According to Gwyneth Paltrow, ANYONE can lose weight after having a baby. Of course, Gwyneth works out 2 hours a day with a personal trainer. And making millions each year, it is pretty much guaranteed that she has a nanny, a housekeeper, and a chef. But still, she claims that even those women without buko bucks and all the perks that come with it can fit into their pre-pregnancy jeans shortly after pregnancy.
“Every woman can make time – every woman – and you can do it with your baby in the room,” she said. “There have been countless times where I’ve worked out with my kids crawling around all over the place. You just make it work, and if it’s important to you, it’ll be important to them.”
Yes, she said EVERY woman. So that means you, mommy who is recovering from a c-section. And yes, that means you, mommy who gained more than the recommended 30 pounds (who of us hasn’t?). And it even means those of you who carried twins, triplets, or octuplets. And you should be working on this even while your children are clamoring for your attention and getting into things while you’re not giving it to them. Even if you can’t find time to take a daily shower, you should be making it your priority to get your pre-baby body back.
So obviously if Gwyneth can do it, we should too. Right?
Having a natural shape that is less than my ideal (I have to work really hard to get ‘slim’) I (and I don’t think I’m alone here) occasionally have grumbled about the gorgeous figures of various on-screen ladies and bemoaned my own more…curvy…figure — and my boyfriend has pointed out to me that for those people, looking like that is their job. Most of them spend hours working with personal trainers and have nutritionists and expensive organic foods that are just right for their body type. Most of the rest of us have jobs that do less for our figures — I know that working on projects and studying rarely tone my tummy.
I don’t know if maybe…stars are required by their publicists to make these announcements of ‘you too can look just as great as me in only ten minutes a day!’ …because for most mere mortals, I think that the time and effort involved to look that fabulous, on top of a day job (be it motherhood, school, being a breadwinner or a combination thereof) is rather considerable…as I think another wine country mom I know can probably attest to. And to suggest that any woman that just had a kid can get her pre-baby body back in no time is just…I would think it’s almost insulting, suggesting that already-exhausted new moms simply aren’t really trying, and that’s why their tummies are still a bit flabby. Add to that the fact that Gweneth seems to be a woman that tends towards slenderness anyway, and I just don’t think she’s seeing a realistic view of what the average mom experiences.
(I just want to take a moment here to express my bitterness that lovely Gwen’s preggo pic resembles my figure on one of my better, skinnier days. After being sick for a week or two. Wait…no…I think she’s still skinnier. By a fair margin.)
Yeah, you can lose the baby weight, Gwen, but your daughter is gonna be named Apple for the rest of her life…
“recommended 30 pounds” – um? Yeah…. (*cough* 46 pounds *cough*) … I actually lost quite a bit of weight in the 9 months following my delivery, but for those last stubborn 10 pounds that lingered for 4 years. I had to become kind of a nutrition and fitness maniac to lose the last bit of my weight, so I agree that people can do it, but there are a lot of “if’s”. It’s not easy, if it were, everyone would be on the cover of fitness magazine.