs 🙂

  22. Jamila
    Sun, 23 October 2016
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    This is a fabulous set of books to keep and pass down along all mums in the family, Please pick me so I have this chance to ear these fabulous books and also share the knowledge with the rest of my family. Holding thumbs 🙂

  23. Jamila
    Sun, 23 October 2016
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    Sorry corrected my email

  24. Yasmin
    Mon, 24 October 2016
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    First time mommy, I’m only 5 weeks, and worried already about everything lol, would love these books please

  25. Tarryn Williams
    Tue, 08 November 2016
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    I would love to win this hamper, you can never not know to much.

  26. Thu, 10 November 2016
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    Hi Jo-Ann

    I am a few weeks pregnant, feeling Blessed and over joyed to be granted with this opportunity by the Most High God, to know someone is busy growing day by day inside my belly a miracle in its self. In a few months i will be the mother to a new born baby WOW unbelievable, God has Blessed you with a giving gift, Thank you for making an in pack on peoples lives, an attribute one could aspire to have. All the best for your future and career.
    Proverbs 3 5-7 i would like to Bless everyone with.

    Regards
    Nicolene

  27. Nicky Nel
    Thu, 22 December 2016
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    Oh wow, I would love to win this hamper!! I am pregnant for the first time and feel like there’s an unbelievable amount to learn!! It would be lovely to have some hard copy books to read while relaxing (this pregnancy thing is exhausting!!!)

    Nicky

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