Losing the Baby Weight: Do You Feel Pressure to Be a "Momshell"?

Whether you call them "momshells" (Get it? Part mom, part bombshell.), "yummy mummies" or just plain "cougars," you know the women we're talking about.

Think Heidi Klum, who was back on the Victoria's Secret runway five weeks after giving birth. Or Beyonce back on stage 4 1/2 months after baby Blue Ivy was born, announcing that she had dropped all 60 pounds of baby weight. Or that group of moms at your own kid's school, who look straight off the pages of Vogue at the PTA meeting, while you're trying to hide the spaghetti sauce stain on your yoga pants.

The Hollywood Reporter
Editorial Director Janice Min, 42, former editor of celeb mom-centric Us Weekly and a mother of three, writes forThe New York Times that the "momshell" ideal is alive and thriving -- and not just among the star set.

"At school drop-off, sweat pants have been banished, as Balenciaga bags and blowouts make every day seem like mommy dress-up," she writes.

Now, Min lives in Los Angeles, and we're sure certain areas of LA-LA Land have their own high-fashion mom dress code standards. But we still see plenty of sweats on the moms at our schools, and can't say we've ever spotted a mom toting a five-figure handbag near the monkey bars -- but we're also a little secretly envious of the moms who pick up their kids in anything that looks remotely put together. And Min doesn’t seem to think that's a bad thing.

"There is no virtue in letting oneself go after giving birth," she writes for The Times. "And let's face it: celebrities aren't always terrible examples; many eat well, exercise and dress far cuter than we do. … We all can learn a little from people whose profession is to be attractive. If our livelihood depended on wearing a swimsuit in front of millions, we'd probably put down the doughnut too." (Of course, many celebs probably don't spend their mornings making peanut butter and jellies, tossing in a quick load of laundry and coaxing just one more cup of caffeine out of an almost-dead coffee maker.)

But Min also wonders if things have gone too far. "Sometimes, in my sleep-deprived nights, I ponder our ideal of this near-emaciated, sexy and well-dressed Frankenmom we've created and wonder how to undo her," Min writes in the newspaper. "Even just a little bit. Not only for the pressure to let up on me, and you, but also perhaps so my little baby girl can one day love her own children, too, without hating her body at the same time."

Guess which 6 celebrity moms have a healthy attitude toward losing the baby weight? Click here to find out. 

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