Racing to Lose Baby Weight: A Public, Competitive Sporting Event

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 These days, it seems the public eye has turned a mother’s post-pregnancy body into the latest and greatest sporting event: The Ultimate Race to Lose Baby Weight.

Who will win? Will it be Kate, Duchess of Cambridge; Jessica Simpson, fashion mogul and Weight Watchers representative; or Kim Kardashian, TV’s ridiculously idolized reality VIP?

Ladies, are you ready for our public scrutiny? On your marks, get set … wait, there’s a twist! We’ve already begun our judgingGO!

This may come as a surprise to anyone who has not officially completed their first round of childbirth; but after the delivery of a child, the mother will not suddenly lose the 25- to 60-pound weight gain she experienced during her pregnancy (regardless of a vaginal delivery or c-section). Shocking, right?

There are more important things to think about than stripping off the baby weight. Like, say, the baby.

The combined weight of both the baby and the placenta does not even come close to the total pounds the pregnant mom-to-be will have gained.

Fortunately, some publicists and editors have already discovered how difficult and unfair this great race to drop pregnancy pounds can be.

Huffington Post’s recent article about Redbook’s cover of Kristen Bell, who was photographed 11 weeks post-childbirth, remembers that “There are more important things to think about than stripping off the baby weight. Like, say, the baby.”

OK! Magazine has even printed an apology for its recent cover story on the Duchess of Cambridge’s “post-baby weight-loss regime,” saying in its statement, “We would not dream of being critical of her appearance.”

I admire the fact that Kate even appeared in public for photos and questioning so soon after giving birth to Prince George, who is the third in line for the throne. I loved seeing her pudged belly and glowing face! That took courage. The LAST thing I would’ve wanted to do so soon after the birth of my daughter was put on makeup, get my hair all pretty, put on a dress, and walk out onto the hospital steps to greet a massive crowd of reporters, photographers, and spectators.

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However, the weight loss of these highly celebrated women will remain followed – close up and in high-def – with “plenty of acid-tinged commentary” behind them for every calorie-burning step they take.

And as they close in on their final lap of this Great Race to the finish line, magazines, news stations, and social entertainment media will be sure to announce the winner, giving her the official, first place title: “The First to Achieve the Skinniest Post-Baby Body.”

It’s ludicrous. It’s silly. It’s nonsensical. And it’s what we are being socially programmed to do. Why is that?

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Racing to Lose Baby Weight: A Public, Competitive Sporting Event

Kimberly Shannon is a wife, a mother, an editor, a writer ... She is always working to find the perfect balance¹! After Kimberly received her bachelor’s degree in Journalism, she worked on two master’s degree programs (Creative Writing, and Marriage and Family Therapy). At various times in her life she has signed up to study Naturopathy, only to back out at the last minute, and humored the idea of returning full-time to the world of dance. Kimberly has also started 10 different children ... More

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2 comments

  1. Sabrina says:

    Every woman has a different genetic makeup and carries differently. Moat women will return to their normal bodies within 3 to 6 months after giving birth. Some women will work extra hard to go back to a better body and some women will allow the process to take place naturally. But honestly I think this issue is more polarizing in the white American culture. Black women, Indian women, Middle Eastern, Latina and North African women are more proud of their curves so while no one wants to be fat and stretched out, I honestly think there’s more pressure on women who don’t identify as a racial minority in Amwrica.

  2. Phammom says:

    I vote for Kate. Not about losing it the quickest but I have the most respect for her.

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