Body Back Offers A-to-Z Pregnancy Help

06/05/2012 at 03:00 PM ET
Courtesy Body Back

Author Heather Porter’s reasons for writing an encyclopedic reference about pregnancy are simple: “I wrote the book because I needed the book,” she tells PEOPLE.

Following the birth of her four children, Porter was seeking counsel on regaining her figure, and found it difficult to locate the right information in one place.

“I started looking for books that would help me get through that. I realized there wasn’t one,” she says. “You have to buy about 30 books.”

“So I thought I’ll gather some information and I started writing my own,” she continues.

“It was a six-year journey of experimenting, putting my own body through different diets, treatments and exercises. It was for me a really interesting project to do.”

Her manual, Body Back: The Mother’s Handbook to Medical, Physical, and Emotional Well Being, features tips on everything from diet and exercise to getting dressed and hair health; and all of the professionals quoted in the book are ones Porter has worked with personally. Proceeds from presales of the book will also benefit Jenny McCarthy’s charity, Generation Rescue.

Porter aims to tackle the sometimes-embarrassing aspects of motherhood from a more accessible standpoint, writing about them as if one were discussing them with a friend.

“Every woman who reads it will be able to relate to some part of it in some way,” she continues, “and hopefully feel better about what they went through and how they can get through it.”

— Kiran Hefa

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exactly on

Sounds amazing…my youngest is 9 so it’s been a while, but I may read it anyway. I love reading about women helping women instead of women bashing women.

Amanda on

Ladies-diets, pills and quick fixes aren’t the answer! I have had 4 kids, my youngest is 9 months old and this week I hit my prepregnancy weight. I’d like to be a little more toned but that will come with time. Eat well, do not deprive yourself of certain foods just eat them in moderation, drink a glass of water before you sit down to eat and be active! Run around and play with your kids, get down on their level, put them in the stroller or on their bikes and go for walks. I do the DVD workouts and love them because I can fit them into my schedule. Take care of yourself and it will show, life is busy with 4 kids but you have to make time for you too.

Shannon on

What is she talking about? There are tons of books that are quite comprehensive. Why is the money going to Jenny McCarthy’s charity? No bueno.

Cliftola on

Why is it “No Bueno” that she is chosing to use her proceeds to benefit autisum research and early intervention programs? I say good for her!

Jen on

I found out that, unfortunately, age killed my body a whole lot more than my 4 naturally delivered children did. Once I turned 40, bye-bye metabolism, muscle, energy, etc.. I lost all my baby weight long ago, but age did me in.

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