In this world of judge or be judged, a new mother from Norway is on the proverbial chopping block for parading her post-baby body selfie on Instagram, only four days postpartum, exposing her flat abs according to Yahoo Shine on Monday.
Caroline Berg Eriksen is a 26-year-old journalist who touts the most popular blog in Norway, FotballFrue.No, translated, Soccer Lady. She married soccer player Lars-Kristian in 2010, and the pair became the proud parents of a baby girl, Nelia, on November 24. Four days later, the young Norwegian mother posted a photo of her flat abs to her Instagram account, with the caption, “I feel so empty, and still not 4 days after birth,” which caused a firestorm in the comments section and in the global media.
Yahoo Shine has reported the Australian blogger of Mama Mia has declared the post-delivery fitness photo an act against motherhood in her piece that published on Monday, “This is not a selfie. This is an act of war.” Because, as author Rebecca Sparrow writes it, the photograph is more about how hot the Norwegian mother looks, rather than the new life that recently entered the world.
This whole situation has become ludicrous. The competition for women to give birth and then immediately remove any trace from their bodies that they ever carried a child is OBSCENE. There is no other word for it. Actually, it’s more than obscene – this “Look how hot I still am!” obsession and need for public endorsement.
Yes, we all know that self-obsessed, picture taking attention “ahem” on Facebook or other social media who clamors for comments with bikini shots that focus on a few large assets, and while they should be proud of their purchased products, or God-given in some cases, there is a fine line between pride and placating one’s ego, which it seems is the message Sparrow is trying to convey. However, judgment, on any level is wrong when so many women struggle with body image issues.
Other fitness bloggers and writers have weighed in on both sides of the postpartum flat-ab selfie debate, calling the young soccer wife a “shameless exhibitionist, (however) attacking Caroline Berg Eriksen for her post-birth body does nothing to further the cause of mothers.”
Flaunting is different than inspiring. Caroline looks amazing, but the comment on how empty she feels (attached to the Instagram selfie) is alarming. It is important to eat healthy following birth and to slowly return to a pre-pregnancy weight. What seems to be at issue, over all of the name-calling, is the concern that the Norwegian blogger has lost the weight in a unhealthy manner.
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