Last month The Office star Jenna Fischer gave her two cents on celebrities and pregnancy. Because in Hollywood, everyone sheds their baby weight in six to eight weeks and looks absolutely amazing. It almost makes you not afraid to pack on the pounds during a pregnancy because, if Bethenny Frankel can shed it all in a matter of weeks, won’t you be able to as well? Probably not.
“I think it’s unnatural,” Jenna said of these unrealistic expectations. “There’s so much pressure on you as a new mom that the last thing you need to have hanging over your head is some expectation of what your body is supposed to look like. I actually think that the scrutiny of new mothers’ bodies has gotten out of control. Every new mother just gets a free pass. I’m actually angered by the ‘posing in a bikini six weeks after having my baby’ [trend]… Who cares if our boobs are hanging low and we have a little more junk in the trunk? We created a human being, everybody. Let’s celebrate!”
You can probably imagine where I am going with this: the scrutiny on Jessica Simpson’s post-baby body.
I’ll admit, I made jokes about Jessica Simpson secretly carrying twins, and wasn’t surprised when her daughter Maxwell weighed in at nearly 10 lbs at birth. But in reality — as someone who has never been pregnant — who was I to judge? Plus, with my keen celebrity eye, I knew that Jessica most definitely looked far heavier in paparazzi photos than in reality.
And now that Jessica has given birth, all eyes are on the girl who once wowed the world with her Daisy Dukes body, to see if she can slip into those jean cut-offs once again.
You know what I say? Let her be.
Jessica just had a baby! Via C-section! She should be at home, staring at her precious baby Maxwell and learning to balance her fiancée, daughter, and multimillion dollar businesses.
It is absolutely unfair how much pressure not only just Hollywood, but normal people sitting at home, writing on message boards and gossiping with their friends about the latest magazine covers, put on post-pregnant celebrities.
I personally have no doubt in my mind that Jessica will lose the weight. For one reason, she has a massive Weight Watchers contract motivating her. She’s proven before she can be healthy and fit — and she’ll do it again. But she will do it on her own time and lose whatever amount of weight she (and Weight Watchers) wants.
By putting so much pressure and judgment on Jessica, people are in turn celebrating celebrities (who will remain nameless) who promote this Mommy-rexia or Preg-a-rexia idea that you should be super, super-skinny throughout pregnancy, even if it may sacrifice the needs of your unborn child.
One of my favorite pregnant celebrities is the gorgeous, talented, health-conscious and charitable Natalie Portman.
“I actually went back to being vegetarian when I became pregnant, just because I felt like I wanted that stuff,” Natalie admitted mid-pregnancy. “I was listening to my body to have eggs and dairy and that sort of stuff.”
She listened to her body, did what it wanted, and gave birth to a presumably healthy child. Not to say none of the mommy-rexia women did that — but what happens is they give “regular” pregnant women an unrealistic standard to attain during and after pregnancy, which has the potential to be dangerous.
So I say, while celebrity-watchers soak up tons of information about pregnant celebrities, like Jessica, instead of focusing on their weight, focus on what they’re doing (whether it be eating healthy, exercising, preparing) in anticipation of their child. And when the child is born, instead of dwelling on the fact that said celebrity still can’t fit into their size 25 jeans, focus on the beautiful new life they created. And hope they turn out normal…unlike some celebrity children.
What do you think? Do you think it’s right to judge how much weight a pregnant celebrity gains? And then to monitor their progress after they give birth? Or should we just let these women be? Weigh in below!