TWO FOR THE PRICE OF ONE. The impact of body image during pregnancy

Posted on Oct 12, 2014

New report into body image during pregnancy and after birth

Becoming a mother is a time of transition and transformation, yet women face cultural messages about the importance of getting their bodies back to shape after having a baby, Minister for Women and Equalities Jenny Willott said today as she welcomes a new report by Susie Orbach and Holli Rubin.

The report, Two for the Price of One: The impact of body image during pregnancy and after birth, looks at the myriad of health and psychological effects that body image can have on pregnant women and new mothers, and shows how preoccupation with body image problems can be unconsciously transmitted down to their children. That’s why the role of midwives and health visitors is important in supporting women’s body image during this time.