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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: HCI; 1 edition (September 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0757307922
  • ISBN-13: 978-0757307928
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 6.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,284 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Mom and model Amadeï teams up with expert and activist Mysko to produce a lighthearted guide to combating a silent societal epidemic, the 80 percent of childless women who worry what pregnancy could do to their bodies. A long section devoted to realistic expectations for one's post-partum body is excellent, particularly the liberating point that women shouldn't expect to get their pre-baby body back. Though the informal style can sometimes seem overly flip ("gigantic ta-tas," anyone?), the authors do a great service in bringing to light a fear that women may believe they suffer with alone. Beyond pregnancy, the authors (both of whom struggled with bulimia) urge all women, pregnant or not, to "stop dieting" and instead try working on irrational feelings of body-based inferiority with some "vocab rehab." The concepts and solidarity offered here should prove valuable for millions of American women.
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About the Author

Claire Mysko is an internationally recognized expert on the issues facing women and girls today. As the director of the American Anorexia Bulimia Association, she oversaw outreach programs and managed the organization's hotline. She was the Executive Editor of SmartGirl and served as the Assistant Director of Communications at Girls Incorporated, the organization that inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. Her book for tween girls, Girls Inc. Presents: You're Amazing! A No-Pressure Guide to Being Your Best Self, was published by Adams Media in 2008. Claire has an MA in Gender Studies from the New School for Social Research. Her website (clairemysko.com) was recently named one of the top seven websites about 'all things girl' by Shaping Youth.

Magali Amadeï has appeared on the covers and pages of every major fashion magazine in the world, including Vogue, Glamour, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Elle, and Harper's Bazaar. Her international advertising campaigns include Banana Republic, L'Oreal, Pantene, and Dove. As a result of her battle with and victory over bulimia, Magali became the world's first top model to tour nationally and tell her story on behalf of an eating disorders organization. In 2005, she gave birth to a daughter. Magali recently appeared in Sex and the City: The Movie. Her essays are published in Feeding the Fame: Celebrities Tell Their Real-Life Stories of Eating Disorders and Recovery (Hazelden, 2006) and If I'd Known Then: Women In Their 20s and 30s Write ïLetter to Their Younger Selves (Da Capo, 2008).

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Baloueyes
It's just not going to change your mind when you're not feeling so hot during pregnancy.
Falafel
I was about 18 weeks pregnant with my first child when I read this book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mom of Two on December 26, 2009
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I really enjoyed this book! The first review almost says it all, but I just wanted to add that although there may not have been a book devoted to the subject of pregnancy and body image, I feel that the subject is talked about enough for me to be almost tired of it. This book, however, approaches the issues in a new light and really made me feel like I could finally release my pregnancy related (and even non-pregnancy related) body issues. It's the way the book is written and the experiences shared within the book that made me feel empowered. I also want to add that when I read the book, I was about a year out from having my second child, and I still found this book extremely helpful. So, although the title references "pregnancy," it's really a book for pre-pregnancy, pregnancy and post-pregnancy (even years after your last child). Give it a try. It's a quick read and you have nothing to lose and everything to gain!
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By BarefootInTheHead on December 7, 2009
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A surprisingly informative book, one whose subject matter -- pregnancy and post-partum body image insecurities in all their manifestations and myriad ramifications -- seems so obvious it's strange that ostensibly no one book has devoted itself to it. The authors -- one a model -- both of whom have suffered from eating disorders, delve deeply into this little talked-about topic with a trenchant candor and a breezy mordancy that only a woman would probably relate to -- unless a man wanted to understand his wife's pre- and post-childbirth issues and why maybe she doesn't feel all that erotic toward him suddenly. (It's well known that marriages often don't survive the crucial first two years after the birth of their first child, and although the reasons are multifarious, certainly a woman dealing with her own self-lacerating criticism about what her pregnancy did to her -- Mon dieu! -- is a significant factor in most of these divorces.) This is a day and age, sadly one might opine, where women are performing all manner of surgical self-mutilations on themselves -- rhinoplasties, mammary augmentations, face lifts, chin tucks, eyebrow lifts, Botox -- that it's no wonder that body image weighs heavily on their minds. One only has to look at the alarming rise in polypsychopharmacology to understand that women -- Freud's infamous "penis envy" sufferers -- are victims of a disingenous, hypocritical media- and visual-born culture, that exacts unreasonable demands on them. Although this book may at times peripheralize itself as pollyannish -- don't diet during pregnancy and you'll be fine, e.g. -- it also offers a plethora of advice for pregnant and post-partum women who find themselves under the saturnine spell of debilitating depressions.Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Patty Stamps on July 12, 2012
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I was about 18 weeks pregnant with my first child when I read this book. I took this book out at my local library and finished it up in a few days while on vacation. It made me feel like I was not alone in my body image concerns pre and post natal. Having direct quotes from real women, not just the authors, from all different points of views was also helpful. I recommend this book for any pregnant woman who have slight body image issues to eating disorders.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Falafel on March 8, 2014
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It's a positive book, and says everything it probably should. When I gained weight early on in my pregnancy, I was feeling pretty down about it, and got this. For some reason, reading it made me feel even worse, even though it was trying to achieve the opposite. I just couldn't get on board with thinking of myself as some fertility goddess, so I put the book down, and eventually got over it (somewhat). The title is great, and the writers did nothing wrong. It's just not going to change your mind when you're not feeling so hot during pregnancy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Baloueyes on April 13, 2011
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Really enjoying this book. The authors are very down to earth and relatable and have really helped ease my pregnancy worries
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