Pregnancy—a time for warm fuzzies—and awkward and downright offensive situations.
It was really sad and awful to see how much the media focused on her weight gain during pregnancy, and how she “didn’t seem to care” about losing any of it. Weight gain in pregnancy is normal. Difficulty with weight loss is too. She is a woman like any other who has had a child, and shouldn’t be under pressure to lose the weight any faster than anyone else.
By now, we have heard all about the royal baby George Alexander Louis of Cambridge, firstborn son of Prince William and duchess Kate Middleton. I had CNN on while working on my laptop; I turned my head just in time to see the reporter break the happy news. Expected, as reporters and cameramen had been camped outside the hospital since Kate’s due date. Unexpected was seeing the duchess sporting her post delivery bump while waving to the crowd. Most celeb moms would’ve worn their tightest girdle before being greeted by hundreds of cameras and being broadcast to millions around the world. My first reaction was surprise, then a rush of empathy and respect. This is how a “real” new mom is supposed to look.
Before I became pregnant with Pumpkin, I used to wonder what pregnancy would be like. And I especially fretted over how my body would look after giving birth. I was by no means a flat, toned size zero, but I found myself becoming overly concerned about stretch marks and the like. I would stare at magazine covers and wonder how these celebrity moms would have toned abs just weeks after giving birth, and assumed if they could do it, then it must be possible. Once I had Pumpkin, I realized getting back into shape wouldn’t be so easy. First of all, ligaments have been stretched and joints are so sore I don’t know how these women managed to enter a gym, let alone work out in one. But what really surprised me was the lack of stretch marks on these famously tight bellies. Granted, there is generous use of makeup and photoshop, but there was something deeper going on here: these women wanted to look like they did before—as if they had never been pregnant …