We live in a culture obsessed with appearance and instant gratification. Terms like “mommy tuck” and “getting your body back” are common and set new moms up with unrealistic expectations.  “Does This Pregnancy Make Me Look Fat?” The Essential Guide to Loving Your Body Before and After Baby helps a mom-to-be recognize the pressures that exist today and how to look realistically at pregnancy and birth – especially the physical changes.

This is not a book about how to lose the baby weight – it’s a thoughtful look at women’s body image concerns during and after pregnancy as well as a guide to help moms navigate through what is realistic and how media and celebrity fuel the pressures to be “supermoms”. It doesn’t paint a rosy picture of life with a newborn and quashes the perception that celebrities give birth and can have a gorgeous baby photo shoot the next day. It also tackles a seldom discussed topic – eating disorders and pregnancy.

It’s a book that almost any expecting or new mom can relate to. Even the most grounded woman can feel insecure or pressure after having a baby. From stretch marks and intimacy concerns to hair loss, these are valid concerns that should be addressed with honesty and acceptance. “Does this Pregnancy Make Me Look Fat?” focuses on acceptance of a new body, a new style and a new love in your life – a sweet little baby.  It takes the power away from media and provides a supportive and empathetic perspective to free moms of the pressure they may feel.

What I also appreciate about this book is that it also goes beyond body image and talks about the many issues women face during pregnancy — Breast feeding struggles, how to deal with inconsiderate comments, trusting your intuition, mama mojo, and even what to pack in your hospital bag.

I think “Does This Pregnancy Make Me Look Fat?” by Claire Mysko and Magali Amadei is a book for every expectant woman’s library. Any book that gives moms the ability to define perfection by their best effort as opposed to something that’s dictated to you,  focus on acceptance and balance, and provide advice to help teach healthy habits to their children is a book I can easily recommend.

To learn more about the authors, Claire Mysko and Magali Amadei, visit www.DoesThisPregnancy.com and take the The Healthy Beauty Pledge for Mothers and Mothers-to-Be. To purchase a copy, visit Amazon.com