The former Miss Universe Australia posted a bikini selfie on Instagram overnight, just four weeks after giving birth.
She wrote: “4 weeks PP [post-partum] and I’m starting to get my stomach back! Aside from lots of walking and eating healthily, I’ve been doing loads of pelvic floor and transverse abdominus exercises. Still no traditional ab work though which is driving me crazy! #bodyafterbaby #”
Previously, on the topic of post-baby body shamming Mamamia’s Holly Wainwright wrote:
Today, I made the acquaintance of a gorgeous young model mum, Silvana Lovin.
And when I say made the acquaintance of, I mean looked at this picture of her on social media.
Silvana is married to Australian tennis player Mark Philippoussis. And this is what she said: ‘Finally found the courage to post this…Me. 2 wks after giving birth!’
Courage? I don’t even have the words. Except maybe….Ugh.
Silvana also shares her ‘secret’ for bouncing back to slim perfection so fast.
She says: “Ladies, I know every body’s different but trust me when I say:- Don’t forget to suck in your postpartum tummy’s! It’s the fastest most natural way to get your tummy back into shape:) I gave myself a few days to recover after birth then started sucking in a little everyday to get my stomach muscles working again- every little bit counts!”
Now, I know what you’re thinking: Here we go again. Another story bashing gorgeous, healthy celebrities who have made the effort to get off their lazy bums after having a baby and prioritise exercise and diet. Stop shaming thin people, you jealous chubster, and stop encouraging those lazy, flabby mums!
But I’m not bashing Silvana, who is clearly healthy and gorgeous. It’s not her fault that she thinks it’s perfectly normal and ‘courageous’ to look like you never had a baby two weeks after you actually had one. Because that is the lie we’re fed each and every day by the movies we watch, the magazines we read and the billboards we pass on our way to the supermarket, or to pick up our kids from daycare and school.
It seems like the only way to be considered to have had a baby the ‘right’ way is to have erased all sign of having carried it from your body as quickly as (super) humanly possible. The same goes for being pregnant. The only way to be considered a gorgeous, glowing pregnant woman is to basically not look pregnant at all.
There is a whole industry that has grown around these fears and expectations. And there are a lot of sort-of famous people happy to snap selfies showing how totally awesome they are at shrinking immediately after popping out their bub. (NB: Not really, really, famous people – because they’ll get paid lots of money for their post-baby body pictures, and they ain’t giving that good stuff away for free on Instagram, hell no).
And it sucks.
Not because mums should be encouraged to sit around eating cake, but because for many women in those first few weeks after giving birth, you are at your very most vulnerable.