I feel inclined to address this, but I'm still not sure how I feel about it.  Maybe writing about it will help clear my thoughts.

Rencently, Berg Eriksen, a fitness guru and wife of a Norwegian soccer player posted this picture just 3 days after giving birth.

photo: instagram
photo: instagram

She reportedly only gained 22 pounds during the pregnancy, worked out 5-6 times a week until the end, and didn't exercise at all before the photo was taken.  We don't know how big the baby was when it was born, how it was delivered, or whether or not she carried it all the way to term.  These are all important facts, in my opinion.

Berg was quoted as saying she felt just like herself just 3 minutes after giving birth.  Some people are saying it is fake or doctored.

Just a few months ago another woman, Maria Kang infuriated women with a similar photo of herself looking fit with her kids after giving birth. Maria said she was trying to inspire women, but I think most women just took offense.  At least it's clear that Maria's youngest son is 8 months in the photo - probably enough time for her to get back into shape.

Personally, I am fighting my innate jealousy that I have not, nor will I ever, look like these women.  I don't have the the time, energy, genetics, or motivation to do what needs to be done in order to look like that.

I wish I could, but I also wish I had $1,000,000.  Some things just don't happen.

Also, I like chocolate.

What bothers me is when women attack other women.  If she's telling the truth, and this pic was really taken three days after she gave birth, shouldn't we say "good for you?"  Or, should she have been more protective of other new moms who don't look like that, and maybe kept the photo to herself?  Ganging up on each other for looking "too good" will only bring out the worst in our gender, right?

What do you guys think?  Help me out with this one!

Also, here is a link to a great photography project of "real" women after giving birth! (I know it made me feel a little better!  Ha!)

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