Do Celebrity Mums Make You Feel Inadequate?
Beyonce, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Lopez … they’re all so happy to spout their mothering wisdom, from how they lost the baby weight to how they only allow their weirdly-named offspring to eat organic wheat and dairy-free food.
But how do you feel after reading an interview with one of these super-mums? Flabby and irresponsible (but I let Jack have TWO ice-creams last week!) or inspired to pop out for a lengthy run to the organic shop to spend $400 on organic fruit and veggies?
According to British psychologists, it’s usually the former: reading celebrity mum interviews can leave mums feeling like failures if they’re not in their skinny jeans within weeks of squeezing out junior. But sadly we tend to forget one very important factor when feeling bad about ourselves: most of us cannot afford a personal trainer, let alone the chef and nanny required to make rapid weight loss possible - whether this is even healthy is another matter altogether. And seriously, those celebrity mums are missing out on that quality bonding time when bubs is asleep on your chest, the TV is on and you have a newly-opened packet of Tim Tams within easy reach. Bliss!
We asked some reachME mums how they feel about their post baby bods, here’s what they had to say:
“I don’t feel guilty about my muffin top at all. I’m not happy about it, but I don’t feel guilt like I should have lost all the weight already. I still haven’t regained full control over my bladder, so it’s not like I’m ready for a Zumba class yet.” Jo (gave birth 6 months ago)
“It wasn’t celebrity mums that made me feel bad, it was my own mum! She bought me a gym membership for my 30th birthday – six weeks after I gave birth to my second child. Nice hint there mum!” Liz
“I feel that these celebrity mums are creating an unrealistic expectation about how our bodies should be soon after giving birth – not with mums themselves, but with husbands and partners. And we’re not being given the truth either – these celeb mums never mention how starving themselves may have made their PND worse, or led to their breast milk drying up. I put enough pressure and guilt on myself without making it worse by reading an interview with a mum who has two full-time nannies, a personal chef and unlimited time to exercise.” Jill (mum of 2).
“I have to say after my first two kids the weight came off fairly quickly, and I may have been a little bit smug about it – so maybe it’s karma that 18 months after giving birth to my third child I am at my heaviest ever. But I do love making good healthy food for my kids, although that doesn’t mean they miss out on the occasional treat.” Louise
Do you think celeb-mums have it easy?
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