Post Baby Bodies…celebrity style! Feeling good after seeing ME, ME, ME?

KENDRA-POST-BABY-BODYIt’s not that I’m going around looking for new things to wind me up but sometimes there’s just that little thing out there for a period of time that like it or not, gets under your skin.

Celebrities and their post baby bodies.  I’ve actually had enough.  I’ve had enough of these women playing show offs while the rest of the non personal training, non magazine deal mothers get left feeling awful about themselves as they look down at their own post baby bodies. 

These stupid photo shoots yelling ‘look at me, 2 months later and it’s like it never happened’ are not helping other women feel good about themselves.  It just feels like one hell of a narcissist celebration where the guest of honour doesn’t seem to realise or care that she’s dancing on her own.

Now, I haven’t had a baby and for the most part I try to get to the gym, not get to that point where I’m really hating seeing myself nude or battling muffin top issues, although I’m also not pushing my luck by purchasing a new pair of hipster jeans either, but I don’t think I have to have given birth to realise what it feels like when we feel out of shape.

The annoying and completely unhelpful trend the women’s magazines seem to get on these days by paying these genetic blessed or seriously obsessed celebrities to show off in their bikinis, is that as is often the case, it just promotes such unnecessary competing between women at the time when their body issues should be the least of their worries.

Women should feel proud of their post baby bodies because they put them through an incredible process to bring a child into this world.  The way Kate Middleton was proudly seen with her real post baby bump tummy not long after little George was born was sadly so rare but so telling of the women she appears to be.  Probably another reason she stole the heart of her gorgeous Prince.

The funny thing is too, that whilst these lucky and beautiful new mum’s beaming away at us from the pages, is that you very rarely see these same celebrities going on TV to show off about how quickly they lost the weight.  There’s certainly plenty of shows out there aimed at exactly the same sort of demographic as the one’s reading these mags but I suspect, whilst they feel they can get away with the ‘how amazing am I showing off?’ routine in print, saying it out loud would really leave them looking like a total…it rhymes with banker.

I do get that appearances are of utmost importance to most women we regard as a celebrity, and as such they’re considering their looks a whole lot more than your average Katie and Sophie living down the road.  But it is surely a decision that need not really be made that amongst navigating a new baby that you’re going to equally allocate time to worry about something as superficial as whether you’re body gets back to the shape it might have been on the night you conceived?

And if like no doubt some wheeling themselves around in front of the camera in a brand new bikini, just sprang back like an elastic band without having to sweat it out with the trainer, then of course that really is just lovely and lucky for them, but high five yourself in the comfort of your own home ladies.

This just wreaks of one of those cheeky little female loop holes that are usually promoted by women’s mags, that pretend to be all supportive and we’re in this chick thing together, but then are subliminally slapping you across the face with their smarminess and their unrealistic bench mark that in reality is like an invisible wet blanket covering the rest of the world’s post baby mother’s with a feeling that is hardly the warm and fuzzy it’s being promoted to be about.


14 thoughts on “Post Baby Bodies…celebrity style! Feeling good after seeing ME, ME, ME?

  1. There is a rather unpalatable economy that seems to have sprung up around these post baby show pieces where the lure of a quick dollar wins out over the ethics of plastering ones self and ones baby all over the glossy pages.

    And I have always been a little suspicious about them. You can do a lot with photoshop and blatant lying these days.

    There’s no doubt though, the damage these articles can do for real women who don’t have the open cheque book or the entourage of sycophants running around after them. Having worked in both maternity and Neonatal ICU, I’ve observed the very trying reality for new mums who are struggling to cope with massive changes – both physical and emotional – that comes with having a baby

    …and not a fashion accessory.

  2. I can only imagine how tough it is for new mum’s struggling with lack of sleep, and probably feeling way over their heads with this precious new little life completely dependant on them…and not having time to scratch themselves let alone fit in personal trainers, spray tans, hairdressers and all the rest of it that these other lucky women find time for. And it’s not to take away from their good luck if you call it that…although I don’t actually think it’s a very palatable thing to be feeling so inclined or pressured to be bouncing back looking perfect so soon. I mean, for heavens sakes, just enjoy your first months with the baby and take some time off from the vanity process. Oh well, each to their own. I can’t even be bothered reading articles like that.

  3. I agree wholeheartedly Amber. Way too much pressure! Just surviving the intensity of those early days with a new bub is enough. And who knows how much of that is photoshop anyway. I wish everyone would boycot the trashy mags that promote this kind of crappola. I did a long time ago.

  4. Oh yeah they’re airbrushed to buggery which is even more of a sell out by the women that sign up for these shoots. And what about the mags like I think Who did recently, pretending all these celebrities were being real about their bodies….they were all so tanned, airbrushed and Nat B was even standing on tippy toes in every shot. How is that real? How do these mags even sell?

  5. I couldn’t agree more. These mags and photoshopped images couldn’t be further from the truth and women are so vulnerable when it comes to ideals in beauty. It’s natural to want to look your best but it’s scary to aim for “perfection”. We definitely live in an unusual world 🙂 I hope women everywhere become more appreciative of their post pregnancy bodies for a more authentic reason- the miracle to produce life!
    Also, often I see women, mothers “suger-coat” how hard it actually is. That doesn’t make it easier for new mums who really need the support and the truth! To know it’s damn hard. I always pictured women from different eras, perhaps before the industrial, to be more supportive of each other. That womanly connection seems to be less evident these days but I guess if we’re all trying to be the woman in the mags then indeed, we cut ourselves off from the real world of women.

  6. so well put Ulyana. Women these days often don’t realise the vortex of inauthentic crap they’re in. I’ve been told so many times before how many women as you say sugar coat how they feel about something or how they’re dealing with something as they obviously want to either make themselves feel better by creating a false image of themselves (women’s mags) and/or are feeling that other women are going to judge them (women’s mags). It’s this fear and judgement mentality that is a result of not enough women being discerning with their thoughts and time. I get that women who are really into the women’s weekly mags choose them for light relief but unfortunatley they’re not really light relief. They are filled with bitchiness, one upmanship, and competitiveness. So they’re just like a little ninja throwing poisonous darts from the pages into the reader. I do think it’s getting better as more women are choosing their content online so there’s not as many buying the really poisonous mags but there’s still a lot more people that should think about whether what they’re reading is making them feel good or not. Thanks for your comments and I hope you’re really well x

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