A health organization is criticizing celebrity mothers who come out weeks after baby is born looking fabulous. Such dramatic weight loss is unrealistic and even unnecessary, said the Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care. The German group is warning new moms not to hold themselves to these hot-bod standards.
Very strenuous exercise programmes soon after childbirth did not lead to extra weight loss. This means that women do not need to have a bad conscience if they take it easy in the busy weeks after giving birth.
Of course, he also stresses the point that women should not “eat for two” during pregnancy.
But here’s the problem with the images in the media: Women like Heidi Klum, who pranced around in lingerie just weeks after giving birth, keep that bar raised…and probably way too high. Especially for women who follow pop culture.
Comparing yourself to the magazine photos of movie stars in bikinis a few weeks after giving birth does not necessarily make real-life motherhood for the average woman any easier either.
The group stresses that caring for and breastfeeding a new baby often helps women loose that “baby fat.” But for about half of all women, they say, the weight doesn’t go as quickly.
And dieting is certainly not the answer when you have a baby on the breast. Eat healthy, they say, but don’t starve yourself.
Remember, most celeb mamas have personal trainer and meal planners. You’ll be lucky if you find time to brush your hair. Just enjoy the new baby and don’t worry when you’ll fit into your favorite jeans.
If you have a hard time dealing with those pics, step away from the magazine rack. And the scale.
Image: GETTY via the Telegraph