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  • Media portrayals of pregnant women, new moms unrealistic, study says

    Media portrayals of pregnant and postpartum women are unrealistic and may heighten women’s self-consciousness and dissatisfaction with their bodies, women said in a new study led by University of Illinois recreation, sport and tourism professor Toni Liechty.

    Media portrayals of pregnant and postpartum women are unrealistic and may heighten women’s self-consciousness and dissatisfaction with their bodies, women said in a new study led by University of Illinois recreation, sport and tourism professor Toni Liechty.

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  • Editor’s notes: To reach Toni Liechty, call 217-300-0105; email tliechty@illinois.edu

    The paper “It’s Just Not Very Realistic: Perceptions of Media Among Pregnant and Postpartum Women” is available online or from the News Bureau.