From the foreword: I know you’ve been waiting for a book like this to help alleviate your pain, explain the insanity you’ve been living, and to be your friend, your confidant, and support. Welcome to the answers you’ve been looking for, some good hard facts to lead you to your personal worth, and the power to change.
— Emme, plus-size supermodel, founder of EmmeNation and author of Life's Little Emergencies

Mom in the Mirror: Body Image, Beauty and Life after Pregnancy is for every woman who has ever doubted herself or her self-worth after the birth of a child. Because most women spend much of their lives attempting to change their bodies, it’s not surprising that the weight gain that comes along with pregnancy (and post-pregnancy), coupled with the challenges of parenting, only exacerbates issues with weight, body image, disordered eating, and self-esteem.

Drawing on the wisdom of eating disorders expert Dr. Dena Cabrera, as well as the personal experiences of former anorexic, Emily Wierenga, Mom in the Mirror is a physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual response to a female generation seeking its true identity in an appearance-based world.

With chapters that deal with bruises from the past, misconceptions about pregnancy, life before and after children, marriage and motherhood, spiritual and physical nourishment, relationships with friends and family and the changing role of a mother as her children age, it is a holistic approach to the age-old questions: Who am I, and why am I here?

Comprised of personal stories, expert advice, reflection questions and helpful tools, this book is an inspiring read intended for women everywhere who want to restore a positive body image, and to overcome the insecurities that arise when pregnancy is over and childrearing begins and winds through the years.



1: Our Bodies, Ourselves—The Dissatisfied Generation
2: A Bruised Beginning—From Girlhood to Adolescence
3: From Bruised to Broken: When Adolescent Turns Adult
4: Before and After—The Effects of Pregnancy
5: Change, Acceptance, and More Change—Embracing Motherhood
6: The Sleepless Wife—How to Balance Marriage and Motherhood
7: Beyond Breast Milk (or Formula)—The Challenges of Feeding Children
8: Food from Heaven—Spiritual Nourishment for You and Your Family
9: Like Mother, Like Daughter—Your Personal Legacy
10: Being the Mirror—How to Inspire Beauty in Our Daughters
11: The Anxious Mother—Using Food, Exercise, or Work as an Escape
12: Friendly Competition—Your Relationship with Other Women
13: As They Grow—Your Changing Role as a Mom and Woman
14: Getting Help—Hope and a Cure
15: Identity Crisis—Discovering True Self-Worth


Available May 16, 2013 wherever books and e-books are sold ; PRE-ORDER at or