In this post on The Modern Motherhood Project, I discussed how the media portrayal of celebrity postpartum weight loss has negatively affected societal expectations of women and their own post-baby body image.
So just as a reminder that celebrity mums are regular mums too, here are four celebrities who have refreshingly honest opinions on postpartum body image:
Jennifer Love Hewitt
“If your priorities are right, the baby’s most important. You have to eat to feed your baby. And I have a girl, so I want her to see some day why her mom has good self-esteem and good body issues. It gets you down sometimes, I’m not going to lie. I’ve had days where I’m like, ‘Ugh, I wish this was easier.’ But it’s not, and that’s OK.”
Telling ABC News, the singer said “I’m taking it week-by-week so I don’t get frustrated with myself… If I had a long-term goal and that’s all I thought about, I think it would set me back more.”
On whether she had difficult accepting change — “Change is hard no matter what it is. Especially when it’s weight gain, but you know, it’s easy to focus on the negatives and completely disregard the fact that you’re making another human. You’re participating in the most beautiful cycle that this earth will allow—who cares if you put on weight for a few months or a year or two years? In the grand scheme of things, I refuse to let it bother me. And it makes me really sad that a lot of women are so susceptible to letting it bother them because we choose as human beings and as media to let the narrative on pregnant women be all about body size.”
After giving birth to her son in 2012, the singer told Us Weekly, “I think if you ask any pregnant mom, they’re like ‘I want my body back…But it takes time. It takes nine months for your body to get that way, and it’s putting on that weight on purpose. The second I start to get down like, ‘What happened to my body?’ I look at my beautiful baby—and I’ve never been more appreciative for this body that I have.” And that, ladies, is an amazing attitude!”