by NICKY CHAMP
My daughter was only one day old when I received the first comment about my post-baby body.
I was standing by her humidicrib feeling a mixture of trepidation, fear and joy when a nurse in the Intensive Care Unit said, “My, didn’t you get your figure back quickly?” Pulled out of my reverie, I struggled to answer her. I muttered something like, “Huh, what? Oh, thanks.”
I’m sure it was meant as a compliment at a tough time but really, the intensive care unit is not the place for post-body baby talk. At a time when I should’ve been thinking solely about the health of my first-born child, I instead became acutely aware of how my body looked to others.
Similarly, a friend was rendered speechless when she attended her first mothers group meeting when her baby was six weeks old. Another first-time mum stood up, clapped her hands together and announced to the group she had done some research and had found a nearby twice-weekly personal training session that also had a nanny service for the babies.
“Who’s in?” she inquired.
Expecting the group to be as bewildered as her, my friend was shocked to see seven other mothers raise their hands and talk excitedly about losing the weight they’d gained. Did I mention this was only six weeks after the birth? As most mothers would attest to, the thought of leaving the safe cocoon of the house at the six week mark is daunting enough without being enlisted into commando style fitness training – needless to say she didn’t return.
I think the reason why we are all so focused on regaining our pre-baby figures is due in part to the way celebrity post-baby bodies are treated in the media. Yesterday Jessica Simpson appeared on a US talk show to “reveal” her post-baby body four months after the birth of her daughter, Maxwell.
“I’ve just had a lot of pressure on me to lose the baby weight, and today was actually one of my goals: getting here, and feeling comfortable in a beautiful dress,” admitted Simpson.