British Royalty, Kate Middleton has been all over the news lately with her smoking post-baby body. Kim Kardashian, reality royalty also joins her in the ranks for bouncing back post baby with her body. It's great to see these women "back to work" but the news media seems to leave out an important piece in the puzzle of post baby body image. Having a baby changes a woman's body. Celebrities try to make those changes almost invisible.
Unfortunately, most women don't have the luxury of personal trainers, personal chefs, and nannies. According to the the health resources and services administration, U.S. is one of only 5 countries in the world that does not mandate paid maternity leave. The average maternity leave in the United States is just over ten weeks. That barely gives a woman enough time to focus on her baby, never mind losing her baby weight.
While celebrity transformations are impressive and a great goal to strive for, they are also insanely unrealistic for ninety nine percent of the mothers reading the articles about them. This puts unnecessary pressure on to quickly bounce back to pre-pregnancy weight. While it's important to be healthy, it's also important for women to set realistic expectations for themselves.