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Celebrity mamas fuel post-baby body blues
Then something happened: her daughter Samantha, born Feb. 4, 2008.
“I decided to subscribe right before I had my baby so I could still read the gossip every weekend,” says Schoch, a 31-year-old public relations maven from Denver. “But then I just got depressed.
They’d have all these beautiful pictures of Christina Aguilera and Nicole Richie and they’d be talking about how they lost all their baby weight. It made me feel bad about myself. So I canceled my subscription.”
Schoch isn’t the only one who has come down with the celebrity baby body blues. A survey by the San Francisco-based Web site Babycenter.com on the impact of “teeny and toned new celebrity moms” found 31 percent of moms felt angry about the “extra pressure on regular moms to look that way” and 24 percent simply felt depressed.
And truly, who can blame them? Celebrity moms are not only dropping their baby weight quickly, they seem to be engaged in some sort of Postpartum Weight Loss Olympics. One week, the tabloids will be abuzz with the news that Marcia Cross has lost her baby weight (from twins!) in three months’ time; the next, a svelte Halle Berry will be rocking the red carpet just six short weeks after delivery. In the most recent case of celebrity shrinkdown, Nicole Kidman’s post-baby body was declared “Already Hot After 2 Weeks!” by the New York Post Chronicle.
But the lightning fast weight loss is only part of the picture. Hollywood moms are also stripping down in order to rub their perfectly restored bodies in our dimpled, dumbfounded faces.
From pregnant to Playboy
Just two months after giving birth to her son Henry, Heidi Klum donned an electric thong to strut the Victoria’s Secret catwalk.
Former Bond girl Denise Richards, who gained 30 pounds while carrying her first daughter Sam took it all off (the weight and her clothes) for Playboy magazine just five months after she delivered. Not to be outdone, supermodel Heidi Klum hit the Victoria’s Secret catwalk — in an electric bra and thong, no less — just eight weeks after giving birth to son, Henry.
Is it any wonder that normal everyday moms are baring something, as well? Namely their claws.
“Thanks to celeb moms who show up on the red carpet svelte and perfect weeks after giving birth, regular women are faced with a ridiculous standard to meet,” one commenter posted on Jezebel.com.
“So now we’re supposed to look like anorexic teenagers as soon as we squeeze Junior out?” added another.
Kristyn Wilson, a 30-year-old media relations specialist from Columbus, Ohio, who gave birth to son, Jack, 10 months ago, says she’s had it up to here with stars and their instantaneously streamlined bodies.
“Pushing women to lose so much weight and lose it so quickly when you’re just trying to figure out how to be a mom and balance your life is mean and unfair,” says Wilson. “It puts undue pressure on women and promotes an unfair image to husbands who think ‘If Christina Aguilera can get her body back so quickly, why can’t my wife?
Experts, meanwhile, warn that the raising of this beauty bar can be unhealthy for mom and baby, no matter how famous they are.
Most doctors don’t advise extreme dieting or vigorous workouts immediately after giving birth. The La Leche League International, a breast-feeding support organization, recommends mothers not deliberately try to lose weight the first two months after having a baby to establish a good milk supply and let their bodies recover from childbirth.
Women who want to lose weight still need between 1,500 and 1,800 calories a day to maintain good milk production, the organization says. On the flip side, nursing burns up to 500 calories a day so Junior can help you in your quest to shed pounds.
By Diane Mapes
updated 8:23 a.m. ET Aug. 11, 2008