All the pictures of Christina Aguilera, Nicole Richie and other celeb moms looking fit and trim after baby leave many new moms feeling angry, depressed and anxious.
Nicole Kidman’s post-baby body was declared “Already Hot After 2 Weeks!” by the New York Post Chronicle, and regular moms are feeling the pressure to follow suit. Extra maddening to some is the fact that celeb moms don’t seem contented to just lose the weight…they also flaunt it! Denise Richards chose to pose for Playboy just five months after welcoming her first daughter, Sam. And Heidi Klum pranced down the Victoria’s Secret catwalk just eight weeks after giving welcoming son, Henry!
Of course these celebrity moms have personal trainers, personal chefs, nutritionists, nannies, night nurses, and three or four full-time assistants.
One simple, and perhaps underrated, advantage is the fact that ‘round the clock care means celebs can get their beauty sleep, which according to a recent study in the American Journal of Epidemiology, makes a big difference when it comes to postpartum weight.
Researchers at Harvard looked at 940 women and found that moms who slept five hours or less per day when their babies were 6 months old were three times as likely to still be carrying extra weight six months later than moms who slept seven hours a day.
And some suspect many celebrity moms are practicing restricting calories during their pregnancies…something which has been dubbed ‘pregorexia.’
I hope this post doesn’t depress anyone! Hopefully it simply shows how unrealistic (and often unhealthy) it is to try to emulate today’s celebrity moms. Sometimes I think it can be inspirational though too…to see that being a fabulously fit mom is possible. I guess it depends on the day…sometimes it does seem oddly fascinating and discouraging, and sometimes it seems motivational and inspiring.