It seems like there has been a lot in the news lately about celebrity pregnancy. And by news, I mean online gossip pages. Maybe there is a celebrity baby boom, or maybe I’m just noticing it more because of my own pregnancy. Either way, today I’m going to dish about a little bit of baby bump gossip!
First up, Christina Applegate, whose daughter is almost two, was recently quoted as saying:
I just transitioned out of maternity jeans. I’m working on two years and I haven’t even lost all my weight. And those girls that do, they’re spending less time with their kids. I just wanted to hang out with my daughter 24 hours a day.
Wow. Where do I start? Every time I read that quote I get mad all over again.
I don’t really care if she is still wearing maternity pants, though I gotta say, it kind of goes against my own personal philosophy of body after baby. But to tear down other women in order to justify her own choices pisses me off. Yes it does. It pisses me off.
If losing weight, and being fit and healthy doesn’t matter to Christina since the birth of her child, fine. Her choice. But to suggest that women who take time to themselves to exercise are somehow less caring mothers is insulting and absurd. I don’t believe being a mom means that you cease to exist as your own person. Nor do I believe you score some kind of mom bonus points because you spend 24 hours a day with your kid. Frankly, I don’t think that is healthy for anyone. It certainly doesn’t set a good example of balance and self-worth, particularly to a daughter who might have kids of her own one day.
If exercise, fitness, and feeling good about yourself are things that make the hard times of parenting seem easier to you–if finding moments of Kairos time, as Glennon calls it, happens for you (as it sometimes does for me) when you are walking in nature, or pedaling away in cycling class, or dancing in Zumba, there is no reason to feel guilty.
At the exact opposite end of the spectrum, I was happy to see that Olympic beach volleyball superstar Kerri Walsh Jennings is expecting her third baby. Just like me.
That belly right there, was already cooking a kid as Kerri was winning her third Olympic gold medal. Yeah, I look like that too.
Upon announcing her pregnancy, Kerri joked,
When I was throwing my body around fearlessly and going for gold for our country, I was pregnant.
I doubt she’s a mom who thinks taking a little treadmill time means her kids are being neglected.
Another mom who has recently documented her post-baby workouts: Kristin Cavallari.
Here she is just eight weeks after the birth of her first son. She looks pretty amazing, right? Clearly that is some good genetics, and possibly some Spanx, plus, the girl is only 25. She also says she is breastfeeding, which does burn a significant amount of calories (not to mention being good for your baby), and taking a sensible approach to getting her body back.
I eat healthy in general and I’m taking it easy in the gym and working out three to four days a week. I’ve been on the treadmill and doing a little jogging, but taking it easy and not killing myself. And I haven’t really been stressing about it either. I think that helps.
Sounds like a good plan to me.
What about you moms out there? Do you feel guilty spending time on yourself instead of your kids? Or do you think workouts keep you healthy, sane, and make you a better parent? What’s your body after baby philosophy?