Well, it's official. Jessica Simpson has joined the mommy club after giving birth to her daughter, Maxwell Drew, yesterday morning! I know what you're thinking -- it's about time, right? Jess's "little" bundle of joy weighed in at a healthy 9 pounds, 13 ounces, and both mom and baby are doing well.
And while she's still recovering in her posh birthing suite at Cedars-Senai Medical Center (where all the celeb types give birth), plenty of people are sending her their congrats and well wishes. But the 211-pound baby "gift" she received from fellow celeb mom Jenny McCarthy tops the list as the best baby present EVER. I seriously want to reach through the computer and hug Jenny for what she did for Jessica yesterday.
McCarthy shared this picture of herself with Simpson on Twitter, along with a message that said:
"Dear @JessicaSimpson, I think pregnant women look perfect just the way they are!"
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Can I get an "Amen" or at least a "Hell Yeah?!" Because Jenny McCarthy totally rocks. That photo was taken while she was heavily pregnant with her son, Evan -- when she weighed in at a whopping 211 pounds!! Not many women would be willing to put such a vulnerable picture of themselves out there, but Jenny totally knew just how much Jess needed to see that she isn't the only famous mom who gained more than a measly 10 pounds (or some other ridiculously low number) while pregnant.
Throughout Jessica's pregnancy, I completely sympathized with her whenever someone gave her grief her for putting on a lot of weight. So many people automatically assumed that she was gorging herself with cheeseburgers, pizza, and cookies -- and it's very likely that wasn't the case at all. I put on 50 pounds while I was pregnant, and everyone accused me of pigging out like it was my job. But I actually ate a pretty healthy diet the entire 9 months. It turns out I'm just a natural "gainer," which is probably what went on with Jessica too.
But no matter how much or how little weight you gain during pregnancy, EVERY new mom worries about how she is going to take off the pounds after the baby is born, and so many of us put incredible pressure on ourselves to slim down as quickly as possible. And honestly, most of us wind up getting so preoccupied with our excess weight that we forget to focus on adjusting to motherhood & life with a newborn instead of beating ourselves up over the number on the scale.
By sharing her pregnancy photo with Jessica, Jenny gave her peace of mind that she will eventually lose the weight, and that she shouldn't be worried about what other people think of her right now. She should just relax and enjoy her time with baby Maxwell, because all the other "stuff" can wait. Jessica truly needs more positive encouragement like this instead of people tearing her apart for gaining a little more than the average celeb mom. (Bravo, Jenny -- bravo!)
Have you put a time limit on yourself for losing all of your baby weight?
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