I did enjoy reading this book but as a new mum I feel some gruesome parts were glossed over For example she described her hypnobirth as this amazing thing but later on mentions she had an episiotomy which seemed a bit misleading I got better honest feedback from close friends if I m honest But it is a nice light hearted read. I absolutely love this book I started reading it when the whole country first went into lockdown due to covid 19 As new parents to a 4 month old, this book gave me a lot of comfort as a new mum who was no longer able to see any family or friends in order to seek reassurance that everything I was doing as a mum was right What I love about this book is that it is one woman s very honest account of her experience as a mother She talks about her highs and lows, making rods for her own back and how she overcame them So many parts I read and thought omg I know exactly what she means I have felt that too Its like talking to a friend about what they did as a mum, she doesn t say what is right or wrong or what you must do but just what she did and I have learnt so much from it and it was an extremely enjoyable read I am now listening to the happy mum, happy baby podcasts This book has kept me company and given me confidence at a time when I needed it than ever Thankyou. I read this before having a baby, which I was so glad about It gave me an insight to motherhood What to expect and not to put too much pressure on myself, my baby is 12 weeks old now and I always think happy mum, happy baby It works Listen to the Happy mum, Happy baby podcast also, when I go for walks with baby, I smile away and relate so so much to what Giovanna and her guests are saying They have helped me through some dark times after having baby and I m so grateful to her for sharing stories so you don t feel alone Big big thank you I don t understand the hype around this book Giovanna tries very hard to come across as just like you but it s hard to square that with her private health care, celeb friends she constantly name drops, holidays etc.Perhaps most frustratingly for me, her account of her first birth varies at different points of the book, from her having this amazing analgesia free hypnobirthing water birth to later on having had an episiotomy because she was advised by her doctor that it was the best thing for baby Difficult to understand how these can both have happened, and for me this sort of loose interpretation of facts makes it very difficult to take anything she says seriously.Feels very much as if she is jumping on the bandwagon of motherhood not being easy, but for me just comes across insincere Parts of the book are tedious in the extreme, and basically an account of things that happened to her with little attempt to inject humour or real reflection If you are after a slightly self absorbed celeb diary of motherhood then you ll be happy, if you were expecting something with any real soul, point of view, or practical advice then I fear you will be disappointed. I have been watching Giovanna on the Baby club on cbbc and following her on Instagram for a while so I thought I d read her book I was disappointed It s a long ramble of a book that sounds like she s dictated it to a friend who has written down every since word It s shifts back and forth and loses its thread as she writes and it generally just left me thinking what was the point of this book For mothers, or potential mothers to be, highlighting her own personal journey By no means does it cover every eventuality highs or lows of pregnancy and motherhood but it includes a few common aspects, and her honesty is natural and friendly A warm and quick read. Giovanna Fletcher is one the best role models Her completely truthful approach to parenting in this book was exactly what everyone needs to hear It was so relatable in many parts and I found myself continuously comparing her experiences to ones that i have had with my children and it falling into place that it is normal to have the good days and the bad days And even people that seem to have it all together and have got parenting in the bag suffer from mum guilt while you re trying to provide for your family and create a good life I would highly recommend this book to everyone to read Being a mum is an incredible journey, a remarkable experience that changes how we look, how we feel, who we are As mothers we are strong, protective and proud We feel a love like no other But being a parent can be hard, too It challenges us physically, mentally, emotionally There are the days where just managing to fit a shower in amidst the endless feeding, entertaining young children and surviving on a lack of sleep feels like an achievement With so many people ready to offer advice on the best way to parent, it can feel like you are getting it all wrong Since Giovanna and her husband, Tom Fletcher, have had their sons, Buzz and Buddy, they have been sharing glimpses of their family life With an infectiously positive outlook and a happy take on all things mum related, Giovanna has developed a following of fellow parents and mums to be This is not an audiobook about how to have the perfect family experience Gi would be the first to admit she is winging it just as much as the rest of us Instead it is an honest, upbeat and incredibly personal account of her own experience of having a family In Happy Mum, Happy Baby, Giovanna shares her own journey through parenthood, and in doing so she looks at what it is to be a mother today, encourages you to be confident in yourself as a parent and celebrates how putting a focus on being a happy and confident mum can really make for a happy baby A must read for every mum As a first time mum, I couldn t put this book down.As Fletcher mentioned in the book herself, this isn t a guide book, she isn t giving any advice, but sharing her own experiences.There were so many things, which I thought, yes, that happened to me, too You really feel with her, it was just the right mix of telling the facts with a good sense of humour.The only downside is that she kept switching between the times of when she only had Buzz and when she has Buzz and Buddy I guess that is because she was trying to cover the chapters by events, rather than just telling her story in chronological order I didn t dampen my like for this book though. Good book, a little dry in some places Not what I was expecting but some chapters did make you feel a little better about becoming a new parent.