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Liz Fraser
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Book Description

4 Jun 2007

Forget the frump. Wave goodbye to those leggings – there's a new breed of mothers on the baby block. Yummy Mummies don't leave their sense of style in the maternity ward – the loving hands that rock today's cradles are manicured and moisturised.

Becoming a mother, however Yummy, is still as challenging as it ever was. RELAX: help is at hand, with this no-holds-barred guide to surviving the biggest transition of your life. Liz Fraser is a (mostly) stylish mother of three young children, and offers a much-needed, fresh look at what happens to us, our relationships and our wardrobes when we take the plunge and fill our tidy homes with Lego.

Hilarious, honest and poignant, Liz uses her experiences of motherhood to help you through pregnancy and the first year with your baby, making the whole event seem manageable – even desirable.

Along with stylish, practical advice and searingly frank entries from Liz's diaries, other new mums have their say, including well-known Yummy Mummies such as Jemima French and Tamara Mellon.

This indispensable guide is the stylist, personal trainer, box of anti-depressants, bar of chocolate and best friend which every woman can carry around in her handbag. Because becoming a mother doesn't mean you stop wanting to look and feel fabulous – it just becomes a little trickier!


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Product details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; New Ed edition (4 Jun 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007213441
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007213443
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,952 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I wrote this book because, after many years of talking to other Mums, I realised there was a desperate need for motherhood to be portrayed in a more positive, more contemporary, more realistic light. The only books available were so dreary, dull and uninspiring, and seemed to imply that I would love being at home all day covered in baby sick, with saggy boobs and bad hair, and wouldn't miss the Old Me at all - but neither I nor any of my friends felt that way! So I decided to write down all the things I wished I had known, both when I was pregnant and when I first became a mother, to reassure all women who read it that we all find pregnancy and motherhood hard at times, but that becoming a mother doesn't mean you have to look awful and give up the girl you used to be. Of course your life will change (a lot!) but with a little effort you can still look great and have a very fulfilling life. I have tried to be as honest as possible, and to treat my readers as intelligent, modern women. Most importantly, I never say that I am a perfect mother, and here is how to be as perfect as me! I am as flawed as the next exhausted, slightly flabby, frazzled mother, but I know that there are easy ways to make myself look and feel a lot better about myself, in other words a lot Yummier, in order to be the best mother I possibly can for my kids. If I can help even one women to enjoy the experience of motherhood more, then I will be very happy. X Liz. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Forget the Frump. Wave Goodbye to those leggings: there's a new breed of mother on the baby block and, though far from perfect, she likes to at least try a little! Help is at hand with this no-holds-barred guide to surviving the biggest transition of your life. Liz Fraser is a mother of three young children and offers a much-needed, fresh look at what really happens to our minds, relationships and wardrobes – whether Primark or Prada - when we take the plunge and fill our homes with Lego and nappies.

Hilarious, honest and poignant, Liz uses her experiences - every disaster and occasional triumph - to help you through pregnancy and the first year with your baby. Along with practical advice and searingly frank diary entries, other Mums – from Liz’s neighbour to Kate Winslet - also share their experiences and top tips.

This indispensable guide is the stylist, personal trainer, box of anti-depressants, bar of chocolate and best friend which every woman can carry around in her handbag. Because motherhood doesn’t stop you wanting to look and feel fabulous - it just becomes a little trickier! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid at all costs 31 Oct 2012
By Lcav
Format:Paperback
I have never written a review before but felt I had to for this book. I am currently 22 weeks pregnant so read the parts relevant to me and up to birth.. Well I have never read such negate and un useful advice, how the writer feels that talking about birth so negatively is going to help readers is beyond me. She needs to stop being so self absorbed in her own world and experiences and do some research. Maybe if she focused on the impact a book like this can have on women rather than lining her pockets, she might have written a more balanced view. Mums to be AVOID and find something more positive and uplifting
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Eating disorder permeates book, AVOID! 23 Feb 2012
Format:Hardcover
Fraser's eating disorder permeates the book as a whole. She skims the issue, admitting to bulimic tendencies during pregnancy, however the spectre of weight and body image fears is never far from the surface. If Fraser rates appearance and weight loss excessively highly after having a baby, that is her choice. However to write a 'guide' where such things are obviously held in high regard is inappropriate and irresponsible, particularly if a woman is planning to breast feed and needs a balanced, healthy diet. To a person not obsessed with food/ exercise / appearance this book is just occasionally amusing and a bit irritating, but to someone with any food or exercise issues AT ALL this book could be decidedly unhelpful. Fraser seriously lacks insight into this. I hope she is happier in her own skin now as when she wrote the book she clearly wasn't.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars not sure about this book! 12 Mar 2006
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
This book can be funny and uplifting in places but having now read a good half of it I have noticed it can also be inaccurate (e.g. "stretch marks aren't caused by your skin stretching" - oh yeah?) and I have also found it rather patronising in tone. It can also be dismissive of certain aspects of pregnancy e.g. antenatal classes. If you are a young mum-to-be you are more likely to enjoy it, but if you are a second-time mum in her thirties like me you might find some of the "advice" is aiming more at the skinny Victoria-Beckham-wannabes out there!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Take the advice with a pinch of salt 23 Nov 2012
Format:Paperback
I was given this book from a friend who advised me was very funny, which it was but not helpful in the slightest. Im 28 weeks pregnant right now but at the time of reading i hadnt really had the opportunity to disguss things with my midwife, im a first time mum and have had nothing to do with children at all (ive never changed a nappy)so i took some of the advice quite literally, i was really up for the idea of having a water birth but the way this book described it, totally put me off which i was quite down hearted about, i eventually discussed my options with my midwife who advised me that everything that was written was completely false! Im now back to the idea of a water birth - if nature allows.
My advice is to think of it as a humorous fictional light read.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars VERY DANGEROUS ADVICE 5 Sep 2007
Format:Paperback
I was actually quite enjoying this book - yes, she does seem to live on a different planet to most of us - but then i read one piece of advice suggesting (and I quote):

