Whether you are in perimenopause, menopause, or somewhere in between, Midlife Mamas on the Moon is a fun and informative book that covers just about everything a woman entering her midlife could possibly think of. From diet to hormone replacement therapy to getting a better sex life to starting a new career, this bold and joyful book will take your breath away with the prospects of just how great your second life can be…when you are prepared for it physically, financially, emotionally and mentally.
Written by witty and wise speaker and personal growth/wellness trainer Sunny Hersh (and, yes, the book does feel rather sunny!), this is not so much a blow-by-blow account of what happens to a woman going into her second life. Rather, it is a roundup of goodies and nuggets of wisdom, information, resources, research and experience designed to empower women of any and all ages, for many of the chapters could apply to a woman in her 20s as well as her 50s.
Hersh explores all the usual suspects like menopause symptoms, natural vs. synthetic hormones, the power of good diet and exercise, taking good care of your brain and bones, getting the right information from you doctors, etc… But what makes this book more like a Field Guide to Life After 40 are the many fascinating chapters on improving your sex life, getting your finances on track, dealing with the empty nest syndrome, becoming better “friends” with your spouse, simplifying life, losing your virginity the second time around! and understanding the world of anxiety and depression medications and how they effect the body, mind and spirit. Each chapter also includes a Checklist of further resources for additional exploration, as well as a Checkup From the Neck Up – powerful affirmative statements that keep your focus on the positive.
This is a well-rounded book written in a robust and energetic style that will have the reader laughing as they learn. It is both educational and highly inspirational, and made me feel incredibly empowered as I enter into my 40s. Many midlife books are depressing, gloom and doom tomes that emphasize the negatives of getting older, but Midlife Mamas on the Moon made me excited about this new phase of my life, and gave me so many tools, tips and resources for learning more, that many of my fears have been diminished, if not alleviated outright. Sunny Hersh has done a wonderful service for all women, and quite a few men who may also want to pick up this book in order to better understand what their spouses are going through.
I highly suggest every woman get this book and keep it at the ready. But for those coming up on forty and beyond, read it NOW. It is priceless and just might answer your most nagging questions about moving into the most powerful phase of your life.