Real Moms Bare Their Postpartum Bellies

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baby bellyFinally, real women are daring to show the world their real mom bodies. Proclaiming to the world, “I am woman. I am real. Hear me roar!” A group of moms, bloggers at CTWorkingMoms.com, regular moms just like you and I, decided no more. No more accepting the status quo and hiding their post partum body because it didn’t look like the typical celebrity’s post partum body.

There is so much pressure from society to be beautiful and perfect; do we really need to put that pressure on ourselves? We live in a world where there is no forgiveness for imperfection. The status quo is that we strive for beauty at any cost or at least we die trying. Perfect or bust.

I think these moms rock. I could never do what they did. It takes big balls to be a "normal" mom and bare your post baby belly. I wish I could. I won’t lie; I have succumbed to societies peer pressure over the years. My body, like most women, is my sore spot. It’s the one thing that most women are very guarded about, especially after having a baby. That new skin you are in leaves many women feeling vulnerable in a way that only another woman can truly understand.

The simple fact is, in today’s world, we worship perfection. How can we not when the celebrity moms have their rocking pre-baby bodies back within 2 weeks after giving birth? Not to mention the fact that their pre-baby bodies had zero body fat, six-pack abs and well defined muscle throughout. Most celebrity moms are photoshopped and starved into having the bodies of 12-year-old boys. It’s very intimidating and it sets an impossible standard for mothers just as detrimental to women as the waif thin models do for our teens. Honestly, celebrity moms, where does all of your loose skin go? Is there top secret special medical waste plant built just for housing celebrity post-partum skin?

We need to unify as women and show the world that this is what having a baby looks like. The Beyoncé’s of the world are the exception, not the rule. Beyoncé gets to sleep in and has nannies to watch her baby while her trainer whips that post baby body back into shape. We non-celebrity moms have very little free time, even less sleep and usually no help. Its hard work looking your best when you are surviving on coffee, 3 hours of sleep and whatever food you can scavenge in between feedings.

These working moms in Connecticut have the right idea. To do this, we need to stop comparing ourselves to celebrities and stop judging one another. We should be proud of our post baby bodies for what they’ve done. I don’t care if you had your baby two weeks ago, two months ago or two years ago; growing babies is hard work and you should be proud of yourself. Let’s start a movement. Dare to bare those post baby bellies. Mommies of the world unite!

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nonmember avatar Tami

This mentality bothers me. Why must you use the term "real" when referring to these women? Real women, real moms....Do you not see YOU are part of the problem!? Hollywood may imply that the women who are in perfect shape weeks after having a baby are the ones who are "right" but you're doing the same thing....judging those who slim down quickly as somehow not real. I got back to my regular body very quickly after my first child. Never have gotten it back after my second and she's 7. Guess what? I'm a real mom to each of them.



I like the idea of the site. Good for the women who are mature enough to accept that pregnancy may change a body. But there's no need to pit women against each other.

butte... butterflyfreak

And this is the REAL reason why little girls have body image issues, because their MOMS feed into the perfection crap. I don't really give a crap about celebrities and their ability to drop all the baby weight. I'm sure I could too, if I had a personal trainer and my entire CAREER balances on my ability to get my body back. I may not love my body as it is, but I'll never let on to my daughter! And when we make changes in our diet and exercise, we tell her that it's to get healthy NOT to lose weight. Which is true, I'm much more interested in getting my family into healthy habits than dieting. We will most likely lose weight because of our life changes but that is a bonus, not the goal.

t0vanal t0vanal

That is cool that they did this but most of them have better stomaches than I do.... and I've never had a child.  Granted, that is my own fault but none of them look like my sister does.  5 years after having twins she has a lot of extra skin left and it is really something only surgery can fix.  So this is very brave of them and they do look great-- but they mostly don't look a lot different from the celebrities they are trying to take a stand against.  

JAFE JAFE

I think the constant need for perfection is in the individual. I never felt the need to be perfect for someone else.


And....why do we need to bare ourselves to begin with? What's the point of it? 

jessi... jessicasmom1

well all mom's get post partum stomachs after a great miricale was made. 

LynBoz LynBoz

At least 2 of them had a somewhat 6 pack. Did I miss what they were trying to get across?!

Stacey. Stacey.

If we're going to accept "bad' bodies we must accept the "good" bodies too, whether you never lose the baby weight or get even skinnier after baby, every mom is a real mom with a real p.p. stomach.

nonmember avatar Shelly

I look nothing like that. My stomach is the same, as before. Does that make me less "real?" Not everyone is changed physically by pregnancy, and I am in no way a celebrity.

Mandago Mandago

You never hear a man lamenting the unfair pressure Hollywood puts him under, even though most male celebrities have barely attainable bodies. If someone else making their appearance a priority is so soul-crushing for you, it's because you have issues. I get so tired of the pity parties some women want to throw themselves. If you don't like your post-baby body, do something about it, or own up to the fact that you've chosen to focus your efforts on another area of your life.

Mandago Mandago

Also, Beyonce probably gets up before you do to start her workday. Having an amazing body is a big part of her job. So while you're hanging out in your bathrobe writing snarky articles about celebrities, she's in the gym working out so she can look great in a leotard and give you something else to complain about.

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