A lovely book was waiting for me when I finally arrived home for my holiday break that explores becoming a mum. Amanda Starling certainly had a challenging ride on her first pregnancy journey – and with her great sense of humour and personal resilience she has moved onto help others!

Maggie Dent

West Australian Paper Review 18/11/2014

Amanda Ellis
Editor West Australian


Mumma to Be was a lighthearted yet heartfelt and candid account of pregnancy. I couldn’t help but giggle to myself as I related to one encounter after another: from “trying” to “baby brain”, from OCD to body neuroses, from know-it-all, to “oh my god, I have no idea!” And this is all only 15 weeks into my first pregnancy!

Amanda is refreshingly honest, unpretentiousand sometimes downright hilarious in her account of her pregnancy. Her story is totally relatable, un-put-downable (I couldn’t wait to find out what happened next) and a relaxed, enjoyable read. Congratulations Amanda – on becoming a Mummy and your fantastic book.

Kelli Peirce – BSc Honours, PhD Candidate
Laboratory Manager, Fertility North.


Amanda has such a unique writing style that enables the reader to remain engaged through her honest and at times quite literal approach. Whilst reading, not only was I being educated about the joys of pregnancy and motherhood, but I found myself being empowered as a woman to be able to experience the marvel of carrying a miracle. My fears began to dissipate. This is a brilliant read for any woman, regardless of what stage in life you are. Amanda shares the truth about what “really” happens in pregnancy- exposing things that even your mum wouldn’t tell you. I found this book incredibly easy to read and couldn’t stop laughing. Ladies- make sure your legs are crossed because you are in for a hilarious ride.

Daniela Trimboli
Degree in psychology
Post grad diploma in forensic science
Post grad in education
Paraprofessional level 2 auslan interpreter


Mumma to Be: Keeping Pregnancy Real by Amanda Starling is a book for all expectant mothers who are going through myriad emotions during their pregnancy. It’s a brilliant and well-written book that will give all expectant mothers an idea on what to expect during pregnancy, touching on minute details that you won’t know otherwise. The book also encourages readers to embrace their pregnancy, and makes them feel good. Reading this book will help make the pregnancy journey awesome and amazing. The book covers the truth about pregnancy, childbirth, and the first three months of a new little life.

I found the book useful to all expectant mothers at whichever stage of pregnancy they are in. The tips given by the author are very useful and will give readers an idea of what to expect as their pregnancy progresses. It prepares all those readers who are planning to get pregnant and start a family life. The mood swings, hormonal changes, their changing bodies, and waiting for the new baby are all covered here. The entire process from the time of conception till the baby is born and the search for a suitable name; everything is discussed.

The author makes pregnancy enjoyable and this book is helpful in making many expectant mothers look at this phase with a good feeling. There are also handy tips that mothers will find useful in the first three months of their baby’s life. A must-read for all expectant mothers.

Reviewed By Mamta Madhavan for Readers’ Favorite