Hilaria Baldwin embraces her lingering baby weight in a selfie posted two days after giving birth.
Back off of our bumps.
That’s the message from New York City mothers sick of laboring over their post-baby bodies.
Hilaria Baldwin became the poster-mom for postpartum self esteem on Friday after posting a mirror selfie of her residual belly, just two days after giving birth.
“I believe it’s important to love our form after,” captioned Alec Baldwin’s 30-year-old wife in the revealing Instagram shot, along with the hashtags #NoShame, #LoveYourBody and #ShrinkingBaldwinBabyBump.
But the day before, model Paulina Gretzky flaunted her impossibly toned tummy and tiny waist in a string bikini snap that showed no sign she gave birth only five months ago.
Victoria’s Secret Angel Adriana Lima worked out for six hours a day to walk runway just eight weeks after giving birth.
Bronx mom Annamarya Scaccia is more concerned about recovering from her emergency C-section than she is about squeezing into a bikini.
“Women should not have to feel shame for the changes their body undergoes, nor should they stress needlessly to compete for the best post-pregnancy body,” said Scaccia, 32. “And I refuse to feel any shame or disappointment because my body didn’t snap back after I delivered my son.”
Dee Little, a 54-year-old mother from Harlem, agreed. “Everybody can’t look like this,” she said. “That’s not right.”
Liz Lange, an upper East Side mother of two and founder of Liz Lange Maternity wear, praised Baldwin for putting her lingering baby weight front and center.
Kate Middleton’s residual baby bump was still on display a day after giving birth in 2013.
“Someone on Madison Avenue once asked me when I was due, and I almost cried, because I’d already had the baby a week before,” said Lange. “That’s the secret truth that no one talks about – that you still look pregnant for weeks afterward. I see women still wearing maternity clothing for a year post-baby, because it’s hard to lose that kind of weight.”
New moms Kate Middleton and Chelsea Clinton both didn’t shy away from showing their bloated bellies after giving birth, but they are the exceptions to the rule. Many celebrities bounce back to their pre-baby bodies faster than you can say “selfie.”
Gisele Bundchen rocked a bikini on a Costa Rican beach just three months after giving birth to her daughter Vivian Lake. Alessandra Ambrosio modeled the $ 2.5 million “fantasy bra” for the 2012 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show only five months after giving birth. Adriana Lima walked that same runway just eight weeks after delivering – but she admitted to working out six hours every day for five weeks straight once her doctor cleared her to exercise again.
Dr. Rebecca Brightman, an OB-GYN at Mount Sinai Hospital, said rapid post-pregnancy weight loss in celebs like Lima, Gretzky, Bethanny Frankel or Scarlett Johansson gives women unrealistic expectations of how quickly they can get their bodies back.
Some moms slammed Paulina Gretzky’s string bikini snap just five months after giving birth for being too slim, too soon.
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Victoria’s Secret Angel Alessandra Ambrosio walked the 2012 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in the “Million-Dollar Fantasy Bra” just five months after delivering her baby.
Gisele Bundchen makes being a new mom look glamorous.
“Unfortunately, it does a huge, huge disservice, because a lot of women think, ‘Why can’t I look like that?’ It’s just not the reality,” she said. “But it is [a celebrity’s] job to look that way. For real women, it’s going to take longer.”
Our weight-obsessed culture is putting more pressure on moms than ever to get slim fast, especially in New York.
“Everything is about image here,” said Darian Gandia, 23, from Astoria. “You’re surrounded by beautiful people every day. People judge you more if you don’t lose the weight.”
Lyss Stern, 41, a mother of three from Midtown, felt more self-conscious after delivering her daughter 15 months ago than she did after giving birth to her first child a decade earlier.
“There is this pressure that you gotta get rid of the tummy, gotta be thin, gotta be in a bikini a few months later,” said Stern, founder of the Divalysscious Moms blog. “Moms now are so stressed out, they want to go right back to yoga or Pilates the day after giving birth.
“Everyone, chill out,” she added. “It’s okay to have the extra pounds. You just had a baby.”
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