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Shape shifter

JUST like the author Roxane Gay, we here at Mothers & Babies consider ourselves to be bad feminists. We are feminists, we completely believe in women's rights and dislike the fact that there is too much emphasis on women's looks and pressures on us to conform. Yet, we find ourselves, when we can summon the energy, doing squats and lifting kettlebells to feel and look good.

So, we're going to approach new book, Born to be Beautiful: How to look and feel amazing during and after pregnancy by Donna Kennedy, with a very open mind.

Published by Liberties Press, Kennedy's book is aimed at women who want to both look and feel good during and after pregnancy, and those who worry about getting their figure back after baby comes. Many of us who worry about that.

From Mayo, mother-of-one Kennedy is a psychologist and motivational speaker. She has devised her own plan to stay in shape, which she put to the test while she was pregnant, and it worked, especially if the photo on the front cover of the book is anything to go by.

The book looks at the science behind a range of pregnancy issues, includes explanations for the changes in our bodies during pregnancy, and also provides strategies for coping with them.

Born to be Beautiful includes a simple, step-by-step nutrition guide, an exercise plan, goal templates tailored for the reader, and Kennedy's own recipes.

She acknowledges that there is a pressure on expectant and new mothers to be supermum, and says she hopes to replace that pressure with strategies to keep babies healthy while looking after your own emotional needs.

Born to Be Beautiful is available for €12.99 from Liberties Press.

Mothers & Babies has three copies of Born to be Beautiful up for grabs for our readers to review. If you'd like to join our Reader's Corner review panel, then email mothersandbabies@independent.ie.

Irish Independent