Stop Shaming Our Post-Baby Bodies!

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The urgency to lose baby weight in Hollywood is almost as serious as an Oscar win.

Who dropped the postpartum pounds the fastest? Who debuted their post-baby body on a magazine cover? How much did she gain during her pregnancy?

Isn’t the better question: Who cares?!

Society seems salacious for this topic — just look at all the media buzz.

  • Kourtney Kardashian:

Kourtney Kardashian recently showed off her svelte postpartum figure on Us Weekly‘s cover. The reality TV star welcomed her second child, daughter Penelope, in July. And just six months later, the mom-of-two, 33, rocked a bikini to show off her 44-pound weight loss.

“It was harder to lose weight the second time around,” Kourtney shared. “I gained 45 pounds with Penelope.”

And not to mention, the brunette beauty was reportedly paid a whopping $200,000 to pose on the magazine’s cover in a two-piece.

Is that a realistic body image for women to aspire?!

  • Jessica Simpson:

Jessica Simpson’s 50-pound weight gain during her first pregnancy was one of the most talked-about topics of last year.

The Fashion Star mentor recently graced the January/February 2013 cover of Weight Watchers magazine, showing off her weight loss after the May 1 arrival of her daughter Maxwell.

“I really have to separate myself from the world’s expectations and really just be healthy with myself,” Jessica shared. “I’m not a supermodel. My body is not bouncing back like a supermodel. I’m just your everyday woman.”

And all eyes are on the singer-turned-entrepreneur again. On Christmas Day, Jessica confirmed her second pregnancy by sharing a picture of baby Maxwell with the words “Big Sis” written in the sand in front of her.

Keep up the positive thinking, Jess!

  • Megan Fox:

This is 40 star Megan Fox welcomed her first child, son Noah, with husband Brian Austin Green in September. Just two months later, the new mom, 26, weighed in on her thin frame and minimal weight gain.

“I only gained 23 pounds when I was pregnant and I’m still 10 pounds heavier than I was but I don’t want to kill myself trying to get back into shape because it’s not a priority right now,” she said.

The actress was later asked to share her best post-baby weight loss tips.

“I can’t work out yet because my body is still too fragile,” Megan said. “I try to eat whatever I want, but I don’t eat any dairy, and I guess that’s the biggest diet tip. Try and stay away from dairy – especially if you’re a woman! It’s really hard on your hormones.”

Instead, why can’t the media ask her about the joys of new motherhood?!

  • Gisele Bündchen:

Supermodel Gisele Bündchen, 32, and husband, football star Tom Brady, welcomed their second child, daughter Vivian, last month.

A few weeks after welcoming their first child, son Benjamin in 2009, the model mom looked svelte on the cover of Vogue. The Brazilian beauty talked about regaining her figure almost instantly.

“I think it’s muscle memory,” Gisele said. “I did kung fu up until two weeks before Benjamin was born, and yoga three days a week. I think a lot of people get pregnant and decide they can turn into garbage disposals. I was mindful about what I ate, and I gained only 30 pounds.”

While it sounds like she worked hard on staying healthy, is it OK to compare a pregnant woman to a garbage disposal?

  • Reese Witherspoon:

Academy Award-winning actress Reese Witherspoon, 36, is keeping things in perspective since welcoming her third child, son Tennessee, in September.

At just 3-months postpartum – when the media asked how she’s “bouncing back” to her pre-baby body – the Oscar-winner kept it real.

“I don’t know if I’m bouncing back. I’m slowly crawling back,” said the actress, who’s also mom to daughter Ava, 13, and son Deacon, 8½.

So why does the media pressure celebrity moms – and moms at large – to focus on weight and body image during the postpartum period?

I wish the urgent desire to quickly drop pregnancy weight would go away. This is madness — a woman has just welcomed a baby!

We should encourage new moms to recover from pregnancy, and blissfully bond with her baby. We should not create and perpetuate superficial, unrealistic and shallow body images for women and girls.

Stop shaming our postpartum bodies! Wear your muffin tops, stretch marks, and pounds proudly, my sisters. You are a goddess.

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  1. tracy

    I could not agree more!!! Thanks for this critical look at media pressure on women, especially around pregnancy and postpartum. It’s up to all of us to be loving to ourselves, supportive to women around us, and to refuse to participate in making negative comments about these celebs’ bodies. As you said, enjoy this most beautiful time of life and think about health rather than weight!

  2. Love that quote in the main image. I couldn’t care less about my stretch marks – I may never walk a Victoria’s Secret runway, but I think I’ll get over it. ;)

  3. I’ve took in a lot of info on business and finance after reading this, good work.

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