So Jessica Simpson had a baby and now the media is riding her new mama muffin top to join the rest of the celeb moms who grace the covers of magazines with headlines like “How I Got My Body Back in Just Six Seconds!“. We see these women standing in teeny weeny bikinis next to their workout regime and their macrobiotic, personal chef prepared meals that You Too Can Duplicate if you want truly want to stop being the fat ass that you are and live up to the impossible ideal you are currently gazing upon. And that’s when we do one of two things: buy into the bullshit or roll our eyes and wonder at the marvels of computer-generated perfection, nannies, and in-home gyms.

Oh, and don’t forget the hefty paycheck that comes with posing for those ridiculously annoying Bikini Body After Baby magazine cover shoots. Or Jessica’s whooper of a Weight Watchers deal.

Motivation, anyone?

My motivation right after having Buttercup was more along the lines of sleeping for 60 consecutive minutes, remembering to shower, and not peeing myself every time I sneezed, laughed, or farted. I wore yoga pants all day, and sometimes all night because I hadn’t bothered changing into pajamas, simply because they fit my muffin top and were easily thrown into the wash when I got puked on.

So when Stefanie Wilder-Taylor asked women to send in Real Women post-partum baby pics, I jumped on board. Granted, it took me three hours spread over two days to find three photos that actually contained me in them with my child before she turned one, but find one I did.

Pregnancy gave me a six-pound miracle and a 45-pound assteau/muffin top combo. Did I hate my body back then? Of course I did. But I was too busy falling in love with my baby to bother giving a shit about fitting into a bikini.

I’d love it if you took a few minutes to read Stefanie’s Babble post here and take a look what real women look like after having a baby. Then, just maybe, a few more of us will stop buying into that bullshit and start loving who we are.

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  4 Responses to “Real Women Don’t Get AirBrushed (or: Motherhood Uncensored)”

  1. It’a been 8.5 years and I’m still about 7 pounds and a whole size away from where I was pre-Gracie. I see it as a very worthwhile trade off :-). I have a mommy body and that’s fine with me! Now let’s see what Jessica’s personal chef, trainer and plastic surgeon can whip up!

    I’m betting it’s at least three months before we see her again. Personally I’m happy she did eat and enjoy her pregnancy! She always looked radiant and happy.
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  2. I’m sick and tired of seeing these so-called celebs with their body’s back in shape 3 hours after giving birth. Look at Mariah Carey; she had twins and looked really big during pregnancy (as you do with twins), but regained her body (in no-time and without stretch marks) and a big fat paycheck courtesy of Jenny Craig.

    Jessica scored a deal with Weight Watchers and no doubt there’s another celeb with another big dollar deal in the works right now, making women feel bad about themselves if they don’t lose the weigh pronto after giving birth. We all know these people had more help losing the baby fat(personal trainer, cook, plastic surgeon) then we will ever get, so it’s all a load of rubbish.

    With a lot of time and effort you can lose the weight and (sort of) regain your shape, but this time might also be better spend with your newborn.

  3. Just to clear, airbrushing my face for a… well-rested look… is still okay, right?

    Dude. My baby is ELEVEN and I am still wearing yoga pants. I never really bought into that whole guilt thing…

    But, I hate to see women stressing themselves out those first few months to “get their body back”. Here’s some news: You won’t be getting your body back for a while- the kid owns it now… ;)
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