The Postpartum Body IS 'A Mess of Jello'

Selma Blair was one of those actresses who was most famous for being reed thin. So when the 39-year-old became a mother just a few weeks ago, the aftershocks of the postpartum body hit hard. Blair describes her bod as being a "mess of jello" since the baby. And you know what, she's right. It is.

The fact is, the first few postpartum weeks are horrifying body-wise to any mom who was thin going into the pregnancy. In the months before having my first, I was the thinnest I ever was in my life, so seeing my stomach have rolls I could lift freaked me out beyond belief.

I remember staring in the mirror and crying (sobbing, actually) around week 3. It's a horrible feeling to have one's body feel so out of control and not be sure it will bounce back into shape. So kudos to Blair for being honest about it. And she isn't just complaining, either.

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Blair intends to do a clothing line for postpartum women. On the one hand, I love the idea because no one wants to still wear their maternity clothing and, very often, our old clothing doesn't fit yet. On the other hand, for most people, a new wardrobe for a six-month period doesn't seem very practical.

It took me six months to lose the baby weight the first time, so a "postpartum wardrobe" would have been a pretty pointless expense.

Still, Blair is my hero for telling the truth about the postpartum experience. Unlike Rachel Zoe or Victoria Beckham or any of the countless celebrities who emerge from childbirth looking like they were never pregnant one week later, Blair is telling it like it is.

For a few months (and for some people, it's longer), the body looks mushy, squishy, and soft. It's hard to take, especially if one is used to looking a certain way. Celebs suffer it just as much as us. They just hide it better. So, kudos to Blair for being honest. It will make the rest of us feel better.

Did you hate your postpartum body?


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