The Modern Guide to Pregnancy

Coming December 2019 – Simon and Schuster


Bumpin’ grew out of my own feelings of helplessness navigating several complicated pregnancies and losses. For someone who spent years in the healthcare industry, I wondered if it was this confusing for me, what was it like for everyone else?

Written in real-time during my pregnancy and after my son arrived, it combines the latest clinical research with practical advice on topics like financial planning, what to buy, and how to handle your changing relationship. And it doesn’t skip the hard parts. Like fertility issues, miscarriage, and the postpartum period. Or real talk about topics like CBD. And the questions you may be too embarrassed to ask, like will sleeping on my stomach hurt the baby. (Nope!)

I don’t consider myself a pregnancy guru. I am a curious person who was disappointed by the dearth of trustworthy resources I found during this process, and the resulting lack of confidence I sometimes experienced.

Though every study is well-vetted and cited, I am not a medical professional. That’s why Bumpin’ was edited by an equally curious obstetrician with many years of experience. In the spirit of blending complementary practices with clinical care, I also interviewed nurse practitioners, therapists, midwives, doulas, pelvic floor experts, trainers, physical therapists, and acupuncturists. Their wisdom lies in these pages too.

How this book works

If you are looking for a second-by-second breakdown of your changing body or growing baby, this is probably not the book for you. My explicit goal is not to focus on things that are frequently out of your control, or to perpetuate the idea that all pregnancies are exactly the same. Instead, expect a mix of science, practical advice, and a dash of personal experience–the information you need without the detail you really don’t.

Bumpin’ is divided into five trimesters instead of the traditional three. Trimester zero is conception, one through three are baking your wee human, and the fourth trimester is the three months after birth, otherwise known as the postpartum period.

Each trimester features:

  • An overview of what’s happening with you and your baby

  • Symptoms and solutions (and why they happen)

  • Sections for your partner

  • A to-do list

The chapters in each trimester go deeper to tackle the major decisions and events you’ll face at each stage.

I hope it leaves you empowered to face whatever this wild, weird, and wonderful journey throws your way, and is as fun for you to read as it was for me to write.

A portion of this book’s royalties will be donated to organizations that support maternal and child health

More than 800 women a day die from complications related to pregnancy or childbirth. Every Mother Counts is making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother, everywhere, though grants and partnerships that mobilize communities to take action.


African American women are three times more likely to die due to pregnancy-related causes. NBEC creates solutions that optimize Black maternal and infant health through training, policy advocacy, research, and community-centered collaboration.

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