We have all seen pictures of celebrities looking slim and trim only weeks after giving birth but model Erin McNaught has seen a backlash after she posted pictures of herself just four weeks after giving birth and looking as if she had never been pregnant.
The Australian model took to Instagram to show off her body in a skimpy bikini and wrote next to the picture: ”4 weeks PP [post partum] and I’m starting to get my stomach back!”
The 32-year-old wife of British musician Elliot ‘Example’ Gleave revealed her amazingly trim body and toned abs but instead of widespread support many found the photo to be distasteful.
The former Miss Universe Australia captioned the picture with ‘Aside from lots of walking and eating healthily, I’ve been doing loads of pelvic floor and transverse abdominus exercises. Still no traditional ab work though which is driving me crazy! #bodyafterbaby’
According to a report by the Daily Mail, some users questioned: ‘how the hell is that possible?’, while another wrote: ‘normal figures can’t go back to what she has’.
One user commented: ‘We have to stay relevant and in the media somehow I guess don’t we? Goodness knows you don’t do that just being a mother #nicelightingonthepic’.
Another quipped: ‘Oh not another celebrity trying to show how quickly they’ve lost the weight. Incredibly boring and vain.’
One user retaliated: ‘My god women are so jealous and bitter! The reason why so many women put on so much weight during pregnancy is because they use pregnancy as an excuse to eat for two and eat whatever the hell they want and put it down to cravings.
‘I followed a healthy diet during my pregnancy, only exercise I did was walking and after birth I had 7kg to lose which I lost within 4 weeks. And that was just down to sensible eating and breastfeeding, no exercise because I was in too much pain. Good on her for looking after her health and her babys during her pregnancy! Well done Erin!’.
Dr Natasha Bijlani, consultant psychiatrist at The Priory Hospital, Roehampton in south-west London, an expert in women’s health and body image issues, told the Daily Mail that celebrities often painted an unrealistic picture of getting back into shape.
“Celebrities often portray an unrealistic image of how a new mother should expect to look soon after birth, and put undue pressure on tired new mothers, which is not what new mothers should be worrying about.”
She concluded: ‘They should be focused on spending time with their baby, recovering from the birth and getting as much rest as possible.”