Celeb Mom Comes Clean About Baby Weight Loss Myth in Hollywood

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Thank you, thank you, thank you, Nicole Sullivan! The actress who plays a couples' therapist on Cougar Town recently talked openly about her postpartum weight loss struggle after the birth of her first son.

It’s hard for most new moms to shed the pregnancy poundage, but in Hollywood, it’s especially difficult because of the conformity to thinness. Sullivan told Us Weekly, "There just are not a lot of overweight people in Hollywood. I felt like the jerk who couldn't figure it out."

She felt like an oddity among her peers, because her excess weight wasn’t just falling off like every other new mom’s seemed to do. She finally came to the conclusion that they are not exactly telling the whole truth. "They all lie," she said, adding, "[They] say, 'Oh, I lost the weight running after the kids or breastfeeding.' It's not true!"

Amen, sister. I had an incredibly difficult time losing the baby weight after my first child, and I too felt like an idiot for not being able to figure it out. I had heard all the rumors about breastfeeding burning a gazillion calories a day, and in my case, I heard that youth was on my side to shed those pregnancy pounds. Alas, I carried most of that weight around for a full year, until we were done with breastfeeding and I got my heavy hiney back on the treadmill. And yeah, I felt like a fat loser sometimes.

Sullivan was able to shed 35 pounds with Weight Watchers after the birth of her first son (she’s a brand ambassador), but now wishes that she had done things differently. She said, "With my second son, I enjoyed the whole process of him being an infant more because I wasn't mad at myself. When you are mad at yourself, you are mad at everybody."

Yes, please. More Hollywood moms like this one. I wish I hadn’t worried so much about my weight after my daughter was born. I could have enjoyed the whole process of her infanthood more. Besides, when there’s a new baby around, no one is looking at mom.

Did you have a difficult time shedding your pregnancy weight?


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redK8... redK8blueSt8

Yes I wish celebrities wouldn't stand there saying they just dropped the weight from breastfeeding or chasing after their kids. They never mention their nutritionist, personal chef, personal trainer, and childcare so they can work out. Yes they do all the work to regain that prebaby body, but they have the money and resources to gain it easier than women with out all that help.

audri... audrinasmommy7

I wouldn't call losing weight while just breastfeeding rumors exactly because it does happen to some women. I'm not talking about celebrities because that's another story with all the resources they have but it does happen to normal women. Not all but some. It happened to me. I lost 10 pounds within a day of having my daughter even though she was a tiny 6 pounds 6 oz and lost the rest of my remaining pregnancy weight-13 pounds from just breastfeeding alone. I wasn't even running around busily doing errands or anything during this time. Every woman's body is different and for some women it is easier to lose their pregnancy weight. I wish it was easy for all women to lose weight period lol.

Bruic... Bruickson

I just finished losing all my baby weight. And my daughter is 3!

DebaLa DebaLa

She's not that unique... Valerie Bertinelli and Jessica Simpson didn't lose the weight right away, except they didn't care about what people thought. Mostly, we do not hear about the many celeb moms who take up to 2 years off to bond with baby and get in shape on their own timetable. So, no love for this woman. Whoever she is.


I went into my pregancy unconcerned with weight before, during or after. Y'know what... I'm thinking that my weight fell off and was back to my norm weight in 8 weeks, without dieting or a lick of exercise because of a relaxed attitude. I suspect anxiety plays sabotaging havoc with hormones and eating during such a critical time. I may not be the majority, but I certainly think this misplaced focus on baby weight is way out of hand.

zombi... zombiemommy916

I just had my beautiful daughter seven days ago and I can honestly say that losing the baby weight (I gained around 35lbs) is not a concern of mine at the moment...I just want to enjoy having a newborn! She's my third and my last, so I'm reveling in the glow...you don't get this time back!

lalab... lalaboosh

I doubt they're all lying. I lost all of my pregnancy weight within a year and was below my pre-pregnancy weight a few months after that. I didn't do anything to lose it, either. It was strange since I'd struggled with my weight my whole life.

Billy... BillytheMom

I lost all my pregnancy weight in a couple of weeks ... and I don't have a personal trainer, a chef, a nutritionist or any help with childcare ... everyone's different.

tuffy... tuffymama

My paternal grandmother lost all her baby weight within weeks of birthing all her kids. My paternal aunt didn't even gain weight during her pregnancies. On my mother's side, they all hung onto the weight as long as they were breastfeeding. Same here, with my first. With my second, I lost all the weight pretty quickly but because I wasn't sleeping and my thyroid was slow, my adrenals shut down and I gained a lot of weight. It's been coming off since I started treating all that, and especially since I quit grains, but MAN, did it change my ideas about fat, image, health, and society's misconceptions about fat people. I had always gotten by on my looks socially and sometimes even professionally, and that changed in a real quick hurry. We are all the same size on the inside; it's said that a soul weighs 21 grams. We need to remember that and see that delicate soul when we look at another or in the mirror, particularly when a new baby has come on the scene. Fat is just fat and good looks can be fleeting for anyone. I'm doing what I can to feel healthy and my looks are no longer so important, and I make a point of making others feel comfortable as they are, if I can.

jessi... jessicasmom1

I lost my pregnancy weight but always been a big boned girl anyways

Freck... Freckles0808

I lost all 30# exactly 2 months post partum.  I then continued to lose another 15# b/c of breastfeeding.  I started at a very healthy pre-pregnancy weight, but with the additional 15# wt loss, I am at an unhealthy weight.  My ds is 18 months old and still nursing.  Some women have the opposite problem, but nobody wants to hear about that.

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