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The Fourth Trimester

A Postpartum Guide to Healing Your Body, Balancing Your Emotions, and Restoring Your Vitality
Written by: Kimberly Ann Johnson
Narrated by: Kimberly Ann Johnson
Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
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A guide to help support women through post-partum healing on the physical, emotional, relational, and spiritual levels. 

This holistic guide offers practical advice to support women through postpartum healing on the physical, emotional, relational, and spiritual levels - and provides women with a roadmap to this very important transition that can last from a few months to a few years. 

Kimberly Ann Johnson draws from her vast professional experience as a doula, postpartum consultant, yoga teacher, body worker, and women's health care advocate, and from the healing traditions of Ayurveda, traditional Chinese medicine, and herbalism - as well as her own personal experience - to cover:

  • how you can prepare your body for birth; 
  • how you can organize yourself and your household for the best possible transition to motherhood; 
  • simple practices and home remedies to facilitate healing and restore energy; 
  • how to strengthen relationships and aid the return to sex; 
  • learning to exercise safely postpartum;
  • carrying your baby with comfort; 
  • exploring the complex and often conflicting emotions that arise postpartum;   
  • and much more. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.  

©2017 Kimberly Ann Johnson (P)2018 Random House Audio

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Medicine for the soul

This book was literally the medicine that my soul needed. I lost my baby girl when I was 5 months pregnant and this book literally saved me in so many ways. The book is full of knowledge and wisdom, but most of all LOVE. Thanks to this book I learned MULTIPLE tools that have been crucial to my healing process. Thank you Kimberly, thank you for walking with me during my recovery and grief.

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  • meg w.
  • 2018-05-27

What we NEED more of!

The author of this book goes into a gray area. She explores and explains all of the things women go through post birth. She helps women understand that what they’re going through is normal, and that they don’t need to feel guilty or confused. Kimberly Ann Johnson has written a masterpiece, that I have, and will continue to, recommend to every mother I know. 100 stars!

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  • Kellie
  • 2018-06-09

Really use full tips you can put into action

I love the content of this book. Thank you Kimberly for writing this! It’s so sad that Americans have lost the generational knowledge of birth. I’m pregnant with my third child and finally seeking out the help and support I will need once the baby arrives. I went straight back to work after my first two with whom I had traumatic hospital births with and felt like I was a rockstar for doing so. Wow, how wrong was I for buying into society’s and feminist’s ideas of what it means to have it all and do it all. This time I’m looking forward to a healing birth with wise midwives in at a birthing center.

I love this book and hope it’s given to every mom at her baby shower with a offer to bring her a meal or clean her house post baby instead of all the meaningless gadgets and onesies and hospital room selfies.

Her message about how moms need to be mothered is so real. I felt that deeply with my first child but had no idea what to ask for or how to put it into words.

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  • Kat
  • 2019-07-03

unscientific

Just not the book for me, but may work for others - it talks about "energies" and spirituality. It states you should ask others to bring you gifts, and I understand advocating for yourself, but it's not my style. I couldn't finish the book.

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  • Llana Boren
  • 2018-08-03

Hands down best book for new Mommy

I am about to give birth and like many new moms, I went crazy reading about everything I should know. I’m very interested in all natural home birth (although this book doesn’t push natural/ home births, rather supports all moms after any type of birth) This book is the complete deal. We as a society and sex don’t typically make the space and time to take care of ourselves after the birth and feel guilty thinking of someone other than the baby. I so happy that I learned everything now right before I enter my “fourth trimester”. The author has a great voice and I love that she reads her own book.

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  • Shannondoah
  • 2018-06-25

This Book is a Gem!

My heart swells thinking of the contents of this book. Kimberly has created a guide to recognizing the magic of the human experience of birth, without the added "WOO". It is practical, comforting and thorough in its organization of information and breadth of knowledge. I do give this book a WOO HOO! as it has vindicated my personal instincts and hunches about my future birthing experience and soon to be mama-hood. I am so thankful for this woman. I look forward to creating my fourth trimester sanctuary and trusting myself to tell people "NO" when I need, without guilt and to ask for help when I need, without guilt. l look forward to the opportunity to practice these arts and feel prepared and supported by the words in this book.

I'm so glad that Kimberly decided to read her own book. I feel like a friend is reading to me and I feel connected to her and the words and absorb information in a way I probably would not have if I read this. The PDF visuals and worksheets are pleasing to look at and thorough also.

WELL DONE!

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  • Jordynn Quinine
  • 2018-07-30

I really wanted to love this.

As a doula I really wanted to love this, the content seems OK but the narrator is so exhausting, I've listened to tons of books on audible, but this one? I can't even finish it.

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  • rosa lynda
  • 2019-10-11

Great resource for FTM

This is a great resource for a first time mom. There are so many pieces of wisdom and information I never thought of when becoming a mom.

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  • Angel4eva3
  • 2019-08-26

Every mother and mother to- be needs to read!

Amazing, Guiding, empowering, enlightening! Cleared so many wonders and questions for me! wish I new about this before giving birth!

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  • maria
  • 2019-05-29

I love with this book

A must to read ! I feel so inspired and with a new set of tools

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  • Dale
  • 2019-02-25

Incredible, beautiful, honest, and applicable!

I recommend this book for all women, post partum or not. 4th Trimester is about women's health and recovery from childbirth but so much more! the permission to slow down and enjoy being woman.