Hiss hiss, scratch, MEOW! Holy catfight, Batman…we just found out how to get women to claw each other’s eyes out, virtually (of course : )).
While perusing the latest information on Tummy tucks, there was an article heavily implying that there is a bit of shallowness involved with celebrity moms who try to regain their former shapes too quickly; publicize them by participating in Victoria’s Secret shows 5 weeks after childbirth, doing gratuitous magazine covers in bikinis and signing up with well-known diet companies, etc…The author inferred that the women’s ‘obsession’ with their pre-baby bodies is self-centered and that their priorities might be misplaced. Skip below to the brawl that ensued in the comments section…
Most people rushed to the defense of the celebrity moms – and pointed out that these women were not being vain – but, merely attempting to ‘keep their jobs’, like anyone would do. The fact that their beauty and bodies are their livelihood, and that, in essence, ‘the public doesn’t want to buy tickets to see bulgy, unkempt women who use the excuse of child birth to let themselves spiral into frumpiness and mom jeans…when thousands of other starlets and rising talent are waiting in the wings to take their place’ was one of the major topics – others included an allegation that losing weight is a symptom of being bi-polar (huh?), man-hating (that men cause women to need to lose weight afterward…huh?), that celebrity men are held to the same standards of not regressing into doughiness, child-hating (a few people bashed childbirth, completely), how women in other countries don’t have the problems with obesity that American women seem to have, and SO much more. It was quite an opinionated exchange!
Surprisingly, only two people mentioned plastic surgery; with this statement being the very last in the thread (saving the best for last? : )), “Why not just reveal that supermodels and supercelebrities schedule their tummy tucks for immediately after giving birth. It’s all part of the same procedure is what my friends in the medical profession tell me.” And one reader, who is a medical professional, not only commented; she posted on another website, discussing WHY women should seek alternatives to ‘boot-camp-like’ training to regain their bodies after child-birth: “…If any postpartum trainer suggests an intense cardio program with a lot of running and jumping, or a core training program that involves a lot of crunches, v-sits or back bends, find someone else! Those intense cardio routines are going to put a lot of pressure on your pelvic floor during a time when it needs to be protected and the extreme abs approach will encourage your rectus muscles to separate. The linea negra – the dark line down a pregnant belly – is an indicator of that kind of normal (and relatively minor) separation during pregnancy. If the separation isn’t given time to reverse after birth it can lead to diastasis recti, where your internal organs are actually pushing forward between those muscles.
Most people are completely unaware of the fact that they could injure their pelvic floor, permanently, in the quest toward their pre-pregnancy body. The pelvic floor is extremely important to keep our organs from prolapsing and our bladder from becoming incontinent. Yeah…we want a healthy pelvic floor : ). It is also something that is addressed during discussions for a tummy tuck – because, oftentimes, a weak pelvic floor is discovered / fixed during the surgery.
You don’t have to be a celebrity mom to want to look good after having your baby. It is not a vain, or selfish, priority. Part of post-partum depression can be tied to our feelings about the body we once had vs. the one we have now. Being a mom doesn’t mean you don’t have the right to be happy and healthy as well. If you are searching for answers, consult with a local plastic surgeon to find out if a Tummy tuck or ‘Mommy Makeover’ might be in your best interest.