This morning I was watching a local morning show when I heard some celebrity gossip that completely rubbed me the wrong way and made me feel completely horrible for every newly postpartum mother out there.
It was a panel of “experts” (experts in I don’t know what, mind you) discussing how it was totally normal and acceptable that Jessica Simpson gained “all that weight” during her pregnancy with daughter Maxwell but now that she’s given birth, she can now start focusing on getting back into shape.
Um, what did they just say?
How about the fact that Jessica Simpson just gave birth? LIKE YESTERDAY!
I think it’s high time we cut this girl some serious slack.
How about instead of discussing all the ways she might get “back to normal size”, let’s discuss how excited for her we are, and how she can now finally focus on being a mom? Let’s discuss that contrary to Hollywood’s standards, exercising should be the last thing on her mind because OMG she just had a baby yesterday?
Obviously, the “expert discussion” infuriated me. It’s no wonder so many women suffer from postpartum depression and anxiety (present company included). How am I suppose to feel right now, 4 months postpartum, when I turn on morning TV and hear experts talking about a woman who just gave birth (and apparently gained “too much” weight) needing to start focusing on herself and getting back to “normal” asap.
Sure, Jessica Simpson will probably lose her baby weight quicker than the rest of us. Sure, she will likely hire a team of chefs and personal trainers to help her along the way, at prices you and I wouldn’t ever be able to afford. And sure, then the media will attack her and probably scrutinize her for “getting her body back” too quickly.
In my opinion, thanks to the media, Jessica Simpson is damned if she does, and damned if she doesn’t.
At the end of the day, I’m excited for Jessica Simpson. I congratulate her on her beautiful 9 pound 13 ounce healthy baby girl. My advice to her? Turn your TV off, shut out all that gossip noise, and focus on bonding and taking care of that sweet little girl. Jessica, no matter what size you are, you are a new mom, and your postpartum body is perfect the way it is.
[Photo: via PacificCoastNews.com]