The Stepford Guide to Getting Your Body Back After Baby
I figured by now I'd stumbled across most of the advice that could be offered about getting in shape after baby.
Guess what? I was wrong.
In this article, a cosmetic surgeon shares the advice that he offers to celebrity moms who are determined to lose their baby weight by the time their baby announcements hit the newswires. Here's what he has to say, in a nutshell.
- If breastfeeding and using a breast pump don't produce the desired results, consider a "mommy makeover" featuring "a tummy tuck, breast lift, and lipo combo."
- Wait six months before scheduling your surgery. You'll be working with your nutritionist and personal trainer in the meantime and you probably won't have that much weight to lose. ("Women are just not gaining as much weight as they used to. Particularly in LA—you can't even tell they're pregnant.")
- Be grateful for small weight loss miracles, like a c-section. When you have a caesarean, you're on a liquid diet for a few days and your body burns extra calories while your tissue is healing. Lucky you!
The entire article makes for fascinating reading (in the most bizarre anthropological sense). However, it's disturbing to think that some women (celebrities or otherwise) might stumble across this advice and think it represents the current thinking in the world of pregnancy. (As if.)
The fact that advice like this can still find a home in the mainstream media tells us that the women's health movement still has a lot of work to do in raising awareness of what real women look like after they've just had a baby and in helping new moms to love and accept their bodies for the living miracles that they are.
It's also a reminder that as a media consumer, you have to think critically about the information you're consuming -- in the very same way that you carefully scrutinize product labels. You want to know what food you're feeding your body -- and what information you're feeding your brain.
Mommy's New Face -- a children's book about cosmetic surgery (article from blog archive)