If you’ve read my blogs before, then you know that I love to talk about celebrities.
Sometimes I criticize them, scratch that. Actually, I do it often.
I’ve even followed an actress — Drew Barrymore — into a Fredericks of Hollywood years ago while vacationing in Los Angeles. Yes, it was a bit of a stalker-ish move.
And, although, I believe if you place yourself into the public eye, you have to be willing to take some criticism for what you say and do, I was a bit unnerved with some of the finger pointing plastered across recent gossip magazine covers.
At least four publications on the grocery store’s magazine rack had covers of celebrities who “still hadn’t lost their baby weight.”
C’mon, some of these women just had their newborns a few weeks ago.
It’s been two years since my last child and I haven’t lost mine. Heck, I’m not sure I ever will.
Celebrities have access to personal trainings and nutritionists, you say.
But I don’t think we need to make any mom, celebrities or not, feel bad that she still has a few extra pounds on her after delivering her child.
Six weeks after my children were born, exercising was the farthest thing from my brain.
I was too busy enjoying motherhood. Never mind the hard parts of being a new mom like sleep deprivation and lack of showers.
I’m no celebrity, nor am I on magazine covers, but can’t we just cut these women some slack.
Here’s a thought: Let’s give them some time alone with their kid.
Take reality TV star Kim Kardashian. Yes, I criticized her insanely uncomfortable pregnancy wardrobe, but I would never criticize her post-baby body or weight.
Kim, trust me, I’ve been there, girl. I know what if feels like to deliver a baby and still look pregnant. I also know what it’s like to hoist my pre-pregnancy jeans on, but realize that they won’t inch past my thighs.
My advice? Embrace it. Take pride in your new body, and let everyone see that you aren’t perfect. No celebrity or mother is perfect. And that’s OK.
So when you go to red carpet events and don’t want your jiggly belly roll to hang over your panties, you can do what all us non-celebrity moms do: invest in a good girdle and try not to exhale too much.
Danielle Herzog is a freelance writer and stay-at-home mom to two children.
Read her every Wednesday on momaha.
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