Are celebrities appropriate role models for new moms?

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Are celebrities appropriate role models for new moms?

I hear it over and over again from new moms – (insert name of female celebrity mom) looks amazing just ____ (days/weeks/months) after delivering. How come I don’t look like that? How come I can’t lose the weight as quickly as she did? How come I don’t look that rested? How come I don’t look like that in a bikini, and come to think of it, how come I’ve never looked like that in a bikini? I must be doing something wrong.  

celebrities appropriate role models for new moms

The media is full of updates and images of celebrity moms’ post-baby bodies. While it is reassuring that there seem to be more messages circulating lately about the pressure placed on women to look a certain way after pregnancy, the fact still remains that when the media puts out these updates and images of celebrity moms, women are interested. They click, view and share so much that the media continues to feed the demand.

celebrities appropriate role models for new moms

 

The first message I want to convey to all of you moms out there is to stop comparing yourself and your body to others, including celebrities. You are unique, in your experiences, lifestyle, medical history, body type, genes, diet and so on. You are unlike any other woman so why compare yourself to other women? Focus on yourself and your health…whatever your version of healthy is.   

The second message and the focus of this post is that the post-baby bodies of celebrity moms aren’t appropriate for us regular moms to emulate.

Why?

Celebrity moms aren’t just like regular moms, no matter how much they claim to be.

They get paid to look great. Their livelihood depends on how they look, so the incentive is that much stronger to put in the time to look great physically. If you read an honest interview with a celebrity mom who didn’t bounce back quickly, chances are she’ll mention that she took a break from work and didn’t have a runway, photo shoot, television show, weight loss company endorsement deal, performance, or movie to get ready for.

They have lots of time and money to devote to exercising and eating healthy. They have people on retainer to help them do these things. Personal trainers. Chefs. Expensive meal delivery services.

Most of them have help around the house. Nannies and housekeepers at the very least.

Most of them have been blessed with great genes.

To be fair, there are plenty of “regular” moms who, like celebrity moms, are also blessed with great genes or are able to afford full-time nannies. Each component on its own doesn’t necessarily set celebrity moms apart, but it does when examined from the bigger picture and factored in with everything else.

The moral of the story is…

The next time you see an image of a celebrity mom’s post-baby body (or any other new mom for that matter), immediately stop yourself from comparing. Her body looking great doesn’t take anything away from you and your worth. She is who she is and you are who you are. Live your version of a healthy lifestyle. Find activities that you enjoy and that you can realistically incorporate into your life. Eat foods that make your body feel and function at its best. Be the best that you can be.    

 

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