Feel The Pressure To Be A “Mom-Shell?”

September 17, 2012  |  

From Beyoncé to Heidi Klum, celebrity moms seem to bounce right back to their pre-pregnancy weight in no time. But is their ability to drop the pounds and look so fab, so soon putting too much pressure on mothers in “the real world”?

First off, it’s important that we acknowledge that Beyoncé would probably be bootylicious at just about any weight. It’s one of the reasons we secretly love and hate her all at once. But after giving birth to her daughter, Blue Ivy, and returning to the stage minus 60 pounds just four and a half months later, Bey joined the ranks of several other celebrity “momshells;” inadvertently setting a standard for mothers everywhere, not just in Hollywood.

Part mom, part bombshell, the “momshell” has quickly become what most of society expects to see after women give birth: a slim figure, well-coifed mane and flawless makeup, all wrapped up in a skintight outfit and teetering in heels no less than 5 inches high. And that’s just for a trip to the grocery store.

Gone is that 2 month grace period that some of us tried to stretch to 2 years (guilty as charged!), where elastic waistbands and oversized t-shirts weren’t only acceptable, but mandatory when it came to entering motherhood.

Now, more and more moms are just as likely to be found searching for girdles as they are nursing bras, adhering to the “fake it till you make it” philosophy of post-pregnancy fitness.

Of course, if you ask any of these “momshells” how they got their bangin’ bodies, most of them will tell you that it’s genetics. The honest ones, however, will admit that it took eating right and a LOT of exercise. (We’re sure that personal trainers and the thought of no longer being employable also played a part.)

In essence, it’s nothing that we haven’t heard before. You work hard, you get results. All you have to do is want it bad enough. And though being healthy is a reasonable goal for any woman, the question is: Why are we starting to want “it” so bad, so soon?

MommyNoire Community Chat:
Do you – or did you – feel the need to lose the baby weight right after giving birth? Who do you think puts more pressure on moms to get back to their pre-pregnancy weight – men, or other women? Do celebrity moms frustrate you or fuel you to work harder to reach your weight loss goals? Sound off.

Words By: Shayla Perry
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