Studies show that a growing number of women (88%) are entering pregnancy with a stressor that no one talks about-the very real fear of what pregnancy and motherhood will do to their bodies and their self-esteem.
Claire Mysko and Magali Amadeï know firsthand. Magali was one of the first models to go public with her bulimia struggle, and Claire is a renowned body image expert who served as the director of the American Anorexia Bulimia Association. Together they formed Inside Beauty, an outreach program to give women a healthy beauty reality check. From working with supermodels to soccer moms, they realized the void of information that prepares women for how pregnancy and ensuing motherhood will affect their self-esteem, body image, sexuality, and beauty routines.
While some may scoff that such superficial concerns as stretch marks and scars pale in comparison to the miracle of birth, there are serious consequences when women don't confront their beauty and body issues before taking the plunge into motherhood. Insecurities that go unaddressed can make for unhappy moms, directly impacting how women feel about themselves, and their ability to bond with their babies and husbands.
Magali and Claire reveal the most prevalent challenges and insecurities most women face-as well as their own. Will women be forced to permanently incorporate elastic waistbands into their wardrobes? How can women stop the barrage of strangers from rubbing their pregnant bellies?
What do the stars do to camouflage sagging skin? And is foreplay actually possible while you're lactating? With stories and tips from other moms (including celebrities), the authors will help any woman find her own "beauty-baby balance," offering expert advice to make her feel her best--mind, body, and spirit.
- Publication Date:
- 01 / 12 / 2009
- 138 x 212mm