Mommy Makeover

Mommy Makeover is a marketing term used for multiple cosmetic procedures, an all-in-one surgery package that mothers seek after pregnancy; variations of these procedures include breast augmentation, lift, or reduction with a tummy tuck and liposuction. (also known as Mummy Makeover, Mommy Jobs; Mummy Yummy in the United Kingdom)


  • Risks associated with breast implants (see augmentation section)
  • Conditions society that feelings of self-worth depend on body type
  • Teaches young girls it’s not okay to have a natural or imperfect body
  • Compromises the focus of the miracle of new life
  • Fails to encourage less invasive alternatives to optimal health
  • Injures personal finances
  • Treats surgery as lightly as ear piercing
  • General risks of surgery, including death

“The ‘Yummy mummy’ phenomenon is not just confined to the west, it is rapidly spreading around the world.”
– Viv Groskop

Death in mommy makeover

Mommy Makeover is a disturbing trend. If showing signs of aging or childbirth is significant enough to determine the condition of one’s self-esteem or marriage, then most of us are headed for unhappiness. It’s further evidence of the pandemic obsession with a perceived perfect body, a belief that not only undermines the inherent value of women but also the sacredness of motherhood. When and where does it stop? Its origin beginning in the United State, it’s also gaining popularity in the United Kingdom. Will it spread like the increasing demand for breast augmentations?

“What is wrong with our culture when it cannot celebrate women’s bodies and what they can produce?”
– Viv Groskop

Reclaiming the Pre-Baby Body

There’s nothing wrong with wanting a healthy body and wanting to stay in control of our body weight as long as it’s healthy for both mom and baby. Choosing to undergo a highly invasive surgical procedure is blatantly not the best alternative to achieving optimal health.

“If marketing could turn the post-pregnancy body “into a socially unacceptable thing, think of how big your audience could beand how many surgeries you could sell them”.”
– Diana Zuckerman, President of the US National Research Center for Women and Families.


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  5. My Body Beautiful. (April 5, 2015). 18 Reasons Why Your Body is Beautiful. Retrieved from

“It’s like nobody is supposed to get older and nobody is supposed to look any different when they’ve had a baby. Time is supposed to stand still for every woman’s body. Why? My husband doesn’t look like the same guy he was 10 years ago.”
– Tina Cassidy, Author of Birth: A History