By NICKY CHAMP
If Jessica Alba jumped off a bridge, would you do it?
Okay, that’s a bad example.
If Jessica Alba wore a girdle to regain her post-baby body, would you do it?
The reason I’m asking is because the old-fashioned restrictive garment is gaining popularity amongst new mothers –including celebrity mums like Alba – to help flatten their stomachs after giving birth.
Post-birth girdle brands like Belly Bandit, Bellefit and locally, BodyBelt all promise to assist mothers in the post-birth recovery by reducing back pain, reshaping the belly, waist and hips and decrease bloating and swelling.
Angelina Jolie and Gwen Stefani have previously admitted to using post-birth girdles and Jessica Alba is the latest celebrity to reveal she wore not one, but two corsets after her daughters Honor, four, and Haven, one, were born.
“It was brutal; it’s not for everyone,” Alba says in an interview for Net-a-Porter magazine. “I wore a double corset day and night for three months. It was sweaty, but worth it.”
In another interview with Lucky magazine, Alba said: “I wear a girdle around my tummy from the moment I give birth until it doesn’t feel loosely goosey anymore—that takes a good two to three months. It’s spandex with Velcro.”
One forum member on the original Mail Online article said, “I just think this is so sad – why are women being pressured into getting back into shape so soon after giving birth, so much so that now we’re having girdles pushed at us!”
“I don’t care what a celebrity does or doesn’t do to their body after giving birth – a woman should be concentrating on the most important thing in her life in the period straight after childbirth. Hint: it’s not a girdle.”