Since when did having a baby become an “ugly” thing? And what about pregnancy itself? More and more celebrities are having their tales of pregnancy woe told, and the average mother may be buying it, and are beginning to see their bodies in the same light. Adding to this is the deluge of gossip magazines that show all these celebrities showing off their post-pregnancy bodies as if they’ve never given birth. What comes along with the articles on these women is how they did it in the first place. What they skirt over are the facts that these women can afford to hire expensive trainers, personal chefs, and the room for a pretty extensive personal gym, , and the way it makes the average woman reading about the women, their new babies, and their new looks feel. However, there may be a backlash forming against all of the media-savvy spin.
Mockery vs. Envy
While most of us mock what we see in magazines that focus solely on celebrity gossip, we spend an inordinate amount of time focusing on them ourselves. Perhaps the media helps us form the narrative, but isn’t up to us, a supposedly intelligent and independent public, to figure out just what it is we care about? And if this is how celebrities manage to look so stunning after pregnancy, what does that say about us? After all, there are a lot of other things to worry about right now. Most people agree with this. Still, the rise of tell-all fluff pieces about celebrity mothers who work out every day, get more sleep than the average mother, and generally see pregnancy as simply something to get through before their next red carpet appearance has had real life consequences. Hundreds of new mothers a year are going through postpartum depression, and allegedly being inundated with news about thin celebrity mothers just adds to these feelings.
For example, Heidi Klum showed up on the catwalk two months after giving birth to her son, and Nicole Richie and Christina Aguilera both discussed in Us Weekly how they lost all their baby weight. Sure, they don’t need to worry too much about paying for the hospital bills, affordable day care, and the sheer exhaustion that comes with all those nightly feedings, but, jeez, aren’t they impressive? Again, not really. Health experts and doctors point out that exercising too soon after pregnancy, and not putting on the amount of weight you should when you’re pregnant is a very bad idea, both for you and your baby.
Whatever the reasons, Dr. Laura Riley at Massachusetts General Hospital says that all that weight you put on will eventually come off after four to six months. Pushing it to two months is not only going to be taxing on you, your child, and the poor father of the kid, but you’re going to wind up feeling extremely disappointed in yourself if you don’t reach your unrealistic goal. “It took you nine months to put it on,” says Dr. Riley. “It’s not going to come off in nine weeks.”
If you’re about to give birth, or just have, and you’re still unhappy and your favorite celebrity is making you feel worse with each passing month, perhaps you should consider a mommy makeover. When diet and exercise don’t help, cosmetic surgery is always there for you to get back to that body you used to have in those heady days when Britney was on top of the world. And you wouldn’t be alone. More women are choosing mommy makeovers than ever before. It’s not the easiest thing you could do, but an experienced cosmetic surgeon would be happy to answer any questions you have, including how you can look like Jessica Alba after she gave birth.
Yet, there are plenty of women who funnel their anger and frustration at the overexposure of celebrity mothers into nice long walks. And they bring the kid, too.