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New Mom Under Fire for Postbaby Body Selfie ETA*

Posted by on Dec. 3, 2013 at 12:04 PM
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 Here's the link to the acutal pic they are talking about, I hadn't noticed it didn't transfer, lol.  I think she looks awesome btw.

New Mom Under Fire for Postbaby Body Selfie

By | Parenting - 19 hours ago

Is the postpregnancy body the new weapon of choice among superfit women? Yes, charge critics of Norwegian soccer wife and fitness blogger Caroline Berg Eriksen, who posted a flat-stomach, bra-and-panties selfie to her 245,000 Instagram followers just four days after giving birth.

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"This is not a selfie. This is an act of war," writes one Australian blogger in response to the image - just one of many blogs, news outlets, body image experts, and social-media commenters around the world to weigh in on the matter in the past few days, putting the photo at the center of a major online body image controversy. "This whole situation has become ludicrous. The competition for women to give birth and then immediately remove any trace from their their bodies that they ever carried a child is OBSCENE. There is no other word for it." Another blogger calls the photo of Eriksen, who is married to pro soccer player Lars-Kristian Eriksen, "wildly provocative."

Eriksen posted the photo of herself on Instagram, along with the caption, "I feel so empty...4 days after birth," igniting the online backlash. Twitter users called Eriksen and her washboard abs "intimidating," "unhelpful," "obviously a freak," and "unfair to all women."

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Australian Telegraph writer Sarrah Le Marquand offers a mixed review of the situation, tweeting that yes, Eriksen is a "shameless exhibitionist," but warning in her column that "slamming the super-fit and genetically freakish likes of Berg Eriksen is merely another form of judgment and mothers are forced to contend with far too much of that already."

On Instagram itself, the controversial photo has been "liked" more than 21,000 times, and comments have been overwhelmingly positive. There, supporters note, "U rock girl! I have three kids and I'm a blimp," "Body envy is an ugly thing," "I applaud you," and "Beautiful!"

 It's all just the latest online blowup in the ongoing discussion about pregnancy and body image. Mother and fitness blogger Maria Kang polarized Facebook readers twice recently first for posting a hyper-fit photo of herself and asking, "What's your excuse?" and then for criticizing plus-size women for posing proudly in their lingerie. Australian mom-to-be Loni Jane Anthony recently spoke out about her raw vegan diet, prompting critics to publicly ponder whether her lifestyle was harming her baby.

The scrutinizing narrative about celebrities and other women's postbaby bodies, meanwhile, is ongoing, with new moms from Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi to Kate Middleton getting caught in the fray.

L to R: lonijane/Instagram and Maria Kang/FacebookL to R: lonijane/Instagram and Maria Kang/Facebook

"Women are sick of this omnipresent pressure to get our bodies back. And when you're juggling a newborn's needs, running on no sleep and trying to take care of yourself, that's a toxic message," notes Claire Mysko, author of "Does This Pregnancy Make Me Look Fat?" and former director of the American Anorexia Bulimia Association. So, she tells Yahoo Shine, it's not surprising when people have strong reactions to photos like Eriksen's. "While I don't think it's helpful to shame the individual mothers who choose to post pictures of themselves, I do think the pushback signals a healthy reaction to some very unhealthy and unrealistic cultural expectations."

Earlier photos posted to Instagram by Eriksen show her with a barely-there bump at nine months pregnant, which displeased some followers and may have flown in the face of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists' pregnancy weight guidelines. Those recommendations say that "underweight" women (with a BMI of less than 18.5) should gain 28 to 40 pounds during a pregnancy, while those of "normal weight" (with a BMI of 18.5 to 24.9) should put on 25 to 35.

But prenatal nutritionist and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Melinda Johnson warns against jumping to conclusions from Eriksen's photos, noting that every woman is an individual, with individual needs and abilities. "Obviously, what we're looking at is someone who is genetically gifted," she tells Yahoo Shine. "But we can't say she's unhealthy, we can't say [what] she is. The picture alone doesn't tell us anything at all about her health, the health of her pregnancy [or] even her happiness."

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by Anonymous 1 on Dec. 3, 2013 at 12:04 PM
This is old news
by HAIL NUGGY! on Dec. 3, 2013 at 12:06 PM
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by Betsy on Dec. 3, 2013 at 12:17 PM
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 Well, the article was published 19 hours ago...

Quoting Anonymous: This is old news


by Velvet on Dec. 3, 2013 at 12:33 PM
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Whatever floats. I'm too tired.
by Anonymous 2 on Dec. 3, 2013 at 12:51 PM
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Seen that photo a thousand times... Ugh people can't get over it.
by Emerald Member on Dec. 3, 2013 at 12:56 PM
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I think the people getting all upset over women that are physical reminders of the rewards that come from taking the time to treat your body like a temple, are the real monsters with a problem, and I think they are the ones that are causing the problem. 

If you really want to say that you love your body, and everyone should love the way they look, acting like an asshole because some of people work towards being able to bounce back quickly after pregnancy, is completely hypocritical.

by Betsy on Dec. 3, 2013 at 12:58 PM


Quoting briellesmomma: Whatever floats. I'm too tired.


by Betsy on Dec. 3, 2013 at 12:59 PM

 I had never seen it before today.

Quoting Anonymous: Seen that photo a thousand times... Ugh people can't get over it.


by on Dec. 3, 2013 at 1:04 PM
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I saw this a while ago. I think she looks great and support her 100% However, the caption "What's YOUR Excuse" is catty and stupid. There are ways to encourage people and set an example without being a dippy about it. I have never looked like THAT but I have always been really fit after my babies were born. With this last one I think it'll take a lot more time and a lot more effort because I'm older, don't have the time I used to to work out, and I've gained a lot more weight with this baby than I did with my first two. A body like that requires a LOT of work. I had my two kids very young; I didn't mind leaving them with their dad or sitters to go to the gym for two hours every day. That's how I looked the way I did after they were born. I'm 27 now and am no longer comfortable leaving my kids for excessive periods of time to go to the gym. I have a treadmill and a bowflex here at home that I will use every day but I do not plan on devoting hours every day to my fitness like I used to. Once this new baby is in school, I will probably get back into rigorous fitness; it is pretty much my hobby. But for now, I'll be happy with a twenty minute run and fifteen minute weight training every other day.
by on Dec. 3, 2013 at 1:04 PM
A lot of us don't use the excuse that we had babies to be heavy, chubby. I never shove it in anyone's face. I've had a lot of woman ask me what I do to get back in shape so fast. Staying active during the pregnancy, nursing, getting back into a routine as quick as possible. The smoothie diet or whatever that is seems crazy. And the duck face needs to go.
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