Oh Sis, You're Pregnant!: The Ultimate Guide to Black Pregnancy & Motherhood

Oh Sis, You're Pregnant!: The Ultimate Guide to Black Pregnancy & Motherhood

by Shanicia Boswell


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What to Expect When You’re Black, Pregnant, and Expecting

“This book stands as the modern-day guide to birthing while Black.” —Angelina Ruffin-Alexander, certified nurse midwife and owner of Touch of Osun Midwifery Services

#1 New Release in Pregnancy & Childbirth

Written with lighthearted humor and cultural context, Oh Sis, You’re Pregnant! discusses the stages of pregnancy, labor, delivery, and motherhood as they pertain to pregnant Black women today.

Tailored to today’s pregnant Black woman. In the age of social media, how do pregnant women communicate their big announcement? What are the best protective hairstyles for labor? Most importantly, how many pregnancy guides focus on issues like Black maternal birth rates and what it really looks like to be Black, pregnant, and single today? Written for the modern pregnant Black woman, Oh Sis, You’re Pregnant! is the essential companion to understanding pregnancy from a millennial Black mom’s point of view.

Interviews, stories, and advice for pregnant women. Written by Black Moms Blog founder, Shanicia Boswell, Oh Sis, You’re Pregnant! manages to tackle some hard topics in a way that truly resonate with modern Black moms. With stories from her experiences through pregnancy, labor, delivery, and motherhood, and lessons learned as a mother at twenty-two, Oh Sis, You’re Pregnant! focuses on the common knowledge Black pregnant mothers should consider when having their first baby. It also shares topics beneficial to pregnant women on their second, third, or fourth born. Inside, you’ll find answers to questions like:

  • How do I financially plan for my impending birth?
  • How can I maintain my relationship and friendships during motherhood?
  • How will I self-advocate for my rights in a world that already views me as less than?

If you enjoyed books like The Brown Mama Mindset, Mama Glow, The Girlfriends' Guide to Pregnancy, or Cat and Nat’s Mom Truth’s, then you’ll love Oh Sis, You’re Pregnant!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781642504989
Publisher: Mango Media
Publication date: 03/16/2021
Pages: 338
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Shanicia Boswell is the founder of Black Moms Blog, an online community discussing parenting, culture, and lifestyle from a Black mom’s point of view. In 2019, she launched The Self Care Retreats, an international retreat destination to help women learn to release, relax and unwind. Shanicia has been featured on the OWN Network , recruited as a guest moderator on CNN’s HLN Weekend Express, and spoken at numerous conferences on millennial Black motherhood. As of 2020, Shanicia contributes to the parenting section of The New York Times.

Table of Contents

Introduction Motherhood Is the New Wave 15

Chapter 1 My Growing Belly Bump 21

Chapter 2 A Conversation with Dr. Heather Irobunda, MD, on Gestational Diabetes 35

Chapter 3 All Jokes Aside, Speak Up, Sis: What You Need to Know about Black Maternal Health 49

Chapter 4 A Conversation with Trade Collins, Founder of the National Black Doulas Association 67

Chapter 5 Announcing Your Pregnancy in the Age of Social Media 83

Chapter 6 A Conversation on Nutrition with Agatha Achindu 99

Chapter 7 A Pregnant Hormonal Woman Has Taken Over My Life. I Am Sis. Sis Is Me. 115

Chapter 8 What Are My Options for Labor & Delivery? 127

Chapter 9 Why Is the World All Up in My Vagina??? 143

Chapter 10 Focusing on the Bag, Part I: Securing Your Coins before Giving Birth 151

Chapter 11 The Mighty Powers of the Nesting Mother 159

Chapter 12 Party Party Party…Like a Pregnant Rockstar 175

Chapter 13 Focusing on the Bag, Part II: Packing the Essentials for D-Day 185

Chapter 14 A Dedicated View into Pregnancy and Parenting for Our Black Fathers; featuring Anthony Hamilton 193

Chapter 15 Who Is Braxton Hicks and Why Is My Crotch on Fire? 211

Chapter 16 Forty Things Women Wish They Would Have Known before Childbirth 223

Chapter 17 D-Day 229

Chapter 18 A Conversation with Krystal Milky Mama Founder, Krystal Duhaney 251

Chapter 19 Breastfeeding and the Black Mother 259

Chapter 20 Hey Single Mama, You Are Not Alone 277

Chapter 21 A Postpartum Conversation with Midwife Aiyana Davison 291

Chapter 22 #THISISPOSTPARTUM: A Chapter on Abortion, Surrogacy, and What Comes Next 299

Chapter 23 How Sis Got Her Groove Back 309

Acknowledgements 327

About the Author 333

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

“Finally! This gem of a book answers our questions about pregnancy and childbirth AND is culturally sensitive and socially aware. Everyone needs a ‘Sis’ like Shanicia Boswell. She is a fun, energetic, knowledgeable, and loving guide who takes the specific needs and concerns of black parents seriously. I wish Oh Sis, You're Pregnant! was available during my pregnancies.”
—Tatyana Ali, wife, mother, actress, singer, and filmmaker

“Black Pregnancy is a soul-filled journey to unveil some of creation’s best work. This is a book that we all should have and a journey that birthed us all. I Love It.”
—Anthony Hamilton, Grammy Award-winning singer, song writer, producer, actor, author, and father

“This book stands as the modern-day guide to birthing while Black. Women of color are in need of a book to help navigate the medical system as well as understanding how to take control of their pregnancy, overall health, and family’s health. This book can be used as a nice compliment for any provider caring for birthing families of color.”
—Angelina Ruffin-Alexander, certified nurse midwife and owner of Touch of Osun Midwifery Services

“Shanicia has written a book that focuses on what pregnancy is like for a Black woman. Pregnancy is more than what happens to our bodies during the nine months. Pregnancy is learning proper nutrition that benefits mom and baby. It’s knowing healthy foods to eat while breastfeeding. Pregnancy for Black women is knowing what diseases we are more prone to develop based on the food we take into our bodies. This information will benefit mothers for generations to come.”
—Chef Ahki Taylor, celebrity chef, wellness guru, and author

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