I realize that many of you are probably overwhelmed by the constant media attention the newest royal prince has been getting; however, this is not about him as much as it's about Kate Middleton's middle, or her Mummy Tummy, as this article, So Proud to Show Off Her Mummy Tummy: Mothers Hail Kate's Decision Not to Hide Her Post-baby Bump
, refers to it.
I noticed it immediately when I saw the pictures of her with Prince William as they presented the newest heir to the British throne and was pleasantly surprised. Wow! Someone who isn't ashamed to show her real post-baby body. I thought they'd been outlawed, given the coverage of the celebrity mothers who show up in bikinis hours after giving birth.
Then I found the article
above and it reminded me of a blog post I did in March of 2012, A Pregnant Pause, the text of which I've pasted below. I thought it might be appropriate to post it again, given the timeliness of the topic. I love seeing people setting healthy examples, and this is one of the healthiest in a long time in terms of women accepting their post-baby bodies. Hope you enjoy!
A Pregnant Pause
The good old days…
miss them much, really. However, once in a great while a trend comes
along that just makes me long for the days when it didn’t exist. Do you
ever have those moments? Instances when you think that if you were
hanging from a cliff and a genie popped up and gave you one wish, you’d
actually use it to wish away some ridiculous energy-sucking zeitgeist
instead of saving yourself?
For example, have
you noticed the trend on so-called “news” sites to post articles and
pictures of celebrity post-baby bodies? Beyoncé is the latest celeb to
show off her newly trim physique just weeks after giving birth, and the
corresponding slideshow offers up at least six other celebrity moms who
returned to the land of hot from the land of pre-birth not. In league
with these posts are those applauding the “sexy mommas,” famous women
who—gasp!—look great even when pregnant.
the only person who finds this kind of insulting? I realize that perhaps
this is an attempt to prove that women can be pregnant (translation:
fat) and still be beautiful or to celebrate motherhood. The thought is
appreciated, but the how of the matter is just not hitting the mark.
Quite honestly, I think all pregnant women are beautiful. My daughter
literally glowed when she was pregnant with her kids. She didn’t need a
Christian Dior gown and make-up to celebrate her baby bump—her
mommy-to-be grin did the job just fine. Pregnancy is a very individual
journey that doesn’t look or feel the same for every woman, and although
it’s nice to see it’s not a forbidden subject anymore, it’s hard to
reconcile how the media has chosen to portray it.
not sure what it says about society that we even bombard our pregnant
women, not just our teens, with unrealistic body images and health
messages. No, it is not healthy to gain too much weight during
pregnancy; however, the amount of weight can vary according to body type
and size. A good doctor can guide you through a healthy pregnancy and
into a fit post-birth lifestyle. Not every woman loses her baby weight
immediately after giving birth, and it is important to remember that
celebrities can afford the best doctors, the best nutrition, the best
stylists, and the best trainers money can buy.
guess I’m just sensitive because I once had a friend whose family
insisted she not gain too much weight during her pregnancy, as none of
them ever had. She shouldn’t have listened, but she did and her health
suffered to the point she started passing out. Finally, concerned
friends convinced her to take care of herself, and both mother and baby
did well throughout the rest of the pregnancy.
also thinking about this subject because I’ve been contemplating having
a pregnant heroine in one of my stories. I’ve seen it done and done
well, and I think that it’s an element that I’d really like to explore.
In our writing, we strive for realistic characters that readers can
connect with in some way, and so I think it would be a fun and rewarding
challenge to give maternity a nod in one of my next capers.
Have you read a book with a pregnant heroine? Did you like it? Please share your experiences!