‘From Here to Maternity’ are the ‘Mumoirs’ of Mel Giedroyc’s first pregnancy - the story of her nine months spent hurtling towards motherhood while she was pregnant with her first child.
Mel Giedroyc is half of comedy duo and Great British Bake Off stars ‘Mel and Sue’ and stars as Sue, exhausted mother of two in Ben Elton’s comedy series ‘Blessed’. As a mother-of-two herself she has plenty of experience to draw on in the role, and this book tells how she got there.
The names may have been changed to protect the innocent, but every page rings true, from the rarely mentioned subject of how depressing it is trying on clothes while pregnant, to the strange mental transformation which occurs after seeing your baby at the first scan.
Apart from contending with the usual helpful advice of family, friends and midwives, she has a Polish lodger whose poor English and thick skin mean he ignores all hints that his room is needed as the nursery (mind you it’s handy having a Polish-speaking father to sort it out in the end) a rich-bitch friend who has a perfect pregnancy, a husband who is more interested in reading the baby books than she is and a mother who has saved every piece of her own baby paraphernalia and has just cleared out the attic.......
Anyone who has reproduced will appreciate this book, from recognising the insane projects one is temped into while in the grip of hormones to the bizarre cast of characters one meets simply because you are pregnant. It moves between hilarious to moving as quickly as a hormonal mood swing.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and laughed out loud as I read. It would make a great gift for a pregnant friend – there’s nothing too scary, and I have to admit I blubbed at the end.
I won’t spoil the plot, but you’ve got a 50/50 chance of guessing right whether it was a boy or a girl yourself.
About the Author: Jacqui O'Brien is the Editor of eParenting.