In this video, we talk to the author of the book Yummy Mummy Survival Guide.
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Wendy Turner-Webster: Welcome back to the Baby Talk on the Baby Channel. I am Wendy Turner-Webster. Joining me now is Liz Fraser, author of the 'Yummy Mummy's Survival Guide', which promises to put the "yum" back into motherhood. Hi Liz! Liz Fraser: Hello! Wendy Turner-Webster: Now I've been dipping into a wonderful book -- Liz Fraser: Good. Wendy Turner-Webster: Yes, and I must admit that from the front cover I thought it would be more frivolous than it actually is. In fact, I look into it, and it is rather an invaluable weighty tome of fabulous advice and tips and knowledge and -- Liz Fraser: Great! That's exactly what you're supposed to say. Wendy Turner-Webster: Thank you. Liz Fraser: That is a very good point. Wendy Turner-Webster: Thank you. You can tell me later. Liz Fraser: A lot of people have said that. I mean, obviously, it looks very beautiful. It's pink and it's green and it's called the 'Yummy Mummy's Survival Guide', which makes you think it's a book just about how to look pretty and makeup tips and how to wear nice clothes. But, really like you said it's so much more than that. It's a small amount and all the way through, that's the image taken all the way through. You are still a women who likes to look okay sometimes. But much, much more than that, it really is -- it's a book which I never had and I wished so much I'd have. Wendy Turner-Webster: Is that what gave you the inspiration to do it, that you saw this gap there in the market if you like? Liz Fraser: Yeah, completely. I've had three babies now, so I've really looked through books. I've had three times nine months. Wendy Turner-Webster: You should know. Liz Fraser: You look and you look and you look and they are so dreary. There seem two things, one of two things, they either assume that because you've become a mother, you are completely happy to just give up on yourself. The fact that you put on three stone, that doesn't matter, that's okay, you are a mom, you'd wear bad clothes, it doesn't matter you don't have. Wendy Turner-Webster: Throw your makeup away. Liz Fraser: Right, or it's tied together into the single scale, which is this unattainable perfect mother thing. I'm neither of those two things. I'm completely in the middle somewhere. I want to look okay three days out of seven, that will be nice, four days out of seven is a different story. Hence the -- scruffy shoes, which I have forgotten to take off today, please never mind -- Wendy Turner-Webster: Liz, you've turned up in your slippers look. Liz Fraser: I remember to at least put some shoes on, but not the ones I intended to, because I did the school and I got distracted by the laundry basket in the way. But, somewhere in between is a huge mass of women, the greatest number of women who not necessarily are mothers yet, or who are, but who just wonder what it's like to be a mum in the beginning of the 21st Century, not when most of the books were written, which was very different, even if it was only 30 years ago. Life was different, jobs were different, transport was different, the way we eat, the way everything we do is different now. I thought, I'm going to write this down for anybody who sits at home thinking, is it just me, is it just me who finds this job really hard sometimes? Wendy Turner-Webster: I mean you've called it the 'Yummy Mummy's Survival Guide', well let's, first of all, say, what is your definition, Liz, of a yummy mummy? Because that means it's really quote on this phrase as of late, hasn't it yummy mummy? Liz Fraser: It has and that's why I called it that. I just thought, because everyone has heard this phrase, it's a nice little phrase that trips off, but it is not at all in my mind, it is not at all, somebody who is rich, who has an au pair and drives the big car and goes on holiday three times a year, that's not a yummy mummy to me. A yummy mummy to me is like me, my friends, like you, like most of people that you probably know or the people watching probably know, s