We are starting a healthy beauty revolution. Join us! This pledge appears in our book, Does This Pregnancy Make Me Look Fat? The Essential Guide to Loving Your Body Before and After Baby (HCI Books), in stores this October.
Read it, sign it by leaving a comment with your commitment, and pass it on!
The Healthy Beauty Pledge for Mothers and Mothers-to-Be
I promise to . . .
Acknowledge that there is no such thing as the “perfect” body—or the “perfect” mommy.
Never define my self-worth according to the number on the scale or the size of my clothes.
Make decisions that are right for me. They don’t have to be right for everyone else.
Ask for help when I need it. I’ll make a phone call, write an e-mail, or send a text—whatever it takes to reach out for support.
Take care of myself and take time for myself, even if some days I can only manage one-minute increments.
Separate the retouched, made-up beauty fantasies in the media from what matters most to me in reality.
Work on developing a relationship with food that is about health, nourishment, and enjoyment, not deprivation, indulging, and punishment.
Stop all body-bashing talk with my friends, my colleagues, my partner, my family, and myself.
Give up the mission to get my “prebaby body” back and start focusing my energy on moving forward in my new life.
Remember that, one person at a time, healthy beauty is a revolution—for ourselves and for our children.