"Remove the headrests in the front seats (of your car), so your baby can see better once she can sit in the back looking forwards. It gives you a crooked neck, but it keeps her happier."

Hello? How unsafe is that? I just hope most of her readers have more intelligence than shee obviously has and realise just how dangerous that is!!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your time or money on this book 6 Sep 2012
Format:Paperback
I rarely write reviews here but I feel very furious about this book thus wanted to warn potential readers to avoid it. I was given this book by a friend of a friend, who said she had a spare copy and thus did not want it back. This should have been a good warning sign for me.
The fact that someone has had three kids, as you find out from first pages, makes you think they should be a little wiser than the author of this book. Instead it is a very poor attempt at sounding humorous, knowledgeable and glamorous. The book is full of negativity towards pregnancy and motherhood thus occasional play with words totally defeats the point of being funny. If it is all so painful, unpleasant, ugly and difficult why bother having three kids? Have one and forget such a dreadful experience. Reading this book will not make you a happier inspired and empowered, wanting to have children. The author makes herself believe she is there to tell you the real truth about motherhood and instead sounds like someone who has completely failed to enjoy it.
As to the knowledge and wisdom, don't look for it in this book either. There are millions of other more knowdlegeable sources out there. Even the author's attempt to shed some light of how to be 'yummy' and glam is rather pathetic. Just mentioning D&G and Baby Dior to be hunted at second hand sales does not make you any more glam. I'd prefer to hear a more valuable advice of how to keep your life more organised, meaningful and beautiful than all this superficial nonsense. There are many more inspiring mothers managing kids, successful careers and lives, who are much more interesting to listen to.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
I started out quite enjoying this book as it is lighthearted in tone, but then had to stop reading it after reading her bits on breastfeeding. She advises to wait until your breasts are really full to feed the baby - but this would have a damaging effect on your supply of breastmilk. She also says that this means the baby would get a lot of hindmilk (the higher calorie stuff) but it is actually the opposite way round. I hate to think of someone reading this and taking on that advice and possibly jeopardising their milk supply as a result.
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5.0 out of 5 stars most enjoyable
Got this as a gift. Got a lot of useful tips, but most of all, enjoy the read. We each take our own lessons. Enjoy
Published 4 months ago by cait
5.0 out of 5 stars Really great for someone going it alone.
My friends have either not had children yet or it was quite a while ago that they did and a lot of what I was going through was a distant memory. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Penny Hamer
2.0 out of 5 stars . Not so yummy
This book is compleat yuppie twaddle, full of dangerous and foolish advice. She comes across as some one who hated pregnancy and regrets by tied down by 3 kids. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars the yummy mummy's survival guide
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I love this book, any women who is pregnant, wanting to be a mummy or is a mummy, you have got to read this. Read more
Published 17 months ago by m4dru5h
5.0 out of 5 stars A nice change from factual guides.
I really enjoyed this book. It has a good blend of tips and advice mixed with funny real life tales and experiences.
Published 21 months ago by Pafl
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice gift for new mums
I bought this for my sister-in-law after being lent it by a friend when I was pregnant. Its a nice read with lots of useful tips and pieces of advice for new mums, however I think... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Smithy1234567
5.0 out of 5 stars Great little book
Bought this when i was a new mother and found it really helpful and funny. Have now bought again as a pressie for a friend who is now a mummy too. Read more
Published on 14 Mar 2012 by Happy Bookworm
4.0 out of 5 stars Light hearted relief
I found this book exactly as I expected it to be and I hope intended to be. There are so many serious, hard back "what to expect when you're expecting" style books that all have... Read more
Published on 16 Jan 2012 by jmpjam
5.0 out of 5 stars A true Yummy Mummy
I bought this book before I went on holiday, as I found the blurb on the back interesting.
I am 11 weeks Pregnant and its my first pregnancy, so I wanted to read a book by an... Read more
Published on 9 Dec 2011 by Jessica13
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