If you haven’t seen at least one photo of Beyonce and her post-baby body in the past month, you might be living under a rock. At less than ten weeks postpartum, she looks fabulous in painted-on dresses. The first photos that caused a stir were at only 5 weeks after baby came, and even then she sported a flat tummy in a figure-hugging dress. Beyonce looks so great, in fact, that rumors spread that she had not given actually birth but had adopted or used a surrogate!
Kate Hudson in a string bikini on the beaches of Cancun also sparked a buzz, but without the ensuing rumors and allegations, probably due to the fact that her fantastic figure is 8 months postpartum.
Come to think of it, you don’t see many post-baby photos of celebrities looking pudgy. Since the average mom gains 20 to 35 pounds in a healthy pregnancy, did you ever wonder why that is? One explanation could be that they hide from cameras until they’ve shed their baby weight, which they seem to do at record speed. A second likely justification is the use of strong and sleek elastic undergarments to pull everything that’s loose into a seemingly tight package. There are no Spanx that fit under a bikini, though, so when they are baring all, it’s real.
An important factor in how much baby weight is gained and how quickly it is lost is the resources that celebrities have at their disposal. The personal chefs, personal trainers, personal stylists, personal assistants, and all other personal staff that one might imagine can make it a lot easier to take care of one’s self during and after pregnancy. But the average mom shouldn’t use that as an excuse to support the flawed belief that she cannot maintain and regain her shape as well as the stars. She has more references at her fingertips now more than ever. What it generally boils down to is quite simple: Eat Healthy and Exercise. There are many resources to guide you on nutritional choices and easy-to-implement exercise routines. I will not hide my biased opinion and shamelessly plug my own book, Baby Weight, as the best of those available.
So, the next time you see a picture of Reese Witherspoon looking slim and trim even as her pregnancy progresses, remind yourself that even though she probably has a personal trainer and a private yoga instructor and a personal chef to help keep her on track, it is in the end the mama who makes healthy choices and shows restraint against temptation, and who does the hard work to exercise regularly to keep her body toned. Every mama can do that. Yes, even you.