‘Pregorexia’ and Postpartum Priorities

What does it say about a culture if when a baby's born, the mom's tummy size gets as much attention as the baby?The British magazine OK! came under fire earlier this summer for running a feature story on Kate Middleton's "post-baby weight loss regime." Even as moms around the world tweeted and blogged their appreciation of Kate's post-baby appearance, in which she seemed not to make any attempt to disguise her postpartum tummy, OK! magazine, like any good tabloid, tried to appeal to readers' … [Read more...]

Pregnancy as Hospitality

NYMag's Vulture blog had this post on how the movie posters from the What to Expect When You're Expecting movie are "deeply disturbing." And they are, look--And that's one of the less-bad ones.What's frightening about these photos is how ridiculously skinny and airbrushed these pregnant women are, like the pregnancy is some kind of abdominal accessory.Make no mistake, "skinny pregnant" is a thing. I get blog hits every day based on those kinds of search terms. When I was first … [Read more...]

On Being (or wanting to be) ‘Skinny Pregnant’

Twice in the last week I've been asked how I went from disordered in my eating and body image to joyfully (if occasionally) consuming pie for breakfast. And while I'm never quite sure how to answer the question--because no one, simple answer could really suffice and because I'm afraid of boring everyone by going into too much detail, for example:("and then there was the time I thought my shorts felt tight so I cut them into shreds with fabric scissors, and I realized 'I may have a problem,' … [Read more...]


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