12 Celebrities Who Were Body-Shamed Post-Pregnancy (PHOTOS)

Kenrya Rankin | Jan 24, 2016 Celebrity Moms
12 Celebrities Who Were Body-Shamed Post-Pregnancy (PHOTOS)

Mamas are strong. They carry little people for months and months, then release them into the world, changing everything they have ever known about their lives and their bodies along the way.

Which is why it's especially excruciating when folks feel the need to comment on the shape and size of women's bodies in the months following pregnancy (or ever, but that's another conversation). The fact is it takes nearly a year to put on baby weight, and it typically takes at least that long to lose it. Unfortunately, the people who shamed these moms post-pregnancy didn't get the memo.


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  • Kelly Clarkson


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    In the months after giving birth to daughter River Rose, the singer took massive fire for not dropping the weight as quickly as some would have liked. British TV personality Katie Hopkins thought it was important to call her a "chunky monkey." "There are just some people who are born skinny and with a great metabolism -- that is not me," Clarkson told Redbook.

  • Aishwarya Rai


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    The actress -- and former Miss World -- couldn't go anywhere after having her daughter Aradhya without someone commenting on her weight. But she made it clear that she loved her new, curvier figure and that being a good mom was the only thing that mattered to her.

  • Alyssa Milano


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    So-called commedian Jay Mohr went on the radio to belittle Alyssa Milano. "It seems like she had a baby and said, 'I don't really give a s**t' -- I read it on her gut." But Milano had the perfect response, via Twitter. "So sorry you felt the need to fat-shame me. Be well and God Bless. Please send my love to your beautiful wife." Killing 'em with kindness.

  • Hilary Duff


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    Internet trolls pounced of a picture of the actress in a bikini holding her three-month-old son. Duff's response? "Say it to my face." She reminded critics that "This is how it goes for most women -- the weight doesn't fall off overnight."

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  • Jennifer Garner


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    After having three kids, Jennifer Garner told Ellen DeGeneres that she is constantly being congratulated on being pregnant again. "I am not pregnant, but I have had three kids and there is a bump. And it will be my baby bump. And let's just settle in and get used to it. It's not going anywhere. I have a bump. It's name is Violet, Sam, Sera." 

  • Erin McNaught Gleave


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    Australian model Erin McNaught Gleave caught hell from people who thought she was too thin after giving birth. The controversy began after she posted a picture of her flat abdomen four weeks postpartum, which naysayers spouting that her body was "unrealistic" and that her priorities were misplaced.

  • Jenna Fischer


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    It did not go unnoticed that Office star Jenna Fischer did not lose her baby weight immediately. But she paid it no mind. "Who cares if our boobs are hanging low and we have a little more junk in the trunk? We created a human being, everybody. Let's celebrate!" she said. 

  • Kourtney Kardashian


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    The reality television star's pregnancies dominated tabloids, but harshest criticism came from then-boyfriend Scott Disick. Fans of Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami saw him make her cry with his insistent comments about her weight and complaints that she was focused on the kids when she should be focused on losing weight.

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  • Patricia Arquette


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    Oscar-winner Patricia Arquette was starring on her CBS show Medium when she birthed daughter Harlow. When the show's producers suggested that she needed to lose weight before going back on camera, she was incredulous. "I said, 'Why? this [charecter] is a mother of three.' I'm sick of that image everywhere."

  • Kristen Bell


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    Shrugging off criticism about her post-baby weight, actress Kristen Bell said: "I am not a woman whose self worth comes from her dress size." Plain and simple.

  • Lily Allen


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    Loudmouth British TV personality Katie Hopkins had something to say about singer Lily Allen. "She was removing herself from the spotlight because she wanted to be a mother and that largely involved gaining two stone and looking pretty hideous," she said. Allen -- who lost a child before having two successful pregnancies -- responded, saying that she ate emotionally after her first pregnancy and then put on weight after being on bedrest for a total of 20 months to keep her kids healthy, and she was totally fine with it.

  • Debra Messing


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    When she hadn't lost all of her pregnancy weight by her baby's first birthday, Messing was subject to rumors that she was pregnant again. She told Redbook that her response was, "Nope -- I'm just fat! I'm not one of those girls who can lose all that weight in six weeks, and by the way, who are those people?" 

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