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Does This Pregnancy Make Me Look Fat?: The Essential Guide to Loving Your Body Before and After Baby Paperback – September 3, 2009
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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.
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This book gives you plenty of reasons to simply take a breather and realize that you're doing alright, and that there are plenty of things more important than "getting one's body back".
One of the authors is a model with many more resources than most people have, so some of her perspectives landed with a thud of, "Of course you feel that way; you have a lot of money." Otherwise I highly recommend this book for women who are pregnant. Even if you do not agree with everything that is said, it is a refreshing and down to earth discussion about one of the most prominent parts of having a child.