This Postpartum Selfie Is Not Normal

You're not supposed to look like this three days after giving birth.

Three days after popping out a baby, we were still sitting on a donut and making a Herculean effort to maybe take a shower in the 10 minute break between breastfeeding sessions. We were most certainly not in the mood for taking selfies, and if we were, they wouldn’t look anything like this:

Norwegian fitness blogger (and wife of soccer player Lars-Kristiab Eriksen) Caroline Berg Eriksen has caused an Internet uproar over an Instagram pic she posted of herself four days postpartum, clad in lingerie and sporting washboard abs. The caption says “I feel so empty,” which might be the most annoying humblebrag ever. The pic has garnered almost 24,000 likes, but also has moms and body image experts calling it “obscene” and “toxic.” The pic has even found an unlikely detractor in “What’s Your Excuse?” fit mom Maria Kang, who posted her own, more typical postpartum pic on Facebook.

Maria Kang/Facebook

While many say the selfie looks fake, if you look at photos from just a week before birth, she was carrying very small and told ABC News she gained just 22 pounds (the recommended gain is 25 to 35 pounds for women who are of normal weight, more for those who are underweight). Other photos indicate she spends a lot of time on her appearance, in one shot pushing a pram around a white nursery in formalwear and full hair/makeup, because that's normal. She’s clearly a woman who values and makes a living off her slim looks and highly-styled life.

“I think all women should be proud of themselves, regardless of how they look after labor,” she told ABC News. Uh huh. She claims she posted the pic to let people know you can get your body back after baby, but we want to let you know: these results are not normal, and no one should measure themselves against this stick-thin yardstick. For many women, what takes nine months to put in also takes about nine months to take off. Also three days postpartum you should be taking care of yourself and your baby, not worrying about your flat (and honestly, looks pretty darn fake) stomach.

 

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