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Get Some Headspace is the ultimate guide to improving your life with just 10 minutes of meditation each day. Now founder of Headspace, Andy Puddicombe, teaches you how to remain mindful during pregnancy, childbirth and the early days of parenthood.

The Mindful Pregnancy is the concise and practical guide to achieving and maintaining mindfulness throughout every stage of having a baby. With helpful exercises for both mother to be and her partner, Andy shows how to live mindfully and get the most from pregnancy and the early days of parenthood.

From creating the right conditions for conception and reducing anxiety around pregnancy and birth to managing pain in labour and promoting well-being for mother and baby in the first hours, days and weeks after birth, Andy's simple and empowering exercises have been created to give both mother and baby a gentle, happy and positive experience.

©2015 Headspace Meditation Ltd. (P)2015 Hodder & Stoughton

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Preparing & managing the mind for pregnancy!

VERY HELPFUL!! This is the first book I have read (listened to) about pregnancy, and I am pleased it is as it is providing me a platform on how to approach everything that comes next from the perspective of a balanced mind and knowing how to maintain a sense of equilibrium and an internal locus of control as I face all the information and experiences that will come next. I would highly recommend it. I would, however, start with the Headspace App before reading this book so you can get started with mindfulness for "you" first (there is a 10-day free mindfulness program on the app that teaches you in a really accessible & demystifying way), then pick up this audiobook to go deeper in relation to pregnancy.

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Pregnancy by a man : /

Basically don’t get stressed or you’ll harm your baby is the theme. Obviously the idea is that a woman is a vessel for a foetus and she should be able to suspend all life stresses while pregnant.

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  • TheEarls
  • 09-04-2017

A bit useless

I bought this book based on the reviews, but I'm not sure who this book is for. I've been meditating for 5 years now, and wanted some practical meditations, or even some buddhist insight, on pregnancy.

However, the whole book is "mindfulness is great, my app is great, my business is great". It's off-putting.

Neither a mindfulness nor pregnancy book--just the calm ramblings of a guy talking about how he wanted to write a book, and about how now he's written it. I listened to so many baseless chapters thinking "surely this is the one where the book starts".

For a more mindful pregnancy book with yoga practices, try Active Birth. For meditation practices focused on pregnancy, try YouTube. And for calmness and bonding exercises, try HypnoBirthing classes.

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  • Watercolor Golightly
  • 29-05-2018

triggering material without warning

I was really excited that this was available to me, I very much enjoy headspace and typically very much enjoy the author. what was absolutely unacceptable is that the author goes into a meditation about losing a child without warning. I was pregnant when I heard that and it made me very upset. things like that should be in a separate part of the book or a separate file or something.

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  • Rikke
  • 01-10-2018

A must have for expecting mammas.

Worries and stress is a part of pregnancy for most women. This book helps you be at ease, which is so important, not only for you but for the baby as well. I love the stories from the monasteries, it puts everything into perspective.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-01-2021

More about the need for mindfulness without much o

Maybe it gets practical at the end and I didn't get there, but most of this book just talks about the benefits of mindfulness during pregnancy which is obvious. If the reader wasn't already looking for mindfulness in pregnancy they wouldn't get this book. Not enough detail on the how. Wondering if this is just an ad for headspace?

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  • jennifer
  • 05-11-2020

NO. It’s written and authored by a MAN

Wish I’d known this before purchase. Sorry, but give me a break. Leave this one damn subject to women to properly identify.

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  • Vanessa B
  • 16-04-2020

very calming

loved it! it helped me gather my thoughts and destress. make me keep positive thoughts on my mind

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  • Steve
  • 05-12-2015

A good listen but not different enough for me...

What did you like best about The Headspace Guide to...A Mindful Pregnancy? What did you like least?

This is a decent listen, however it can be summed up succinctly as "meditation is a great thing to do, and headspace is a great app to guide you". If you meditate, it will help you in all areas ofyour life, but different techniques do target different things so the meditations are useful. Some reassuring bits in there about thoughts not being the definer of your existence. That's a very useful thing to know and remember at all times of your life, but especially during the more stressful ones!

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

No ending really as this wasn't a story...

Did Andy Puddicombe and Jane Collingwood do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

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Was The Headspace Guide to...A Mindful Pregnancy worth the listening time?

Yes it was

Any additional comments?

Worth a listen if you fancy it, some useful anecdotes in there from various ppl too

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  • Matthew
  • 03-05-2021

Excellent Introduction to Mindfulness for all Stages of Pregnancy

This book was more than I thought it was going to be. I have previously tried to engage with mindfulness practice and to do this through the lens of conception pregnancy and labour was a really helpful anchor for me.

This book was reassuring and genuine without being preachy or too restrictive.

I feel like I have learnt some skills that will genuinely help in life, not just pregnancy and understand this view of mindfulness much clearer than before.

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  • FILS
  • 01-07-2020

Really therapeutic for pregnancy

I found this book was really good as a first timer, just hearing someone speak about the anxieties that come up. It was for me more a gateway into other things such as hypnobirthing.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-01-2020

Wouldn't recommend

Felt like one long ad for the Headspace app which, incidentally, I've tried and as someone who likes meditation- didnt get on with it. Was expecting a book based around pregnancy mindfulness/hypnobirthing approach and didnt get that at all. Not sure who the target audience is but if you're looking for mindfulness and happen to be pregnant, go for your bog standard mindfulness approach - this didn't allow me to gain anything.

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  • Cat30
  • 19-12-2019

I didn’t like it

I found the male narrators voice harsh and patronising.
I wanted to listen to this to calm me as I’m quite anxious in early pregnancy. However I didn’t find it relaxing to listen to, his voice grated on me and I had to turn it off.

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  • lyndsay
  • 20-09-2019

Not fussed on this.

A little bit patronising at times, I was not overly impressed, unfortunately. Didn’t listen beyond chapter 14

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  • Toni Charlesworth
  • 02-04-2019

great book for nervous mum's

the book was full of useful techniques, I will listen to it again. feeling much calmer

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  • Michelle Meadowcroft
  • 30-01-2019

Fantastic!

I dont usually write reviews if im honest but this book resonated with me so much! It allows you to not be overjoyed your pregnant, to not feel guilty with not enjoying pregnancy ! Basically it was practical ways to increase mindfulness in pregnancy without expecting you to feel a certain way!

Loved it!

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